The Last Wife - Nicola Marsh

The Last Wife

By Nicola Marsh

  • Release Date: 2019-10-11
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 872 Ratings


‘This was SOME read. Now I know what it means when people say a book was unputdownable. I just had to finish this in one sitting. It was just too good to wait until the next day… You will NOT want to miss this... Ten stars definitely!’ Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars

Trusting his family was her first mistake.

All Ria ever wanted was a family. Growing up alone in foster care, she imagined just how it would be. So when she fell in love with Grayson and had their daughter Shelley, she was determined to make his family love her too. She knew she’d never fit in with her glamorous sisters-in-law, or at the exclusive picture-perfect Chicago parties her mother-in-law threw, but with Grayson’s arm around her waist she tried her best to be a Parker.

Everything changed when Grayson disappeared.

Until one morning, Grayson leaves the house for work and never comes home. Left to raise Shelley alone, Ria is forced to turn to her husband’s family, to let her intimidating mother-in-law into her life, allow her to babysit Shelley, and accept her financial support. She tries to ignore the feeling that her sisters-in-law never thought she was good enough. They say they have no idea what happened to Grayson, and she tries very hard to believe them.

But Ria is about to learn that every Parker wife has secrets.

And protecting her daughter might come at a terrible price…

From USA Today bestseller Nicola Marsh. Utterly compelling, The Last Wife is an emotionally-charged novel about what one woman will do to survive. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Kerry Fisher and The Other Woman.

Readers love The Last Wife!
‘I was hooked from the thrilling prologue straight through to that jaw-dropping finale!... Drew me in and left me craving for more… Domestic suspense that'll easily have you swiping your night away.’ Misty’s Corner Reviews, 5 stars

‘WOW. I cannot say enough about this book! This book was the definition of a page turner – the plot twists kept me hooked up until the very end! Goodreads reviewer

‘What an amazing book. I couldn't put it down. Had my attention from start to finish. plenty of suspense and twists and turns. Just when I thought I had it figured out I was proven wrong.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Gripped right from the start, I couldn’t turn the pages on my kindle fast enough. Everything immediately drew me in… Taken on a wild addictive ride and what a bloody great ride it is!... Wickedly twisted, highly addictive, utterly deceptive and I absolutely loved it!’ Once Upon A Time Book Blog, 5 stars

Wow. Just wow. From beginning to end you had no idea where this book was going… This is a must read book… At one point you are yelling at the book because darn it tell me, the ending had me shook. I was quaking. Definitely not what I was expecting.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Deliciously good! I could hardly put it down. The family dynamics in this salacious drama feel like the best reality show mixed with a soap opera… I highly recommend this book to anyone.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

A fabulous read! There's everything here – secrets, danger, deceit… keeps you hooked right until the last page… Not giving anything away, simply to say, this is definitely a must read.’ Brook Cottage Books, 5 stars

‘I just loved this book! My second of Nicola Marsh’s books and it did not disappoint. A domestic thriller that kept me guessing until the very end… Highly recommend.’ Chapter Chatter Pub, 5 stars

I have read this book in less than three hours. It was quick, sharp and full of unexpected twists. Fully recommended! I will definitely reach for more books of this author.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


  • Ending

    By LauraFisher0218
    This book was very wonderful. I thought the plot was great. The ending just seemed very rushed. It didn’t wrap up the rest of the characters. I really wanted to see what happened to them!
  • Descriptions too repetitive

    By smlew115
    Writer repeats describing the same actions throughout the book, ie; tug on her ponytail.
  • Worth it

    By Amigee
    Though it started a bit slow, and a bit confusing because of all the characters, it was well worth it. Sometimes, the first of an author's published books turn out to have been their best. I hope that's not the case. I will definitely read this author again
  • Twisty and thrilling!

    By Hardcore Book Lover
    I stumbled upon this book and figured I’d give the author a try. I love a good mystery and trying to figure out the who did it as I read along. This book didn’t disappoint!
  • The Last Wife

    By Bun Brrabbid Lop
    Different way to tell a story. I didn’t like it at first. But, I wanted to see what happened. Was surprised how the author developed all the characters. And, I found myself reading for longer periods of time. Shocking ending. 🐰🐰🐰
  • The last wife

    By Grandma Fox 85
    One of the best Marjorie sparks
  • Yawn

    By ChNoTi
    Writing was mediocre at best. Storyline was boring.
  • The Last Wife

    By LindaLoey
    I found this book a great page turner although I guessed the mystery person from the start. I loved the character development and how even though the family members were so different they were so interwoven with each other. I enjoyed the strange very real events that were different and exciting. Nice read. I haven’t been this excited to see what was going to happen for a while.
  • Terrible book

    By MaryA311
    Might contain SPOILERS. The book is supposed to be set in Chicago, and nothing peeves me more than an author writing about a location without any knowledge. None of the “Chicago” suburbs mentioned exist. Nothing about the setting would indicate this was set anywhere in Illinois or Chicago. The shifting point of view also felt gratuitous. The women’s inner monologue felt like they were how the main character would imagine these other women thought and spoke. The characters felt underdeveloped and the book might as well have been written from Ria’s point of view alone. Most of the “mysteries” were basically the author saying “I received these emails with these secrets” and just not revealing what the emails said. (Insert eye roll) The plot was just improbable and I could not suspend belief for that long. Do not recommend.
  • No nuance

    By Reg4luv
    No nuance or subtlety. Could only get through about 20 pages.