They seemed like any other couple
Josh and Lydia Green. A doctor, and a stay-at-home mother. They met at a party, which led to a dinner, which led to a happy and comfortable life together. They married young, and had children earlier than planned.
Their marriage seemed like any other marriage
They have their moments, of course – who doesn’t? With Josh working longer hours in the hospital, and Lydia feeling increasingly isolated at home, the strain is starting to show. They don’t talk as much as they used to.
But they have a secret like no other
Not every wife is as scared as Lydia.
Not every husband is hiding as much as Josh.
Not everything you think about them is true.
And this book contains a twist like no other…
Whilst The Divorce is Victoria Jenkins’ first psychological thriller, she already has a successful police procedural series under her belt featuring Detectives King and Lane. I really like that series and enjoy Jenkins’ writing style so I was excited to see where she would take her reader in a psychological thriller!
Karen is a marriage counsellor and we are thrown into the story when Karen first meets Josh and Lydia. In the introductory session, Karen is easing the couple in carefully to learn more about them in order to help them look into and resolve their marital issues. On paper, they are living an idyllic lifestyle with Josh being a doctor in a hospital and therefore providing his family with a high level of lifestyle which means that Lydia doesn’t have to work. Although you don’t need to scratch the surface too much to see the cracks!
However, Karen also has issues of her own which continue to haunt her, which stem from her first marriage. As with her clients, there is more than meets the eye with Karen. In each session there is a tension in the room that you just can’t put your finger on!
The Divorce is told in pretty long chapters (quite usual for a psychological thriller!), which alternate between the three characters to give their perception. It is most definitely an interesting read into the human thought process and how perspectives can alter your thoughts on events.
The tension is built up brilliantly through the therapy sessions, because they are told from one perspective at any one time, the reader is never really getting the full story which makes it a gripping read.
I really enjoyed this first psychological thriller from Victoria Jenkins, it is very easy to get lost in the counselling sessions, feeling like you are eavesdropping into someone else’s lives 🙂
Victoria Jenkins lives with her husband and daughter in South Wales, where her series of crime novels featuring Detectives King and Lane is based. Her debut novel The Girls in the Water is an Amazon UK top 30 bestseller, and top 5 bestseller in the Amazon US chart.
Her first psychological thriller The Divorce will be published in July 2019 and is available to pre-order now.