The scars of a broken family
The Third Wife by Linda Jewell: It’s the tale of genial, good-looking, middle-aged Adrian Wolfe, a serial husband who left his two previous wives - and a total of five children - for his latest one, Maya.
When Maya steps out in front of a bus after an evening of heavy drinking on her own, the question raised is: was it a genuine accident or did she commit suicide?
And, through a series of flashbacks interspersed with real-time events, it slowly emerges that behind the facade of happiness and love shared between all three wives and Adrian’s clutch of children, he has left a trail of emotional devastation in his wake. The secrets, the lies and the final honesty of lives broken when a partner leaves his family are painstakingly explored in this well-crafted drama which takes the reader on an emotional journey - but don’t expect many laughs.