• Malia Zaidi

Book Review: The Millionaire's Wife by Shalini Boland


My Review:

4 ****stars

This is my fourth book by Shalini Boland, and I know it won't be my last. Her style is so easy to read and all her books have held my attention from start to finish. The Millionaire's Wife is, I believe, Boland's first book which she self-published and now that it is being re-issued by Bookouture, I was offered a chance to read it by the publisher, for which I am very grateful. The story centers around a woman, Anna, and jumps back and forth between the past and present, revealing two important romantic relationships in her life. I don't want to give anything away, because there are quite a few twists in this book, but something happens in her past that catches up to her in the present, even though she had hoped it was over. This draws her into a rather frightening situation, which quickly seems to spiral out of her control. A little aside - having just reached the point after the big reveal when the real action was set to begin when my kindle froze and I panicked that I wouldn't immediately get to find out what would happen next. I have not been a frequent reader of ebooks until a few months ago, so this was quite jarring. Fortunately, the problem was fixed and I could continue. This did make me think (as I always have) what a dependable treasure actual, physical books are!

As with Boland's other books, The Millionaire's Wife is fast paced and clever, even if certain points strained my credulity. I didn't really care if there were a few issues in terms of logic, it was just pure entertainment. I did feel a little irritated with Anna sometimes, because I wanted to shake some sense into her and couldn't really understand why she was making certain choices, but she was a fairly likable character and I did feel for her. Also, I guessed one of the major twists quite early on, though it wasn't confirmed until I was near the end, so it didn't take away much in the way of reading pleasure for me. All in all, I found this book to be engaging and satisfying from beginning to end.

If you are looking for a gripping summer read and are a fan of this author or writers like Claire Mackintosh, Angela Marsons or K.L. Slater, I feel certain you will enjoy this book as well. I already look forward to reading her next book!

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