[[ Read Reading ]] The New HusbandAuthor D.J. Palmer – Z55z.co

3.5 The new husbandwhat if he s just too good to be true What if he just wants you to think that For Nina it s time to move forward Her not exactly devoted husband has been gone for close to two years now He vanished into thin air not necessarily a bad thing But he s left Nina with a big ZERO in her accounts and plenty of questions still unanswered She s met a new man Simon and feels confident he s the one A real keeper Due to Nina s lack of income and savings she makes the easy de 3.5 The new husbandwhat if he s just too good to be true What if he just wants you to think that For Nina it s time to move forward Her not exactly devoted husband has been gone for close to two years now He vanished into thin air not necessarily a bad thing But he s left Nina with a big ZERO in her accounts and plenty of questions still unanswered She s met a new man Simon and feels confident he s the one A real keeper Due to Nina s lack of income and savings she makes the easy decision to move into a new home with Simon along with her two teenage kids Maggie and Connor And it s no stretch to say the new family is far from happy There were sections of this book that had me riveted Shocking revelations Real jaw dropping moments But there were also points in the story that had me rolling my eyes Nina s apparent weaknesses, to be precise I also stumbled when the story line switched to Maggie s POV Sorry, just too YA for me But, overall it was a fun thriller that managed to shock me, and made for the perfect spring summer read A buddy read with Susanne whose detective cap was working much better than mine She had it all figured out Lol Thank you to NetGalley and St Martin s Press for an ARC to read and review How well do you know someone Whew FINALLY I have been reading or attempting to read some less than enjoyable books lately This was like a breath of dark, twisted, creepy air My first bit of advice is this go into this one as blind as possible The synopsis is enough Nina Garrity has moved on since the disappearance of her husband, Glen After the police came to her door to tell her that his bloody boat was found but not his body, she learned some hard truths about him Then she took a How well do you know someone Whew FINALLY I have been reading or attempting to read some less than enjoyable books lately This was like a breath of dark, twisted, creepy air My first bit of advice is this go into this one as blind as possible The synopsis is enough Nina Garrity has moved on since the disappearance of her husband, Glen After the police came to her door to tell her that his bloody boat was found but not his body, she learned some hard truths about him Then she took a deep breath.and moved onto Simon Simon, a widower, is a high school teacher who has swooped in and swept Nina off her feet He is making a life with her even if her teenage daughter, Maggie is not okay with their romance Nina s son, Connor, enjoys his time with Simon he finally has a man in his life who is spending time with him.That s all you are getting from me folks I loved how the story unfolded and certain truths were discovered This is a psychological thriller done right I found this to be perfectly paced and plotted The pages kept turning as I desperately wanted to know not only when the truth would be revealed and how the truth would be revealed As the tension mounted and the danger level rose, I was glued to my seat, rived to the pages with a happy grin on my face What s the truth and what is a lie How do some see situations for what they are while others view them through rose colored glasses I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own Nina heard the hurt in Simon s words and her heart ached for him He was trying so hard to make it work for everyone, Maggie included This was a VERY frustrating domestic thriller There must have been exceptions in the past, but right now I m going to put it down to my inability to deal with that particular type of mystery thriller where the reader knows everything that is going on and has to sit and wait until the characters quit scratching their heads and finally catch up.Thrillers are my Nina heard the hurt in Simon s words and her heart ached for him He was trying so hard to make it work for everyone, Maggie included This was a VERY frustrating domestic thriller There must have been exceptions in the past, but right now I m going to put it down to my inability to deal with that particular type of mystery thriller where the reader knows everything that is going on and has to sit and wait until the characters quit scratching their heads and finally catch up.Thrillers are my go to comfort reads, which, I suppose, is a bit weird But I can usually rely on them to pick me up out of a slump when I ve exhausted myself on other genres When The New Husband was getting a lot of buzz in my GR feed, I was quick to add it What I can say about The New Husband is that there s nothing actually new about it It s a very standard domestic thriller with an unbelievably performative gaslighting asshole at its centre.I never warmed to the writing in this book As much as I enjoy a good cliffhanger chapter, I found it really cheesy and contrived when chapters would end with when Simon came marching into the room holding a gun because, come on, it s chapter 6 so you know he s not really threatening them with a gun and She d forgotten