I love when characters in books have my name! In The Pocket Wife, library book toting Dana spent much of the novel wondering if she killed her friend and neighbor Celia. This book was similar to The Girl On The Train, where a character’s mental instability makes them unreliable, but compelling.
In the beginning, I was swept away with the dramatic lives of Dana, her husband, and Celia’s husband. Their lives presented plenty of infidelity and fighting to give each one a motive to kill Celia. As the book progressed, the story moved away from these characters to focus on the detective, which still allowed the pace of the book to maintain the initial high intensity. These characters were tortured people who were not fun to read about. Dana’s segments were especially frustrating to read because her thoughts didn’t make sense. Although it allowed me to see how crazy she was, it was hard to follow. The word choice here didn’t flow well at all. Each sentence was clunky and took effort to read.
I was pretty pleased with this book until the last thirty pages or so. Too many of the red herrings didn’t conclude, and the ending came out of nowhere. Nothing irritates me more than when an author selects a person as the villain without any build up. This was an okay read, but there are better books with this same story.