Book Talk: The First Wife: A Novel by Erica Spindler
“ [A] heated romantic thriller. ”
About the Book
As a child, Bailey Browne dreamed of a knight in shining armor swooping in to rescue her and her mother. As she grows older, those dreams transform, becoming ones of a mysterious stranger who will sweep her off her feet and whisk her away from her ordinary existence. Then, suddenly, there he is. Despite the ten year difference in their ages, her working class upbringing and his of privilege, Logan Abbott and Bailey fall deeply in love. Marriage quickly follows.
But when Logan brings her home to his horse farm in Louisiana, a magnificent estate on ninety wooded acres, her dreams of happily-ever-after begin to unravel. A tragic family history she knew nothing about surfaces, plus whisperings about the disappearance of his first wife, True, and rumors about the women from the area who have gone missing―and when another woman disappears, all signs point to her husband's involvement.
At first Bailey ignores the whispers, even circumstantial evidence against Logan mounts. But finally, Bailey must make a choice: believe what everyone says―or bet her life on the man she loves, but is realizing she hardly knows.
From the author of Justice for Sara, Erica Spindler's The First Wife is a thrilling new novel that will have you gasping on every page.
Reviews and What Readers Say
“ I've used the term "couldn't put it down" before but in actuality - one DOES put the book down, to grab a sandwich; to let the dog out. Not this time.I downloaded the kindle and hours later, had not left my seat. Ms. Spindler has created a tightly woven thrill ride---one I didn't want to get off of. I have read so many books where "who did it" was evident long before the last page but the author weaves her characters and plot details so intricately, that there are no glaring "aha!" moments that spoil the suspense halfway through the book. The conclusion was more than believable - it was a complete surprise and a satisfying end to a masterfully told story."
—L. Paul, Amazon Reader's Review
“ Bailey Browne and Logan Abbott met in the Grand Cayman Islands, and after a whirlwind romance, returned to Wholesome, Louisiana, to the Abbott Farms, the family compound, with staff and family residents living in cabins and cottages on the property.Three months later, Bailey is lying in a hospital bed after some kind of accident she cannot recall, and a diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury, with retrograde amnesia.What happened to her, and why is she so afraid? Why does everything about her life and her new family make her feel vulnerable? And why is Logan's sister Raine so hostile?It doesn't help that the Police Chief, Billy Ray Williams, has been hammering away at her, as if her husband has done something to her. He has an obsessive theory that Logan is a serial killer, and alludes to a host of missing women, including Logan's first wife True.What, if anything, does the death of Henry Rodriguez have to do with what has happened? And why does Bailey see herself covered in blood?The First Wife reveals multi-layered subplots and possible perpetrators, and while Bailey is even suspicious of Logan for a while, too many other possibilities occur to her...and then, just as I thought I had it figured out, there was a final surprise reveal. Definitely a page turner and full of characters with secrets, making most of them suspect. 4.5 stars."
—Lauren-Rain Snow, Amazon Reader's Review
“ Bailey Abbot was in a coma for three days. When Bailey woke up she hadn’t any recollection how she got there. Her husband Logan told her she fell off her horse and that the horse went back to the stables. Bailey has traumatic memory loss; she can’t recall anything before the accident. The doctor assured Bailey her memory will come back in a week.Police Chief Billy Ray William believes Logan killed his first wife. His first wife disappeared. Bailey doesn’t remember. She was covered with blood not only her blood also with Henry Rodriquez. Henry was shot in the back and lives on the horse farm in a cabin with a dog. Billy Ray was trying to question Bailey for three days since the accident. He finally had an opportunity to talk to Bailey in the hospital. However, it’s not what he wants to hear she has traumatic amnesia. Billy Ray convinced himself Logan killed his wife as well as several other young women who’s been missing. There is a serial killer in Wholesome, Louisiana population 717. Billy Ray is trying to get evidence against Logan.The First Wife was suspenseful and captivating throughout. In an unexpected twist at the end, the killer was revealed."
—Marie M, Amazon Reader's Review
“ A fabulous holiday read, even until the last few pages you still don’t know who did what!Great storytelling.You could empathise with the main two characters which had done that old cliched thing of “falling in love at first sight.” —Ruth B, Amazon Reader's Review
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A New York Times and International bestselling author, Erica Spindler's skill for crafting engrossing plots and compelling characters has earned both critical praise and legions of fans. Published in 25 countries, her stories have been lauded as “thrill-packed page turners, white- knuckle rides and edge-of-your-seat whodunits.”
Raised in Rockford, Illinois, Erica had planned on being an artist, earning a BFA from Delta State University and an MFA from the University of New Orleans in the visual arts. In June of 1982, in bed with a cold, she picked up a romance novel for relief from daytime television. She was immediately hooked, and soon decided to try to write one herself. She leaped from romance to suspense in 1996 with her novel Forbidden Fruit, and found her true calling.
Her novel Bone Cold won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence. A Romance Writers of America Honor Roll member, she received a Kiss of Death Award for her novels Forbidden Fruit and Dead Run and was a three-time RITA® Award finalist. Publishers Weekly awarded the audio version of her novel Shocking Pink a Listen Up Award, naming it one of the best audio mystery books of 1998.
Erica lives just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband and two sons and is busy at work on her next thriller.