Book Review: The Almost Wife by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Book Rating

Overall, I would give this book a rating of 4/5. Read my overall opinion about the book below.

The Book Summary

Kira is happy – she’s engaged to the man of her dreams, who’s wealthy, handsome, and a great dad to their baby, Evie. They live together happily with his thirteen-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, Olive. That is until one day, when Olive’s stepmother, Madison, becomes out of control and tries to forcefully take back custody of Olive. 

Kira takes the girls out of town in hopes of getting out of Madison’s reach, only to find out that Madison knows where they are and isn’t far behind. As she tries to protect Olive from Madison, while also keeping her own baby safe, she must also keep a distance from her past that is haunting her everywhere she looks. When a dark secret reveals itself, Kira must decide who to believe and what that means for her future.

Why did I choose this book?

This book was recommended to me by the writer-in-residence at a facilitated writer’s retreat that I attended in April 2022.

My Honest Opinion

I enjoyed the book. It was a fast-paced novel, where the action started right away and didn’t stop until the end. There were parts of the book that I struggled with. Kira was sometimes a hard character to connect with. As a mom, sometimes the things she did felt out of place. For example, I can’t imagine ever leaving my baby in a vehicle and taking my eyes off that vehicle for even a second. 

I did really enjoy how the story unfolds though. I like how pieces of Kira’s past were peppered throughout the story as the action unfolds. You learn more about Kira’s past along the way, giving you more information into why she behaves the way she does. Some of the memories were foggy and incomplete, adding to the mystery and suspense of the novel.

I enjoyed the love triangle that slowly developed toward the end of the story as well. Although it was mixed into the action, it was a nice touch to the ending. Especially given you aren’t sure who she will believe and who she will end up with until the very end. There were so many questions in the air once you finally reached the final chapter.

All-in-all, The Almost Wife was an enjoyable, quick, and easy read. The action keeps you reading, making it a hard book to put down!

Who might like this book?

This book would be great for someone looking for:

  • A suspenseful book that doesn’t have a lot of gore;
  • A fast-paced, easy read that has many twists and turns;
  • A suspense novel that has a love triangle captured in the middle.

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Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any book recommendations or if you have read this book!


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