Title: The Marriage
Author: K L Slater
Genre: Psychological Thriller
# of pages: 356
Published on: 20 May 2021
Published by: Bookouture
Source: a complimentary copy from NetGalley
K L Slater’s books are on my auto-buy list. I never read the book summary and get a pleasant surprise at the end of the book.
Bridget Wilson is getting married, and her groom is the man who killed her son, Jesse. And from here on starts a story of grief, loss, and love.
The story begins with intrigue and raising questions in the reader’s mind. The narrative jumps between various timelines and gives the reader the background of each character. It has a small pool of characters to follow through with each of them.
In 2009, Jesse Wilson died because of a fatal blow thrown on him by his best friend, Tom Billinghurst. Bridget and Jill (Tom’s mother) were close when both the kids were young. But the day Jesse died, their relationship cracked. Now, ten years later, Bridget is married to Tom. And a lot of eyebrows are raised.
Jill and Bridget have contrasting characters. Jill is an open book and short-tempered, and Bridget is calculative, and difficult to comprehend her actions. Even their ways of parenting are another side of the scale. Jill and Bridget were not just good friends; they also care for each other’s kids.
As the readers reach towards the end, they peel through each layer of the mystery. Everything is explained to the reader at a gradual pace.
The premise of the book is unusual and touches on a sensitive relationship topic of our times. The central theme discusses contemporary social issues and, common in her all books. Jill, Bridget, and Tom narrate the story through their perspective across multiple timelines.
The story is fast-paced and does not stop being intriguing and addictive for a moment.
The Marriage by K L Slater is a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the last page.
Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.