to clear the browser history because, duh, I d been mentally screaming at the page for the last five minutes for the same reason It just read like an old B movie I was adding a dum dum dum in my head.Also, serious pet peeve I really wanted them to stop talking about the darkness in Simon s eyes All the time And I tried really really hard to sympathize with Nina, but why is she so clueless She does so many ridiculous things She constantly notes how Simon says something weird or does something creepy and then brushes it away I understand the subtle manipulation that is part of abuse, but nothing about Simon is subtle He s such a terrible liar Warning bells are ringing left and right and she just keeps right on ignoring them And if you re doing something sneaky on a shared computer, make sure you log out of Facebook Oh god, view spoiler the bit where she s snooping in his house and she s just sat there, chilling out, reading a diary on his bed Was she trying to get caught She could have taken the damn diary hide spoiler I was actually quite annoyed how it seemed like the characters would do something very stupid or take their sweet time when they re in danger just to move the plot in a certain direction and create somedrama.Also, I kept waiting for the promised twist to happen and then suddenly I was at the end of the book and I realised that what was supposed to be the twist was actually just something I d assumed we all knew from the beginning Actually, scratch that, I had already figured out most of it by reading the blurb, before I even started the book view spoiler Her husband goes missing, a new guy shows up and knows all her interests, her favourite food, what impresses her where could he have possibly gotten this information Who could have known this and told him scratches head hide spoiler I feel really harsh giving a one star review, but it would be disingenuous to give anything else I really struggled with everything about this book The writing, the characters, the ridiculous showmanship of the villain come on, winking at Maggie Sorry to say it didn t work for me.Facebook Instagram CAMPY The New Husband is an over the top psychological thriller about a woman who finds love with a man who may or may not be a psychopath Nina, a single mother of two, has found love again After her husband mysteriously disappeared without a trace a year and a half ago, she began dating Simon Fitch, a teacher at her daughter, Maggie s middle school Nina s friends and Maggie have qualms about Simon, but she decides to embrace love and move in with him Nina thinks she has found the man of her CAMPY The New Husband is an over the top psychological thriller about a woman who finds love with a man who may or may not be a psychopath Nina, a single mother of two, has found love again After her husband mysteriously disappeared without a trace a year and a half ago, she began dating Simon Fitch, a teacher at her daughter, Maggie s middle school Nina s friends and Maggie have qualms about Simon, but she decides to embrace love and move in with him Nina thinks she has found the man of her dreams but is Simon too good to be true Is he hiding deep, dark secrets or is he really the man he seems to be Reading this book was like watching a Lifetime movie it was a trainwreck that I couldn t look away from The first half moves slowly and the narrative makes one question whether or not Simon is simply a good partner or a crazy, controlling a hole In the second half of the book, a huge twist is revealed that provoked me to say out loud, this is really f cking stupid I tried to explain to a friend what was going on in this book and could barely get the words out because I was laughing so hard It s not meant to be funny, but it s kind of hard not to laugh at the stupidity.I had to decide whether or not to keep on reading I wanted to give up and close this book, but I decided to turn off the critical side of my brain and see if it could coast on pure entertainment value Sadly, I was never able to give in and have fun with it the way I wanted Part of my issue was the writing, the other was the plot I did enjoy reading Maggie s perspective Ben, Maggie s best friend, is charming and Daisy the dog is awesome But the rest of the book Not so much Too much eye rolling and ridiculousness ruined this one for me This book has received many 4 and 5 star reviews I am very much in the minority with my feelings, so please don t let my review stop you from reading this book I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review Out now, as of April 14, 2020Nina s husband disappears and evidence leads her and the police to believe he probably abandoned the family due to secretly losing his job two years before his disappearance Within a couple of months of her husband s disappearance, Nina is in a committed relationship with too good to be true Simon, a teacher at her daughter Maggie s school Maggie is very upset about the relationship for a number of reasons and now, two years into the relationship, friction betwee Out now, as of April 14, 2020Nina s husband disappears and evidence leads her and the police to believe he probably abandoned the family due to secretly losing his job two years before his disappearance Within a couple of months of her husband s disappearance, Nina is in a committed relationship with too good to be true Simon, a teacher at her daughter Maggie s school Maggie is very upset