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Betrayal was just the beginning… Melanie Hale is a devoted mother to her two children, a diligent caregiver to her ailing mother-in-law and a trusted neighbor in their wealthy Louisiana community. Above all, she’s a loving partner to her wonderful husband, Collin. Then there are the parts of herself that Mel keeps hidden. She’s exhausted, worried and unfulfilled. So much so Betrayal was just the beginning… Melanie Hale is a devoted mother to her two children, a diligent caregiver to her ailing mother-in-law and a trusted neighbor in their wealthy Louisiana community. Above all, she’s a loving partner to her wonderful husband, Collin. Then there are the parts of herself that Mel keeps hidden. She’s exhausted, worried and unfulfilled. So much so that one night, after a writers’ group meeting, Mel begins an affair with a successful local author named Luke. Suddenly she’s transformed into a role she doesn’t recognize—a woman who deceives with unseemly ease. A woman who might be capable of just about anything. When Mel finds Luke’s dead body in his lavish rented house, she realizes just how high the stakes have become. Not only does she have to keep her affair a secret in order to preserve her marriage, but she desperately needs to avoid being implicated in Luke’s death. But who would want to kill him? Who else in her life is keeping secrets? And most terrifying of all, how far will they—and she—go to keep those secrets hidden?


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Betrayal was just the beginning… Melanie Hale is a devoted mother to her two children, a diligent caregiver to her ailing mother-in-law and a trusted neighbor in their wealthy Louisiana community. Above all, she’s a loving partner to her wonderful husband, Collin. Then there are the parts of herself that Mel keeps hidden. She’s exhausted, worried and unfulfilled. So much so Betrayal was just the beginning… Melanie Hale is a devoted mother to her two children, a diligent caregiver to her ailing mother-in-law and a trusted neighbor in their wealthy Louisiana community. Above all, she’s a loving partner to her wonderful husband, Collin. Then there are the parts of herself that Mel keeps hidden. She’s exhausted, worried and unfulfilled. So much so that one night, after a writers’ group meeting, Mel begins an affair with a successful local author named Luke. Suddenly she’s transformed into a role she doesn’t recognize—a woman who deceives with unseemly ease. A woman who might be capable of just about anything. When Mel finds Luke’s dead body in his lavish rented house, she realizes just how high the stakes have become. Not only does she have to keep her affair a secret in order to preserve her marriage, but she desperately needs to avoid being implicated in Luke’s death. But who would want to kill him? Who else in her life is keeping secrets? And most terrifying of all, how far will they—and she—go to keep those secrets hidden?

30 review for Such a Good Wife

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Slow burn psychological/ domestic thriller that you find yourself drawn into its rich deeply layered character driven writing! I am kind of true addict WTH I just read books with so many twists and never see it coming revelations. This book is so different from my normal smart, mind blowing, fast pacing thrillers but I still enjoyed it too much because... Well, Melanie Hale is flawed but honest heroine who makes us truly feel how a person who is suffocating, trapped in her own life, trying to fi Slow burn psychological/ domestic thriller that you find yourself drawn into its rich deeply layered character driven writing! I am kind of true addict WTH I just read books with so many twists and never see it coming revelations. This book is so different from my normal smart, mind blowing, fast pacing thrillers but I still enjoyed it too much because... Well, Melanie Hale is flawed but honest heroine who makes us truly feel how a person who is suffocating, trapped in her own life, trying to find a way to escape from her own realities for just a second to breathe! You can feel her cry for help, giving up her own writing career to take care of her son who is at the spectrum of mental illness. And she also finds herself taking care of Colin’s mother who suffers from dementia, slowly dying, losing her cognitive skills. Let’s not forget her daughter who turns into a sulking, whiny teenage. Colin is buried his head into his work. Even though he’s the sweet and kindest guy, the flame they had before already diminished! Melanie feels lost, breathless, lonely, unhappy, exhausted, unfulfilled ! She tries to join the book club to connect with her privileged, pretentious, gossiping neighbors which results as disaster. Colin suggests her attend a writing group at a bookstore. And she meets with charming Luke, a romance writer, who rocks her world. She feels the attraction and she tries to resist but she cannot! So she cheats, she hates herself but she cannot stop because first time in her life she feels alive! The forbidden intimacy, the undeniable attraction between them crushes into guilt feelings, her responsibilities to her family. She decides to end things between them but as she stops by his house, she finds him lying on a blood pool! It’s too late! And somebody sees her living his place! Somebody tries to blackmail her! She is already summoned to the police station. Could she be the prime suspect because of a crime she didn’t commit! Who may have killed Luke? An ex? A rival? Somebody she knows? This is more a psychological, slow burn, high tension suspense novel with detailed and impeccably well crafted characters. The characters’ evolving at the risky situations pick your interest more than the ongoing investigation. It was solid, well written suspense reading with impressive character building. That’s not my favorite kind of exciting, intriguing thriller novel but I still couldn’t put it down till the end and the conclusion was outstandingly great which made me rounding up 3.5 stars to 4 steamy, intriguing stars! Even though our heroine has flaws, telling lies, cheating, you can easily resonate with her and understand her misery, desperation without prejudging her. Special thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin / Graydon House for providing me this digital reviewer copy in exchange my honest thoughts.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael David

