Book Review: The Wife’s Secret by Kerry Wilkinson


CoverImageAuthor: Kerry Wilkinson

Print Length: 338 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (October 10, 2018)

Publication Date: October 10, 2018 (Available for pre-order)

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC


Buy it here: Amazon | Amazon UK 

Source: Thank you to Kerry Wilkinson, Bookouture and NetGalley for an eARC of this book.


Charley Willis was thirteen years old when her parents were killed in their family home and she was found hiding in a cupboard upstairs.

Fifteen years later, Charley is marrying Seth Chambers. It should be the happiest day of their lives, a chance for Charley to put her past behind her, but just hours after the ceremony, she is missing.

No one saw her leave. No one knows where she is.

One thing is for certain…Seth is about to discover he doesn’t really know the woman he just married. And his nightmare is only just beginning.

A totally gripping psychological thriller that will keep you reading until the very last jaw-dropping twist.

My Thoughts

The Willis Family
  • Appearance is everything
  • The children are props to make the parents look good
  • Parents are always under the public microscope
  • Parents are always looking for the next opportunity to make themselves relevant no matter the cost.
How does this impact the family, when you pull back the layer of public opinion?

Charley has had a rough childhood. But, with her sister Martha’s help, she has grown into a lovely lady.  She starts a business, meets Seth, falls in love and next a wedding is in the works.

Their wedding day was supposed to be one of the happiest days of their life.  However, at Charley and Seth’s wedding reception, Charley disappears.  No one knows where she has gone. This leaves her husband, Seth, wondering and worrying. Is it something he did? Did she leave willingly or was she forcibly taken?  Where is she? What happened to Charley?

Unknown to Seth, Charley has been keeping a secret.

Entertaining, Engrossing, page-turning thriller

It feels as if I know the characters. Specifically, I can’t help but root for Charley and Martha. However, I did find Liam’s behavior troubling and irritating.  I kept trying to figure him out. Very early on, I felt as if Charley had this heavy brick on her chest of secrets/untold truths that she needed to let go of. But she didn’t want to offload her secret until she had no other option.

Could you keep a significant event/thought or secret from your significant other?
If you found out that your significant other has kept something from you,
how would you handle it?

The publication date for The Wife’s Secret is

October 10th, 2018. 

It is available for pre-order.



“The Willis Curse; The Cursed Family; The Mysterious Willis Family. Take your pick.”



About the Author

author imageKerry Wilkinson has had No.1 crime bestsellers in the UK, Canada, South Africa and Singapore, as well as top-five books in Australia. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States. His book, Ten Birthdays, won the RNA award for Young Adult Novel of the Year in 2018.

As well as his million-selling Jessica Daniel series, Kerry has written the Silver Blackthorn trilogy – a fantasy-adventure serial for young adults – a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus numerous standalone novels. He has been published around the world in more than a dozen languages.

Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’.

When he’s short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he’s not, he writes it all down.

Recent & Upcoming US releases:
The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker (standalone): Out now
Something Wicked (Andrew Hunter 1): 8 October
The Wife’s Secret (standalone): 10 October
Eye For An Eye (Jessica Daniel 12): 7 November
Something Hidden (Andrew Hunter 2): 10 December
Jessica Daniel 13: 14 January 2019
Andrew Hunter 3: 7 March 2019

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Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for this eARC.


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