Dead to Her

Dead to Her

by Sarah Pinborough


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For fans of Liane Moriarty, Liv Constantine and Lisa Jewell, a twisty psychological thriller about a savvy second wife who will do almost anything to come out on top from the New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes.

Marriage can be murder…


Marcie’s affair with Jason Maddox catapulted her into the world of the elite.

Old money, old ties, old secrets. Marcie may have married into this world—

but she’ll never be part of it.



Then Jason’s boss brings back a new wife from his trip to London.

Young, attractive, reckless—nobody can take their eyes off Keisha.

Including Marcie’s husband.



Some people would kill for the life Marcie has—what will she do to keep it?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062856821
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/11/2020
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 30,761
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Sarah Pinborough is the number one Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of the psychological thriller Behind Her Eyes, and more than twenty other novels and novellas, including The Death House and a young adult thriller, 13 Minutes. She has also written for the BBC. She lives in England.

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Dead to Her: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous 4 hours ago
Old money marries some thirsty women, but just how far will these women go? Marcie has already managed to steal Jason away from his first wife before she married him for his riches. Keisha, the newest wife belonging to the old boys’ club, has no issue with her new geriatric husband dying off as a result of too much sex. But when Marcie and Keisha start spending more time together, they’re finding an attraction they weren’t expecting. Throw in a poisoning and some serious back-stabbing, along with some crazy voodoo that keeps popping up, and no one is feeling very secure in their future. I found Behind Her Eyes by Pinborough to be an excellent book with an ending I never saw coming, so maybe I had extra high hopes for this book. It wasn’t bad, by any means, but there did seem to be a lot of extras thrown into this book that either weren’t needed or didn’t fully add up.
HollyLovesBooks4Us 8 hours ago
This was quite the read. It will twist you around many times making it a challenge to guess the spoilers. The book is centered around the social elite in Savannah, Georgia which is one of the reasons this book drew me into it. I know this area well enough to relate to much of the descriptions and locations from personal experience. The two main couples are both deeply flawed in many ways. There are Jason and Marcie who are the good looking couple who both have messy past histories and who wed after an affair that rocked Savannah society. The other couple is William and Keisha, he is a wealthy widower who barely mourned his wife's passing before finding a new wife in the UK with stunning Keisha. There are issues with her as well of course because she is much younger than William, from a different country and also is black. This is all shocking to the Country Clubbers who don't even yet allow the wives/women to hold primary membership . There are twists and turns throughout and there are components of magical thinking with voodoo playing a role in the theme. Overall, I enjoyed the story and plot. The characters seemed flat at times and were all unlikable. Only a few of the supporting characters seemed to be written as decent people. The pacing also was great at the start and the end but lagged in the middle stretch. 3.5/5 #Netgalley #HarperCollins #WilliamMorrow
Persephonereads 22 hours ago
4 1/2 out of 5 stars First off I would like to thank NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this novel to read in echange for an honest review. I have to admit that this is only the second book that I have read by Sarah Pinborough and I was not blown away by that novel. I am happy to say that I really, really liked "Dead to Her"! Marcie Maddox and her husband Jason really are not thrilled with having to go to the party that Jason's boss William is throwing for his new English bride. When Keisha makes her grand interest Marcie is rather shocked at first. Keisha is beautiful, sexy,young and black. Marcie can't help but wonder how the high society of Savannah will react to all all this and then she glances at her husband. She catches Jason staring at Keisha,practically salivating as he looks at her. Marcie, who until Keisha arrived was the young, sexy second wife. She felt as if she was finally starting to get accepted after marrying Jason shortly after he divorced his first wife after their affair. Marcie immediately sees Keisha as her rival no matter what Keisha but when Jason asks Marcie to become friends with Keisha so that she maybe steer Keisha into talking William into letting Jason buy out William. After spending time together though she finds that she and Keisha have a lot in common. There is still part of her that can't help but wonder if Jason and Keisha are having an affair and she will not let that happen no matter what she has to do.
Constance Corr 2 days ago
Very interesting...
Felicia_Medina 5 days ago
On the oof meter this book would be on the ooooooooof end. Like a run-out-of-breath type oof. The oofiest of all the oofs. Ok let's start out with the Pros: And now to the Cons: The plot is sloppy Utterly undeveloped and unlikable characters No thrills No chills No mystery Sex scenes that make EL James look like a Booker Prize winner Next. ** Thank you to the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review **
