Dimensions:8.21in x 5.43 x 0.86 in | 0.64 lb
Page Count:320 pages
FOR FANS OF Liv Constantine, Tarryn Fisher, Lisa Jewell, Alyssa Cole, and Caroline Kepnes, The Wife Before is loaded with twists and set in an elite world fueled by greed, desire, and secret motives.
#OWNVOICES THRILLER: Written by a woman of color and featuring a diverse, multi-racial cast, The Wife Before brings much-needed diversity to the thriller/suspense genre.
FOR BOOK CLUBS: Reading group guide and author note included.
TOPICAL ISSUES: Just as The Perfect Ruin brought attention to the issue of mental health for women of color, The Wife Before spotlights the important topics of houselessness, financial insecurity, and relationship abuse while also delivering a gripping, suspenseful page-turner.
ACCLAIMED AUTHOR ON THE RISE: Shanora Williams first hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists at age 19 for her independently published novel, Hard to Resist. She made her traditional publishing debut in 2021 with The Perfect Ruin, which was a Target Diverse Book Club Pick, a Publishers Marketplace Buzz Book, a BiblioLifestyle Most Anticipated Thriller and Best Summer Thriller for both Bookbub and Book Riot.
Praise for The Wife Before
“Williams does give both Melanie and Samira multiple dimensions; they're flawed but also strong and determined, and the twist at the end is a surprise.” —Kirkus Reviews
"Shanora Williams drew me in from the beginning and held me captive to the very end. With all the scenarios that came to mind as the truth, the ending was truly riveting. This was my first book by Williams, but it will not be my last. For lovers of a good suspenseful romance, check this one out." —Urban Reviews
“I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next with these messy lives and I was hooked, there was definitely some juicy material here making this an ideal summer thriller. Definitely recommended as a weekend binge read, this was really addictive!” —Novel Gossip
“Similar to the iconic cosmopolitan, Shanora Williams’ newest thriller starts off sweet, but quickly turns sour when a passionate marriage takes a deadly turn. Sexy, scandalous, and striking, this twist-filled psychodrama, like a cosmo, is definitely worth the hype.” —Readers Entertainment Magazine
Advance Praise for The Wife Before from Booksellers & Librarians:
“Shanora Williams has a keen eye for the tension that can build in a relationship... that paired with strong characters and a carefully built plot make this a read that absolutely begs to be finished in one sitting (which I did!). And that ending—let's just say it comes to a very satisfying conclusion! Plus, I'm a sucker for anything that plays on REBECCA and I got wild REBECCA vibes here!” —Becky LeJeune, Bookbar Denver (Denver, CO)
“This heart-pounding twisty thriller is an unexpected story of suspicion and redemption.”
—Cari Dubiel, Twinsburg Public Library (Twinsburg, OH)
"An exceptional novel that you don't want to miss.” —Laura Fowler, J.V. Fletcher Library (Westford, MA)
“Shanora Williams weaves an intricate tale of domestic suspense. Readers will be gripped right from the very first sentence. This a must-read for thriller fans.” —Nicole McManus, My Sister's Books (Pawleys Island, SC)
Praise for The Perfect Ruin
“This twisty thriller takes readers into a high-class, sinfully privileged world populated with characters who will stop at nothing for what they want. Williams stretches out the tension as readers wonder what Lola did to hurt Ivy and whether their shared past will be revealed. With diabolical turns and surprises at every corner, it’s an ideal summer read.” —Booklist STARRED REVIEW
“A delicious and decadent cocktail of jealousy, passion, and revenge. I was hooked from the very first twist. You’ll love this addictive psychological thriller.” —Alessandra Torre, New York Times bestselling author of Every Last Secret
"Twisty and impossible to put down! With a cast of diverse characters, Williams brings to life a twisty thriller that'll leave you reeling long after you've read the last page. 10/10 recommend."
—Claire Contreras, New York Times bestselling author
"You're going to pick a side, make no mistake. And then you won't put it down until you know the truth. A shocking, sensual thriller with sharp twists." —Tarryn Fisher, New York Times bestselling author of The Wives
“Williams is an award-winning author of romance and suspense novels; her tale of revenge will find an easy spot in fiction collections. Tailored for book clubs and for those who like to read about the sleazy side of rich elites.” —Library Journal
“In The Perfect Ruin, author Shanora Williams serves up an ice-cold revenge thriller set in the glamorous and steamy hot city of Miami.” —Book Riot
“The glamour of Miami has a dark side in this twisting story where nothing is what it seems.”
—WRAL-TV (NBC) North Carolina
“This is a great story of revenge and the lengths someone will go to get it, and how there are many layers to people’s lives. It’s a great mix of female friendship and thriller.” —Parkersburg News and Sentinel/Marietta Times
“This fast-paced and incredibly entertaining book is perfect for devouring by the poolside. Everyone in this book is terrible, but I mean that in the best way possible. Williams is so incredible at writing her characters that despite the horrible things they do, you still want to root for them.” —Off the Shelf
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