The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford

A dead neighbor, the last one to see her alive, and Dana can’t remember anything about that afternoon she spent with Celia.

Did she handle the heavy vase that killed Celia the day she died or does she remember that from when they bought it at a garage sale?  Was Celia alive when she left that afternoon?  Could she have killed her neighbor?

Dana keeps questioning herself about what happened that afternoon and has herself convinced that she did kill Celia.  Dana wishes she could remember.  If this wasn’t worry enough with her fragile state and her former mental problems, Dana had to worry about her husband who she knew was having an affair.

The writing style of Susan Crawford is exquisitely descriptive and takes you right into Dana’s mind making you wonder along with her just what actually did happen.

For me Dana wasn’t likeable. Peter, Dana’s husband, is a sneak. Celia even in death is mysterious. Celia’s husband, Ronald, seems guilty. So many suspects to choose from. You will go back and forth and be stumped until the end.  Jack the policeman seems to be the only honest and likeable one.

If you enjoy psychological thrillers, a range of unlikeable, but interesting characters, and a book you don’t want to put down, THE POCKET WIFE fits the bill. The ending is great.  4/5

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