I thought I knew how to help them. I knew nothing.
When Lydia and Josh Green walk into Karen’s office for counselling one rainy February morning, Karen sees a couple under stress, almost at breaking point. A husband working long hours at the hospital, a wife working longer hours at home with their young children.
They’re just a normal couple, with normal problems, and Karen is determined to help, but she knows she must be careful. Once in the past, she went too far – her need to fix other people’s lives tipped her over the edge… and someone got hurt.
But the couple won’t open up. And just as Karen begins to feel the couple are hiding a secret darker than the problems of an everyday marriage, she receives something which makes her question her own safety.
With everything she has been through, can Karen trust herself? She needs to listen and she needs to watch Lydia and Josh carefully – there is something there that could be the key to saving them all, if only she can unlock it in time…
The Divorce will have you reading through the night and the ending will leave you breathless. Perfect for everyone who loved Gone Girl, The Woman in the Window and The Wife Between Us.
Last year I was lucky enough to join the blog tour for The Argument by Victoria Jenkins. I enjoyed the book so much that I was eager to read Victoria’s previous book which was published in July 2019.
In The Divorce, you get to know a married couple from questions asked by their marriage therapist Karen. I found it interesting how Karen built up a mental profile of the couple through observing body language and based on what they didn’t say as well as what they did.
Lydia and Josh are resentful of each other and unwilling to divulge what is really wrong in their marriage. The tension in the room builds as week by week Karen begins to see the cracks and hostility between the couple in the awkward and strained hourly sessions.
Karen lives alone since the death of her husband. She becomes anxious about some strange occurrences and you can feel her isolation and nervous tension.
The book takes an unexpected turn, which I didn’t see coming, although I knew all was not how it seemed. At this point the book becomes gripping and I just had to keep the pages turning. The characters were not created to be likeable but I still invested in the story and found it to be an enjoyable read.
Thank you Bookouture (via NetGalley) for the chance to read and review The Divorce.