Book Review | The New Husband

Publication Date: April 14th 2020

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What makes Simon Fitch so perfect?

-He knows all her favorite foods, music, and movies.

-Her son adores him. He was there when she needed him most.

-He anticipates her every need.

-He would never betray her like her first husband.

The perfect husband. He checks all the boxes.

The question is, why?

Nina Garrity learned the hard way that her missing husband, Glen, had been leading a double life with another woman. But with Glen gone—presumably drowned while fishing on his boat—she couldn’t confront him about the affair or find closure to the life he blew apart.

Now, a year and a half later, Nina has found love again and hopes she can put her shattered world back together. Simon, a widower still grieving the death of his first wife, thinks he has found his dream girl in Nina, and his charm and affections help break through to a heart hardened by betrayal. Nina’s teenage son, Connor, embraces Simon as the father he wishes his dad could have been, while her friends see a different side to him, and they aren’t afraid to use the word obsession.

Nina works hard to bridge the divide that’s come between her daughter and Simon. She wants so badly to believe her life is finally getting back on track, but she’ll soon discover that the greatest danger to herself and her children are the lies people tell themselves.

After reading the synopsis for this book, I knew that this was going to be a book I would enjoy. As this book was my first read from D.J. Palmer, I was a little nervous. But I am so glad I gave it a shot. I find it really hard to write this review without revealing anything so I will just say this. This book kept me guessing, overall I found the story was interesting, the characters were unique, I loved being in their different perspectives and everything about this story kept me hooked and wanting to read more. Although I did really like this book, it felt like things were moving SO slow in the beginning, even though they sped up about halfway through the book. I can totally see why this book has such mixed reviews. After reading this book and looking over some of the other reviews people had for it I can tell you that this book probability isn’t for everyone. 

On the scale of yay to nay, regarding its nature of being a thriller, I would give it a nay. Everything in this book seemed to just be by the numbers. It didn’t blow my mind like most other thrillers do. Overall I really did like this book, it just didn’t hit the thriller bar for me.


I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author:

D.J. Palmer is the author of numerous critically acclaimed suspense novels. A former e-commerce entrepreneur, D.J. Palmer now resides in New Hampshire and is currently at work on a new book.

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