    Such A Good Wife...As if! Melanie is happily married to Collin. They have a teenaged daughter and younger son, and also care for Collin’s mom, who is pretty much on her deathbed. Despite some struggles, they remain happy. Melanie has always wanted to be a writer, so when Collin convinces her to join a writing group at the local bookstore, she decides to give it a go. That’s her first mistake. At the bookstore, she meets a well known romance author named Luke. Immediately smitten and not able to hi Such A Good Wife...As if! Melanie is happily married to Collin. They have a teenaged daughter and younger son, and also care for Collin’s mom, who is pretty much on her deathbed. Despite some struggles, they remain happy. Melanie has always wanted to be a writer, so when Collin convinces her to join a writing group at the local bookstore, she decides to give it a go. That’s her first mistake. At the bookstore, she meets a well known romance author named Luke. Immediately smitten and not able to hide her rapidly growing desires, Melanie begins an affair with him. Despite her guilt, she keeps it up until it finally dawns on her what the fallout could be if her family ever found out. She decides to break it off, and goes to his house to do it in person. Unfortunately, Melanie never has a chance to tell him...because Luke is dead. What’s worse is that someone seems to know she was seeing him. If only she never went to the bookstore. When a book has mostly all unlikeable characters, it’s important for me to still be able to root for one if I’m going to enjoy it. Luckily, I was rooting for Melanie despite her moral issues. This is a fun read with simmering suspense throughout. While the tension doesn’t necessarily build, there are a couple unexpected surprises and a deliciously wicked ending that borders on bonkers...but totally works. This is the first book I’ve read by the author, and I look forward to more. 3.5 stars, rounded up. Thank you to HarperCollins/Graydon House for sending me a widget for the ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book will be published on: 8/10/21. Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Oh, this was fun! For all appearances, Mel is the perfect wife. She cares for her ill mother-in-law, dotes on her husband, Colin, and two children, and everyone loves her. Mel has two sides, though. Underneath the surface, there are many cracks because she’s overwhelmed and hurting. She begins an affair with a local author named Luke. Mel’s deception allows her to feel more confident and empowered. Mel finds Luke passed away in his home, and now all her secrets might be bared. And how does Mel kee Oh, this was fun! For all appearances, Mel is the perfect wife. She cares for her ill mother-in-law, dotes on her husband, Colin, and two children, and everyone loves her. Mel has two sides, though. Underneath the surface, there are many cracks because she’s overwhelmed and hurting. She begins an affair with a local author named Luke. Mel’s deception allows her to feel more confident and empowered. Mel finds Luke passed away in his home, and now all her secrets might be bared. And how does Mel keep herself from being associated with Luke’s death while also preserving those secrets? Such a Good Wife is a nailbiter. I read it quickly, and it had just the kind of fast pace I enjoy in my thrillers. Mel is a complex character who really gets under your skin. I enjoyed watching those last twists unfold to see how the chips would fall for her. I definitely want to read more from this author and recommend this one highly to thriller fans who are looking for a fun and suspenseful story that’s not overly dark. I received a gifted copy from the publisher. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    Mel is such a good wife, mother, and daughter-in-law. Her life is constantly busy as she takes care of her children and mother-in-law. You'd think she could do no wrong, but she makes a mistake that causes her life to spiral out of control. All of a sudden, her tidy and fairly predictable life becomes a nightmare. Calm and collected Mel quickly becomes tense and paranoid. Before long she's in way over her head, as she struggles to keep up with her lies and those around her. This was a domestic th Mel is such a good wife, mother, and daughter-in-law. Her life is constantly busy as she takes care of her children and mother-in-law. You'd think she could do no wrong, but she makes a mistake that causes her life to spiral out of control. All of a sudden, her tidy and fairly predictable life becomes a nightmare. Calm and collected Mel quickly becomes tense and paranoid. Before long she's in way over her head, as she struggles to keep up with her lies and those around her. This was a domestic thriller I couldn't put down. The mess Mel got involved in kept me hooked from beginning to end. You'll definitely find yourself questioning the moral compass of such a good wife, and will feel the tension and suspense throughout. I highly recommend the audiobook, narrated by Xe Sands, who really brought the story to life.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    On the surface, Melanie (Mel) Hale’s world is fulfilling. She’s married to Collin who’s a successful provider and dotes on her. They have two children, Rachel and Bennett who is on the spectrum, and she is the primary caregiver for her mother-in-law Claire who is suffering from the final stages of dementia. But deep down, Mel feels a weariness, questioning whether there’s more in life and if she made a mistake in not pursuing her own dreams as a writer. When Collin signs her up to participate in On the surface, Melanie (Mel) Hale’s world is fulfilling. She’s married to Collin who’s a successful provider and dotes on her. They have two children, Rachel and Bennett who is on the spectrum, and she is the primary caregiver for her mother-in-law Claire who is suffering from the final stages of dementia. But deep down, Mel feels a weariness, questioning whether there’s more in life and if she made a mistake in not pursuing her own dreams as a writer. When Collin signs her up to participate in a writer’s group and makes plans to free her up time wise so she can attend, it sounds like the perfect balm. Though the group is a disappointment, Luke Ellison, the local writer reading a passage from his published book to a captive audience nearby is certainly not. Their later meeting at the bookstore’s cafe is life changing. And when he turns up dead, things get desperate. One of my most disliked book tropes is cheating partners so I coached myself to have an open mind about Mel before I even began this story. Surprisingly (even to me!), I was able to do that and just follow the flow of the story. But, I couldn’t help prodding her from the sidelines to not make the choices she eventually fell prey to doing. I could see the train wrecks coming (yes, there were multiple ones), even though they were not predictable. What was fascinating to see was how far Mel was willing to go to protect herself, her children and her husband. She took some treacherous, dangerous paths that shocked me but, in the end, we’re understandable. This story crashed my sensibilities, had me rooting for someone I wasn’t even sure I liked let alone admired. I still can’t believe I wanted her to come out of this unscathed and to not be implicated in Luke’s death. There are a few red herrings and they are oh, so good. While I had a suspicion as to what caused Luke’s death, I was still surprised at the outcome. But, the mystery takes a back seat to the brilliance of Mel’s characterization. I’ve never been so conflicted about someone I normally would have easily written off. That’s a tribute to the writing and the outstanding performance by the narrator, Xe Sands. Despite my high expectations of her, she made this story come alive for me in giving exceptional voice to Mel. I’m thrilled I opted for the audio version but don’t expect a tidy little ending. It was perfect. Posted on Blue Mood Café (Thanks to Harlequin Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brandice

