Published: February 10, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Format: via publisher
An idealistic young woman marries a man she barely knows only to discover his first wife disappeared under mysterious circumstances. As a child, Bailey Browne dreamed of a knight in shining armor swooping in to rescue her and her mother. As she grew older, those dreams transformed, becoming ones of a mysterious stranger who swept her off her feet and whisked her away from her ordinary existence; then, suddenly, there he was. Despite the ten-year difference in their ages and her working class upbringing and his of privilege, Logan Abbott and Bailey fall deeply in love. Marriage quickly follows.
But when Logan brings her home to his horse farm in Louisiana, a magnificent estate on ninety wooded acres, her dreams of happily-ever-after begin to unravel. A tragic family history Bailey knew nothing about surfaces, along with whisperings about the disappearance of his first wife and rumors about women from the area who have gone missing, and when another woman disappears, all signs point to her husband's involvement.
The First Wife is a mystery/thriller by the wonderful Erica Spindler. She first came to my attention last year when I read Justice for Sara. The First Wife is about Bailey who goes on vacation after the death of her mother, while there is meets the rich and sophisticate Logan. After a whirlwind romance they fall in love and get married. Having no family to speak of Bailey moves down South with her husband she soon learns that she has married into a family that is strange beyond belief.
She soon learns that her husband was married before and his first wife has left without a trace. Logan claims she left him while town gossip claims he killed her and other local young girls. Bailey wants to believe her husband but she also can’t help but wonder if gossip is indeed real. She ends up in the hospital with a head injury and doesn’t know what happened and now is trying to remember the events that led up til now. With a whole cast of characters that all have odd and strange connection to Logan and his family everyone is a suspect. The questions are mounting. Who's the killer? Is Logan the one or is he a victim here? And most importantly why?
This book was amazing in the sense that I never saw things playing out the way they did and I loved that! Usually you can figure things out pretty quickly but this one had me stumped. You think one thing but then it takes a turn you never saw coming. Erica Spindler is a master, her stories will always take you for a ride and never do they disappoint. If you are ever looking for a good too honest thriller look no further than this one or any of Erica Spindler’s novels.