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Michael Robotham’s Best Yet? Review of The Other Wife

July 16, 2018

‘William and Mary have been married sixty years.

William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife.

Both are strong believers in right and wrong.

 William and Olivia have been together twenty years.

Olivia was once a tennis star, but her career has long since faded. 

Joe O’Loughlin knows only one of these stories to be true’.


When Joe O’Loughlin receives the call that his father, William, is in hospital in an induced coma, he has no idea that his life as he knows it is about to change forever – and not because of his father’s condition.

When Joe enters the hospital room, he sees a woman sitting beside his father’s bed, her hands entwined with his, tears streaming down her face. The woman is not his mother. She’s a stranger – but she is also claiming to be William’s wife. Is Joe’s father – the forever upstanding citizen – living a double life?

The strangeness doesn’t end there. This woman is covered in William’s blood, and is claiming that she found him at the bottom of the stairs in their house. Can she be trusted? Is she really William’s wife – or the one who hurt him?

So, begins the psychological thriller The Other Wife by mega-bestselling author Michael Robotham. As a confused and troubled Joe starts investigating his father’s life, secrets and inconsistencies are unearthed. This book is about much more than lies – it’s about the consequences of fabrication; the power that secrets have to destroy not only our own lives, but the lives of those around us.

The Other Wife is one giant, delicious maze, with twists and turns at every page. One of Australia’s most celebrated authors, Robotham has a gift for suspenseful writing, knowing just how much information to divulge, and how much to keep hidden away until the perfect moment. For readers who enjoy mystery and intrigue, The Other Wife will have you reading until the early hours of the morning, unable to peel yourself away.

There’s no doubt that Robotham has a way with words. Witty and quick, his writing is electric, flowing with intense sharpness and clarity. A true crime writer, he has an amazing capacity for detail, finding meaning in everyday objects and events.

The characters in this book are layered and complex. Everything and everyone is connected, meaning that the reader really gets to know each character, and develops an attachment that leaves you wanting to know more about their lives, even after the book ends.

The Other Wife is a nail-biting psychological thriller, totally addictive from the very first page, so don’t start it if you’re planning to go out. We recommend you grab a nice glass of red, some chocolate and settle into a comfy armchair for a night of superb, uninterrupted reading.

About the Author:

Born in Australia in November 1960, Michael Robotham grew up in small country towns that had more dogs than people and more flies than dogs. He escaped in 1979 and became a cadet journalist on an afternoon newspaper in Sydney. For the next fourteen years he wrote for newspapers and magazines in Australia, Britain and America. As a senior feature writer for the UK’s Mail on Sunday he was among the first people to view the letters and diaries of Czar Nicholas II and his wife Empress Alexandra, unearthed in the Moscow State Archives in 1991. He also gained access to Stalin’s Hitler files, which had been missing for nearly fifty years until a cleaner stumbled upon a cardboard box that had been misplaced and misfiled.

In 1993 he quit journalism to become a ghostwriter, collaborating with politicians, pop stars, psychologists, adventurers and showbusiness personalities to write their autobiographies. Twelve of these non-fiction titles were bestsellers with combined sales of more than 2 million copies.

His first novel The Suspect, a psychological thriller, was chosen by the world’s largest consortium of book clubs as only the fifth International Book of the Month, making it the top recommendation to 28 million book club members in fifteen countries. It has been translated into twenty-two languages, including some he’s barely heard of.

His second novel Lost won the Ned Kelly Award for the Crime Book of the Year in 2005, given by the Australian Crime Writers Association. It was also shortlisted for the 2006 Barry Award for the BEST BRITISH NOVEL published in the US in 2005.

Michael’s subsequent novels The Night Ferry and Shatter were both shortlisted for UK Crime Writers Association Steel Dagger in 2007 and 2008. Shatter was also shortlisted in the inaugural ITV3 Thriller Awards in the UK and for South Africa’s Boeke Prize. In August 2008 Shatter won the Ned Kelly award for Australia’s best crime novel. Bleed for Me, Michael’s sixth novel, Bleed for Me was shortlisted for the 2010 Ned Kelly Award.

Michael can most often be found working in his ‘pit of despair’ (basement office) on Sydney’s northern beaches where he funds the extravagant lifestyles of a wife and three daughters.

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  1. Kathleen Westhorpe

    LOVE his writing- can’t wait to read this one!!

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