about the relationship for a number of reasons and now, two years into the relationship, friction between Maggie and Simon is just one of the problems Nina is facing The story started out slowly, with Nina allowing Simon to pretty much dictate how things were in the relationship but when Nina rekindles her career, Simon starts showing his true colors Maggie blames Simon for misunderstandings, missed appointments, and other things going on in the household although Nina doesn t want to believe he s causing these problems But as Nina realizes that Simon does seem to be trying to keep Nina away from her family, friends, work, and anything that keeps her from him, she decides to look further into her husband s disappearance and further into Simon s past, a past that he doesn t want to talk about Once Nina develops a backbone and starts thinking for herself, the story got better for me Maggie is a delight, a smart, creative, young lady with a mind of her own Her father s abandonment of the family, along with schoolmate jealousies, has her being bullied at school but she s smart enough to know that she has done nothing wrong She is also smart enough to become friends with Ben, another intelligent, funny, kind, lonerthey become best friends and this gives Maggie a stability she doesn t have a home Sadly, the last part of the story had me rolling my eyesthan Maggie does, behind Simon s back Nina gets dumb and I can t stand it when characters start doing dumb stuff and keep on doing dumb stuff She even knows she s doing it and says so over and over that she needs to do something differently, in italicsDuring this time in the book, all the kudos go to Daisy and that s all I m going to say Thank you to St Martin s Press, NetGalley, and Edelweiss for this ARC FAIR WARNING Better not read this book if you re in a relationship or about to marry the love of your life.This book shattered a good portion of my hopeless romantic heart and now I need my harem of swoon worthy book boyfriends to glue it back together and kiss it better I m fairly new to the domestic thriller scene, and The New Husband is full of marriage nightmares Although I did enjoy the book, it was also, um, you guessed it, quite predictable for me.In the two years since the disappearan FAIR WARNING Better not read this book if you re in a relationship or about to marry the love of your life.This book shattered a good portion of my hopeless romantic heart and now I need my harem of swoon worthy book boyfriends to glue it back together and kiss it better I m fairly new to the domestic thriller scene, and The New Husband is full of marriage nightmares Although I did enjoy the book, it was also, um, you guessed it, quite predictable for me.In the two years since the disappearance of her husband which left a huge mess in its wake, Nina Garrity has been trying to get her life and her children s back on track The task would ve been impossible were it not for Simon Fitch who d successfully wormed his way into her betrayed heart with his charm and affections.Simon might be the perfect new husband for her But with the lack of closure in her former husband s missing case troubling her mind, her friends whisper of doubts in her ears, and her daughter s reluctance to accept him, Nina finds herself caught in the center of a tug of war If she s not careful, she ll have to deal with putting her family in the line of the devil s wrath.The first issue I have is THE TITLE Don t you think it s too obvious and glaringly screams SPOILER Okay, maybe that s the point But it took some of the fun out of reading this book Not to mention, the fact that the rest of the story doesn t have enough of that knock me off my feet effect, this book just fell short.The second problem lies with NINA Even though I could fully empathize with her, she has a habit of making questionable life decisions It takes 70% of the book for her to finally snap out of it, and that s, urgh, can you imagine how hard it was to keep my patience in check Thank God, she redeems herself at the end She knows how to be brave, tough, and protective when it counts.The next one I have is with THE VILLAIN whom I m going to refer to from now on as they just to be safe in case you still haven t pick up on the hint So, they re creepy alright But I feel like there are holes in their motives They re not well crafted nor are they given satisfying depth and background because it s just another case of traumatic childhood breeds villainy type of thing.Lastly, this book is only 384 pages but it felt so SLOW to finish The first half goes by in a blur with the narrative simply tries to show whether Simon is a good candidate for a husband or not The last 30% is nail bitingly intense However, the book presents you with a plot twist that s either going to make you laugh or roll your eyes I did both.Oh, and, THE EPILOGUE which basically spreads the message that we ought not to judge people too quickly unless we re in their shoes It s supposed to be touching and self reflective, but honestly it comes off a little preachy and pretentious I feel like it s signaling me not to badmouth the book LOLI guess when you shine light into the dark, she said, you see it for what it really is, and it loses all power over youMy favorite part about this book is Maggie the daughter , Ben her best friend , and Daisy the Garrity s pet dog They give the book a sort of YA vibes You might shake your head at the