The Book Review Club: An Inconvenient Wife

An Inconvenient Wife by Megan Chance – from MeganChance.Com:

For young Mrs. Lucy Carelton, it’s becoming harder and harder to be the perfect wife. While other women revel in the rigors of the Season, she feels overwrought and increasingly suffocated.

Her husband, William, his beautiful, fragile wife to doctor after doctor, with no success. But now a brilliant and controversial new healer has arrived in New York City. Victor Seth is a doctor of neurology. He is also a hypnotist, maybe a charlatan.

Victor Seth holds out the promise of salvation. Or does he? For the compelling doctor has his own agenda. In the fascinating Mrs. Carleton, he perceives an opportunity he cannot resist, and soon his actions will set off a chain of events that will have shocking repercussions no one can foresee, Lucy least of all.

Heartrending and suspenseful, disturbing and darkly erotic, An Inconvenient Wife is a masterful blending of historical detail and flawless storytelling that shows how a woman can be driven to the edge of sanity, driven even to the ultimate betrayal.

I can’t say enough about this book – one of the best books I’ve read in a looooong time. It’s the kind of book I can’t put down until I’ve devoured it. And then I need to take time off to totally absorb it before diving into the next book. And that’s my favorite reading experience. And also why I don’t understand those goals to read a book a day or a book a week or some other such nonsense – lol! If people want to do that, it’s fine with me. But sometimes you get the feeling that’s supposed to be your goal, too.

I asked my RWA Women’s Fiction group for a recommendation for a women’s fiction novel with suspense elements because I was shopping around my psychological suspense women’s fiction and I was curious if there was a market for it. Soon after that, an agent requested the full so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. In the meantime,

I totally fell in love with this book – to me, it was brilliantly written. It’s inspired me to write another women’s fiction suspense – it touches my other self – the more seriously suspenseful side as opposed to the fun, flirty, romantic side. It took me awhile to discover this author, but now that I have, I can’t wait to read another one by her and have ordered her latest book, City of Ash.

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