Sunday 2 February 2020

#BlogBlitz His Wife's Secret by Susan Willis

Today it's my turn on the BlogTour His Wife's Secret: Why is she punishing me? by Susan Willis.
About the Author
Susan Willis is a published author of four novels and five novellas. She lives in Co-Durham surrounded by a big family and dear friends. Susan works as a food technologist developing new recipes and weaves the different aspects of her job into stories.

Her last two novels are psychological suspense. Readers who have left reviews on amazon love the books because they are realistic with everyday people in situations that can happen.
She has a collection of Fun-Size Tales of Love & Family which are available in Ebook and paperback.

Susan is now writing Cozy Crime Short Reads and incorporating up to date issues of poor mental health in a kidnap scene, the perils of social media, and an intruder on Skype. Nest year she hopes to publish these stories into a collection.

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About the book
When David meets old school-friend, Erin again he falls head over heels in love. He leaves his wife and their sixteen-year-old daughter to marry Erin. But, in a small village people have long memories and they move south for a fresh beginning. Erin’s behaviour starts to change in a very strange way and David wonders if she is punishing him for something he’s done?

Willis doesn't get to the core of the plot until a fair way into the story, so initially it just apears to be a case of a broken family readjusting to the new structure and status quo. The new wife is jealous of the ex-wife and his daughter, and the daughter dislikes the new wife. The new wife Erin hatches a plan to put distance between old and new.

Erin is obsessed with an old diary, which reveals secrets her mother and others kept hidden from her. What she learns doesn't just unsettle her, it sets off a sequence of events that leads to a change in behaviour and the way David views her.

She is already exhibiting certain patterns of behaviour before she starts obsessing about her mother. Jealousy, possessive traits and the need to isolate her husband from everything and everyone he loves and knows.

It's a domestic thriller - the violence creeps into the story slowly and escalates.

There is an element to this story that lifts it slightly into the genre of psychological crime, however the violence and abuse aspect of the story was enough to carry the tale in its entirety. The woman on man premise is a poignant point to make, especially in a society when abuse is still misunderstood and ridiculed, even more so when men are the victims.

The author describes the escalation and lack of comprehension quite well. When does a playful  accepted slap become a slap that is no longer playful. If you've given consent for the first does it automatically mean there is consent for the latter. Why is it still so difficult for society to comprehend that men can be victims and women can be the perpetrators of domestic violence?

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