The Spinster Wife

The Spinster Wife In this suspenseful novel bestselling author Christina McKenna questions whether anyone can ever truly be free of the darkness within us all Rita Mae has lived in fear for as long as she can remember

  • Title: The Spinster Wife
  • Author: Christina McKenna
  • ISBN: 9781612186993
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this suspenseful novel, bestselling author Christina McKenna questions whether anyone can ever truly be free of the darkness within us all.Rita Mae has lived in fear for as long as she can remember Fear of being alone, fear of her past and, above all, fear of her husband, Harry Until she spots an advertisement for a vacant cottage in a small town in Northern Ireland.In this suspenseful novel, bestselling author Christina McKenna questions whether anyone can ever truly be free of the darkness within us all.Rita Mae has lived in fear for as long as she can remember Fear of being alone, fear of her past and, above all, fear of her husband, Harry Until she spots an advertisement for a vacant cottage in a small town in Northern Ireland She makes her escape filled with hope, ready to start a new life in a new home, free from the pain of her past But her place of refuge may not be as safe or as anonymous as she thought.In another small town, Dorrie wakes up unaware of where she is or how she got there Adrift in a world for which she has no explanation, she needs to find answers quickly before her shadowy past catches up with her.Walled in by secrets and with no one to trust, both Rita Mae and Dorrie are unsure how to move forward Can each woman face her inner demons and confront a menacing presence from the past once and for all Or will the past unravel their second chance at life

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    1. The ending of this book was excellent, but I almost gave up on it early on. It was a slog of a read for almost half of it. What kept me reading were a few tantalizing mysteries and the fact that I have an interest in the subject of domestic violence. The chapters alternate between Rita-Mae, on the run from an abusive husband, and Dorrie, who wakes up in a hotel with no idea how she got there. Rita-Mae discovers some troubling information about the tenant who rented the house before her, and for [...]

    2. I am waffling between two and three star rating on this one. I think the writing was good but the plot seemed stilted to me. Rita Mae and Dorrie's stories are told in alternating chapters but neither of them have clear voices and once done reading I was left with an overall feeling of dissatisfactionThanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a chance to read and review.

    3. 3/5 ⭐️ and that is probably being generous. I really struggled between 2 and 3 stars for this book, although I didn't skim a single part of it. This book fell super flat for me. It was my first book by Christina McKenna, and will unfortunately probably be the only book I read from her. First off, I thought there were way too many scenes of abuse in this book. There are some authors (like Karin Slaughter) that can write a book with abuse, or any other nasty topic, and not overpower you with i [...]

    4. I requested this book on Netgalley in return for an honest reviewThis was such an intriguing story! A woman who doesn't know who she can trust and a man desperately looking for love combined in a story full of strange events, little plottwists and a very interesting ending. Not what I expected, enjoyed it!

    5. I struggled with this book. I have restarted it so many times and every time I would get distracted and switch over to another book. I spent half my November doing that. Till I finally decided to sit with it and finish it somehow. Even if I have to skip over some parts.Since I have read this books in bits and pieces, over 15 days, it is obvious it didn't hold my interest. 2 ladies in 2 different towns each having their own story of hurt and abuse and the story connects them in the end. The whole [...]

    6. I struggled with this book. I have restarted it so many times and every time I would get distracted and switch over to another book. I spent half my November doing that. Till I finally decided to sit with it and finish it somehow. Even if I have to skip over some parts.Since I have read this books in bits and pieces, over 15 days, it is obvious it didn't hold my interest. 2 ladies in 2 different towns each having their own story of hurt and abuse and the story connects them in the end. The whole [...]

    7. As with other reviewers, I almost stopped reading this book several times. It was slow and I wasn't sure where it was going. However, I kept reading and was amazed how the two main characters connected at the end. Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the privilege of being able to read this book.

    8. This novel was a well-written, nice balance of suspense, humor and dark drama. Two women, Rita-Mae and Dorrie, are each battling their own inner and outer demons. Their stories are a compelling and poignant look at adversity, abuse, addiction, mental illness and what it takes to survive and overcome. Both characters are multi-faceted, written with rich complexity and sublime depth and easily draw you into their world. I found my heart just breaking for both of them and was completely taken off g [...]