    A good wife, mom, daughter-in-law, and neighbor, are all ways to describe Melanie Hale, who dutifully fulfills each of these roles despite being exhausted and wanting an activity for herself again. Melanie joins a writing group and while there, meets a local author named Luke. She unexpectedly has an affair with him, which is very out of character for her. When something big happens, Melanie is faced with difficult decisions and must to decide how far she’ll go to protect her family … And, that’ A good wife, mom, daughter-in-law, and neighbor, are all ways to describe Melanie Hale, who dutifully fulfills each of these roles despite being exhausted and wanting an activity for herself again. Melanie joins a writing group and while there, meets a local author named Luke. She unexpectedly has an affair with him, which is very out of character for her. When something big happens, Melanie is faced with difficult decisions and must to decide how far she’ll go to protect her family … And, that’s all you need to know — Read or listen to Such a Good Wife! While I like audiobooks, it usually takes me a little longer to get through them, however, I flew through this one in just a few days, eager to continue listening whenever I could. Xe Sands is a great narrator and I had to see how things played out for Melanie. Thanks to Renee (@itsbooktalk) for this recommendation on a recent podcast episode of @booktalketc

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    This is an engrossing domestic suspense novel. I enjoyed the first book I read by Glass last year, and this one is just as imaginative. I do not generally care for cheating in a book, and in this one I barely tolerated it, but since I knew from the beginning that it wasn't going to turn out well, I just went with it. I could honestly empathize a bit with Mel--trying to be a wife, mother to a teen daughter and special needs son, daughter-in-law to her husband's aging invalid mother who lives with This is an engrossing domestic suspense novel. I enjoyed the first book I read by Glass last year, and this one is just as imaginative. I do not generally care for cheating in a book, and in this one I barely tolerated it, but since I knew from the beginning that it wasn't going to turn out well, I just went with it. I could honestly empathize a bit with Mel--trying to be a wife, mother to a teen daughter and special needs son, daughter-in-law to her husband's aging invalid mother who lives with them, and loses herself in the process. That helped me to care about her and what happened to her, no matter how much I disapproved of some of her choices. The daughter's teen angst is written SO well, as is the cattiness of the neighborhood ladies. My only issue is that a few of those threads, especially with the book club friends, could have been juicy elements to the story but they are mentioned and then not explored further. As I said above, this is more of a domestic suspense than a true mystery. There are a couple of decent twists, but overall it's fairly straightforward. It's a bit of a slow burn, because there's not a great deal of action, however the characters (for the most part) don't do outlandish unrealistic things like in most books I've read lately, so it was a refreshing change. It also shows that an author can write a compelling novel without armchair detectives and eye-rolling moments (except the cheating, I will always roll my eyes at that) and still keep the reader entertained and invested. Overall this is a great summer suspense novel sure to entertain. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Such a Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass is a thriller read that really gives away what you will get simply by the title. Melanie Hale is our main character who we are to believe is such a good wife. Melanie is the type of woman that others envy looking as if she has it all, two wonderful children and a loving husband. What more could Melanie possibly need? Melanie however isn’t as happy as she seems on the outside. One day Melanie decides to do something for herself and attend a local writer’s g Such a Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass is a thriller read that really gives away what you will get simply by the title. Melanie Hale is our main character who we are to believe is such a good wife. Melanie is the type of woman that others envy looking as if she has it all, two wonderful children and a loving husband. What more could Melanie possibly need? Melanie however isn’t as happy as she seems on the outside. One day Melanie decides to do something for herself and attend a local writer’s group hoping for a bit of inspiration in her life and her writing. However, after the meeting Melanie finds herself flirting with Luke, a charming writer who Melanie somewhat envies his exciting life style. Melanie doesn’t quite know why or how she ended up in an affair with Luke or how to break things off now that it has happened. Sneaking moments with Luke became too addicting and Melanie knows she needs to call it off before she ruins her family and marriage but when Melanie walks in and finds Luke’s dead body she panics and runs and now Melanie lives in fear of anyone connecting her to Luke. Such a Good Wife is another thriller that for me had it’s positives and it’s negatives while reading. The book really was a slow burner as it spends a lot of time on Melanie contemplating the affair and really seemed to drag that all out. The book for me did pick up though and have me engaged in the whodunnit all of the story and I thought it wrapped up in a twisted and fascinating way which I liked. Overall I’m giving this one three and a half stars. