When Tully and Rachel's father, Stephen, announces that he is engaged to Heather--a woman younger than both of them--they are perplexed. Stephen is still married to their mother, who suffers from dementia but is very much alive. They are suspicious of Heather, but willing to give her a chance to support their father.
As the wedding draws near, cracks begin to show that leave Tully, Rachel, and Heather questioning everything they think they know--about themselves, their pasts, and their futures. And the only person who can provide clarity often doesn't remember who she is.
This was a riveting and sometimes disturbing read. The tension isn't in the action, but in the manipulation and uncertainty that underly every interaction. It's well done and all-too-realistic.
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A heart surgeon at the top of his field, Stephen Aston is getting married again. But first he must divorce his current wife, even though she can no longer speak for herself.
Tully and Rachel Aston look upon their father’s fiancée, Heather, as nothing but an interloper. Heather is younger than both of them. Clearly, she’s after their father’s money.
THE FORMER WIFE
With their mother in a precarious position, Tully and Rachel are determined to get to the truth about their family’s secrets, the new wife closing in, and who their father really is.
THE YOUNGER WIFE
Heather has secrets of her own. Will getting to the truth unleash the most dangerous impulses in all of them?