3no7 6 days ago
“Dead to Her” by Sarah Pinborough tells a troubled story of two complicated women. They meet at a company party in Savannah, Georgia. Marcie is watching her husband Jason flirt with Keisha, the boss’s new wife and thinking about the splintering of their marriage. Kiesha is from London, and the second Mrs. William Radford IV, the new wife, the black second wife, the ravishing young wife. Pinborough unravels the tragic stories of these two women. Marcie feels betrayed, used. And yet, she had always had a wild streak and nothing could change that. She is Jason’s second wife, and she is determined not to be beaten. She also has secrets, ones that are suddenly unraveling little by little.Keisha is worried; she is isolated, and filled with anxiety and dark muddled thinking. She had hit the jackpot with William, a rich lonely American widower, well respected, and powerful. William wants to get a new life insurance policy and change his will, but there is another legal arrangement as well; she knows when he dies she will not get everything, but she will get enough. The plot is conversation driven. There are little society gatherings, and lunches, trips to museums, and historic cemeteries. Then, Pinborough unravels that little society world of Savannah. Everything comes tumbling down. There is a wrecked business, a troubled partnership, and missed business opportunities. Murders are attempted and murders are covered up. Co-conspirators are everywhere, and everyone has a part to play. “Dead to Her” is a story of betrayal, unlikely alliances, buried secrets, treachery, and voodoo. I received a review copy of “Dead to Her” from Sarah Pinborough and William Morrow Publishing. There is a lot of power in a dying wish, and there are some fates worse than death.
christina_reviews 6 days ago
I've been a huge fan of Sarah Pinbororough since receiving whiplash from her book Behind Her Eyes. If you haven't read that one, go now. It's amazing and crazy. Needless to say, I was so stoked to receive an advanced copy of Dead to Her from NetGalley. This book did not disappoint. I literally got lost in the shower thinking about who was behind all of the craziness of the plot line. Make sure you have a full hot water tank before contemplating. On to the story... This is a book about 2nd wives. Younger, more exciting wives. Those beotches! Just kidding. But of course they are an easy target and an easy villian. This book is narrated by two younger wives: Keisha, the newest is young, black, fun, wild, and comes to Georgia with a fabulous English accent, and Marcie, while still a 2nd wife, is now a few years into her marriage, and into her 30s. The newness is quickly evaporating for both her and her husband, Jason. Marcie and Keisha are different, and similar. Both are trying to fit in with the well established Savannah upper class wives in their late 50s, and early 60s. It's a tough friend group, with a deep history. Once they decide to become friends, or to follow their hearts, both of their lives start to unravel. When one husband ends up dead, we are left with wondering who did it and why. There are a number of suspects, and it's time to start digging into everyone's deeply buried pasts. This book may not be for you if you aren't into descriptive sex scenes, or still have unpacked baggage from marital infidelities. However, if you are a boring mom/wife, this read is one you will not be able to put down! Pick it up today! Thank you to NetGalley for my advanced copy in exchange for my unbiased review.
vaness77 6 days ago
Sarah Pinborough does it again with her newest mesmerizing psychological thriller! Keisha, a young beatiful woman from London, marries a much older William after his second wife dies. Set in the historical city of Savannah, Georgia, Keisha must adjust to this new lifestyle among prominent wealthy families. She crosses paths with Marcie who is also young and also a second wife. Both young women are from poor families and have a lot in common, and Marcie immediately feels threatened by her new competition. Marcie becomes paranoid something is going on with her husband and Keisha. Lies, betrayals, secrets, affairs interlace this fast-paced thriller. Like Pinborough’s previous novels, Dead to Her is an easy read that will have you guessing until the very end. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves psychological thrillers. Thank you, Net Galley, for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
vphillips88 6 days ago
Get ready for some juicy juju here. Staid Savannah high society isn’t an easy place to live for Marcie, the young second wife of a successful attorney. Enter the boss’s even younger, more beautiful and glamorous second wife who threatens to topple Marcie from her hard won place amid the southern blue bloods. Lies, secrets, and betrayals abound. This is highly entertaining and guano crazy.