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    How could a writing group and an author book signing turn into an affair and then a murder? Melanie is married, a stay-home-mother, an overworked mother, and an aspiring author. She attends the local writing group, sees the handsome author signing books across the room, starts up a conversation with him, and starts an affair with him. Melanie is actually not very likable. She feels no remorse for her infidelity, but worries when she finds her lover dead in his home. She worries the murder will poin How could a writing group and an author book signing turn into an affair and then a murder? Melanie is married, a stay-home-mother, an overworked mother, and an aspiring author. She attends the local writing group, sees the handsome author signing books across the room, starts up a conversation with him, and starts an affair with him. Melanie is actually not very likable. She feels no remorse for her infidelity, but worries when she finds her lover dead in his home. She worries the murder will point to her and ruin her family because she didn’t call the police. We follow Melanie as she stresses about whether she will be charged and who actually did kill the author. She also does some risky investigation in shady places and with shady people. SUCH A GOOD WIFE is a tense read with twists you won't expect. If you enjoy a nail biting read, you won’t want to miss this book. 5/5 This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4. This was only my second Seraphina Nova Glass book, and the first one was barely a 3-star read for me, so I definitely found this one to be significantly better. As expected, the title is sarcasm in its most delicious form, as the main character, Melanie Hale, is anything but a good wife. The book starts off with a bang - you know someone is dead, and you know it's a man, but that's it. Then begins the story of Melanie, her husband, Collin, their two children, and a live 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. This was only my second Seraphina Nova Glass book, and the first one was barely a 3-star read for me, so I definitely found this one to be significantly better. As expected, the title is sarcasm in its most delicious form, as the main character, Melanie Hale, is anything but a good wife. The book starts off with a bang - you know someone is dead, and you know it's a man, but that's it. Then begins the story of Melanie, her husband, Collin, their two children, and a live-in mother-in-law with dementia. Melanie has much to handle at home between her special needs son and her mother-in-law, and she is exhausted, stressed, and feels unfulfilled as a woman. What better way to eliminate stress and feel fulfilled as a woman than join a writing group and begin an affair with a successful romance author (eye roll). Before long, Melanie is over her head and her lies and double life catch up with her, and things spiral out of control in a murderous way. Things go from bad to worse when she learns that someone is on to her who knows that she had an affair and begins blackmailing her. I was hooked from the start of this one, although Melanie's affair seemed forced for the sake of the storyline. Her husband, Collin, is a dream husband and there wasn't enough "wrong" in her marriage for me to buy into the reasons for the affair - but clearly there wouldn't be a plot without it, so therein lies the reason I guess. I thought the secondary storylines i.e. the crooked cop, the mother-in-law with dementia, and the "other women" in the picture, had potential but weren't fully explored. There was so much that could have been done with them, but they sort of fizzled out. Perhaps that's also why I wasn't in love with the ending - it felt a bit rushed and left some unanswered questions, not to mention, it was borderline ridiculous. Overall, though, I did enjoy this one. There were a few unexpected twists, just maybe not as dark and sinister as I expected. While definitely not in my "top thriller" category, it was still a memorable read!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Melanie is married to Collin and they have two children: a teenaged daughter and a younger son with special needs. Collin's mother, who is in poor health and requires help with daily activities, also lives with them. Melanie joins a writing group which meets at the local bookstore where she encounters a popular romance author named Luke who is at the bookstore to promote his book and eventually she begins an affair with him. Luke ends up dead and someone seems to know about Melanie's affair with Melanie is married to Collin and they have two children: a teenaged daughter and a younger son with special needs. Collin's mother, who is in poor health and requires help with daily activities, also lives with them. Melanie joins a writing group which meets at the local bookstore where she encounters a popular romance author named Luke who is at the bookstore to promote his book and eventually she begins an affair with him. Luke ends up dead and someone seems to know about Melanie's affair with him. I quite liked Melanie and, even though I read the book blurb, I was very disappointed in her when she started this affair, as if the actual book was going to be different from the synopsis. There are a few pretty steamy sex scenes but there's also lots of suspense and some family drama involving Collin's mother which I thought was going to go somewhere and didn't. Although I guessed whodunnit (very unusual for me), I was very anxious to find out how the story would end. I was ultimately disappointed in the ending but it did wrap things up neatly. Well written and a smooth read. This is the first book by Seraphina Nova Glass (and may I say, what a classy name!) that I've read and I enjoyed it a great deal. I look forward to reading some of her other works. This book is very similar to I Don't Forgive You although I'm not very far into that book and, even though they're both good books, I don't recommend reading them too closely together. I won an ARC of Such a Good Wife in a Goodreads giveaway so thanks to them and to Graydon House, the publisher, as well as BookClubbish, the creator of the giveaway. Available August 10, 2021

