Book Review Wednesday: The Divorce by Victoria Jenkins

No comments
I received this book from NetGalley but all opinions are my own.

This book has been sitting in my Kindle queue for a while and I finally got around to reading it a few weeks ago. I just have to say... what took me so long?!

"The Divorce" by Victoria Jenkins was a novel with more suspense than I ever remember reading in recent memory. It was slow yet fast at the same time and I finished it within a few days.


Publisher's Summary 

They seemed like any other couple

Josh and Lydia Green. A doctor, and a stay-at-home mother. They met at a party, which led to a dinner, which led to a happy and comfortable life together. They married young, and had children earlier than planned.

Their marriage seemed like any other marriage

They have their moments, of course – who doesn’t? With Josh working longer hours in the hospital, and Lydia feeling increasingly isolated at home, the strain is starting to show. They don’t talk as much as they used to.

But they have a secret like no other

Not every wife is as scared as Lydia.
Not every husband is hiding as much as Josh.
Not everything you think about them is true.

And this book contains a twist like no other…


My Thoughts

My expectations for this book were all over the place because right in the summary it says that the twist is unlike anything else before. I went into the book knowing that something was going to happen, knowing that the couple was not right and even if you didn't read the summary, Jenkins wrote Josh and Lydia perfectly.

The book is mostly told in the POV of Josh and Lydia's therapist, Karen, who is trying to help them through their issues. She has her own issues that we don't get a real insight into until the end of the book but we do know that she is mourning the loss of her beloved husband.

She is a little paranoid because of something that happened in her past but things keep happening when Josh and Lydia are around that make Karen unsettled. Picture frames moving, someone mouthing the words 'help' during their sessions, and more than one screaming match.

Something was not right about this couple and you really think you know what it is, it seems a little too obvious to the reader, and I guess to Karen. However, Victoria Jenkins does a fantastic job at setting the twist up without giving you any insight as to what is coming.

When the twist happened, it was well worth it! The way the purpose of the novel was revealed and how it played out after was super interesting and intricate. 

I really enjoyed every moment of this book. I thought it was really well written, a simple idea without too many characters or settings (the entire book took place in Karen's house, it was super interesting) and a twist that made sense.

My one gripe with the book? The ending. It was very open-ended and left me feeling unsatisfied. I'm the type of reader that likes everything tied up with a neat little bow and this just didn't do it for me. However, that didn't ruin the book and because it was such an easy, interesting read, I feel like I would read this again! 

If you're in the market for a quick thriller that isn't necessarily scary and definitely not gory, you'll enjoy "The Divorce." I'm excited to read more from Victoria Jenkins and her lovely writing style!

xoxo
B

No comments