04 March 2015

Spotlight & Giveaway: War of the Wives by Tamar Cohen

War of the Wives
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Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary.
Publication: January 27th 2015 by Mira.
Think marriage means happily ever after? Think again…

Selina and Lottie are complete opposites. Where Selina is poised but prudish, Lottie is quirky and emotional. Selina is the dutiful mother of three children and able manager of their stylish suburban home. Lottie lives with her eccentric teenage daughter in a small city apartment fit to bursting with color and happy chaos. But these women also have one shocking similarity: they're married to the same man…and they've just found out he's dead.

Selina has been married to Simon Busfield for twenty-eight years, Lottie for seventeen. Neither knew a thing about the other until the day of Simon's funeral, where the scandalous truth is revealed in front of everyone they know. Another wife, another family… And they've only just scratched the surface of Simon's incredible betrayal.

With dark humor and razor-sharp wit, Cohen expertly unravels a story of deception and betrayal, where two very different families will discover they are entwined in ways that will change them all forever.

"A cracking debut…. Fatal Attraction with a clever twist at the end. Addictive."
—The Bookseller on The Mistress's Revenge

"Dark, clever and addictively funny."
--Lisa Jewell, bestselling author of The Making of Us and Before I Met You

"A cracking debut...Fatal Attraction with a clever twist at the end. Addictive."
--The Bookseller on The Mistress's Revenge

Guest Post
From Mira:

Following her critically-acclaimed debut, The Mistress's Revenge (2011), Tamar Cohen returns to the deep subject of marriage infidelity, complete with the deep observational wit that rendered her beloved by readers and critics alike. WAR OF THE WIVES (Mira; January 27, 2015; $14.95) is an emotional, darkly funny, and shockingly suspenseful story of two very different families that find themselves entangled in an affair on which they can only blame Simon Busfield...who happens to be the deceased patriarch of each.
Selina and Lottie Busfield could not be more different people. Selina is a prim and frosty suburban housewife who spends her time frequenting yoga classes, booking vacations and running the local book club. Conversely, Lottie is a part-time artist who lives with her eccentric daughter in a small urban apartment. The only thing these woman have in common is their taste in men. Selina wed Simon twenty-eight years ago, whereas Lottie has been married to him for seventeen. It's only at his funeral that they come to realize they've been married to the same man.
True to their nature, the bereaved wives react in different ways. Selina quickly takes a lover, overcome with her rage towards her philandering husband. Lottie finds solace in a canister of pills, hating herself over the choices she's made. As they try to dig through the details of their joint lives, the two women find endless subjects about which to bicker. Was Lottie's marriage legal? Who gains control over Simon's estate? The two sides cannot come together for more than a few minutes before the snark and the claws come out. But suddenly facts come to light that push these petty details aside.
As investigators look more closely at the details of Simon's death, more and more questions arise. Initially thought to be a drunken accident, recently found camera footage shows that Simon was with someone else before he died, and foul play is suspected. Furthermore, Simon's account claims that he was doing business with some nefarious people and still owes them a great deal of money. Even worse, he seems scared. The ugly facts are piling up, making it clear to both wives that they didn't really know their husband. And when the home invasions start, they realize they've just barely scratched the surface of Simon's incredibly betrayal.
In the bestselling tradition of Liane Moriarty's The Husband's Secret, Tamar Cohen brilliantly weaves together a story of secret lives, deception and misguided love through the two Busfield families in WAR OF THE WIVES. Cohen vividly captures the shocking loss of a loved one's death, as well as the utter confusion of learning long held secrets about that person. Skillfully blending sharp wit, dramatic suspense, and indescribably British charm, Tamar Cohen's WAR OF THE WIVES will stay with readers long after the closing page.

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Tamar Cohen is a freelance journalist who lives in London with her partner and three teenage children.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Kelly, looks like a fab book! How about adding your review to the Books You Loved collection over at Carole's Chatter? Cheers