Saturday, November 9, 2019

The Other Mrs. Miller

Book: The Other Mrs. Miller
Author: Allison Dickson

Two women are watching each other.

Phoebe Miller isn't sure when the rusty car started showing up in the cul-de-sac she calls home, or why its driver would be spying on her. What could be interesting about an unhappy housewife who drowns her sorrows in ice cream and wine and barely leaves her house?

Only one knows why.

When a new family moves in across the street--the exuberant Vicki, who just might become the gossipy best friend Phoebe's always wanted, and her handsome college-bound son, Jake, who offers companionship of a different variety--Phoebe finds her dull routine infused with the excitement she's been missing. But with her head turned she's no longer focused on the woman in the car. And she really should be...-Goodreads

Review: 'The Other Mrs. Miller' was almost like a tale of two books. I loved the first half of the book. After years of failed IVF, Phoebe's marriage is on the rocks. Her father (imagine a Roger Allie's type) has recently passed away and Phoebe is basically a recluse in her house. While her husband is at work, she spends her days drinking and laying by the pool. She is intrigued by the car that shows up on the street and keeps a log of it's coming and going. When new neighbors move in with a handsome but barely legal son, she finds herself willing to leave the house. This part of the book was 5 stars for me, really strong.

Then...I can't say what happens midway through the book without spoiling it but the tone of the book shifts such that all credibility is thrown out the window. I kept scratching my head thinking "this would never happen." I did this repeatedly, until I finished the book. 

I'm not sure I would recommend this but I'll give the author credit, she definitely took this in a direction I don't think many saw coming.  

Grade: 3/5

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