The Starter Wife

The Starter Wife

From the bestselling author of Girl Last Seen comes "a spine-tingler" (Booklist) of a psychological suspense, perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell and Jessica Knoll.

Local police have announced that they're closing the investigation of the suspected drowning of 37-year-old painter Colleen Westcott. She disappeared on April 11, 2010, and her car was found parked near the waterfront in Cleveland two days later, but her body has never been found. The chief of police has stated that no concrete evidence of foul play has been discovered in the probe.


I close the online search window, annoyed. These articles never have enough detail. They think my husband's first wife disappeared or they think she is dead. There's a big difference.

My phone rings, jarring me away from my thoughts, and when I pick it up, it's an unknown number. The only answer to my slightly breathless hello is empty static.

When the voice does finally come, it's female, low, muffled somehow. "Where is it, Claire? What did you do with it? Tell me where it is."

A woman. A real flesh-and-blood woman on the other end of the phone. She's not just in my head.

A wave of panic spreads under my skin like ice water. It's Colleen.

"Laurin knows how to ratchet up the suspense." --Publishers Weekly

Title:The Starter Wife
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781538715710
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    The Starter Wife Reviews

  • Michelle

    I am happy to say that I liked this book a lot more than I was expecting to. This book is full on crazy. If you are burnt out on the drunk unreliable narrator then steer clear but if you fancy a narra...

  • Katie B

    Well that was a crazy and wild ride! It was entertaining for sure but there were a few problems I had with it while reading. It was still enjoyable though and would make a darn good summer beach read....

  • marilyn

    The Starter Wife has two unreliable narrators. There is the mysterious student who is stalking college professor Byron and his wife and there is Claire, Byron's second wife. The student feels that Byr...

  • Carole

    The Starter Wife by Nina Laurin is my favorite type of mystery: a thriller that you want to re-read so you can pick up on some of the clues you might have missed the first time. Byron Westcott is a co...

  • Julie (JuJu)

    **Update** Thank you to the wonderful Nina Laurin, who sent me a signed copy of her book (all the way from Canada ­čçĘ­čçŽ, where my husband is also from ­čśŐ ) after I won it in her drawing! This is ...

  • Mandy White

    The Starter Wife by Nina Laurin was absolute roller coaster of a domestic suspense book. In the beginning it was a tad confusing but as I got into it more I couldn't put it down. That ending was just ...

  • Jonetta

    Claire Wescott is married to Byron, a professor at a liberal arts college in Ohio. SheÔÇÖs his second wife and is starting to question if his change in behavior towards her means something...is it a s...

  • Lou

    The Starter Wife is Nina Laurin's third thriller, but I have to say that I found it 8 parts women's fiction and only 2 parts resembling a thriller. It also has a premise that has been done to death an...

  • Mark

    Interesting idea and fairly well doneFirst though got to say that the lead lady Claire gets nausea, about everything and anything, and barely a page goes past without her for one reason or another tel...

  • Betsy

    Well that was fun!Other than what's already in the blurb, there's very little I can say about the plot--there's a huge, game-changing twist in this one, so I don't want to spoil anything. I stayed up ...