The Cursed Wife by Pamela HartshorneThe Cursed Wife by Pamela Hartshorne

The Cursed Wife

byPamela Hartshorne

Paperback | April 19, 2018

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A gripping historical thriller and breakout book by Pamela Hartshorne.She is living a lie. And lies can be deadly.Mary is content with her life as wife to Gabriel Thorne, a wealthy merchant in Elizabethan London. She loves her husband and her family, is a kind mistress to the household and is well-respected in the neighbourhood. She does her best to forget that as a small girl she was cursed for causing the death of a vagrant child, a curse that predicts that she will hang. She tells herself that she is safe.But Mary's whole life is based on a lie. She is not the woman her husband believes her to be, and when one rainy day she ventures to Cheapside, the past catches up with her and sets her on a path that leads her to the gibbet and the fulfilment of the curse.The Cursed Wife is a page-turning, psychological thriller set in Elizabethan London.
Pamela Hartshorne is a historian as well as an award-winning romance author. She lives in York, England and continues to draw inspiration from her PhD research to write about the 16th century, in fact and in fiction. Time's Echo, her first novel written under her real name, was shortlisted for awards on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Title:The Cursed WifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.79 × 5.31 × 0.95 inPublished:April 19, 2018Publisher:Pan MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1509859322

ISBN - 13:9781509859320

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Atmospheric, gritty, and haunting! The Cursed Wife is a well-paced, historical thriller set in England in the late 1600s that's told from two different perspectives. Mary, a considerate, helpful, young woman with a past steeped in misfortune and deception. And Cat, a selfish, unscrupulous young lady driven by impulsiveness and jealousy. The writing is immersive and eerie. The characters are tormented, hardened, and resourceful. And the plot, using a back-and-forth style is evocative, taut, and twisty from the very first page until the spine-chilling ending you won't see coming. The Cursed Wife is an intriguingly dark and sinister novel that sweeps you back in time and transports you from the opulent manor houses found in the English countryside to the dingy, dangerous London docks in an engrossing tale rife with desperation, survival, manipulation, abuse, deviance, violence, class disparity, and murder.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps You Guessing Set in the late 1500s, The Cursed Wife begins with a murder. We come into the first chapter to find one woman dead and another stunned by what has taken place. But we don’t know who is dead, and we don’t know who killed her. Mary was born into a loving family. Then suddenly at the age of six, that is all taken away when her parents and all of her siblings die suddenly of an illness. One day she simply wakes up when her fever breaks and has no family left. Because her father has gambled away all of his money, and the money her mother brought to the marriage, there’s nothing left to pay the rent. She is then shipped off to her mother’s relative, to be a companion to her cousin. On her way to her new life, a young girl tries to climb up on her cart and steal her doll. Trying to defend herself she pushes the girl off at the same moment that the cart driver starts driving forward again. The girl is caught underneath the wheels and killed. In her grief, her mother curses Mary for murdering her daughter. Mary carries this curse through her life, always feeling the pain and horror of what she has done. Catherine, known as “Cat“, Is the daughter of Sir Hugh Latimer. Mary is to be her companion, and Catherine tells her that companions are friends. She immediately confirms that she will be Mary’s friend too. Throughout the book, their lives are detailed back-and-forth. One chapter of Mary than one chapter of Cat. Slowly we see how a bright future turns when circumstances, jealousy, and selfishness take hold. Keeps You Guessing The progression of their lives from childhood through to adulthood was fascinating. The way their relationship changes so subtly over time made a very interesting read. This book is a psychological thriller of the best kind. You don’t know who’s dead, you don’t know who did it. Right up until the last minute you have suspicions but they will be wrong. You will have no idea what really happens. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was surprised by the ending. I will definitely be looking out for more from Pamela Hartshorne. Reviewed for LnkToMi iRead in response to a complimentary copy of the book provided by the publisher in hopes of an honest review.
Date published: 2018-04-05