The Divorce: A gripping psychological thriller with a fantastic twist

The Divorce: A gripping psychological thriller with a fantastic twist

by Victoria Jenkins


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‘I couldn’t put this book down. Make sure that you set aside many hours of spare time to read this amazing book. Wow, wow, wow.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Goodreads reviewer

Amazing read… Had my attention from the first page to the last. I couldn't put it down and finished it in a day.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, Goodreads reviewer

They seemed like any other couple

Josh and Lydia Green. A doctor, and a stay-at-home mother. They met at a party, which led to a dinner, which led to a happy and comfortable life together. They married young, and had children earlier than planned.

Their marriage seemed like any other marriage

They have their moments, of course – who doesn’t? With Josh working longer hours in the hospital, and Lydia feeling increasingly isolated at home, the strain is starting to show. They don’t talk as much as they used to.

But they have a secret like no other

Not every wife is as scared as Lydia.

Not every husband is hiding as much as Josh.

Not everything you think about them is true.

And this book contains a twist like no other…

The Divorce is an absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller which will have you hooked until the final incredible twist. Perfect for everyone who loved Gone Girl, The Woman in the Window and The Wife Between Us.

Readers are loving The Divorce:

‘Drawn in from the first pages, a book I read late into the night.’ Netgalley Reviewer, 5 stars

This book was everything I wanted, and didn't even know at the time. There are so many twists and turns, and just when I thought that I had it all figured out, I was proven wrong time after time. I read this book in one sitting because I simply could not put it down. Highly recommended.’ Cuppfam, 5 stars

‘A brilliant psychological thriller that had me gripped.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Once I started reading this book, I found it impossible to leave down, the story was gripping from the start and it keeps you guessing to the end.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

I raced through this book once started and can honestly say I didn’t see the plot twist coming which was original and very clever. I highly recommend.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘What a read… From the first page I was hooked. It had me enthralled, I could not stop reading!… So many twists, turns and heartache.’ Goodreads Reviewer

A great book!… I definitely recommend this!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Gripped me from the very first page.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘I was propelled through the narrative quickly, desperate to see where it was all going.’ Goodreads Reviewer

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786819413
Publisher: Storyfire Ltd
Publication date: 07/04/2019
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 433,173
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.48(d)