stupidity of the adult characters, but these three will have you root for them In spite of the few drawbacks I have with this book, The New Husband will open your eyes to a number of marital challenges and give you a relatively spooky psychological thriller ride This is a intense, tense and utterly twisted psychological thriller of lies and secrets by DJ Palmer Just how well is it possible to know your partner in a marriage Nina Garrity finds everything she thought she knew about her husband, Glenn, collapses after he goes missing on a fishing trip, the boat has lots of blood but questions as to Glenn s whereabouts remain unanswered Simon Fitch, a teacher, appears on the scene, a sweet, caring and kind man, the complete antithesis to the untrustworth This is a intense, tense and utterly twisted psychological thriller of lies and secrets by DJ Palmer Just how well is it possible to know your partner in a marriage Nina Garrity finds everything she thought she knew about her husband, Glenn, collapses after he goes missing on a fishing trip, the boat has lots of blood but questions as to Glenn s whereabouts remain unanswered Simon Fitch, a teacher, appears on the scene, a sweet, caring and kind man, the complete antithesis to the untrustworthy Glenn as far as Nina is concerned, in short he is the perfect man that she has been lucky to snag He is a grieving widower, mourning the loss of his wife who committed suicide, successfully worming his way into Nina s life Nina s son, Connor, takes to him but her daughter, Maggie, issceptical and hostile, she doesn t buy into his good guy shtick and intuitively understands that he is bad news Nina tries to learn the lessons of her past, she begins to look into who exactly Simon is, and Simon is a man with secrets What happened to Glenn This is a well written and wonderfully plotted read, of the terrors of who you can let into your home and family, a gaslighting, manipulative and controlling psychopath, secrets and lies, and the courageous Maggie A dark, disturbing and unsettling thriller, a great read that you will have to suspend disbelief for, that fans of psychological thrillers are likely to love Many thanks to St Martin s Press for an ARC SPOILER INCLUDED NOT the major spoiler but a spoiler.I can t resist I don t drop spoiler bombshells often in reviews but I was ROLLING ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING when discussing this book with my husband, Paul It s amazing how fun alive books become with buddy chats This wasn t the first time I ve laughed inappropriately actually when reading a domestic psychological thriller book The uncontrollable laughter happened to me at the end of the book, The Couple Nex SPOILER INCLUDED NOT the major spoiler but a spoiler.I can t resist I don t drop spoiler bombshells often in reviews but I was ROLLING ON THE FLOOR LAUGHING when discussing this book with my husband, Paul It s amazing how fun alive books become with buddy chats This wasn t the first time I ve laughed inappropriately actually when reading a domestic psychological thriller book The uncontrollable laughter happened to me at the end of the book, The Couple Next Door , by Shari Lapena, too So in D.J Palmer s, The New Husband..I we laughed silly about scenes in this book We are a sick human beings in this house HERE S A SPOILER A therapist gets murdered in this story you ll get details when you read the entire book Paul and I were cracking up cracking jokes REALLY the therapist has to die What did she do that was so bad THIS IS A FUN BOOK TO DISCUSS whether you like it or don t whether you find fault with it or not.Whether you like the characters or not Lying takes effort because eventually everyone gets tripped up in their deceit because secrets don t stay hidden forever The above excerpt epitomizes my over all feelings about The New Husband a domestic psychological thriller The first half of this book was both readable page turning interesting and a little boring not awful boring but familiar in storytelling Sleeping With The Enemyand familiar dialogue yada, yada, yada with typical teenage issues attitudes typical mom denials a story that started out sounding like many other stories we ve read or seen in movies But this book kept getting betteroriginal in time By around 50% into this book things became muchsinister twisty Honestly, I saw problemsa few odd sentencesa little too repetitivea little draggy at timescould be classified as a young adult bookbut.overall it was mindless puzzling intense in parts entertaining reading This will be a popular book for twisty psychological thriller readers It s good It s creepy It possibly lowers our intelligence by that I mean SUSPEND DISBELIEF haha.it s got that adrenaline addictive thing going on especially towards the end.A fewdetails BUT NO MORE SPOILERSChapter 1 The beginning It was a chilly predawn morning when Anthony Strauss eased Sweet Caroline , his seventeen foot Boston whaler, from the trailer into the water so dark it was indistinguishable from the sky Anthony thought he was alone on the water, but then saw another boat with only a dog on board A sickening realization set in when he saw the amount of blood that covered the deck NOTE Do not get hung up on the name Anthony Strauss He s only a name drop character Chapter 2 Seventeen months later We are introduced to Nina Garrity and her 13 year old daughter, Maggie a middle school aged tennis player with