Review of All She Ever Wished For by Claudia Carroll

Published: 6th October 2016
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 496


One wet winter night, two women meet on a bridge. One is Tess Taylor, a personal trainer on the way to meet her boyfriend for date night. The other is Kate King, a celebrity married to a handsome billionaire who just happens to make her cry. In the cold dark evening, there is nothing to link them together but the bridge they shiver on. Little do they know they’ll both hold the key to each other’s future marriage…


The narrative opens two years ago, on Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin where Kate King is in the mist of crying when a passerby, Tess simply asks if she is okay. Upon reading the first chapter, I was intrigued by the plot and wandered where Claudia would take the plot as it already had me very interested. As the narrative slides back into the present day, Tess has discovered a major flaw in her wedding plan: she’s been called up for jury duty and with having to plan absolutely everything (she’s having her big day at home), she’s trying her hardest to get out of it but it’s looking rather unlikely.

“It was a bit like stumbling across the Queen bawling her eyes out over the Thames; one of those things that you just couldn’t imagine happening.”

With Tess having no choice but to serve jury duty, the last thing she expected was to be on the case of Damien King vs. Kate King; the very same woman who she met briefly two years ago on a bridge and with her being sat in the court room with a rather handsome man called Will, the plot suddenly became interesting. As the court case takes centre stage in the media, the narrative flashes back to happier times in Kate and Damien’s marriage to show how the cracks unfolded exactly and in all honesty, that’s the aspect of the book I enjoyed the most.

“…as Kate lay alone in bed, she remembered what an award-winning liar Damien could be.”

Between the court case and the wedding jitters, the book only had half of my attention and in all honesty, I’m not really sure why as it was well written, full to the brim of descriptions and the characters were lovely to read about but it felt as if something was missing throughout. Overall, I enjoyed reading about Kate’s life and once the plot finally got going in the court room, I was able to settle down into the swing of the narrative more.

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