Sunday, March 22, 2015

William Morrow ARC Review: The Pocket Wife (Susan Crawford)

The Pocket WifeHardcover, 320 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by William Morrow

An amazing talent makes her debut with this stylish psychological thriller—with the compelling intrigue of The Silent Wife and Turn of Mind and the white-knuckle pacing of Before I Go to Sleep —in which a woman suffering from bipolar disorder cannot remember if she murdered her friend during a breakdown.
Dana Catrell is horrified to learn she was the last person to see her neighbor Celia alive. Suffering from a devastating mania, a result of her bipolar disorder, Dana finds that there are troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of Celia's death. As evidence starts to point in her direction, Dana struggles to clear her name before her own demons win out.
Is murder on her mind - or is it all in her head?
The closer she comes to piecing together shards of her broken memory, the more Dana falls apart. Is there a murderer lurking inside her . . . or is there one out there in the shadows of reality, waiting to strike again? A story of marriage, murder and madness, The Pocket Wife explores the world through the foggy lens of a woman on the edge. 

Susan H. Crawford
Susan grew up in Miami, Florida. She later moved to New York City and then to Boston before settling in Atlanta to raise three amazing daughters and to teach in various adult education settings. A member of The Atlanta Writers Club and The Village Writers, Susan works for the Department of Technical and Adult Education and is a member of her local planning commission. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and a trio of rescue cats, where she enjoys reading books, writing books, rainy days, and spending time with the people she loves.

The Pocket Wife is an debut novel by Susan Crawford that has all the perfect ingredients for a phenomenal psychological thriller with plenty of murder and suspense....

The main character, Dana Catrell, is thrown into a murder mystery when her next door neighbor is murdered and she is the last one to have seen the victim. Dana suffers from a mental illness called Bi-Polar disorder and usually deals with the manic side more than often. This causes her to have short term memory loss and she has issues with remembering pieces of time. 

"She shakes her head to clear it, fighting the confusion, the helplessness of not remembering exactly what happened earlier that day. Surely Peter will notice; he is a lawyer after all. "I saw her right before she died."

The Pocket Wife is full of very complex characters and the plot is a perfect combination of innocence and doubt...There are so many questions throughout the entire story...What is real? What is in her mind? Is she having flashbacks or just thoughts?

The Pocket Wife is told in several different points of view so that the reader can determine the truth for themselves. It shows Dana's side as well as the detectives that the reader can weigh all the truths...

I really enjoyed The Pocket Wife and how they expressed the difficulty of living with mental illness and how greatly it can affect not only a person's life but their loved ones as well. 

Who is guilty? Did Dana really kill her neighbor? Who had motive? Why would they kill her? So many questions....and all will be answered after reading The Pocket Wife!!! 

**The quotes from this book have been taken from an Advanced Reading Copy and are subject to change when the final book is printed. Please refer to the final, finished copy for exact quotes!**

**I want to say Thank You to William Morrow/HarperCollins for the opportunity to review this book!!**

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