‘My Other Husband’ is the latest book by Dorothy Koomson.
Cleo Forsum is a bestselling novelist turned scriptwriter whose TV series, ‘The Baking Detective’ is a huge success. Writing is all she’s ever wanted to do, and baking and murder stories have proved a winning combination. But now she has decided to walk away from it all – including divorcing her husband, Wallace – before her past secrets catch up with her. As Cleo drafts the final ever episodes of the series, people she knows start getting hurt. And it’s soon clear that someone is trying to frame her for murder. She thinks she knows why, but Cleo can’t tell the police or prove her innocence. Because then she’d have to confess about her other husband.
When I delved into Dorothy’s latest book, I knew I was in for a rollercoaster of a story. I read it in two sittings, this book was impossible to put down.
The story is seen through the narrative of Cleo and is seen from the past and present. Cleo is the writer behind a successful crime series and has just called time on her marriage and has cancel her television series. All around her people are upset and confused by her behaviour but she’s doing it all to keep those close to her safe. The past narrative is about Cleo, whilst at university she meets Heath, an intense man who falls for Cleo. Their relationship are passionate, fiery and in the end Cleo decides to end it. Now years later, Cleo finds herself being questioned for crimes that are happening to people close to her.
I loved this story, it’s fast-paced, gripping and with short chapters, it’s easy to get absorbed into the story. Cleo is an intriguing character, she’s a well established woman but she’s letting her world fall down around her to keep others safe. She’s kind, brave and has an interesting relationship with her niece Lola, another brave and outspoken character who’s quick to speak her mind.
This story has all the makings of a great psychological thriller, complex characters, suspicious scenarios and twists throughout. Cleverly crafted and focusing on love bombing, toxicity and unhealthy relationships, ‘My Other Husband’ is another compelling and dramatic story from Dorothy that is grippingly good!
You can buy ‘My Other Husband’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.