Book Review – The Dead Ex – Jane Corry*

Goodreads description;


‘I wish he’d just DIE.’

Vicki’s husband David once promised to love her in sickness and in health. But after a brutal attack left her suffering with epilepsy, he ran away with his mistress.

So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he’s missing, her first thought is ‘good riddance’. But then the police find evidence suggesting that David is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it.

What really happened on the night of David’s disappearance?
And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she’s not even sure of it herself?

Review – No spoilers

I was sent this book a while ago after requesting it on Netgalley and lately I have been seeing it everywhere so I had quite high hopes for it. Unfortunately this book did not meet my expectations and I found it lacking the tension required to make this a stand out thriller.

The story is interesting. The main character, Vicky, is under suspicion when her ex husband David goes missing. Vicky doesn’t think she had anything to do with his dissapearence but suffering with memory issues as a side effect of her epilepsy medication, can she really be sure she had nothing to do with it?

We also have another character’s story running alongside Vicky’s. Scarlett, a little girl who has ended up in foster care after her mother gets sent to prison. Scarlett has had a tough life so far, being used by her mother to sell drugs and being introduced to various ‘uncles’ and unfortunately things are about to get worse for her.

Throughout the book I found myself to be more interested in Scarlett’s story rather than Vicky’s. I found Vicky’s chapters to be slightly repetitive and a little bit boring. The action and intensity needed to hook you in just isn’t there.

The police come across as bullies, barging their way into Vicky’s house and searching through her things without a search warrant and Vicky doesn’t seem to want to help herself by always holding a little bit of information back. She also seems to treat her medical condition as some sort of dirty secret, assuming people will think less of her when they find out and feeling as though she has to relocate everytime they do.

As the story nears to an end we do find out more to explain Vicky’s strange behaviour but it was too little too late for me as I had already half lost interest by then.

The ending feels quite far fetched and although everything is tied up and all character links are revealed, it does feel a slightly rushed.

This is a cleverly written book and once things have been revealed you can see the clues were hidden there all along. Unfortunately in my opinion it lacked the mystery and intensity that is needed for a gripping thriller and as the book world is currently saturated with this genre this does little to stand out.

Final scores

A cleverly written story with a few twists, lacks tension and the first half is quite slow.

I give this book 3/5 stars

*I was gifted this book via Netgalley in exchange for a full honest review. All views are my own.

Book review Jane Corry The Dead Ex
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2 thoughts on “Book Review – The Dead Ex – Jane Corry*

  1. Thanks for the honest review! It sounds like this book could have been perfect with a few changes. I am still a little intrigued. If I ever find a used copy for cheap maybe I’ll pick it up.

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