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The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft Read the opening extract of the brand new Elle Croft book before its publication on 25/01/2018

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The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft

The Guilty Wife

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A debut to make you question everyone and trust no one. Bethany isn’t an innocent, in fact, you could say she is far from that, yet after murder tears her life apart, she has to find the killer in order to prove her innocence. The prologue snared my attention, the story then took off, throwing foreboding, suspicion and doubt in my way. Elle Croft hasn’t created a loveable, sugary sweet main character, you may find yourself wanting to shake Bethany on occasion, to question her motives, her actions, and of course that adds to the energy and tension. This is so entertaining and easy to read, the story just gallops along towards an ending that thunders with intensity. The Guilty Wife is an exciting, and fast paced read, the ending keeps beckoning and demanding your attention, will the last few pages shock you, or confirm your suspicions? ~ Liz Robinson

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  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Absolutely absorbing thriller.  Totally could not out this down without a real fight.  Great writing, great plot and a great read.'
  • Annie Day - 'A gripping crime thriller that’s a real page turner. Make sure you read it right to the end!'
  • Glenda Worth - 'Fast paced, gritty debut novel with a real twist, brilliant storytelling and surprises along the way.'
  • Sarah Mustafa - 'Croft weaves an intriguing web of deceit and duplicity around her story.  Tantalisingly told.'
  • Lynda Defreitas - 'I would recommend this book. As a first novel it is a gritty story and it gripped me from start to finish.'
  • Jennifer Stoddart - 'This is a great read and I tore through it.  I thought I knew who the killer was twice and I was wrong both times!'
  • Diane Hinchley - 'A page turner which kept you guessing to the very last page. Can't wait for Elle's next novel.'
  • Sarah Harper - 'An enjoyably tense little thriller, which punches above its weight.'
  • Lynne Rapson - 'A really tense and enthralling novel.'
  • Debbie Patrick - 'What an excellent first novel...Well recommended. And I will look for this author’s next book.'
  • Ruth Paterson - 'The Guilty Wife is about a young woman who finds herself framed for the murder of her lover.  It is a well written and tense account of the fear and guilt she feels.'
  • Julie Watkin - 'You can't help but want to find out what actually happened in what feels like a real life drama. It's hard not to be suspicious of everyone and the story is cleverly written to keep you guessing.'
  • Cathy Small - 'This book will keep you gripped to the end with a twist that you never see coming. Light hearted in places but an enjoyable read.'

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The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft

If you were being framed for murder, how far would you go to clear your name?The debut psychological thriller that reads as Apple Tree Yard meets Behind Closed Doors, by way of Double Jeopardy.

I'm guilty of many things. Bethany Reston is happily married. But she's also having an affair with a famous client.And no one can ever know.But I'm innocent of murder.When Bethany's lover is brutally murdered, she has to hide her grief from everyone. But someone knows her secret. And then one day the threats begin. With an ever-growing pile of evidence pointing to her as the murderer, the only way she can protect her secrets is to prove her innocence. And that means tracking down a killer.An incredibly taut, tense game of cat and mouse - with a twist you'll never see coming.


I read The Guilty Wife in an intense two day sitting. Brilliant. * Niki Mackay, author of I,Witness

What a clever idea! This kept me reading through the night to see how 'the guilty wife
would get out of this one ..... * Jane Corry, author of My Husband's Wife and Blood Sisters

Twisty and fast-moving, The Guilty Wife kept me guessing until the very end! A great read. * Isabel Ashdown, author of Little Sister and Beautiful Liars

A gripping portrayal of a woman under fire, which explores the blurry boundaries of innocence and guilt. The Guilty Wife will make you question those closest to you as the plot unfolds at pace, with an ending that pulls the rug from under your feet. A brilliant debut. * Phoebe Morgan, author of The Doll House *

Full of twists and turns, The Guilty Wife is a gripping tale of betrayal, deceit, and duplicity. The ending will stay with you long after you've finished the last page. Fabulous. * Jenny Blackhurst, bestselling author of How I Lost You and Before I Let You In

'A gripping psychological thriller. This debut is skilfully plotted and I had to keep turning the pages as the tension increased - I just couldn't put it down. And the ending! You just have to read it. I am looking forward to more from Elle Croft.' * Patricia Gibney, bestselling author of The Missing Ones

An accomplished debut with a relentless and intense pace that kept me completely rapt and eager to find out answers. I loved the final twist. * KL Slater, international bestselling author of Safe With Me, Blink and Liar *

'I couldn't put this down. Pacy and gripping.' * Cass Green, author of the number 1 ebook bestseller The Woman Next Door *

About the Author

Elle Croft was born in South Africa, grew up in Australia and moved to the UK in 2010 after travelling around the world with her husband. She works as a freelance social media specialist and also blogs about travel, food and life in London.

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Book Info

Publication date

25th January 2018


Elle Croft

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Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


320 pages


Family Drama
Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
Exclusive Pre-Publication

Thriller / suspense
Crime & mystery



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