The Second Marriage By Jess Ryder
Book/Novel Author: Jess Ryder
Book/Novel Title: The Second Marriage
‘They’re lying,’ my little stepson whispers, his blue eyes shining with tears as I tuck him into bed for the first time. ‘They think I’ve forgotten, but I remember everything. I know my mummy is still alive.’My best friend warned me that it was too soon to marry Edward, a widower with an adorable but troubled little boy. She said we were moving too fast. But all I could see was a kind, loving man, struggling with grief, who needed my help.Yet as storm clouds gather above our small wedding ceremony, my hopes and dreams fall apart. None of my husband’s family turn up to support us. Instead of a honeymoon, we have a quiet night in. My wedding bouquet is placed on his first wife’s grave. And then my new stepson tells me he’s sure his mother is still alive.What does Noah remember and why is his father trying to make him forget? Have I been completely wrong about my husband? What happened to the woman who came before me, and how far will he go to stop me finding out the truth?An utterly unputdownable, gripping, twisty psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Before I Go To Sleep, The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl.What everyone is saying about The Second Marriage:‘Sweet JESUS what a story. Holy smokes I was NOT prepared. This was incredibly great.’ Read with K8, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘WOW! Just WOW! Gobsmacked by the twist!! really, really, really good. I raced through this brilliant, twist filled book. It was completely engrossing, impossible to put down and the twist floored me…The plot was brilliant and consistent throughout, it’s an unputdownable psychological thrill ride.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐’Wow this is another unputdownable book which once it had its claws in me I couldn’t stop reading. This is such a twisted story… I loved it!’ Book Lovers Anon UK, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘A gripping domestic thriller that you won’t be able to put down… an unputdownable domestic thriller with a twist that you’ll never see coming… Once I started this book, I could not put it down… I was blown away by the ending of this book… 5 explosive stars’ Layton Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘This book is absolutely amazing!! Read it in one day I couldn’t put my phone down I just had to keep reading it!! It was a page turner when you thought you had it all figured out you didn’t !!! Love love love this book!!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘This was so twisty & enjoyable I could not stop turning the pages… Jess Ryder’s writing is so compelling and suspenseful making this novel a great reading experience… this was one crazy ride!… an amazing book!’ Oh Happy Reading, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘A gripping, page-turning thrill of a read. Do you trust him- or don’t you? A wonderful rollercoaster, a fabulous plot and a great ending.’ Linda Strong Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘This one sucked me in quickly!’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘The story was engrossing. I was completely transfixed until the last page. Highly recommend’ Washington Post Mag, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐‘Wow. I could NOT put this one down. Perfect for fans of B. A. Paris, this is a purely addictive domestic thriller… The end is so intense it will have you at the edge of your seat until the chapter ends.’ Ludwig’s Thrillers
3 1/2 stars When I read the synopsis for Jess Ryder’s The Second Marriage, I thought I was going to be in for a wild ride. Though it was not the wild ride I thought it would be, it was still an entertaining read that was full of well written characters and a mystery I couldn’t wait to be solved. Lily Baxendale needed a change, so she accepted a job to home school Edward Morgan’s nine-year-old son Noah. Edward is very protective of his son. Their home is practically a fortress and Noah does not have any friends. Noah’s mother died when he was three and Edward has one rule, do not talk to Noah about his mother. After only a few months Lily and Edward began dating and then were married, though the honeymoon was over before it even really started. Edward’s two adult daughters are very cold to Lily, so cold that when one of them caught the bouquet they wanted to place it on their mother’s grave. Talk about awkward! None of Edward’s family showed up to the wedding. And Noah tells Lily that Edward is lying to him, “They think I’ve forgotten, but I remember everything. I know my mummy is still alive.” Then Lily discovers that Noah has a hidden memory box in the trees by the gate and he is leaving his mother pictures and letters. Not only is he leaving her letters, but he is getting responses back. As Lily starts digging more into Edward’s past she realizes she does not know her husband like she thought she did and that he is lying to her. Lily realizes she has to find out what happened to Noah’s mother, not only for his sake, but for hers as well. I really like the determination Lily had to find out the truth. With the help of her best friend, she was able to uncover some shocking information about Edward. Although there were times I wanted to scream at her because when she would confront Edward about his lies she would believe his explanation. All I could keep thinking was “OMG! What is it going to take for you to stop believing him?” And then there came a plot twist that made her actually stop believing him. Finally! LOL. I also love Lily’s connection with Noah. She was very sweet and caring with him. She really wanted to help him, be it reuniting him with his mother or come to terms with her death. Although she did get on my nerves a few times when Noah would confide in her and she would turn around and tell Edward. I was just like, Ugh! “Stop telling Edward things.” Even though The Second Marriage did not have the WOW! Factor I was hoping for, I still thought it was an enjoyable read and I needed to know what happened to Noah’s mother. The tension picked up at the end and had me turning the pages to a satisfying conclusion.
