REVIEW: Nobody's Wife, Laura Pearson #BLOGTOUR

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Emily and Josephine have always shared everything. They’re sisters, flatmates, and best friends. It’s the two of them against the world. When Emily has the perfect wedding, and Josephine finds the perfect man, they know things will change forever. But nothing can prepare them for what, or who, one of them is willing to give up for love. Four people. Three couples. Two sisters. One unforgivable betrayal.

In her highly-anticipated second novel, Nobody’s Wife, Laura Pearson has formed a deftly-crafted portrayal of two complicated, interconnected and utterly human relationships. And, through them, she examines the blurring of the lines between what is just an infatuation, or even something that leans into being an obsession, and what is actually love; and how often people tend to mistake one for the other.
Through a series of betrayals so ultimate that each one would break your heart, Pearson draws attention to the fact that, no matter how much we would want them to be, feelings are not often reciprocated, or even mirrored, in the people that we hold closest in our hearts. Love can be returned with love, yes, but also with apathy or even hate. And, often, the steps that we take in pursuit of love, are never really worth it in the end.
The central ideas of pursuing love in all its selfishness, or pushing it aside in favour of holding someone else’s interests above your own, means that Pearson examines love in all of its forms. What is more important after all: romantic love, or familial?
Why should one type be held above the other?
Why should one be cast aside for the one that is held on a pedestal by wider society?
The collision course that forms Nobody’s Wife’s raw, racing narrative only raises questions about human nature and the motivations behind our most innate human feelings and actions, ready for the reader to go away and ponder on whether they would be guided by the same forces.

Thanks to NetGalley and Agora Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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