The Ex-Husband

A Novel by Karen Hamilton

Synopsis: It’s an offer she can’t refuse…and might not survive. Charlotte has an unsavory past, but she’s on the straight and narrow these days. She was so young then—she married the wrong man, falling for Sam’s sweet-talking charm and charisma, and got caught up in his con artist games. If only she’d left him before things went too far. Now Sam is missing. But before he disappeared, he left urgent, cryptic messages about someone threatening him—someone who has been threatening Charlotte, too. So Charlotte takes a job as a personal assistant for an engagement party aboard a private luxury cruise ship, the Cleobella, to get far away from anyone who means her harm. But as the Cleobella sails through its glittering destinations, increasingly sinister events haunt the guests, and the turquoise waves and sun-drenched beaches give way to something darker. Someone knows what Charlotte did. Is it the blushing bride? The seemingly placid mother-in-law? Or the mysterious heiress? Someone knows, and someone wants revenge—before the ship reaches its final port.

Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me an Advanced Readers Copy of this book! This book is set to release tomorrow January 18th 2022.

I’m not sure how I felt about this book…The author used a lot of unnecessary big words for very simple things. Like as if she was trying to be fancy and show off her vocabulary when it really wasn’t all that necessary.

The characters felt flat and boring, and all the same. Literally everyone felt like they blended together when she was talking about them, I couldn’t differentiate anyone! Anytime someone entered the scene I had to try to remember who they were.

I liked the overall feel of the story, I’ve never been on a cruise but I feel like this book described them perfectly. They sound like such a relaxing and fun time! it’s been so cold here, so the tropical feelings and vibes made me long for warmth and heat.

The suspense was good at times, it made me wonder what happened and what was going to happen. But when it came to the ‘Big reveal’ of who was behind it, and what was supposed to be that big ta-da moment.. I wasn’t super surprised. But the ending is what really threw me off… that felt so weird and unrealistic, one second she’s recovering from trauma and the next she’s perfectly fine and has moved on to another con. Why?

Overall it was a decent read, I’m not upset that I read it. I think it could definitely be a good summer or cruise read.

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