Despite having known Edward for a short time, Lily is excited to be his new wife. Even though his two grown daughters aren’t as thrilled as her, she adores his little boy Noah. Things take a surprising turn when Noah lets her know that everyone is lying to him about the death of his real mother. He believes she is alive and with Edward shutting down her inquiries and questions, Lily takes it upon herself to find out the truth. She soon finds herself in danger and doesn’t know who to trust anymore. I thought this was a good read that pulls you into the story to see who is lying and who is telling the truth. I like that Lily is a strong and determined character, willing to risk her life to find out the truth. Looking forward to reading more from this author. Thank you Netgalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this book.
The Second Marriage by Jess Ryder is a thriller novel. This one is a story that makes one wonder just how well do they really know those closest to them or just how much can you trust someone. When Lily married Edward she thought that she was going to live the happily ever after that everyone wished for. Sure Edward was a little older than Lily but age was just a number, right? Lily adored Edward’s son, Noah, and was looking forward to becoming his step mother. Edward’s older daughters seemed to have come around, hadn’t they? Shortly after the wedding was when things stopped adding up for Lily. That was when little Noah said that they were lying, that his mother was alive. Lily at first was skeptical and thought the young boy was confused but as time passed Lily finds so much that points that Edward is not the man she thought she knew. Having read this author before I knew I should find good writing in this one and was curious what the story would bring. The Second Marriage was one of those stories that the deeper I dove into it I still had to wonder where it was going. There were a few moments that I wondered if I even liked the main character and her actions but regardless I wanted to know what would happen every moment. With several twists and turns I was certainly hooked and curious all throughout. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
Enjoyed it so much I bought two more of her books! Kept me interested and wanting to read every night
I absolutely loved this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat right through to the end. Every time I thought I knew where it was headed, something new happened to send me in a different direction. While the basic concept of an older man rushing into marriage with a new younger wife with questions sitting in the background over the mysterious previous wife seems to be a fairly common trend at the moment, this book is a good example of this theme done right. Too often this kind of book presents us with the naive and/or whiney younger wife who has just been too dumb to see obvious signs in front of her. Instead, this book gives us Lily – a woman who is smart, independent and resourceful. She hasn’t married Edward because she needs his money, or because she needs to escape a former life/lifestlye – she has married a man that she genuinely loves and believes she knows. The slow and steady dawning of the realisation that maybe she doesn’t really know this man that she married the way she thought she did is both heartbreaking and believable. Believable because it’s not one sudden thing that triggers it all but, rather, a gradual build up of individual occurrences that lead her down this path. Heartbreaking because we get to bear witness to Lily’s journey as she uncovers secrets and needs to make decisions about whether or not she can continue to love and accept her husband knowing what she now does, and can she really trust him or are there still more secrets she has yet to uncover. Who is her husband, really? Full of twists and turns and unexpected reveals, this book is a ‘must read’ for fans of suspense and drama. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I listened to the Bolinda Audio version of this book and found the narrator well suited to tell the story. Am I glad I read it – absolutely, I loved it Was it a waste of my time – not at all Would I sit down and read it all over again – absolutely Would I read more by this author based on this book – yes (few more books in my TBR pile first, but then I fully intend tracking down more by Jess Ryder).
This is an excellent book. I couldn’t put it down! With the twists and turns, I just had to finish it.