The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft

The Guilty Wife - Book

Published: 25th January 2018
Publisher: Orion
Pages: 320


Bethany Reston is happily married. But she’s also having an affair with a famous client and no one can ever know. When Bethany’s lover is brutally murdered, she has to hide her grief from everyone. But someone knows her secret and then one day, the threats begin. With an ever-growing pile of evidence pointing to her as the murderer, the only way she can protect her secrets is to prove her innocence and that means tracking down a killer.


Bethany is in a bit of a pickle – she loves two men. One of them is her husband of almost seven years, the man in which she has loved since their days at University and yet, she is also unexpectedly in love with the billionaire who she is having an accidental affair with. Readers are given the opportunity to get to know Bethany rather quickly; she’s a photographer, working and living in London, tries not to shout at her assistant and she thinks her life is going pretty well until she switches the news on one morning to discover that her secret lover has been brutally murdered and all eyes are on her.

“Whoever sent this message knew who I was, they knew where I lived and they knew what I’d done.” 

Soon enough, life gets a bit too much for Bethany as she struggles to come to terms with what has happened and just when she thinks everything is calming down – she begins to receive threats. The threats aren’t just ones telling her not to go to the police, but they include details in which only Bethany and her lover know about. The amount of tension in which those letters brought to the plot was unreal; readers will be continually waiting for the next one, worried for Bethany as she scouts out her London home to see if anyone is lurking and I absolutely loved how Elle built the atmosphere up.

“Alex gave an almost imperceptible nod and without a word, we walked away from the scene of our crime.”

With Bethany potentially facing a life sentence in prison for a crime she did not commit, she begins to wonder who else could have murdered her love in cold blood – was it her husband, the personal assistant, one of the many security guards? It isn’t until the epilogue in which readers will learn the full truth about what happened that night and Elle manages to answer every single question that readers will have throughout the duration of them reading the book. The plot is has a quick tempo, the characters are clean-cut and full of mystery, the subtle hints are extremely subtle and the overall outcome of the book is one of those ‘I bloody knew it’ moments.

Top Tip: When you read this book or The Other Sister, please talk to Elle on her Instagram about it as she really does enjoy reading real time thoughts with her readers!

Disclaimer: This book was purchased with my own money, but I have an ongoing working relationship with the publisher.




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