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My Husband's Girlfriend

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⭐⭐⭐⭐Thanks to #netgalley for the ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. Another great domestic thriller from Sheryl Browne. Ollie's mum Sarah is concerned that his stepmum Laura is trying to replace her in his life. She replicates his bedroom in her house with his one at home....she tells Ollie secrets he mustn't tell his mum. Is Sarah paranoid or is Laura determined to replace her in Ollie's life?...the feeling of something sinister brewing throughout the book was palpable and the twists along the way are part of Sheryl Brownes writing style that her fans love. #sherylbrowne #myhusbandsgirlfriend #tea_sipping_bookworm #amazonkindle #goodreads #litsy #thestorygraph #bookouture#bookqueen #bookstagram #thriller
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Note - I received this digital arc for free as a courtesy of Net Galley and Bookouture publishers in return for an honest feedback.

Rating - 3/5

'Appearances can be deceptive.' And this is exactly what My Husband's girlfriend by Sheryl Browne is a all about. A standalone psychological thriller with a catch line in the book cover' She thought her child was in safe hands but she was wrong' and guess what - the deception starts from there itself !! This is one book that is definitely worth a short. To start with, I am absolutely glad that the book title was changed from whisper to My husband's girlfriend as the latter seems all the more relatable to the story in hand.

Divorced couple Sarah and Steve co - parent their 3 year old son Ollie. Both Sarah and Steve have moved on with their relationship. Things are manageable as Sarah spends time with Joe her ex and an officer who too is divorcee, however things start to complicate when Sarah has to take her son to spend time with Steve and his girlfriend Laura. All motherly instincts flare up in Sarah upon meeting Laura for the first time; which only increased further, the more she came to know about her and her family. To the world, Laura appears the perfect stepmother looking to build a beautiful relationship with Ollie but with Sarah that is so not the case. Things escalate to a point when Ollie goes missing and how Sarah attempts to find her child back in a race against time. 

The story was a complete roller coaster which practically builds up momentum till the end of the book. It was impossible to even gauge the gender of the culprit till the very end of the story. However there are a few points that need to be mentioned here. Chapter one just kept you hooked to the book but after that it was a slow drag of daily mundane events that was just building up the momentum which at times made me loose interest in the story. There were a couple of incidents that got you hooked but the fire simply dies soon enough. There were points in the story which actually made me wonder what is the mystery or thriller event in the story - an indicator of how slow paced it was.  Secondly the narrative was from multi perspective angle which was going back and forth that at times you do get lost a bit. There were certain loopholes or rather questions that were left unsolved in the story even after the end. The story generates a chaotic perspective with so many details that wasn't so essential.  For all these reasons I have rated the book as 3 stars. 

Rest apart, it was truly a psychological thriller indeed that really made you wonder how things can spiral out of control for people at the wink of an eye. And that you never know who walks among us with a mask while harboring psychotic and cruel tendencies in mind. Profane language usage is moderate while there are descriptive instances of sex and romance in the story. The language is quite simple to read and understand which is why this book is perfect for all readers aged 15+.

Rest assured the book is a fabulous read. 

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Trigger warnings: blood, violence, attempted murder, murder of children (graphic), miscarriage, abuse, child rape, child pregnancy,
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A fantastic thriller with so many twists and turns it has been impossible to put this book down - if you love a fast-paced thriller of a book then please read this one.
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My Husband’s Girlfriend by Sheryl Browne started off a little slow for me. When I read psychological thrillers, I expect them to be fast. But once I was 1/3 of the way in, I was hooked. There’s the perfect amount of mystery & family drama with characters that I found fascinating. I can’t wait to read more books by this author!
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My Husband's Girlfriend
by Sheryl Browne 
4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Description : 
She told my little boy a secret and now he’s gone…Tucking her little boy Ollie into bed one night, Sarah notices his beloved teddy bear, which she bought him when he was born, is missing and in its place is a new toy given to him by her ex-husband’s new girlfriend, Laura. When she asks Ollie about it, he begins to shift uncomfortably, before whispering ‘Laura told me a big secret and she said I can never tell you’ .Sarah’s heart sinks. But when she raises her concerns, nobody wants to listen. To everyone else, Laura is the perfect stepmother and Sarah is just the jealous ex-wife. But Sarah knew the moment she met Laura she couldn’t trust her, from her overly perfect stepmother act to the way she evaded questions about her own history. Soon Ollie is asking to spend more time with his dad and Laura, and shrinking away from Sarah. Then, when she calls to him in the garden one day, Ollie doesn’t answer back. The garden is silent. Ollie’s sandpit is empty. Ollie has disappeared.