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The Divorce: A gripping psychological thriller with a fantastic twist 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
AATaylor 6 months ago
The Divorce examines the lies people tell themselves to make the past fit into the vision of the world they prefer to believe in, regardless of whether or not this belief is based on any facts. There are three main characters: a marriage counselor, Karen, and the dysfunctional couple she begins working with once a week. Karen is very damaged from her own past, but she seeks to find some solace and healing in the act of helping others. Unfortunately, some clients lie, which makes her job much, much harder. There’s a lot to like about this book. The first 3/4 were captivating, even after I had figured out the ending at the halfway point. Once the final twists begin to be revealed, though, all the tension went out of the story for me. That would be okay if it had been the end of the book, but this happened with about 20% still left to read. I’m sure a lot of readers will be surprised by the twist (and it is a big one), which will probably make the last portion of the book feel more tense and exciting for them. Overall, this is a decent, entertaining thriller that I’d recommend to readers who enjoy dialogue-driven stories and aren’t bothered by a lot of exposition. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC. This review contains my honest, unbiased opinion.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This book was not what I had expected. Karen is a marriage counselor who is counseling Josh & Lydia. While counseling them she starts having flashbacks to her abusive first marriage. There were a lot of surprises in the book and I wasn't expecting the ending.
JM Free Kicks Fiction 8 months ago
The tag line on the cover reads “A gripping psychological thriller with a fantastic twist.” It’s not unusual for psychological thrillers to claim to be “gripping” or “unputdownable” and to tout their “twists.” Unfortunately, this book does not live up to any of those claims. I’m sure that some people will love the commentary on marriage and domestic abuse, but for me, there was too much exposition that slowed the action down. As a result, the twist that was supposed to make me say “Oh, wow!” just made me say, “Eh.” Parts of the plot were interesting, and the concept was okay, but it all got lost in endless paragraphs of inner thoughts – just not my cup of tea. And speaking of tea, the ending seemed very abrupt and left the story unfinished. Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture, and the author for a complimentary pre-release digital ARC of this book.
M-Harrison1 8 months ago
This is a really interesting read into the human psyche. It is an intriguing story which looks like it is going to be about a normal couple going through a troublesome time, but there is so much more to the story. There are only three characters in this book, which I thought I was going to struggle a bit with as I like there to be more to keep my interest, but Victoria does a great job with them, and they are very well developed, written well and very believable. With so little characters it makes for an intense read which is mostly told within the therapy sessions, which is what makes this standout. I went through all of the normal emotions with each of the characters, from a dislike of Josh who comes across as an arrogant jerk and someone I defiantly would not want to be married too, to sympathy towards Lydia who clearly is suffering at the hands of her domineering husband and is just crying out for help, to a feeling of dread from Karen the marriage counsellor, who feels an unease around the couple, and has some demons of her own that she needs to face. Victoria gives the reader a thorough insight into each of the characters through individual chapters, and what starts as a slow burn, builds up momentum throughout to a thrilling conclusion that I did not see coming! You have the sense when reading it that there is going to be a big explosion and it does not disappoint. This is the first book that I have read from Victoria. She is a great storyteller and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future. All up this is an enjoyable read full of suspense that I highly recommend. Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Victoria Jenkins for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Divorce in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.
writertoreader 8 months ago
Official rating: 1.5/5 It’s strange to me that so many publicity teams try to compare psychological thrillers to the heavyweights like Gone Girl. Mainly because most of the time, there are no similarities beyond the genre. Not every thriller is deserving of this comparison. The Divorce is unique due to its narrative structure. Each chapter represents a different perspective of one of the three characters involved in marriage counseling. The main character, Karen, is the counselor. The other two, Lydia and Josh Green, are the participants. During each session, Karen gains further insight into the complicated relationship between the Greens. She suspects Josh may be hiding abusive tendencies given his rage issues and Lydia’s meek, fearful manner. We are privy to how all three characters think and feel as the story bounces around each one, chapter by chapter. The idea of a psychological thriller playing out through various therapy sessions was an appealing idea to me. It reminds me of an old HBO show called In Treatment with a similar concept. But The Divorce never delivers the same tension as In Treatment managed to. It is boring, tedious, and challenging to get through. The first half of the book goes in circles with every chapter retreading the same conversations and arguments again and again. For a book that isn’t long, it drags. I wish the chapters had been shorter and more to the point. Then, by the time you get to the ending and the twist, it becomes ludicrous compared to the plodding story prefacing it. I predicted it early on, and it even intrigued me. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the way it panned out. Should you read The Divorce? I suggest you watch In Treatment instead. It’s full of more complex characters and intricate development. The Divorce is well-written, Jenkins has a talent for figurative and descriptive language. I truly wanted to enjoy this book. For the first few chapters, I did. Then it became clear I would be in for much of the same for an extended period, and my interest slowly dwindled with every page. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion!
Christine Teeter 8 months ago
The Divorce was 2.5-2.75 stars, I rounded up to 3. I really hate to give poor reviews but this book just never took off. I think I may have been the wrong reader for this book as I do sessions with people and couples and see and hear all kinds of things so reading session after session was rather monotonous. I felt like the sessions gave accurate descriptions and there were strong quotes and valuable information given throughout but it just lacked any thrill factor for me. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read an eARC of, The Divorce, in exchange for my honest review.
JillB1 8 months ago
Having read some of Victoria Jenkins’ previous detective novels I was looking forward to reading her first psychological thriller. While the premise of a therapist telling the story of a client couple is interesting the first half was an extremely slow buildup plodding along before anything is revealed. Jenkins writing is always good but I wish the plot and the ending matched her skills. I’m glad I read it but was left wanting more.
RobinLovesReading 8 months ago
Karen has done well as a marriage counselor, working from her home for decades. She generally works with couples together, and will do what she can to keep their marriages intact. It doesn't take long for Karen to understand the newest couple, Josh and Lydia Green. At least she thinks she understands the dynamic of their relationship. Karen begins to listen and soon begins to offer advice as to how they can draw closer together. However, things begin to unravel rather quickly, and Karen soon realizes that she might be out of her depth with Lydia and Josh. Neither Josh nor Lydia make Karen feel comfortable. There are things about both of them that send an alarm, but as she is dedicated to her work, she seeks to look past the angst that rises within her as she treats them. Furthermore, Karen is plagued by her past and this occasionally affects her perspective. Beyond that, Karen begins to feel unsafe. What a twisty book! I felt much like Karen in the beginning. All I wanted was for this couple to look past their anger and grief and to learn to rediscover what brought them together in the first place. But, like Karen, I quickly learned that nothing was as it seemed. As things evolved, The Divorce moved past being a domestic drama to an actual thriller. Yes, indeed, something changed, and it did so smoothly, if not rapidly. This book by Victoria Jenkins captured my interest from the outset and never let go. I was drawn into the couple, especially with the shift in the story. There were a few surprising twists and turns and a satisfying conclusion. I look forward to reading more by this talented author. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Rhonda-Runner1 9 months ago
Lydia and Josh feel their marriage is floundering so they begin therapy sessions with Karen. As their problems begin to unfold, Karen begins having flashbacks from her previous marriages. I am glad this was a quick easy read because I really struggled to get through the majority of it. This book fell flat for me and did not hold my interest. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Janice Lombardo 9 months ago
Karen, a therapist, is jaded by her past when she accepts clients Lydia and Josh. The excitement ramps up as Karen becomes increasingly involved in their lives. A poignant look at marriage counselling through the eyes of the therapist and her clients. This read becomes difficult to put down as the conclusion nears. Personally, I did not like the characters, yet they Become more well developed as the story progresses. A good, quick read ! Many Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for a fast, interesting, read !
CCinME 9 months ago
A quick and compulsively readable story of a therapist and her new clients, Josh and Lydia who seek her out for marital counseling. The story takes place in the home of the therapist and is told by three points of view. Not a suspenseful read but good nonetheless. I was surprised by the twist and reveal.
linstrong12 9 months ago
Karen is a therapist, mostly dealing with couple who have marriage problems. She listens to them, and tries to help them save their marriage. Lydia and Josh Green are new clients. Almost immediately she senses something not quite right. The two of them seem to disturb something in Lydia ...something from her past. Lydia seems to be frightened of her controlling husband. Josh is plainly angry and seems to be hiding .. something. As Karen spends more time with the couple, she more apprehensive and afraid she seems. What is it about their behavior that sets her teeth on edge? This is a well-written psychological thriller sprinkled with lies and deception. Karen is like a rat cornered by the cat. What is she hiding from her past? Are Lydia and Josh plotting... something? The ending is spectacular and quite surprising. Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Netgalley for providing the advanced digital copy of THE DIVORCE at no charge. I am leaving this review voluntarily. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.