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Sarah takes her reader into the world of wealth, greed, infidelity, and voodoo set in the high society of Savannah, Georgia. In her third novel Pinborough introduced us to Keisha a 22 year old former cocktail waitress married to one of Savannah's wealthiest. Quickly she becomes the talk of the town. Marcie Maddox in particular starts to envy her beauty when she starts suspecting her husband maybe having an affair with her. Marcie starts to befriend Keisha in an attempt to extract information and confirm that there's more to Keisha than meets the eye. The two women soon find out that they both are followed by a dark twisted past that comes to haunt them time after time affecting even those around them. I was a huge fan of Behind Her Eyes. Because of that success, I was compelled to request Dead to Her. BHE was a book that was polarizing in the book community because It did have an element of supernatural that made the ending such a twist of faith. In this book, Pinborough added a dash of paranormal that influenced the ending a by a tad bit. This book was 100 pages too long and still felt like there was information missing. With every chapter read something new arose and a new element was introduced. At about 85% through I was getting exhausted of reading it and just wanted it to end. It does feel as if the book was written by a different author. From the beginning to the middle right until the end, it felt like 3 different authors. The book kept my attention going for the most part. As you know thrillers can do. The writing was ok. At about the middle there were themes of voodoo and rituals that made the book turn from a thriller to the scene of a horror film. As the book progresses however, it started to become impatient with the enormous amounts of characters. Why, WHY, WHY is this a theme now? The past three new books I've read had a cast of characters that made me less interested in the story because it's hard to connect with so many people. Dear authors stop doing this. You are exhausting your reader and when twists come, no one is surprised because it had to be one of the 2348320 people mentioned. Another flaw that I found distracting was the introduction of characters without explaining who they were. It was as if she forgot to let her reader know and we don't find out until the very end more or less who is who. This book didn't surprise me, left me a bit confused, and certainly let me down. I was expecting more from this author and expecting a nice twist at the end. Although there was a couple of twists, it just became on jumble confusing mess. Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book though netgalley in an exchange for an honest review. Review will be up on IG on 2/16/2020 and will be up on my website 2/17/2020
CatAfterDark 8 days ago
Review Copy Oh yeah... Love me some Sarah Pinborough! DEAD TO HER is a cross genre, hard to categorize novel of suspense. My best best advice is not to read spoilers, and just skim the description of the book. Just jump in and go. The twists turn in on themselves and weave from Britain to the Southern United States. Grab your warm fuzzies and stretch out for a terrific and satisfying read. It hit all the right places for me. Recommended reading for all.
Anonymous 8 days ago
I couldn't wait to start this newest release by the author the wrote Behind Her Eyes, which was one of my favorite thrillers in 2017. The first half of the book was intriguing and I wanted to find out more about Keisha, who has recently married the wealthy, and older William Radford IV. She isn't the only trophy wife in town who has recently landed a wealthy hubbie though, Marcie is now Mrs. Jason Maddox and living her best life. When these two women meet, the past, the secrets and their insecurities threaten to bring someone down, but who? I was into this one until the weird voodoo/black magic plot line made its way into the story. Suddenly the domestic drama turned into an unbelievable, quite insane and confusing ride with the most dreadful characters I've encountered in a while. Just couldn't get on board this train. Sadly, this one wasn't the thriller I hoped it would be.
twinkletwinklestarr 8 days ago
I was really looking forward to reading this book! I am a huge fan of this author’s work.....but this fell extremely short for me!! Waiting and waiting for some excitement and not about desperate housewives who are rich and bored. Finally at about halfway through comes the “thriller” part but by then I was done and didn’t care.
casey710 8 days ago
This was a bit too soap-perish for me...little mystery...lots of drama. Some of it silly. The book started out good but dropped off in interest almost like someone else took over writing. The middle of the book dragged and then in the end the book sort of redeemed itself. I would probably not recommend this to anyone but I can see how it might appeal to another kind of reader. Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for review.
dlvandruff 8 days ago
Keisha a young wild black woman has become a second wife. She has married William who is wealthy and comes from the blue blooded elite. Hos wife Eleanor was a beloved member of society. It's a very different life from what she's led. Wealth can do a lot for a person who comes from nothing. Marcie is also married to an up and coming go getter. She is also finding her way among their group of friend. Upperclass, bluebloods who all have run in the same circle of friends for years. She is also a second wife. Jason her husband has kind of struggled to find his place. His father had embezzled a huge amount of money from his company. When the dead was discovered, he hung himself. Jason is trying to build his own reputation. Trying to distance himself from his father. Elizabeth is William's personal assistant. She works with both William and Jason and has been on the outer edges of the group. She is the holder of all the information from everyone. She knows everything, she knows were the bodies are buried. She will turn this group on it's head, accusing each other of malice. Excellent read, great characters. Surprise ending.
MLyons 8 days ago
