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--Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of The Stranger Inside
"Tense and deliciously twisty, THE WIFE STALKER is a hall of mirrors in which Liv Constantine delivers sinister surprises with characteristic sleight of hand.--Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of The Nanny
"The Constantine sisters are as astute observers of class as any literary writer I can think of; they understand how people signal their social status both consciously and subliminally. And class is really at the heart of The Wife Stalker, which I don't want to spoil, so I will just say it's about a woman who has a habit of marrying rich men who then have fatal accidents."--CrimeReads, 10 Novels You Should Read This Month
"Thrillers with a big twist near the end make for good reading, and that's what Liv Constantine's recently published The Wife Stalker provides. It saves lots of its ammunition for the denouement, making it a page-turner--not surprising considering its authors, the sister duo Lynne and Valerie Constantine as Liv Constantine, have written nothing but best-sellers. . . . Both narrators are scarred. Neither is particularly sympathetic, but they keep the reader riveted with their machinations." --Washington City Paper
An absorbing tale . .. fans of Gone Girl and its successors will appreciate an ending that puts a pricey shoe on one foot and then changes it again . . . and again."--Booklist, on The Last Time I Saw You
In true Liv Constantine fashion, this story wraps with a twist that you just won't see coming, no matter how hard you try. This one is definitely a must-read!--Suspense Magazine
Liv Constantine has done it again. Suspenseful and mesmerizing, Constantine's third novel is a breakneck thriller that keeps you riveted from the first page to that explosive, jaw-dropping twist. If you're looking for an addictive, up-all-night read, The Wife Stalker is as good as it gets.--Jennifer Hillier, award-winning author of Jar of Hearts and Little Secrets
Liv Constantine has done it again. THE WIFE STALKER is a masterclass of domestic suspense that keeps you up all night, turning the page, desperate to find out what happens next. Can't recommend this book enough! Fun, thrilling, and an ending you simply won't see coming!--Matthew Farrell, bestselling author of WHAT HAVE YOU DONE
Oh, you sneaky sisters. Liv Constantine got me in the best possible way with The Wife Stalker, a wicked, whip-smart bag of tricks about a woman fighting to hold onto her family. Read this one in one long gulp, then read it again to see what you missed the first time through. I promise you won't see it coming.--Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of Dear Wife
The story's swift pace and twist in the final act should keep domestic thriller fans engaged."--Shelf Awareness
About the Author
Liv Constantine is the pen name of sisters Lynne Constantine and Valerie Constantine. Together, they are the bestselling author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick The Last Mrs. Parrish, The Last Time I Saw You, The Wife Stalker, and The Stranger in the Mirror. Their books have been praised by USA Today, The Sunday Times, People Magazine, and Good Morning America, among many others. Lynne and Valerie are national and international bestselling authors and their books have been translated into 27 languages, are available in 32 countries and are in development for television and film. Lynne lives in Milford, Connecticut; Valerie in Annapolis, Maryland.
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062967290
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062967299
- Best Sellers Rank: 107,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For me, the story was initially frustrating as the reader witnesses Leo fall for Piper. Obviously, we know what’s going to happen because of the novel’s synopsis, but it’s still annoying. Leo seems to be a real putz about the whole situation, dismissing Joanna as though she should just go softly into the night without hesitation. I found it ridiculous that he would be so cavalier, especially since he hadn’t known Piper very long at that point. As the story progressed, there were several times where I thought to myself, “what kind of crack is Leo smoking??”
For the majority of the book, you see Joanna getting railroaded as she’s painted by Leo and her therapist as paranoid. Once Leo has moved on, Joanna lives with her mother, who’s a real pill; I had difficulty connecting to any of the characters in the story.
I started to wonder what the point was going to be or how there’d be any changes/revelations made. It also seemed like there wasn’t going to be really anything to learn about Piper, as the scenario seemed pretty clear. I got some vibes early on for what might be coming, but it seemed like it would make for a muddled conclusion. I prepared myself to be underwhelmed.
Turns out, I had NO idea what was coming. Very clever. However, though portions of the ending were gratifying, I felt like a large bulk of the novel was slow and plodding. I like there to be twists and turns throughout if a story is truly meant to be a thriller. This felt instead like I waited for paint to dry, and then there was a really cool painting at the end. I would have given three stars, except I didn’t like that last bit of ambiguity/insinuation in the last paragraph; it rubbed me the wrong way.
For those that take this into consideration— I don’t remember any f-bombs, just the occasional mild curse word. There are a couple risqué scenes, but they’re short and there’s no graphic sex.
Unfortunately, the authors had a different scenario and one that came so far out of left field in the final chapters that I definitely feel very cheated.
Read The Last Mrs Parrish but skip this mess.
Very Repetitive Up Until The last chapter.
Why Liv Constantine Sisters, Why???
I Loved Their Last Book, This One Was Very Disappointing!
>>>>SPOILER ALERT - For instance, these two sentences, “His eyes widened when he saw me. “What are you wearing?” are a clue...with no mention ever again (until AFTER the twist) about where that red dress came from or why on earth it would matter if Joanna wore it or even a hint of what caused Leo’s eye’s to widen...Was it the fact that it was red? That she was dressed up for no reason? That she was wearing a dress? Or was it that she was wearing that specific dress? After the twists reveal, it felt like many of the clues had been sent to me as text messages and I misread the tone. <<<
As for plot twist 2, it was cold and calculates and not unexpected. But it wasn’t enough to save the overall story. I feel cheated by this quick wrap up in under 30 pages after 280 of these barely likable characters. Generally I like these two authors, just not this outing.