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Such a good wife is a book that I should have DNF but instead I read it and was so pissed off for the rest of the day. It is really hard for me to rate books 1 star but I feel really strong about my opinions of this book, Especially the ending so I’m gonna go for it. 80% of this book had little to no plot line, then the last 20% picked up but my hate for all of these characters overruled any compassion for any of them. Do NO READ the rest of this review if you have not read the book it contains al Such a good wife is a book that I should have DNF but instead I read it and was so pissed off for the rest of the day. It is really hard for me to rate books 1 star but I feel really strong about my opinions of this book, Especially the ending so I’m gonna go for it. 80% of this book had little to no plot line, then the last 20% picked up but my hate for all of these characters overruled any compassion for any of them. Do NO READ the rest of this review if you have not read the book it contains allllll the spoilers. This “good wife” FAKED A SEXUAL ASSULT by a detective that raped and abused multiple women, to create evidence she used as blackmail to protect herself and her husband from a conviction that they were 100% guilty of. Yes she ‘helped’ Lacy, but what about the other women? As a victim of sexual abuse I am so disappointed in this story and the lack of TWs. I wouldn’t recommend this book anyone.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Belle

    In Such a Good Wife, Seraphina Nova Glass weaves a deliciously dark tale starring Melanie, a loving and overworked mother and wife having an affair with the handsome Luke…until he turns up dead. If you think you've figured out the culprit, think again. A sly and pulse-pounding murder mystery set in steamy Louisiana. In Such a Good Wife, Seraphina Nova Glass weaves a deliciously dark tale starring Melanie, a loving and overworked mother and wife having an affair with the handsome Luke…until he turns up dead. If you think you've figured out the culprit, think again. A sly and pulse-pounding murder mystery set in steamy Louisiana.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This was a bit of a slow burn, but with an action-packed ending. It centers on Melanie, a happily married mother of 2, who randomly starts an affair with a visiting writer, only to risk being exposed when he turns up dead. I couldn't quite figure out why Melanie started the affair to begin with, other than out of potential complacency or curiosity. I didn't find her super likable, as she seemed to use people around her (i.e., her "friendship" with Lacy) and also made some stupid decisions. I wis This was a bit of a slow burn, but with an action-packed ending. It centers on Melanie, a happily married mother of 2, who randomly starts an affair with a visiting writer, only to risk being exposed when he turns up dead. I couldn't quite figure out why Melanie started the affair to begin with, other than out of potential complacency or curiosity. I didn't find her super likable, as she seemed to use people around her (i.e., her "friendship" with Lacy) and also made some stupid decisions. I wish I could have better understood why she did the things she did and what she was thinking. Despite not being enamored with Melanie, I enjoyed the read and felt it was a steady slow burn. The end of the book had a couple big twists, neither that I saw coming, and one causing me to suspend my disbelief. Though it seemed rather "out there" to me, it was enjoyable to read. Overall, fun book with a unique take on a common story. This wasn't my favorite book ever, but is definitely memorable, and the ending was a fun ride. Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Melanie Hale's life was fulfilling for the most part. Happily married with two children, with her mother-in-law lives with them. She loves her husband. Her life. But, something was missing. That is all on the outside. Inside, Melanie is filled with doubts, uncertainty and has a strong feeling of missing out on something. There are stressful things in her life. Melanie's son is on the spectrum and her mother-in-law as dementia. One thing Melanie dreamed of was being a writer. Upon her husband's s Melanie Hale's life was fulfilling for the most part. Happily married with two children, with her mother-in-law lives with them. She loves her husband. Her life. But, something was missing. That is all on the outside. Inside, Melanie is filled with doubts, uncertainty and has a strong feeling of missing out on something. There are stressful things in her life. Melanie's son is on the spectrum and her mother-in-law as dementia. One thing Melanie dreamed of was being a writer. Upon her husband's suggestion, she takes the opportunity to attend a writers' group meeting and that is where she meets a local author named Luke. Mel begins an affair with Luke. However, she soon becomes filled with guilt. She goes to his home to tell him that it is over, only to discover his dead body. What is she to do? Then it becomes apparent that someone knew of Melanie's affair with Luke, thus putting her in more than one precarious position. How can Melanie balance keeping her marriage intact, all while not being connected with Luke's death? This tension-filled book delivers a story of a woman filled with flaws, but it was so very easy to empathize with Melanie, whether due to her home life, or to the situation that has started taking over her life, beyond Luke's death, to the point of blackmail. From the beginning to the thrilling conclusion, Such a Good Wife was impossible to put down. Many thanks to Graydon Huse and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    3.5 stars Mel appears to be the best wife. She has a son who is autistic and a mother-in-law who is close to dying. She shows compassion and patience in her care and comes up with solutions to soothe them while protecting her husband and daughter from seeing the worst of their conditions. Collin is a loving and kind husband. Mel honestly cannot complain. But she is unfulfilled. She steps out on her marriage and embarks on an affair with a local writing celebrity. I do not believe that she really 3.5 stars Mel appears to be the best wife. She has a son who is autistic and a mother-in-law who is close to dying. She shows compassion and patience in her care and comes up with solutions to soothe them while protecting her husband and daughter from seeing the worst of their conditions. Collin is a loving and kind husband. Mel honestly cannot complain. But she is unfulfilled. She steps out on her marriage and embarks on an affair with a local writing celebrity. I do not believe that she really fell for Luke so much as she fell for his life. Being this carfree spirit that could travel the world. That was unihibited in expressing his creativity. It certainly does not help that he is a good looking successful man. That his books are salacious and erotic further piques Mel's interest. She is flattered by the attention. It has been a long time since she has seen herself as an attractive woman. But now having someone else looking at her that way it means something to her. So she quickly gives in to passion. She knows all along that she is making a big mistake. She's conscious of what's at stake here, what she is risking as far as her family is concerned. She knows that when other parents' affairs were exposed that it has come back to hurt their children. They have become targets of bullying in the school and on social media. Mel does not want that for her kids. They are already vulnerable. Ben for the obvious reasons. Poor Rachel not only has to deal with the usual teenaged angst but has been walking around on eggshells lest she trigger one of Ben's outbursts. Then Mel inserts herself into other people's problems being fully aware of the danger it might pose. Perhaps she is drawn to excitement after having led what she feels is a humdrum life where her needs are always on the backburner. The book opens up with Mel discovering Luke's body. We know SHE did not kill him. But then who did? And who knows her secret? Can it be used against her? Will she take the fall for a murder she did not commit? Will she be able to keep her family out of the fray of the murder investigation while keeping her crimes of passion a secret? The first half of Such a Good Wife builds around the sexual tension between Luke and Mel while the second half was more fast paced and centered on the mystery. This is where the twists and turns that mystery lovers crave are found. There were plenty of suspects and juicy motives. Recommended for readers who like steamy romance mixed in with their murder.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Zainub Reads

    This is the unpredictable story of Melanie Hale a “devoted mother”, a “loving wife” and to her dementia suffering old mother-in-law, a “diligent caregiver”. Despite the glorious portrayal, Melanie is anything but all of those qualities! Exhausted and burnt-out from the pressures of everyday life she succumbs in a matter of seconds to the charms of Luke, a successful author after a writers’ group meet and embarks on an affair immediately that she carries on alongside all her domestic duties with gu This is the unpredictable story of Melanie Hale a “devoted mother”, a “loving wife” and to her dementia suffering old mother-in-law, a “diligent caregiver”. Despite the glorious portrayal, Melanie is anything but all of those qualities! Exhausted and burnt-out from the pressures of everyday life she succumbs in a matter of seconds to the charms of Luke, a successful author after a writers’ group meet and embarks on an affair immediately that she carries on alongside all her domestic duties with gusto. But when she finds Luke dead in his house, she attempts to erase all her traces from his life in order to protect her image and relationships from any potential damage the discovery would cause her but ends up getting entangled in her own web. I don’t think I have ever despised any character in any story in recent history as much as I did Melanie and without giving any spoilers the fact that the author somehow makes her out to be a “good wife” will blow your mind and is the real mystery you need to unravel by reading this book! Thank you to the publishers @harpercollinsca for the ARC in exchange for an honest review of the book✌🏼 Such a Good Wife will be out on 10 August 2021.

