Review: The Replacement Wife by Darby Kane

Title: The Replacement Wife by Darby Kane
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: Contemporary, Domestic Suspense
Length: 412 pages
Book Rating: B+

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The #1 International bestselling author of Pretty Little Wife returns with another thrilling domestic suspense novel that asks, how many wives and girlfriends need to disappear before your family notices?

Elisa Wright is a mom and wife, living a nice, quiet life in a nice, quiet town. She’s also convinced her brother-in-law is a murderer. Josh has one dead wife and one missing fiancée, and though he grieved for them he starts dating someone new. Elisa fears for that woman’s safety, and she desperately wants to know what happened to her friend, Josh’s missing fiancée.

Searching for clues means investigating her own family. And she doesn’t like what she finds. A laptop filled with incriminating information. Other women.

But when Elisa becomes friends with Josh’s new girlfriend and starts to question things she thinks are true, Elisa wonders if the memories of a horrible incident a year ago have finally pushed her over the edge and Josh is really innocent. With so much at stake, Elisa fights off panic attacks and a strange illness. Is it a breakdown or something more? The race is on to get to the truth before another disappearance because there’s a killer in the family…or is there?


The Replacement Wife by Darby Kane is a fast-paced domestic mystery.

Elisa Wright is happily married and mother of one energetic seven-year-old son. Husband Harris is a veterinarian and the family is close to his brother Josh. For all the years she has known Josh, she has always liked and trusted him. But when his fiancé and her best friend Abby Greene goes missing, doubts begin to creep in. A shocking discovery leaves her even less trusting of Josh and then there is the introduction to his new girlfriend, Rachel…

Elisa is still struggling to come to terms with a tragic event that leaves her fearful of leaving her home. But once she begins to believe that Josh is behind Abby’s disappearance, she forces herself to search for the truth. When strange events begin occurring around her own home, Elisa is shocked when Harris sides with Josh in questioning her mental health. Hurt and angry, Elisa sets out to find the evidence she needs to prove her suspicions about Josh.

The Replacement Wife is an engrossing domestic mystery with a clever storyline. Elisa’s fears are relatable as she struggles with her newfound discoveries about Josh. She is shocked and dismayed by Harris’s lack of faith in her when Josh voices his doubts about her. As Elisa comes closer to learning the truth about Josh, she begins to view her marriage in a more realistic manner. With stunning plot twists,  Darby Kane brings this suspenseful mystery to a jaw-dropping conclusion.

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