Review: The Ex-Husband by Karen Hamilton

Author: Karen Hamilton
Publisher: Graydon House
Released: January 18, 2022
Received: Blog Tour

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The Ex-Husband is the latest novel to come from the mind of Karen Hamilton – the author that brought us The Perfect Girlfriend and The Last Wife. I’ve been meaning to give Karen Hamilton’s writing a try for quite some time now, and The Ex-Husband seemed like the perfect opportunity.

Everyone has skeletons in their closet – it’s more or less a fact of life. It just happens that some people have more, while others skeletons are the size of monsters. Charlotte’s closet is full of the beasts, but she’s not going to let hold her back. She’s getting her life back in order.

Or so she thought. She’s fallen for the sweet Sam and his wonderful words, only to see him disappear between one moment and the next. Now she’s left with a mystery, and somebody who knows her darkest secrets is closing in.

“He gets what it must have felt like not to be able to see properly as a child whenever my glasses broke, or were deliberately broken.”

If you’re looking for a fun and quick thriller read, The Ex-Husband is perfect for you. Charlotte’s story may feel familiar in some ways, but it is enough to keep readers occupied right up until the end.

There was something very satisfying in the core concept of this plot – a con artist getting conned, or at least having everything flipped on her head. It’s not a new concept, but honestly, I don’t think it’ll ever get truly old. Hamilton clearly knew how to lean on this concept, stretching it out, so it hit those ideal thriller highs and lows.

I like that we got a chance to know Charlotte and see how she is actually trying to improve herself and her life. There is something very human about this and her portrayal. It was the perfect setting for everything else that occurred.

Long story short, I did enjoy The Ex-Husband, even if it didn’t end up being one of my favorite reads of the year (no offense, there are just SO many thriller novels out there to enjoy!).

Thanks to Graydon House and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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