unmistakable hostility.MAGGIE NEVER PLAYS TENNIS ONCE IN THIS STORYShe played lacrosse until needing to wear a boo boo cast boot on her leg from an accident for a few weeks or longer.Maggie was wise beyond her years but no tennis matches are in this novelunless you think of tennis as symbolically reflecting relationships Hm Nina s other offspring is 16 year old son, Conner a High School football player not hostile like his sister NOTE don t expect much football playing either.Conner might be the wisest character in this tale I m kinda kidding and kinda not , 13 YEAR OLD MAGGIE is the wisest character Conner is not in the story very much Yet.he was cool, calm, and collective.He disconnected from the emotional heat taking place in his family every day Smart guy Daisy, the golden retriever, was easy to feel neutral about Nothing not to love about her Simon Finch he was the new man in Nina s life YIKESKeep your eye on this guySuper good cook YesSuper secretive YesSuper lier YesSuper controlling and manipulative YES Super CREEPY Yes Super DISTURBING YES, YES, YES Maggie superstar character.had many reasons to be angry Nina was partly to blame because she had opened her heart and soul to another man a man who was not her daughter s father.Nina was hooking up with Maggie s social studies teacher from her middle school Nina s divorce was not finalized yet with Glen, the missing husband seventeen months earlier , when only his bloody boat was found.HoweverShe was planning on saying yes to the marriage proposal from Simon, soon In the meantime Nina, Simon, Maggie, Conner, and Daisy, moved into a new house.in Seabury, New Hampshire,.a few miles away from where Nina and her kids had lived before with Glen Nina was no longer living near her two very close friends Susanna Garston and Ginny Cowling However Susanna and Ginny were great supporting characters women I enjoyed They contributed feelings of normalcy in a story that was everything but A favorite supporting character another 13 year old is Ben friend to Maggie Nina the character I often felt the most exhausting heartache for even with her blindspots and na vely , was dealing with a lot Her husband, Glen, was missing She was filled with confusion, anger, and shock..she was moving on pretty fast She was often in hope but not awake to her potential disasters Nina discovered Glen hadn t been working for two years She discovered his lies and secrets Readers will learn as the story unfolds Nina was an opening to receiving the sweet talk support that Simon was dishing outbut less an opening to believing he was dangerous or a lier With so many lies secrets betrayals and downright frightening unsettling situations going on in this bookfrom everyonein the very end.It s Maggie whom I d most like to see again in another novel I loved this young mature pre teen If D J Palmer writes another book about Maggie, I ll jump right in In the meantime I m happy with my old husband Thank you, Netgalley, St Martin s Press, and D.J Palmer HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY Reviews are all over the place for this and I get all of them.I agree that it was a little slow to start but when it did It zooooomed and it was a really wild ride.The writing is quite good The author expertly shows us how emotional abusers ramp up gradually making their target feel crazy the gaslighting in particular was so perfectly illustrated TW here, BTW The real star of this show, however, is the characterization of 13 year old Maggie She is everything Thank y HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY Reviews are all over the place for this and I get all of them.I agree that it was a little slow to start but when it did It zooooomed and it was a really wild ride.The writing is quite good The author expertly shows us how emotional abusers ramp up gradually making their target feel crazy the gaslighting in particular was so perfectly illustrated TW here, BTW The real star of this show, however, is the characterization of 13 year old Maggie She is everything Thank you to D.J Palmer, St Martin s Press and NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review What makes Simon Fitch so perfectHe knows all her favorite foods, music, and movies Her son adores him He was there when she needed him most He anticipates her every need He would never betray her like her first husbandThe perfect husband He checks all the boxesThe question is, why Nina Garrity learned the hard way that her missing husband, Glen, had been leading a double life with another woman But with Glen gone presumably drowned while fishing on his boat she couldn t confront him about the affair or find closure to the life he blew apart Now, a year and a half later, Nina has found love again and hopes she can put her shattered world back together Simon, a widower still grieving the death of his first wife, thinks he has found his dream girl in Nina, and his charm and affections help break through to a heart hardened by betrayal Nina s teenage son, Connor, embraces Simon as the father he wishes his dad could have been, while her friends see a different side to him, and they aren t afraid to use the word obsessionNina works hard to bridge the divide that s come between her daughter and Simon She wants so badly to believe her life is finally getting back on track, but she ll soon discover that the greatest danger to herself and her children are the lies people tell themselves