**5 Goodreads Stars**
“The real horrors of this world are other people.”
“It’s not rocket science. To believe that just because they’re good, everyone else is. But that’s not the way the world works. There’s too much history to prove otherwise.”
Britney King’s The Replacement Wife is the follow-up to The Social Affair, which I purchased and absolutely devoured earlier this year. Click here to read my review of The Social Affair. If you like heady psychological thrillers that explore the intricacies of human nature – especially the darkest aspects of human behavior – this series is for you.
The two books explore the inner workings of a cult that attracts people who desire wealth and power. The cult requires men and women to go to the extreme to prove their loyalty. These extremes involve altering one’s appearance, dieting to stay thin, and posting on social media to draw in followers desiring the same lavish lifestyle of the cult’s followers. If cult members deviate from the rules, they are physically and emotionally punished at a “reprogramming center.”
Crazy, you say? Just look at the recent news headlines this past two weeks, which involved famous actresses in a sex cult. These actresses posted attractive pictures of their lifestyles on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook in order to lure people, mostly young women, into their cult. The women in the cult were branded with the name of their male guru and forced to perform sexual acts with him. Yes, it can happen, and King provides a compelling narrative that explains the psychology of how it can happen.
Why would anyone let themselves be subjected to such abject horror and torture just to belong?
The Replacement Wife is told from the perspectives of Melanie and Tom, both of whom seek money, power, and, above all else, control over others. Melanie has a chance encounter with Tom when they bump into each other on the street. Melanie has just been booted out of her wealthy family’s mansion and told to figure out life on her own. Thrust into the world with few skills other than the ability to manipulate others, Melanie immediately sees Tom – an older but attractive businessman – as a target. But there’s one big problem: he’s married. For Melanie, that’s just a minor detail.
She pursues him at a bar and finds that he is game. An affair comes easy to them, and soon Melanie has weaseled her way into Tom’s life. Tom’s wife, June, fades out of the picture after she passes away due to a botched plastic surgery, paving the way for Melanie to take over Tom’s life (and, more importantly to Melanie, finances).
Little does Melanie know that Tom is also manipulating her. Soon she realizes that she has been played for a fool. She is enmeshed in Tom’s cult, which has sought to reprogram her and force her to comply or else.
This a dark twisty thriller that reveals the lengths at which people will go to belong to a community and to wield power over others. King has crafted some deeply disturbing characters who clearly have counterparts in real life as we have seen in the news headlines. Yet these characters still have likable and relatable traits…or perhaps her characters are just masterful manipulators, drawing the reader into their lair of lies and deceit. King’s prose is masterful; there are so many fantastic quotable parts of the book that truly capture the depths of human nature.
I highly recommend King’s books if you are a fan of thrillers, mysteries, suspense, or psychological thrillers. I really could not put either of her books in this series down – so you are warned that you may spend all night reading them! I really hope there is another book in this series, because you can bet I’m reading it! Thank you to Britney King for a copy of The Replacement Wife!
From the bestselling author of The Social Affair comes a new riveting, powerful psychological thriller which offers a savage look into a utopian cultish society where beauty and perfection are valued at all costs.
For readers of Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins, The Replacement Wife offers a peek into the lives of a married couple up against impossible odds and the notion that history has a way of repeating itself.
Statistically speaking, fifty percent of marriages end up in divorce. What are the odds for murder?
Widower Tom Anderson is a savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Problem is, one is a lonely number. Thankfully, he solved for X by finding the perfect woman. It wasn’t easy. Tom is very specific. He has to be.
Having checked ‘find trophy wife’ off his list, life was moving along swimmingly. Until that perfect woman let it slip–she has a past. One she kept hidden, almost perfectly.
Sure, she lied–she fudged the numbers. Most women do.
Now, Tom has buyers’ remorse and according to cult rules only two options: get rid of her–or single-handedly erase her past.
She’s a liar. But she does keep house well. And she makes a mean lasagna.
Razor-sharp and utterly gripping, this electrifying story explores the lengths one will go in the pursuit of perfection, little white lies that can turn lethal, and the danger lurking behind the smiles of those we trust most.
✭ Amazon: http://myBook.to/thereplacementwife
✭ All Stores Universal: http://books2read.com/thereplacementwife
✭ B&N: http://bit.ly/thereplacementwifebn
✭ iBooks: http://bit.ly/thereplacementwifeib
✭ Kobo: http://bit.ly/trwkobo
Britney King lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, children, two dogs, one ridiculous cat, and a partridge in a pear tree.
When she’s not wrangling the things mentioned above, she writes psychological, domestic and romantic thrillers set in suburbia.
Currently, she’s writing three series and several standalone novels.
The Bedrock Series features an unlikely heroine who should have known better. Turns out, she didn’t. Thus she finds herself tangled in a messy, dangerous, forbidden love story and face-to-face with a madman hell-bent on revenge. The series has been compared to Fatal Attraction, Single White Female, and Basic Instinct.
The Water Series follows the shady love story of an unconventional married couple—he’s an assassin—she kills for fun. It has been compared to a crazier book version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Also, Dexter.
Around The Bend is a heart-pounding standalone, which traces the journey of a well-to-do suburban housewife, and her life as it unravels, thanks to the secrets she keeps. If she were the only one with things she wanted to keep hidden, then maybe it wouldn’t have turned out so bad. But she wasn’t.
The With You Series at its core is a deep love story about unlikely friends who travel the world; trying to find themselves, together and apart. Packed with drama and adventure along with a heavy dose of suspense, it has been compared to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Love, Rosie.
The Social Affair is an intense standalone about a timeless couple who find themselves with a secret admirer they hadn’t bargained for. For fans of the anti-heroine and stories told in unorthodox ways, the novel explores what can happen when privacy is traded for convenience. It is reminiscent of films such as One Hour Photo and Play Misty For Me.
Without a doubt, connecting with readers is the best part of this gig. You can find Britney online here:
Instagram • https://instagram.com/britneyking_
Facebook • https://www.facebook.com/BritneyKingAuthor
Goodreads • http://bit.ly/BritneyKingGoodreads