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This is a story full of suspense and twists. It moved at a slower pace than i usually like and i almost gave up. However i am so glad i didn't. Told from several points of view
 My Husband's Girlfriend was both gripping and engrossing . Packed with many unexpected twists you will find yourself quickly turning the pages. All of the characters were well-developed .This author really knows how to bring her characters to life & draw her readers completely into the story with her
masterful writing, intriguing situations and captivating characters. I was back and forth with Laura
 from the very start. At times Sarah with her double standards got on my nerves. Many parts of this book caught me by surprise and trust me that does not happen very often.
The ending was totally mind blowing and left me in total shock ! I would recommend this book to all mystery and thriller lovers.

I received a free. E -ARC copy of this book from netgalley prior to release and am voluntarily leaving a review. I do not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing books from publishers & authors. Therefore, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one.

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Sheryl Browne is back to her excellent writing, with emotional turmoil laying throughout a twisty thrill ride!  Well written, full of twists anc turns, chills, thrills, and shocks!  A must read for my fellow thrill seekers and those who love Sheryl Browne’s books!  Sure to make your head spin!  

Will make sure to buzz around and use low Amazon reviewer number!
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This was a head flinging read. So many twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. A really good read which deserves the genre psychological thriller.
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This book was a page turner from beginning to end. I literally couldn’t put this book down and finished in one reading. What would you do if you found out your husbands girlfriend had a horrible secret. Would you trust her to watch your child? Would anyone believe you?  I literally couldn’t put this down until I found out the truth. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
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Sarah and Steve have split up, and while in new relationships, they share the care of their 3-year-old son Ollie.
When the time comes for Ollie to meet Laura, his dad's new girlfriend, Sarah understandably is concerned. At first, Laura seems trustworthy, but the more Sarah finds out about her, the less she trusts her. 
Are Sarah's suspicions unfounded or is Laura not the perfect stepmother she wants everyone to believe she is?

This was a good, gripping, and fast-paced read that had me guessing all through till the end.
I found, however, that some issues were left unresolved, and the story was at times a little far-fetched.
I think I would have preferred if the story followed Sarah and Laura only, as it did at the beginning. As it was, I found that there were too many points of view, and that made the story a bit chaotic.
Overall though, it was an enjoyable read that will keep you entertained, so go ahead and check it out.
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Sarah and Steve are devoted paretns to three year old Ollie but sadly their own relationship has broken down and both of them have found love again. Steve moves in with his girlfriend Laura and she is keen to begin weekend visits with Ollie. But Sarah isn't convinced that Laura can be trusted: is she right to be suspicious even though everyone tells her she is paranoid?
My Husband's Girlfriend had alarm bells ringing from the very first page. There was a realism to the careful negotiations between a couple who are no longer together but must get on with their own new lives, yet are still connected by a child. Both parents want the best for their son but also want acceptance for their new partners: tricky situation that many people will empathise with!
As a mum, I can completely understand how difficult it is to leave your child with others. Laura's actions seem suspicious because she is trying so hard and always has a ready explanation for the incidents that concern Sarah. Added to this is Laura's relationship with her overbearing mother, sleepwalking and stammer which make her appear vulnerable to Steve but Sarah sees them as worrisome.
My feelings towards Sarah are very mixed. I understand her natural protectiveness towards her son but she has double standards. She insists on meeting Laura before allowing Steve to introduce her to Ollie, but fails to offer Steve the same courtesy of meeting her new lover Joe.
The book is written from various perspectives but not in the first person. The pace is reasonably slow to begin with as various incidents ramp up the animosity between Sarah and Laura/Steve. There is a big twist which links to the title and I did guess but it did not spoil my enjoyment of the book. There were extra plot twists as all is revealed at the end and I didn't see those coming :)
My Husband's Girlfriend was hugely melodramatic and fabulously entertaining.
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Love this book and the new title. It was an interesting premise...took me a second to get into, but once I had, I was a goner. So fabulous!
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This was a great read, so many twist and turns, keeps you wanting to read more, unputdownable. Definitely a 5 star read.
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My Husband's Girlfriend (formerly The Whisper) is a tense psychological thriller that approximates real life choices we have to make when our instinct kicks in.  I love how the author has the main character, Sarah, flipping between trusting her husband's girlfriend, then feeling sorry for her.  Is Laura just a good actor, or just so traumatized by her past that nothing she says is the whole truth? Likewise, Sarah's boyfriend Joe, and ex, Steve distrust Laura's feelings putting them down to jealousy, but then believing her as evidence against Laura mounts. I love how we can vibrantly we see the wide-eyed innocence of Ollie, the little boy at the center of all the drama, making me nostalgic for when my boys were little.   I wish the story would have moved a little quicker, because I felt like I was always on edge.  But after all, that's the goal of a suspense novel, so well done Sheryl Browne!

Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for an advance reader's copy for review.
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We have all been in the position where you have a bad feeling about someone but no one else seems to see it. Sarah has this exact feeling towards her husband's new girlfriend, Laura. Laura begins to love Sarah's son, Ollie, a little too much, too quickly. Sarah follows her motherly instinct and knows that Laura has something to hide, but in her persistence, makes herself out to be paranoid and overbearing. Which one is it? This book had me changing my mind frequently and guessing right until the end. I found that character of Sarah easy to relate to, which helped to draw me into the plot further and want to continue reading.
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Oh my goodness, this is a total rollercoaster ride of a book! I absolutely could not put it down, I just had to know how it was going to end.

I liked Sarah, and her relationship with Steve, her ex, seems to be pretty good, so when her instincts tell her that Laura is not quite as she seems, I believed her. There’s certainly quite a few red flags where Laura’s behaviour is concerned, and it didn’t seem that Sarah was being jealous or over-protective.

Laura is a difficult one to get to know, and I didn’t know whether she could be trusted. The story is told from several points of view, which makes it all the more intriguing, but still won’t give away the ending.

This book is so cleverly plotted, with so many twists and turns. It will keep you guessing right until the end. When I read books like these, I always have a few hypothesis in my mind as to what will happen, who is responsible etc., but trust me, you will not second guess this book, there are so many strands to the plot and it all comes to a head near the end.

Be aware that you will need to cancel everything to finish this book. Once I got into the last few chapters I was totally riveted and the house could have fallen down around me and I still would have been trying desperately to read the last few pages!

Each time I read one of Sheryl Browne’s books I think that this is the best one yet, but she continues to astound me with her brilliance with each new book. This really is the best one yet, until the next one!

Totally gripping and engrossing, a superb read. Can’t recommend it highly enough.
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I’ve loved Sheryl's books in the past and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. There are so many twists from the beginning that I had no idea how it would work out. And what an ending. Very well done and another hit for author Sheryl Browne!
Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to read this. Highly recommended
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Oh WOW. this book is an amazing read for anyone who loves psychological thrillers. There are so many twists from the beginning that I had no idea how it would work out. And what an ending! I could never have imagined that. I have read all of Sheryl Browne's books and have to say this is the best one yet. 
Thank you to Bookouture for giving me the opportunity to read this. Highly recommended
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What do you get when you combine Sheryl Browne and a psychological thriller together? A damn fine read that’s what! I was so excited when I saw that a new book was on the way, that when I got my hands on a copy to read, everything was put on hold. I was instantly transported into this latest world she has created where I buckled up ready to be taken on one twisty and wild ride, as is always the case with Sheryl Browne’s books.

This book took me on an emotional deep dive with feelings alternating between concern, doubt and fear then to the very worse, absolute terror! The idea of anyone’s child being taken strikes a universal cord of fear mixed with god I hope that doesn’t happen to me or someone I love. Sheryl Browne does an amazing job of taking you inside lead character Sarah’s heart and mind and I couldn’t wait for the ending to unfold hoping all along that my fears would be eased, but this is little wicked Sheryl Browne I’m talking about!

The queen of the jaw dropping twist, Sheryl Browne got the better of me once again and kept me totally in the dark until she was good and ready to reveal all. It always makes for a more enjoyable reading experience when this is the case and Sheryl Browne never gives you any indication of the direction she is taking the story. You think you know, then BAM she pulls the rug out from underneath you. I really do love that about her books.

My Husband’s Girlfriend is a compelling and gripping tale that is a must read for fans of psychological thrillers. Strong and complex characters, brilliant writing and it really makes you think about how deceptive appearances can be. if you haven’t read a book from this talented author before, then My Husband’s Girlfriend is the perfect one to start with. Intense, dark and so very addictive, I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

Thank you to Sheryl Brown, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of My Husband’s Girlfriend, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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What would you do if your child was in danger? What if nobody believed you? 

My Husband's Girlfriend by Sheryl Browne is a nerve-jangling psychological thriller. Suspenseful, packed with twists, and impossible to put down.

Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my ARC in return for my honest review.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for this arc in exchange for an honest review.

Wow - what a book! From a smouldering start to a combusting conclusion.

This book was exciting, twisty and gripping right to the spine tingling end. 

Five stars from me.
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