    9. Twists with every turn of the pageWow! This book! Couldn't stop reading. I had so many ideas in my head about how it would play out. So many twists. Don't want to say more. Just read it!

    10. I received an ARC from NetGalley to read and review. The below is my honest, unbiased opinion. Thank you, Christina McKenna, the publisher, and NetGalley, for allowing me to review.The Spinster Wife by Christina McKenna is an adult suspense novel that questions whether anyone can truly be free of our personal darkness. Rita-Mae has lived in fear her entire life. She's afraid of everything: being alone, fear of her past, fear of her husband, Harry. When she spots an advertisement for a vacant cot [...]

    11. The Spinster Wife by Christina McKenna is an emotional journey for one woman as she finds the strength to rebuild her life and deal with the demons that haunt her. The story opens as Dorinda “Dorrie” Walsh wakes up in a B&B on the Northern Irish coast, disoriented and covered in blood. Shifting to Rita Mae Ruttle, an abused housewife in Killoran, she finds an ad for a rental house and she decides to make a run for it and hide from her husband. Once there, she gets the sense that she’s [...]

    12. Note: I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.Christina McKenna’s “The Spinster Wife” tells the story of two women in trouble. The first, Rita, is fleeing from her abusive husband; and, the second, Dorrie, is struggling with alcohol and memory loss. The bulk of the novel revolves around Rita, who has recently moved from southeast to southwest Ireland to escape her former life. Rita is a character who is instantly sympathetic to the reader. She is a goo [...]

    13. DireReally bad . A hotch potch of ideas flung together .No thriller this .No evidence of any professionalism in any of the authority figures . No apparent real knowledge of mental health or rehabilitation .Nothing to engage with .Characterisation laughable , think many are supposed to be quirky or sinister but didn't achieve either .

    14. Not a good recommendation for sci fi fans recommended this book to me for some reason, I gave it a shot, I don’t know why. The writing is good, that’s probably why I felt compelled to finish it even though I hated the subject matter.

    15. Rita Mae is frightened of her own shadow. Having lived with an extremely abusive husband and with great courage sought some kind of freedom she lives in constant fear of being found out. Her character is one which today most of us would have trouble dealing with. Why couldn't she break away earlier when she had the chance, why wait so long, why be so frightened when opportunity was there to break free.No one can understand the psyche of someone else and that becomes the bottom line even in this [...]

    16. Thank you Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for the eARC.Rita-Mae has spent years in terror of her husband. He's abused her mentally and physically ever since their wedding and, fearing for her life, she makes her escape to a cottage far away. She suffers from the debilitating memories of her terrible childhood, insomnia and severe migraines and just wants to hide from the terrifying world.Dorrie wakes up not knowing where she is, how she got there and where she came from. She's at the seaside [...]

    17. I am surprised to admit that I actually enjoyed reading this book even if part of the plot was predictable and some of it felt like I was watching a British lifetime movie. However, somehow I kept reading to see if my predictions about the characters were right. Dorrie is my least favorite character, yet I realized halfway in the book that there is a reason her perspective is added. I will admit that the first chapter almost made me stop reading this all together, since I wasn't sure I would enj [...]

    18. This book features two women, Rita-Mae & Dorinda. We learn more about Rita-Mae as the book progresses and I did find myself wondering for a while what the point of Dorinda’s character was, of course, there’s almost always a point!Rita-Mae needs to escape her abusive husband Harry. When she spots an advertisement for a house in Northern Ireland, the opportunity to escape fear arises and she leaves. Abraham, or Bram as he prefers to be called, becomes her landlord though it seems he and hi [...]

    19. “Spinster Wife” has the eerie psychological undertones of a Hitchcock opus, but goes far beyond the suspense genre. I’m surprised doesn’t list it as a literary novel. The language is that good. A few paragraphs into the first chapter I fell in love with McKenna’s wordsmithing. There was this one sentence that did all the things that make literature literature: strong verbs, vivid imagery, economy of language, and all accomplished without a contrived feel. In addition to creating intri [...]

