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The Second Wife by [Cavendish, Catherine]
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Emily Marchant died on Valentine's Day. If only she'd stayed dead...

When Chrissie Marchant first sets eyes on Barton Grove, she feels as if the house doesn't want her. But it's her new husband's home, so now it's her home as well. Sumptuous and exquisitely appointed, the house is filled with treasures that had belonged to Joe's first wife, the perfect Emily, whom the villagers still consider the real mistress of Barton Grove.

A stunning photograph of the first Mrs. Marchant hangs in the living room, an unblemished rose in her hand. There's something unnerving and impossibly alive about that portrait, but it's not the only piece of Emily still in the house. And as Chrissie's marriage unravels around her, she learns that Emily never intended for Joe to take a second wife...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 321 KB
  • Print Length: 79 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Etopia Press (Feb. 6 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Second Wife Is Great! But, oh, that first wife... Feb. 28 2013
By katiescarlett5 - Published on
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Poor Chrissy, she really has her hands full with her husband's evil (and supposed to be deceased) first wife, Emily. I don't know what Emily was like in life, but she's not very nice dead! Everyone says she was perfect, but of course no one is really perfect and I believe ghosts behave very similarly to the way they lived, so I think even in life Emily just had everyone fooled!

This is a great read with well developed characters and scenes so well detailed and described that you feel you are in the old English mansion with Chrissy (and evil Emily!). It was a perfect read over a cold and rainy weekend, but would be good anytime and anywhere.

The scary stuff comes on gradually and builds to great heights, which I liked. It kind of fools you into thinking, "OK, maybe this won't be TOO scary" - which is something that I (who doesn't usually read this genre) needed to tell myself! Unexpected ending - treat yourself and start reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well told story Feb. 15 2013
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I will be honest and I tell you that when I bought this I didn't think that this would be any good but boy, was I wrong this author wrote a story that had great characters and well described scenes. This was a very good book. I will read more from this author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Novel April 11 2015
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I enjoyed reading this story. The plot was good and the writing strong. I would have given it a much higher rating, but for its length. Unless I missed it, nowhere on this book's page does it mention the fact that it barely qualifies as a novella. Some readers like short stories, and if you are one, you will not be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rising tension, scary tale Dec 2 2013
By Sheila Deeth - Published on
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Nobody’s perfect, and the handsome doctor’s deceased first wife is no exception. Sadly the doctor is far from perfect too, and cruelly unwilling to countenance any change in his home or way of life.

New wife Chrissie learns to cope with the first wife’s photograph staring at her. She learns to look beautiful and prepare lovely meals, instead of going out to work. And she finds her value in her husband’s approval, forgetting all the skills she had before. But the house seems unwilling to forget its former mistress.

Tension rises, and Chrissie’s attempts to explain away her discomfort are gradually eroded. Slowly she learns some sympathy for the dead, but will the dead wife have any sympathy for her?

The story’s short and easy to read in one session. It builds through various climaxes to moments of peace and sheer horror, and it ends, in classic horror style, with just a hint of more. Swift skillful writing, quick scary images, and a satisfying storyline make this an enjoyable short horror tale for a cold dark night.

Disclosure: I won a copy and I’m offering my honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Horror with a Modern Setting Feb. 10 2013
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I reviewed a complimentary e-book provided by the author in return for my fair and impartial review.

Review of The Second Wife by Catherine Cavendish
5 stars

As a youngster, I devoured "Gothic" suspense stories, such as those by the prolific Victoria Holt. In almost every instance, a misguided but trusting and idealistic young woman took a position, whether it be governess, housemaid, teacher, or nanny, at a dark and brooding estate, owned by a dark and broodingly handsome gentleman. Usually there was a late wife, late grandmother, or some such individual (think Daphne Du Maurier's classic "Rebecca," think Robert Browning's "The Last Duchess"). Always there was someone or something setting up obstacles to this young lady's future happiness. Also always, the reader managed to settle in comfortably, expecting good things, only to find out that Supernatural intervention was at hand, and it wasn't kindly intentioned.

This is sort of the approach excellent author Catherine Cavendish takes. Chrissie, a University librarian, coincidentally encounters village GP Joe Marchant, and after a very whirlwind courtship, they marry. Chrissie is ecstatically in love, but her first experience of Joe's Victorian home proves to her that neither the house, nor his late wife Emily, deceased these five years, wants her present. While Chrissie tries diligently to make her marriage happy, even to the point of trying to win over the village biddies, that stunning photograph of Emily and her rose, hanging over the mantel, is the focal point of various types of hauntings, and yes, Supernatural intervention with a seriously bad attitude and an axe to grind. This becomes a marriage of four: Chrissie, husband Dr. Joe, the house, and The Late Emily.

What makes this novella different from the stories I've mentioned above? This is Catherine Cavendish, who writes horror that creeps up on the reader unexpectedly; horror that grabs the throat and collapses the lungs; horror that is heart-stopping to the point that the reader will be crying out, "Will the heroine survive?" She sets up a protagonist who seems on the surface to be a normally functioning adult, but in reality is a woman harbouring inside a small child frequently tremendously abused, and her "normalcy" is only dancing on a tightrope. As such, she is fair prey for the evil in Dr. Joe's home--The Late Emily's home.

"The Second Wife" is a story of both the persistence of the Supernatural and of psychological horror, so finely tuned that the approach of the horrendous is gradual but implacable. I'm so glad I read this in the daylight; although I expect to have nightmares tonight. I literally have chills. <smile>