  18. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Twiles

    Sorry, this wasn't for me. The self righteousness of the heroine about people with dementia who are put into nursing homes by their families - most of the time families are not able to care for loved ones with dementia. Miraculously, and highly unrealistically, the heroine here is able to do that by sticking her MIL in an upstairs bedroom while she is able to care for three children, one of whom has autism, make meals for the family, etc and so on. Give me a break. Dementia involves wandering, c Sorry, this wasn't for me. The self righteousness of the heroine about people with dementia who are put into nursing homes by their families - most of the time families are not able to care for loved ones with dementia. Miraculously, and highly unrealistically, the heroine here is able to do that by sticking her MIL in an upstairs bedroom while she is able to care for three children, one of whom has autism, make meals for the family, etc and so on. Give me a break. Dementia involves wandering, combative behavior, dangerous behavior, etc and so on, and making the difficult decision to put a loved one in a home where they will get proper care is not neglectful or wrong, it is loving and right. I'm sorry if giving a one-star gets me banned from further ARCS but as someone who has dealt with family members with dementia I can not pretend to feel otherwise about the situation. (Plus the heroine somehow had time for an affair. With three kids AND an MIL with dementia and terminal cancer. This book should have been classified under science fiction.)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Wuthering Vines

    This was such an entertaining and juicy domestic thriller! I was hooked immediately and devoured it in one sitting as it’s such a fun and quick read! I always enjoy when a book starts off with a bang in the prologue, perfectly teeing up for an engrossing and engaging journey! This page turner was suspenseful, twisty and deliciously clever! Full of deception, betrayal, tension, bad decisions and murder, this is one domestic suspense read that you don’t want to miss!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    SUCH A GOOD WIFE is the first book I’ve ever read by Seraphina Nova Glass but it certainly won’t be the last! Once I started reading, the twists and turns kept on coming and I could not put it down. Ms. Glass has a talent for creating gripping plot lines and books that practically demand to be read in one sitting –and SUCH A GOOD WIFE is no exception. I took my time with this amazing and mind blowing story as I wanted to make it last. Seraphina reels in her readers with quite a hook. I am kickin SUCH A GOOD WIFE is the first book I’ve ever read by Seraphina Nova Glass but it certainly won’t be the last! Once I started reading, the twists and turns kept on coming and I could not put it down. Ms. Glass has a talent for creating gripping plot lines and books that practically demand to be read in one sitting –and SUCH A GOOD WIFE is no exception. I took my time with this amazing and mind blowing story as I wanted to make it last. Seraphina reels in her readers with quite a hook. I am kicking myself for not reading this story the minute I received it! She starts by putting the reader on a crazy roller coaster ride of emotions. I was so frustrated because I couldn’t figure out who did it. I was annoyed and I loved every minute of it. SUCH A GOOD WIFE flows smoothly. I was quickly caught up in the story-line and found it difficult to put down. This book just flew by! SUCH A GOOD WIFE was such a thrilling ride for me! This story is filled with mystery and many secrets. Your heart will be in your throat throughout most of this gripping story and you won’t believe how it ends! That’s all I’m saying about that! SUCH A GOOD WIFE had me yelling at the characters in the book over and over again! My emotions were all over the place and just when I thought I had it all figured out, Seraphina Nova Glass showed me just how wrong I was. SUCH A GOOD WIFE is crazy good and everyone should read it! I am now on a quest to read all of her previous books and can totally understand why so many of my reading friends love this author so much! I applaud Ms. Glass for not making Mel “rise above” her past and for writing a character so perfectly, that my heart literally felt like it was broken while I read SUCH A GOOD WIFE. If you feel emotions like I did about these characters, that is good, it means the author did her job. I forgot to mention the other characters in the book- you will love them even if you hate them. Again, this is what is so great about the author- her characters. The author is brilliant in her character development. SUCH A GOOD WIFE is a suspenseful tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final pages. I highly recommend SUCH A GOOD WIFE! This book is a well written novel that hooked me from the very first page. I do not want to tell too much because I don’t want to give anything away, but while reading, I felt every possible emotion I could think of and loved every minute of it! There is so much going on in this story, but Ms. Glass does a wonderful job of weaving all the pieces together. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Graydon House through Harper Collins and Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nadene (Totally Addicted to Reading)

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Such a Good Wife was an interesting and riveting tale of betrayal, murder, abuse and blackmail. The story hooked the reader from the beginning. While reading l had a difficult time wrapping my mind around the title. The heroine, Melanie, did not strike me as a good wife. She cheated and lied to cover up her cheating. However, at the end I saw how well the title t I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Such a Good Wife was an interesting and riveting tale of betrayal, murder, abuse and blackmail. The story hooked the reader from the beginning. While reading l had a difficult time wrapping my mind around the title. The heroine, Melanie, did not strike me as a good wife. She cheated and lied to cover up her cheating. However, at the end I saw how well the title tied in with the Melanie’s actions. Delivered solely from Melanie’s POV, the reader was privy to her inner turmoil regarding her actions. Initially, I found it difficult to cultivate a feeling of empathy for her. I kept wondering why would she cheat? Married to a wonderful husband and had two beautiful children. I get that she may have been overwhelmed with caring for a child on the autism spectrum and her mother-in-law who suffers from dementia. However, this did not excuse her actions. She herself didn’t even know why she did it. Collin, her husband, was a sweetheart. He supported her in every way possible. He encouraged her to join a writing club to get her creative juices flowing. Guess it wasn’t enough. As the story progressed, she pushed my sympathy button and honestly I kept wondering how she would pull herself out of the mess she place herself in. In the end I was like, OMG, you are one brave woman. I am not sure I would have the guts to do what she did. It goes to show when your back is against the wall, you will do all in your power to protect those you love. It is at this point the reader saw the extent of her loyalty. Is she really Such A Good Wife? Well, I will let you draw your own conclusions. The secondary characters added to the suspense of the story. They all had motive. It was just a matter of figuring out who. I had a suspect in mind, although there were a few times where I questioned my theory. The characters featured all had their flaws, which had to the authenticity of the story. The story may not have moved at a fast pace, but it proved difficult to put down. Glass too the reader on intense ride.  To conclude, Such A Good Wife was an unputdownable read. If you enjoy a good slow burn domestic suspense that will have you glued to the pages, this would be a great addition to your reading list. This review was originally posted on Totally Addicted to Reading

