The Wife by Shalini Boland, 2020
Zoe and her husband Toby
Toby’s brother Nick and his wife Madeline
Toby and Nick’s mother Celia
Zoe’s sister Dina and ex-friend Cassie
The Plot (from Goodreads):
Zoe fainted on her wedding day, and she never knew why. She’s always felt sure something bad happened. Ten years later, she’s going to find out what…
It was supposed to be the happiest day of her life. Zoe was sitting in her hotel room, in her perfect white dress, looking forward to the moment when she would make kind, handsome Toby her husband.
Then, there was a blank.
They said she must have fainted, overcome with emotion. But nothing felt quite right afterward. Did something happen in that missing time?
Now, Toby and Zoe have two beautiful children and a perfect life. They’re planning their ten-year anniversary party for their family and friends. The invitations have been sent, the food ordered. They’re going back to the grand hotel where they got married.
But as the anniversary gets closer, it becomes clear not everyone is looking forward to celebrating. She catches Toby lying about where he’s been. One of her best friends seems to be ignoring her. And someone is spreading stories that might stop the party from happening at all.
Zoe is increasingly sure that she doesn’t have the full story. But does she want to know the truth, if it will destroy everything?
This book flew by. I was eager to get to the end to figure out the connection between what happened on Zoe’s wedding day, her missing sister, the spat with her sister-in-law, and the obnoxious ex-friend Cassie. The ending was satisfying and I found this to be an interesting quick read.
I don’t know if I loved the main character, Zoe. She spent too much time worrying about what other people thought of her instead of just asking. I also don’t know if I believe that it would take ten years for anyone to ask questions about Dina and look more into her disappearance. No one else saw her at the wedding or in their small hometown leading up to it? I was able to easily overlook these few holes though and enjoy the story for what it was.
This was the first novel I’ve read by Shalini Boland, but I will certainly be looking into getting my hands on some of her other books.