Book Review: Dead to Her

Sarah Pinborough

Rating: 2 out of 5.

published: 4th June 2020
spoilers? nope


There’s nothing like a woman scorned

Something old…

When Marcie met Jason Maddox, she couldn’t believe her luck. Becoming Jason’s second wife catapulted her into the elite world of high society. But underneath the polite, old money manners, she knows she’ll always be an outsider, and her hard-won life hangs by a thread.

Something new…

Then Jason’s widowed boss brings back a new wife from his trip to London. Young, beautiful, reckless – nobody can take their eyes off Keisha. Including Jason.

Something you can never, ever undo…

Marcie refuses to be replaced so easily. People would kill for her life of luxury. What will Marcie do to keep it?

It was amazing how you could contain yourself — imprison yourself — if you really tried.

Galley provided by publisher

CWs: rape, drug addiction, suicide, child abuse, murder, body mutilation

The best sort of thrillers are bi lady thrillers, that’s a concrete fact. So, when I found out this book was one of them, I had to read it.

It’s just a shame it didn’t work out for me.

The first clue was probably in the characters because Dead to Her follows a bunch of rich people.

Now, it’s not as if I don’t like to read about rich people. Actually, it sort of is, but the contexts in which I can enjoy reading about them is them getting torn down and all their wealth redistributed. That was not the case here.

Because another problem I had with this book was that I was expecting a whole different story (see above contexts in which I can stomach rich people problems). Obviously, that’s on me for not reading the blurb/more reviews of the book before picking it up. But it didn’t help me in trying to like the book.

Not only was the plot not quite what I had hoped for, it was also very slow. I mean, the promised for death didn’t even happen until gone halfway through. So I had to deal with half a book’s worth of rich people doing rich people things and having rich people problems.

Not fun.

Add onto this the parts I was…not exactly keen on (namely, gay characters who are stereotypically camp, the unease I had with how the bi mcs were presented – as cheaters and the Black mc was in particular very sexualised, and the whole voodoo storyline). Well you can see why I had to drag myself through this.

But I still maintain that bi lady thrillers are the best thrillers. This was just a blip.

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