The First Wife

The First Wife

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by Diana Diamond
     
 

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LOVE IS SWEET-

Jane Warren swore she'd never marry again even though plenty of perfectly respectable men would consider themselves lucky to end up with someone like her. Then again, the last perfectly respectable man to end up with her-her ex-husband-ended their marriage, not to mention Jane's belief in happy endings...

AND DEADLY...

But she

Overview

LOVE IS SWEET-

Jane Warren swore she'd never marry again even though plenty of perfectly respectable men would consider themselves lucky to end up with someone like her. Then again, the last perfectly respectable man to end up with her-her ex-husband-ended their marriage, not to mention Jane's belief in happy endings...

AND DEADLY...

But she just can't muster the cynicism to resist William Andrews-a dashing, debonaire widower with two children of his own. Soon, Jane's doing what she swore she'd never do: Marching up the aisle, promising to have, hold, serve, and protect, 'til death do them part. But once married, Jane discovers that Andrew seems to be obsessed with his dead wife...

THE SECOND TIME AROUND...

As Jane struggles to understand the nature of the powerful hold Andrews's first wife still exerts over the husband and children she left behind, she realizes that her life may depend on the answer. For someone would clearly like to see her follow the first Mrs. Andrews to the grave...

"Without pretense and with energy to spare, Diamond builds excitement through a series of inevitable yet still somehow surprising scenes...very good entertainment."

-Publishers Weekly

"A must read for fans who like action, romance, and intrigue in the tradition of Jackie Collins."

-Midwest Book Review

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
THE GOOD SISTER

"[A] satisfying and highly unsettling suspense thriller...Diamond keeps readers guessing until the very end, and her thrilling story is backed up by taut writing and snappy dialogue."-Publishers Weekly

"Diamond keeps readers guessing until the very end, and her thrilling story is backed up by taut writing and snappy dialogue."-Publishers Weekly

"Diana Diamond's gripping thriller takes sibling rivalry to a whole new level."-Marie Claire

THE BABYSITTER

"A multifaceted, remarkably suspenseful thriller."-Booklist

"Vivid...thoughtful exposition and careful plotting."-Publishers Weekly

THE TROPHY WIFE

"A gripping page-turner."-People Magazine, A Beach Book of the Week

"[A] flawless gem...sharp, brilliant, and strong, the novel is sure to be a girl's best friend-and maybe even a boy's...[Diamond's] convincing action scenes are real enough to leave readers breathless...a clever and genuinely surprising ending tops off a superb thriller."-Booklist

(starred review)

"Diamond alternates laughs with chills in this tale of marriage, kidnapping, and high finance in the Susan Isaacs/Olivia Goldsmith school of social satire...a strong climax and satisfying epilogue conclude a smart, suspense-packed novel."-Publishers Weekly

"A must-read for anyone who has ever wished revenge on a duplicitous lover...fast-paced...climaxes with a shocking denoument."-Women's Own

"Tinged with revenge and intrigue, this thriller twists and turns to an unexpected end."-

cf0Library Journal

"It moves, it's imaginative, and it's satisfying. Diana Diamond has spun a tale that grips the reader and doesn't let go."-Mary Jane Clark, author of Nobody Knows

Publishers Weekly
Pseudonymous Diamond's (The Good Sister, etc.) updated version of Daphne du Maurier's classic Rebecca offers a savvy heroine (divorced business reporter Jane Warren), a widowed media mogul (globe-trotting power broker William Andrews) and a famous socialite first wife brutally murdered eight years before in her posh Adirondack lodge. Like the original, this romantic thriller begins with the whirlwind courtship of a down-to-earth younger woman by a wealthy older man, as Andrews whisks Jane off to Paris while she tries to interview him for a profile she's writing. Diamond enlivens the familiar story line with modern touches: instead of a loafing cousin, she introduces Jane's hapless playwright ex; instead of an English country estate, she features a New Jersey horse farm, a Manhattan penthouse apartment and, of course, the Adirondack lodge. She also adds two children from Andrews's previous marriage. Such twists on the 1938 original add to the reader's delight: how will the modern heroine handle the old-fashioned mystery? How will the old-fashioned hero handle the modern heroine? And who is the villainous Mrs. Danvers, and what will she do next? Even when presenting details about sex, business and a catered wedding that would make du Maurier blush, Diamond never forgets that the story's appeal lies in the heroine's frequently failed attempts to understand the hold the first wife keeps over a husband who otherwise looks too good to be true. Without pretense and with energy to spare, Diamond builds excitement through a series of inevitable yet still somehow surprising scenes, making her fresh take on an old classic not great literature but very good entertainment. Agent, Neeti Madan at Sterling Lord Literistic. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312993337
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
05/03/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.69(h) x 0.96(d)

Meet the Author

DIANA DIAMOND is the pseudonym of a critically acclaimed mystery and thriller writer. She is also the author of The Trophy Wife, The Daughter-in-Law, The Babysitter, and The Good Sister.

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First Wife 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After 4 hours, they're madly in love, the billionaire and the small press journalist. And why did our heroine never change her locks? Instead she puts up with annoying impromtu visits from her ex. Although this is a short novel, it takes forever to get though it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did finish this book even though some of it was unbelievable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once I started this book I couldn't put it down. It was FULL of suspense and romance. For anyone who loves Sandra Brown, it's hard to compare, but this book will hold your attention and imagination from cover to cover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eight years ago, an intruder burst into the home of William Andrews; the thug killed his wife Kay and almost William too. The perpetrator was never caught and Bill spent the next few years building up his empire to the point where he became one of the most powerful men in the world. He never was serious about any woman until he read the articles about him written by Jane Warren who painted him in unflattering light......................................... Bill buys the newspaper that employs Jane and arranges for her to interview her new boss. Jane thought he would fire her but after a rough start there relationship turns romantic and he asks her to marry him. After she says yes the ¿accidents¿ start. Jane believes someone is trying to kill her. She thinks it has to do with Kay¿s death and the woman in Paris who William remits a monthly sum. William doesn¿t confide in his fiancée, but Jane digs and the deeper she gets, the more desperate the perpetrator is to get her out of Bill¿s life permanently............................. Diana Diamond writes a juicy romantic suspense novel that demonstrates the power that the rich and powerful yield. The heroine thinks her own husband is a suspect in the attempts on her life but there are plenty of other people who would like her dead because she is a threat to them. All Jane¿s troubles go back to THE FIRST WIFE and she intends to uncover the secrets her husband is hiding or die trying (which she almost does). This is a must read for fans who like action, romance and intrigue in the tradition of Jackie Collins......................... Harriet Klausner