Breezing into the tony seaside paradise of Westport, Connecticut, gorgeous thirtysomething Piper Reynard sets down roots, opening a rehab and wellness space and joining a local yacht club. When she meets Leo Drakos, a handsome, successful lawyer, the wedding ring on his finger is the only thing she doesn’t like about him. Yet as Piper well knows, no marriage is permanent.
Meanwhile, Joanna has been waiting patiently for Leo, the charismatic man she fell in love with all those years ago, to re-emerge from the severe depression that has engulfed him. Though she’s thankful when Leo returns to his charming, energetic self, paying attention again to Evie and Stelli, the children they both love beyond measure, Joanna is shocked to discover that it’s not her loving support that’s sparked his renewed happiness—it’s something else.
Piper. Leo has fallen head over heels for the flaky, New Age-y newcomer, and unrepentant and resolute, he’s more than willing to leave Joanna behind, along with everything they’ve built. Of course, he assures her, she can still see the children.
Joanna is devastated—and determined to find something, anything, to use against this woman who has stolen her life and her true love. As she digs deeper into Piper’s past, Joanna begins to unearth disturbing secrets . . . but when she confides to her therapist that she fears for the lives of her ex-husband and children, her concerns are dismissed as paranoia. Can she find the proof she needs in time to save them?
The Wife Stalker Spoilers:
I was ready to give up on this book, but the twist at the end redeemed it.
There was just a bunch of things that didn’t add up–Leo leaving Joana after just two weeks of knowing Piper, packing up and sending her stuff to her mother’s when she just went to visit, and telling the kids their mom was dead. Turns out Joana wasn’t Leo’s ex-wife– she was just his assistant and in love with him. The mom was in fact dead–Joana had pushed her off a cliff and the daughter saw.
A few things still didn’t make sense–why was Joana taking care of the children the morning of Piper and Leo’s wedding? Some of it also was left open-ended. It was never clear if Piper actually killed her exes or if she was actually trying to harm the kids with the smoothies.
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