The Younger Wife: A Novel (Hardcover)

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An incredible domestic suspense novel from the perspective of three women, THE YOUNGER WIFE showcases Sally Hepworth's incredible writing. Tully, Rachel, and Heather all have something to hide, yet one common hidden reality unites them together. It's not often a book can make me feel like I'm a character in the story, but I really identified with what these three women felt. They doubted their intuition and felt guilty for having those thoughts, and as the reader I did, too. Sally wrapped me into this story in such a masterful way, and it's definitely one to read!
(Note on subject matter: includes covid-19, sexual assault, kleptomania, abuse, alcoholism, murder, miscarriage, and gaslighting)
—Kirsten Wilson, Snail Readers Circle

— From Readers Circle Recommendations


Sally Hepworth, the newest breakout star of domestic suspense delivers her next twisty novel about family secrets and lies in The Younger Wife.

Stephen Aston is getting married again. The only problem is, he's still married to his first wife, even though she is in a care facility for dementia. But he'll take care of that easily, by divorcing her--even if his adult daughters protest.

Tully and Rachel Aston look upon Heather as nothing but an interloper. Heather is the same age as Rachel and even younger than Tully. Clearly she's a golddigger and after their father's money. Heather has secrets that she's keeping close, and reasons of her own for wanting to marry Stephen.

With their mother unable to speak for herself, Tully and Rachel are determined to get to the truth about their family's secrets, the new wife closing in, and who their father really is. But will getting to the truth unleash the most dangerous all of them?

About the Author

Sally Hepworth has lived around the world, spending extended periods in Singapore, the United Kingdom and Canada. She is the author of The Secrets of Midwives, The Things We Keep, The Mother's Promise, The Family Next Door and The Mother-in-Law. Sally now lives in Melbourne with her husband, three children, and one adorable dog.

Praise For…

Praise for The Younger Wife:
'Smart, suspenseful, brimming with secrets. This is Sally Hepworth at her unputdownable best.' - Kate Morton

'Completely compulsive. Sally Hepworth delivers with this stay-up-late one-more-chapter gem.' - Jane Harper

Praise for The Good Sister:

"Hepworth's latest further solidifies her place among the top domestic suspense authors...Fern is drawn as smart, capable, and probably on the spectrum, and she is multilayered and relatable, illustrating Hepworth's talent for page-turners with depth."— Booklist

"It's a warped tale of twisted memories and skewed perceptions that will make fans of psychological thrillers say, 'Wow, I didn't see that coming.'"—Library Journal

"Punchy prose helps propel the twisty plot to a creepy but satisfying conclusion. For fans of domestic dramas, this is a treat."—Publishers Weekly

“Fans of Hepworth’s The Mother-in-Law will quickly be drawn into this family-based mystery surrounding twin sisters Fern and Rose.”—

“Hepworth proficiently spins a web that slyly keeps pulling in readers until they realize they're caught up in it and can't escape…When a woman helps her twin sister have a baby, she unintentionally causes buried family secrets to resurface in this unsettling yet heartwarming psychological drama." —Shelf Awareness

“Sally Hepworth's The Good Sister achieves the impossible trio of creepy, tender, and funny….Hepworth is an author poised to break out."—Business Insider

“[A] compelling, assured psychological twister…The book has a wicked sting of an ending, giving its title a dark second meaning. But where The Good Sister really shines is in its convincing, fascinating portrait of Fern’s sensory-processing disorder — both its blessings and its curses.”—Seattle Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250229618
ISBN-10: 1250229618
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: April 5th, 2022
Pages: 352
Language: English