2.5 stars. “Dead to Her” is set in Savannah society, where Marcie, a young trophy wife, thinks she is being removed from her position in her circle of friends by Keisha, the even younger trophy wife of her husband’s business partner. Eventually, Marcie and Keisha begin a forced friendship and things start to unravel from there. I really wanted to like this book, but it was only mediocre at best. Part of the problem was that basically all of the characters were beyond pretentious and none were really likable. Additionally, the creole/voodoo elements didn’t really make much sense in the story (even though they sort of played a part in the ending). Once these elements made their way into the plot line, what began as a domestic drama turned into a somewhat unbelievable and confusing narrative.
Cherylkochbooks 10 days ago
I became a fan of this author with Sarah's debut novel, Behind Her Eyes. So I could not wait to read more books from this author. Cross Her Heart was ok but not as good as the first book. Personally for me this book redeemed. I really enjoyed this book. It got better and better the further I got into the storyline. Just when I thought the story was going to go one way; Sarah throws a few curveballs that had me saying "What just happened". I thought I would hate Keisha or that Marcie would come off too bitter but that was not the case. Both women were likable. They actually did not come from too different worlds. The last third of the story is where things really got interesting. The ending was smart and good. Fans of Sarah Pinborough will not be disappointed by her newest offering, Dead To Her.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Thank you to NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book. After the first few chapters, which took me a couple days to get through, I absolutely devoured this book. I didn't really know what to expect when I started this book but based on the author, I was expecting a mystery. However, after the first few chapters, I was convinced it was more of a women's fiction book. Oh man, was I wrong! I'm giving it 4 stars because of the slow start but once the book gets going, it really doesn't stop! This book has everything you love about a mystery...juicy twists, unlikable characters, unreliable narrators, and an unsympathetic victim. This book does have a bit of a voodoo aspect to it which can be unsettling at times. It felt like a way to get plot lines in to avoid further explanation so I felt a little cheated at times. But overall, it doesn't take away from the glory that is Sarah Pinborough. I will read all of her books going forward because she knows how to keep a reader hooked.
Denice_L 11 days ago
This story line may not be original, second wife becomes suspicious when her husband starts paying attention to another woman, but there are a couple of unique twists in this version. Sarah Pinborough throws the reader into a world of easy living and women who will do most anything to keep their life just as it is. She stirs the pot by adding in some less than likeable characters who must make some decisions that will either keep the status quo, or blow up everything they are trying to protect. It's enough drama to keep you guessing as these women set the scene for murder.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Among the Savannah elite and wealthy you have to be willing to do whatever it takes to stay on top. Marcie, a second wife to the determined and successful businessman Jason Maddox, knows this all too well. When Jason's boss William Radford IV, returns from holiday after the death of his first wife Eleanor, it’s with a new, young, foreign wife in tow. The stunning, sexy, wild, and outspoken Keisha is turning everyone's head including Jason. In a world of power, secrets, and money everyone is willing to do the unspeakable to keep what they have...possibly even kill for it. I was very excited to get a chance to review this new novel by Sarah Pinborough. Dead to Her is a new exciting and twisty tale of wealth, power, sex, secrets, murder, and voodoo...what's not to love. Southern hospitality takes on a whole new meaning in this sexy new murder mystery. Did I mention sex? Fair warning...prepare for lots of Viagra popping, power humping, and orally stimulating action in this one. As with her other novels, try to go into this novel knowing that there are going to be surprises and twists...especially at the end. I find, with her novels, its best just to start reading them without trying to figure out what they are's just more fun this way. The characters in this tale all have secrets, some more shocking than others, which are slowly revealed throughout the story. Everything comes together to create a fun murder mystery with a fantastic twist.
Michele-G 12 days ago
As you embark on the rollercoaster that is Dead to Her, buckle up and hang on. It's a hell of a ride! This is definitely one of those books where you are better off going in blind. I'd hate to ruin even one twist of this book by accidentally disclosing it in my review. Therefore, I am going to be extremely vague. Let's just say that our main character, Marcie, who is Jason's second wife, finds herself quite jealous of newcomer, Keisha. Keisha has recently married widower, William who is quite a bit older than her. Marcie is envious of the attention Keisha is receiving since she is the newest and youngest in their group. She is even more jealous when she notices her husband is one of the ones giving Keisha extra attention. Her suspicions that Jason may be pursuing an affair with Keisha hijack Marcie's imagination and lead her to all kinds of conclusions with only circumstantial proof. After all "once a cheater, always a cheater..." Just when you think you've figured out where the storyline is going, it takes a completely new direction and you'll be left trying to sort everything out all over again. I loved it! It kept me on my toes and my mind was continually trying to jump ahead and figure out the next plot move. Thank you to NetGalley, William Morrow and Ms. Pinborough for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
