The Other Wife by Michael Robotham @michaelrobotham #fiction #mystery #suspense #bookreview

Susanne’s Review:

A fabulous character-driven suspense!

When Joe O’Loughlin gets a phone call from a woman informing him that his father has been beaten to within an inch of his life, Joe’s life is shaken to the core yet again. As if his life wasn’t already in shambles. Trying to keep things together these last eighteen months for his daughters Charlie and Emma hasn’t been easy, and now, he has to keep the rest of his family together as well.  

Joe O’Loughlin has never been perfect. Far from it, truth be told. He’s vulnerable and open and although he suffers from Parkinson’s, he doesn’t let it take over his life, and frankly, there’s just something about him that I love desperately and I know I’m not alone in saying this. 

Family is one of the only things that matter to him in this life. That and helping others, whether it’s in his work as a Forensic Psychologist or in solving crimes related to his job. When he finds his father in his hospital bed, he can’t help but try and figure out what happened to him which begs the question, how well do you truly know those around you or rather, are people really who you think they are?  I have personal experience with that question, (being divorced, lol) and for me, the answer to that question was not very well, ha.  

A character-driven novel with heart, this was a buddy read with Kaceey that garnered great discussion. The Joseph O’Loughlin series is one of my all-time favorites, and sadly the last few novels written by Michael Robotham have either been other series altogether or standalones.  I hope he’s not done writing about Joe O’Loughlin as I adore him and don’t think his story is over yet.

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Kaceey’s Review:

We always ask “how well do you know your spouse?” But maybe the question should be “how well do you know your parents?”

Joe O’Loughlin’s world is about to be rocked! After receiving a shocking call informing him his father was viciously attacked, Joe needs to get to the hospital ASAP. Once there, he expects to see his mother at his father’s bedside. Not even close. It’s a woman Joe has never seen before. 

Stunned and highly confused, Joe asks her the obvious question. ”Who are you?” Calmly she replies “I’m his other wife”. 😱

Joe is one of my all-time favorite characters! Kind of crusty but with a heart of gold. Raising his two daughters as a single father, while battling Parkinson’s.

 Not sure where this series will go next or if this is indeed the end of the line for Joe😢. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each and every book and still hold out hope for one more!🤞

A buddy read with Susanne. Sorry, Susanne, we waited three years to get to this one. But good books are always worth the wait!

8 thoughts on “The Other Wife by Michael Robotham @michaelrobotham #fiction #mystery #suspense #bookreview

  1. I have this sitting on my physical book shelf, a charity shop find, so I must pull it out and read it. Beside the fact that it glares at me accusingly every time I go into my library, I just adore Robotham’s writing. Excellent reviews from both of you.

    And Suzanne, most of us have a practice husband in our history. Treat him as a learning experience and move on. He didn’t deserve you. ❤

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    1. Thank you Sandy! This book was staring at us for years too Lol!
      And I couldn’t agree more! Susanne deserves the best!💞💞

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  2. That’s such an interesting story. I worked with a guy who was married, and we were all living overseas. He went home with his wife to the states, and while there, his wife found out that her father has a whole other family with kids and everything. So, yes, sometimes we never really know someone.

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  3. This sounds like an excellent story and I just looked and I have this on my backlist shelf. I had no idea it is #9 in a series. Your reviews sound amazing, I would be so shocked in that situation. I guess I will be reading this one as a standalone, then decide if I want to add 8 more books to my evergrowing TBR.

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