Six Shades of Marriage: 6 Suspenseful Novels About the Dark Side of Marriage

twilight-wifeWe’re excited to welcome bestselling author A.J. Banner to the blog today! Her new novel, THE TWILIGHT WIFE, is a twisty thriller about a woman who loses her memory, only to discover that her life may not be as idyllic as it seems. So when we asked her for a post, it’s no surprise that she’s giving us a look at the “death do us part” side of marriage. Read on for some amazing recommendations…if you dare!

We all enjoy a steamy love story, but let’s face it, we also love the seamy underside of love, the dark shades of marriage. In the suspenseful movie Sleeping with the Enemy, Julia Roberts plays a battered wife who fakes her death to escape her abusive husband, but he discovers her deception and comes after her. But what if a woman doesn’t even remember her marriage?

In my new novel of psychological suspense, The Twilight Wife, a diving accident robs a young woman of the last four years of her memories. Was she a good wife, or is the truth far more sinister? Here are six other suspenseful novels about the dark side of marriage.


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The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle
Iris’s husband, Will, dies in a plane crash…only he wasn’t supposed to be on that flight. Devastated, Iris sets out to discover the truth about her marriage. This one is a page turner.

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Evelyn, After by Victoria Helen Stone
What happens when your husband calls you to pull his car out of a ditch, only he’s not alone? He’s with his lover, and circumstances demand that you stay quiet. Evelyn Tester is the jilted wife whose obsession with revenge plunges her into big trouble. I couldn’t put this one down.

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The Other Woman’s House by Sophie Hannah
While taking a virtual tour of a house for sale on a real estate website, Connie Bowskill sees a dead body lying in a pool of blood. But when she tells her husband, Kit, the body disappears. She begins to believe Kit may be leading a double life out of that very house. Did a murder occur, or was she imagining things? I loved this book.

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The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
We know from the start that Jodi plans to kill her husband, Todd. But why? How does she do it, and what is the outcome? The Silent Wife kept me guessing to the end.

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See Jane Run by Joy Fielding
A classic, this fabulous book sparked my interest in psychological suspense. What if you found yourself wandering the streets in a bloodstained dress with $10,000 in your pocket and you couldn’t even remember your name? All you have is a mysterious stranger who claims to be your husband.

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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
This Gothic tale of a young bride haunted by the memory of her brooding husband’s first wife, is another all-time classic.


aj-bannerBorn in India and raised in North America, A. J. Banner tried various professions after college—including a stint in law  school and a memorable job at a veterinary clinic–but eventually she returned to her first love, writing.

 A longtime fan of Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, A. J. feels at home writing  stories with unexpected twists and turns—like her first book, the #1 Kindle bestseller The Good Neighbor, and her new release, The Twilight Wife

She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and five rescued cats.

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The Twilight Wife

The Twilight Wife

A.J. Banner

We love the "amnesiac begins to remember" plot, and Banner keeps us on the edge of our seats as it unfolds! If you like S.J. Watson, Mary Kubica, or Ruth Ware, give this one a try.

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The Marriage Lie

The Marriage Lie

Kimberly S. Belle

Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and life is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will flies out for a business trip to Florida, Iris's happy world comes to an abrupt halt: another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers. Why did Will lie about where he was going? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to uncover what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she finds shock her to her very core.

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Evelyn, After

Evelyn, After

Victoria Helen Stone

A woman receives the call no wife wants to hear: her husband has been in a serious accident--and there was another woman with him. (Man, if fiction teaches us anything, it's that cheating on your spouse means you'll soon be in a dangerous accident. Look both ways before crossing the street, cheaters!)

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The Other Woman’s House

The Other Woman’s House

Sophie Hannah

A woman clicks idly through a virtual house tour on a real estate site, until she comes across a scene from a nightmare: a woman lying facedown on the living room floor in a pool of blood. But when she returns to the site to show her husband, there is no body, no blood—just a perfectly ordinary room, with a perfectly clean beige carpet. This is the sixth book in Hannah's popular Zailer and Waterhouse series.

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The Silent Wife

The Silent Wife

A.S.A. Harrison

He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose.

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See Jane Run

See Jane Run

Joy Fielding

Jane Whittaker finds herself alone, confused, covered in blood--and with $10,000 in her pocket. She remembers neither her name nor her past, but there's a handsome stranger insisting he's her devoted husband. But we know better than that, don't we, suspense fans?

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Rebecca

Rebecca

Daphne du Maurier

This classic about a young second wife who fears she'll never be able to live up to her husband's memory of "the first Mrs. DeWinter" fits right in with modern tales of matrimony gone wrong--if you haven't read it yet, you must!

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2 comments so far


  1. Ooh, I look forward to reading The Twilight Wife. It sounds exactly like my cup of tea!

  2. All of these sound good! Adding them to my TBR list! Thanks!

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