  22. 5 out of 5

    Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)

    📚 Hello Book Friends! SUCH A GOOD WIFE by Seraphina Nova Glass was a slow-burn mystery-thriller with a surprising ending. I thought I knew who did the crime, but I was totally wrong. The author delivered well structured plot and crafted noteworthy characters. Although the story was slow, it was interesting and engaging. I would have love more around the conflict between Melanie and Valerie. I think the author had an opportunity to do more with their power struggle and bring spice to the story. O 📚 Hello Book Friends! SUCH A GOOD WIFE by Seraphina Nova Glass was a slow-burn mystery-thriller with a surprising ending. I thought I knew who did the crime, but I was totally wrong. The author delivered well structured plot and crafted noteworthy characters. Although the story was slow, it was interesting and engaging. I would have love more around the conflict between Melanie and Valerie. I think the author had an opportunity to do more with their power struggle and bring spice to the story. Otherwise, it was a solid book and I enjoyed it. #bookstadog #poodles #poodlestagram #poodlesofinstagram #furbabies #dogsofinstagram #bookstagram #dogsandbooks #bookishlife #bookishlove #bookstagrammer #books #booklover #bookish #bookaholic #reading #readersofinstagram #instaread #ilovebooks #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #bookreviewer #bookcommunity #bibliophile #canadianbookishlovers #suchagoodwife #seraphinanovaglass #harpercollins #grandonhouse #bookreview

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Such a Good Wife is a Domestic Thriller/Mystery penned by Seraphina Nova Glass. Melanie Hale is the main character who the title refers to as such a good wife. Melanie seems to have it all, a loving husband, two wonderful children and works from home as a budding author. Melanie thinks she is happy and loves her family, but deep down, she is not as happy as she thinks. When she meets a handsome and successful author at the shop where a local writer's group meets, she finds herself flirting with Such a Good Wife is a Domestic Thriller/Mystery penned by Seraphina Nova Glass. Melanie Hale is the main character who the title refers to as such a good wife. Melanie seems to have it all, a loving husband, two wonderful children and works from home as a budding author. Melanie thinks she is happy and loves her family, but deep down, she is not as happy as she thinks. When she meets a handsome and successful author at the shop where a local writer's group meets, she finds herself flirting with with Luke. The next thing you know, they go out for drinks, back to his place and spend an evening together. They end up having an affair, but she feels so guilty she breaks it off a couple of times. They keep getting back together, but she is finally ready to call it quits. When she goes to his house for what she thinks will be the last time, she finds him dead on the patio below the terrace. She panics, takes everything she thinks might lead back to her and drives home. Now, she is worried that something might give her away and implicate her in the murder. Melanie was one of those characters that you like one minute and dislike the next. She is a good mother and dotes on her children, and she tries to help a woman who is a victim of abuse. Then she takes chances and has an affair. She is selfish and she lies. Such a Good Wife was a slow burner. Melanie was constantly contemplating what to do next and that slowed down the story somewhat for me. As the story went on, there were some twists and thing happening that had me sitting up in my seat. You might have to suspend belief a bit for the final few twists in the story, but they tied the mystery up nicely of how Luke died, and had me saying "WOW". I will say that I had several ideas and suspects that I thought had killed Luke, but the one who did it, was not on my radar at all. Melanie also wants to save her marriage, so what she does was another of those WOW moments. Overall, I enjoyed this story, but this was not my favourite thriller or story about cheating wives. I did do a read/listen with this book and I found when the story slowed down a bit, I had to read it to make sure I didn't miss something. Xe Sands does a great job with the narration. She gives the characters their own voices and uses her tone, expression and emotion to bring those characters to life. I think I enjoyed this one just a bit more because of her performance. The publisher generously provided a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    blondethrillerbooklover

    •SUCH A GOOD WIFE• Seraphina Nova Glass ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Domestic thrillers are my favorite sub-genre and this one was totally up my alley. It’s basically following the main character make one bad decision after another and shaking your head the whole time. And I loved it! 😂 _______________________________ Melanie’s entire life is taking care of her husband, two children and dying mother-in-law and she is burnt out. While attending a writing group, she meets a handsome author and one thing leads to another •SUCH A GOOD WIFE• Seraphina Nova Glass ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Domestic thrillers are my favorite sub-genre and this one was totally up my alley. It’s basically following the main character make one bad decision after another and shaking your head the whole time. And I loved it! 😂 _______________________________ Melanie’s entire life is taking care of her husband, two children and dying mother-in-law and she is burnt out. While attending a writing group, she meets a handsome author and one thing leads to another.... She begins an intense affair. One night she goes to his house and finds him dead 👀 Now she is trying to keep her life from unraveling. _______________________________ I really, really enjoyed this one! And this cover! It is gorgeous- I just want to run my hands over it 😂😂