    20. I read this title in 2 sessions overnight. The story had drawn me in and I didn't want to see where it was going to lead.Rita-Mae has decided to flee her abusive husband. But, changing her location doesn't take away her fears. Meanwhile, Dorrie awakens in a B&B with no idea how she got there and why there is a bloodstained coat in her possession.Throughout the pages, the reader learns more of Rita and Dorrie's backstories. Alongside is the 40 something former undertaker, Brem, who is drawn t [...]

    21. Actual Rating: 3.5 stars. I might have given this a solid 4- to 5-star rating except that I suffered a major disappointment in the plot and one of the main characters, though I would say it was an interesting twist.That said, my current rating should not discourage you from reading the book. I enjoyed it for all of the reasons I have loved Christina's past work: Great plots, engaging language including dialectic authenticity, interesting characters (both lovable and hateful), humor, thoughtfulne [...]

    22. Christina McKenna’s writing has always inspired me. I loved her memoir “My Mother Wore a Yellow Dress” and more recently adored every page of each of her Tailorstown novels. She has a way of turning words into pictures and creating a theatre in the mind. In her books we quickly see the characters, become acquainted with the scenes; all down to Christina’s unique way of creating initially the portraits and landscapes of her novels then filling them with movement, light, thrills, laughter, [...]

    23. Somehow I had trouble delving into the story. It simply did not grab my attention. About half way I started another book which was so engaging I finished it in a full day of reading. Tried to go back to Spinster Wife, but still could not stick with it. Yesterday I started again, and this time stayed interested through the end. In trying to figure why I was not engaged from moment one I felt maybe it was something about the Irish dialect. Normally I love any novels with British, Irish, Scots dial [...]

    24. I enjoyed this book but not at the same level of satisfaction that I enjoy 3 stars reads in this similar genre. In thinking about why that is, I conclude that I never felt there was any real sense of threat; certainly there were characters that should have seemed threatening, but as the reader, I never actually believed that they were the "bad guy"It is however, a very unique approach to the mystery/thriller genre. There were twists that I thought were going to zig but then they zagged and left [...]

    25. Stick with this one. There are alternating voices- Rita-Mae and Dorrie. You might find Rita more sympathetic because of her horrible history with her ex Harry and the fact that she does a lot to help herself. Don't discount Dorrie, though, who has mental health issues and is struggling. What's the deal with Bram the landlord? This is a psychological thriller so you'll have to be patient with some of the plot twists. The end did come as a surprise to me, which is always a positive in this sort of [...]

    26. I won the kindle edition of this book from . Thank you, ! This is an emotional book. Warning:: There's a lot of abuse in this book! Child abuse and spousal abuse. It's very heart-rending at times. There's also a character (Octavia) who is laugh out loud funny. I'm torn with giving it 3 stars or 4. When I first started reading it I thought it would be a solid 5 star read. The ending is horrible, yet still somehow makes sense. It did keep me up two nights in a row. It's hard to put down! I just ha [...]

    27. Thanks again to NetGalley for allowing me to read this book before its release date. And to Christina McKenna for writing a great book. Here is my NetGalley review: I was a little unsure of this book when I started but as I got into it, wowI did not see that coming! Poor Ritais was a really well written book. I am a bit of a skimmer when authors go into too much detail and I did not do a lot of skimming in this book. The book kept pulling me back in and I read it really quick. It was twisted and [...]

    28. Christina McKenna is brutally honest about the lives of women (and men) in Ireland. This is no departure here from her previous themes of the role of religion, marriage and violence. Fleeing an abusive husband Rita-Mae rents a house in the small village from the genial Bram. Has she escaped her past and can she now be happy? At first she thinks so but then the situation changes. McKenna's observations of life in Ireland in the early 80s can make for an uncomfortable read but they contain very im [...]

    29. Thank you to Netgalley for providing an advanced copy of The Spinster Wife. This book kept me guessing up until the final page. I was drawn in by the characters and the format of switching between narrators. Rita's story is so sad, and quite difficult to read at times because of the graphic depiction of her life. There are so many facets to the story - this is a great read for anyone who enjoys suspense!

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