We’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Born 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.