Book Review #200: The Secrets of Second Wives

Author: Kerry Fisher

Genre: Women’s Fiction, General Fiction

Language: English 

Series, if any: NA

Publisher: Bookouture

Date of publication: 24 February 2016

No. Of pages: 323


Two husbands. Two wives. Secrets and a devastating betrayal. 

Maggie loves her new husband Nico. But the shadow of his perfect first wife Caitlin, constantly hangs over her. Then Maggie discovers a golden music box which leads to Caitlin’s secret life, that can change the course of her married life. 

Lara is married to the charismatic older brother of Nico, Massimo. The perfect life that they happily show, hides a secret that Lara has been trying to keep quiet. 

For a family that seems to thrive on dynamics, but is held together by lies, the truth will come at a devastating price. 


I loved the main plot of this book – the intricacies of family dynamics and how much give and takenis required to keep everything and everyone happy in a family. But this gets more complicated when there are second marriages in the family. The author has beautifully broughtout the family dynamics of a mixed family with different cultures and values and the challenges that are usually seen. The plot has wide variety of themes and motifs and sub-plots that helps in keeping the readers attention. I loved the lead characterisation of Maggie and Lara. Two contrasting personalities, who bring a new wave of strength and persisitence to overcome their obstacles. 

What I didn’t like about this book would be the way of narration. I don’t know if it’s a technique employed by the author to show the class distinction between Maggie and Lara, and Maggie and the rest of the family, but the somewhat broken English didn’t endear to me at all since it interfered a lot with my reading experience. 

I somehow liked the cover image and the title. While the title is dramatic and directly indicates towards the plotline, the cover image is much more simple and soothing to compensate for the elaborate display. 

My opinion: I actually liked the book and I would recommend it as well. My only problem would be the narration style. But then its a very individual thing to like or otherwise. 

My rating: 3 out of 5


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