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    SUCH A GOOD WIFE by Seraphina Nova Glass is an entertaining domestic thriller! It’s about a housewife, Mel, who finds her lover’s dead body and then begins an extreme web of secrets and lies. I loved the fast pace and finished this book in two days! I was kept guessing until the end as to who the murderer was and even though I didn’t care for the ending at all it was definitely a captivating read! Throughout there were several parts that made me roll my eyes a little but it was a fun journey. I SUCH A GOOD WIFE by Seraphina Nova Glass is an entertaining domestic thriller! It’s about a housewife, Mel, who finds her lover’s dead body and then begins an extreme web of secrets and lies. I loved the fast pace and finished this book in two days! I was kept guessing until the end as to who the murderer was and even though I didn’t care for the ending at all it was definitely a captivating read! Throughout there were several parts that made me roll my eyes a little but it was a fun journey. I liked the first person point of view as to learn Mel’s true motivations. Overall this is a quick enjoyable thriller! . Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for my uncorrected proof!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    What a deliciously, dark and twisted domestic thriller of a ride with a wicked ending that may blow your mind! Not one single page of this book slowed down or caused me to loose interest, not one! …the tension was steady throughout, and it’s been a while since I’ve read a thriller that’s pulled me in the entire time! Man, does this author know how to tell a story! Melanie lives in a wealthy Louisiana community, is a mother to two children, and wife to her loving and wonderful husband, Collin. Mela What a deliciously, dark and twisted domestic thriller of a ride with a wicked ending that may blow your mind! Not one single page of this book slowed down or caused me to loose interest, not one! …the tension was steady throughout, and it’s been a while since I’ve read a thriller that’s pulled me in the entire time! Man, does this author know how to tell a story! Melanie lives in a wealthy Louisiana community, is a mother to two children, and wife to her loving and wonderful husband, Collin. Melanie is also exhausted, unfulfilled, and worried. She keeps these feelings hidden from her husband, including the affair she just had with Luke, a successful, local author she met at a writers group. She slowly transforms into a person who deceives, lies, and covers her lies with more lies.. which she does with ease. It eventually dawns on her that the implications of her affair will eventually ruin her family, so she heads to his house to end things… but the only thing she finds is Luke’s dead body. Now, not only does she have to keep her affair a secret in order to protect her marriage, but she desperately needs to avoid being implicated in Luke’s and her death. But who would want to kill him? Who else in her life is keeping secrets? …and how far will they—and she—go to keep these secrets hidden? Trigger Warning: Sexual assault Thank you to @harpercollinscanada for this ARC one exchange for an honest review. This book is set to release on August 10, 2021.

  27. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Hélène⚜️

    I liked this thriller but it wasn’t a fast read for me it was a bit slow to get into the story.The beginning was so good but it turned flat until it picked up at the end of the story. Melanie has a loving husband and kids but some how something is missing and she’s bored. She decides to join a writing club to meet everybody Thursday but one day she meets Luke a writer and she isn’t bored anymore. But, Luke ends up dead and her nightmare begins. I do recommend this book! Thank you! @harpercollinsca I liked this thriller but it wasn’t a fast read for me it was a bit slow to get into the story.The beginning was so good but it turned flat until it picked up at the end of the story. Melanie has a loving husband and kids but some how something is missing and she’s bored. She decides to join a writing club to meet everybody Thursday but one day she meets Luke a writer and she isn’t bored anymore. But, Luke ends up dead and her nightmare begins. I do recommend this book! Thank you! @harpercollinsca and the author for this gifted copy.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Ringuette-Vinup

    Great second novel! Great second novel! Wonderful writer. Great character development. Suspenseful and thrilling for certain. Highly recommended book by Seraphina Nova Glass.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sonica

    4.5 stars Thank you Graydon House Books for my copy of Such A Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass, in exchange for my honest review.  This title publishes August 10, 2021. When I picked up this book, I was in a deep reading slump where no book was grabbing my attention and I wasn't sure what to expect....well, this yanked me right out of my slump after the very first page! The story follows Melanie Hale, who seemingly has the perfect life - perhaps a little too perfect?  She becomes restless and her 4.5 stars Thank you Graydon House Books for my copy of Such A Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass, in exchange for my honest review.  This title publishes August 10, 2021. When I picked up this book, I was in a deep reading slump where no book was grabbing my attention and I wasn't sure what to expect....well, this yanked me right out of my slump after the very first page! The story follows Melanie Hale, who seemingly has the perfect life - perhaps a little too perfect?  She becomes restless and her loving husband Colin, recognizes this and suggests she join a writing group to get out of the house and do something [that she enjoys] for herself. That night turns into more than she bargains for when she meets a charming writer who consumes her attention for days after.  Toying with the idea of seeing him again, Melanie puts herself in a situation she didn't expect to want as much as she does and begins a steamy affair with said writer.  She finally decides she needs to end the affair, only when she turns up at his house he is found laying in a pool of blood... If that doesn't make you run to grab a copy of this book, I don't know what will.   This was just what I needed in terms of reading entertainment.  With a slow-burning and tension-building plot, Such A Good Wife will grab hold f you right from the first page and won't let go until the end.  With short chapters and a plot like this one, you will likely finish reading in one sitting like I did.  I completely lost myself in this story and needed to know what was going to happen next. The characters were unlikeable [of course - as they should be in a thriller, makes for better entertainment] and although you aren't necessarily rooting for any of them, you can't help yourself from turning those pages.  I really enjoyed this author's writing and grateful for this book pulling me out of my slump.  You will be faced with twists and turns throughout and an ending that will make your head spin. I highly recommend picking this one up if you are a fan of thrillers and looking for that next escapist read packed with entertainment.

  30. 5 out of 5

    daniela weber

    this first person only perspective book feels like a mousetrap full of energetic actions the protagonist takes even in her perfect housewife disguise - the ending felt a little childish, though.

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