My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Excuse me but… holy crap!
The first couple chapters of this book hooked me straight off the bat. Dare I say the first few chapters of this book were some of the most exciting first chapters I have ever read? It’s definitely up for debate!
I had no idea what was happening in the most amazing way for the first 30 – 40% of this book. Cathy Lamb came out swinging from the start and continued to keep me engaged all the way through.
The Man She Married begins with Natalie realizing that her husband Zach is not who she thought he was. His name is really Devon and he is a murderer (P.S. this is NOT a spoiler because you learn this information in the first 5 minutes). He warns Natalie that they need to run because somebody is after them. Natalie runs all right…. right away from Zach/Devon. And BAM! Somebody slams into her car, sending her into a “locked-in” type coma. Much of the first part of the book is told from Natalie’s perspective while she’s in her coma which was borderline genius. And kind of hilarious at times. Cathy Lamb was able to take a subject which is so serious and inject little bits of humor which were gold.
I won’t say anymore about the plot because that’s half the fun of this book…. discovering what happens next. But I will say there are lots of surprises along the way.
I really enjoyed this book overall. The writing itself was five stars. It was super entertaining and held my attention from start to finish. There were some elements of the plot that I didn’t find particularly relevant (most of the story surrounding Natalie’s best friends to be honest) which could have probably been removed entirely without affecting the outcome of the story. While I enjoyed the characters, I felt like the book realistically could have been shorter and more concise if some of the extraneous plot line was edited out.
That’s me being extremely picky though. It was a fantastic thriller/fiction and totally worth the read. If you’re looking for a gripping, heart-pounding, humor-infused, well-written fiction novel, this is the book for you.