aep 12 days ago
I had a hard time deciding if I was going to give this book 3 or 4 stars... I ended on choosing 3.5. I’m not going to tell you anything about it, you can read the description blurb, but other than that it is better to go into this blind. Lots of twists in this book, as well as some interesting characters. I really didn’t like most of the characters except one, but that didn’t stop me from reading and trying to figure out what was going on. It was an enjoyable read. If you like thrillers with lots of twists and turns, give it a chance - you might love it! Seems people either love or hate it, and I fall in the middle. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, William Morrow, for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Hundt 13 days ago
4.5/5.0* ‘Revenge is best served cold, but in the steamy Savannah heat, blood runs so hot that this Summer it might just boil over into murder.’ DEAD TO ME reminds me of the soap operas I would watch with my Mom back in the day, watching the drama unfold for an hour or two in the afternoons. There is Drama-ah-plenty in this book, with lies, sex, money, greed, corruption, and let us not forget – murder - much like in GENERAL HOSPITAL and ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Moms favorites Soaps. If you’re expecting to go into DEAD TO ME loving and empathizing with many of the characters, don’t, you will be very disappointed. Pinborough does an excellent job of revealing while at the same time hiding each character’s shortcomings, bringing few to light in a way that will have you the reader, deciding for yourselves, who to trust, who to believe – No one? Perhaps. You will just have to read the book and figure out the truth behind the lies, which, in my opinion, was half the fun. ;) Thank you, NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishing, for providing me with and advance eBook of DEAD TO HER in exchange for an honest review.
Amanda_Dickens 13 days ago
There are times when a book makes me so mad that I immediately repeat the story back to my husband, a non-reader, just to have someone to talk to about how much I hated the book. This was one of those times. I live in GA and have been to Savannah mores times than I can count. My thought throughout this book was, "Wow, this author must not really know about Savannah outside of an Old Town Trolley day pass with a ghost tour on the side." Then in the acknowledgments, the first thing she says is a thanks and apology to the people of Savannah Georgia, she says that she only visited Savannah for a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, three years ago. She intended to go back but her father's illness prevented that and two forgive her inaccuracies as she had hoped to know it better. So I guess that can have a pass. But what about that synopsis being the worst synopsis ever! It leads you to believe the book is about something else. I get that the publishers/marketing team tends to write the synopsis but having read this book and going back to read the synopsis.... it feels like they had no idea how to market this and needed to sale it as something it is not because the truth would not hit their desired demographic. I am not going to give anything away out of respect to the author. I requested this book on NetGalley based off of the synopsis and the author's previous work. If this was not an ARC copy I would have DNF'd it and saved myself the annoyance. I did not like the characters or their development, nor did I like the atmosphere because it was based on a family deep in the southern culture yet very little of that was actually represented and what was represented was a very shallow view of the savannah society. This city is so rich in actual history and it was barely explored. How am I to believe this is a multigenerational Savannah family. I did not like the writing style. It felt so cheap and out for the shock value without the work for a solid plot. So many tropes about cultures used as plot devices made me sick. By the was "He was an Albino", seriously? A quick google search will let you know that is offensive to those that have albinism. If you are going to use that as a trope that should be looked into. I was not intrigued and could care less how this book ended and would have DNF'd it had it not been an ARC. Having finished it, is wish I would have DNF'd it and plan to pass on any other ARC's from this author and wait until more reviews are out. The logic aspect of this book is beyond the realm of possibility. Maybe if this was set in 1920 instead of 2020. Did I miss that??? This would have been a much better book has it been set in the 1920's. Hmmm.... Anyways, I would not recommend this book and I look forward to more reviews about this book so I can see if anyone else feels the same way or if I am the only one.
amandainpa 13 days ago
I had to DNF this book. It started out fairly promising. The plot was interesting and the characters seemed pretty awful (which I tend to like) but the story veered into a territory that I don’t read about…voodoo. I stay away from books that have witchcraft, voodoo, black magic, and similar things so this was a no for me. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and William Morrow to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.