Review: The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives by Kristin Miller

☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

Meet the trophy wives of Presidio Terrace, San Francisco’s most exclusive–and most deadly–neighborhood in this shrewd, darkly compelling novel…

Mystery writer Brooke Davies is the new wife on the block. Her tech-billionaire husband, Jack, twenty-two years her senior, whisked her to the Bay Area via private jet and purchased a modest mansion on the same day. He demands perfection, and before now, Brooke has had no problem playing the role of a doting housewife. But as she befriends other wives on the street and spends considerable time away from Jack, he worries if he doesn’t control Brooke’s every move, she will reveal the truth behind their “perfect” marriage.

Erin King, famed news anchor and chair of the community board, is no stranger to maintaining an image–though being married to a plastic surgeon helps. But the skyrocketing success of her career has worn her love life thin, and her professional ambitions have pushed Mason away. Quitting her job is a Hail Mary attempt at keeping him interested, to steer him away from finding a young trophy wife. But is it enough, and is Mason truly the man she thought he was?

Georgia St. Claire allegedly cashed in on the deaths of her first two husbands, earning her the nickname “Black Widow”–and the stares and whispers of her curious neighbors. Rumored to have murdered both men for their fortunes, she claims to have found true love in her third marriage, yet her mysterious, captivating allure keeps everyone guessing. Then a tragic accident forces the residents of Presidio Terrace to ask: Has Georgia struck again? And what is she really capable of doing to protect her secrets?



My Thoughts:

Wow! This is a sinfully delicious read! I was hooked from the start. The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives was a true page-turner for me. I just couldn’t put it down once I started reading!

I found the premise intriguing and author Kristin Miller’s execution of it is excellent. Each “trophy wife” gets her say as they share in the narration of the story. Erin, the uptight newscaster, is the most frank in her version of the truth. Georgia, the so-called Black Widow, has a reputation that she can’t shake and doesn’t put forth a lot of effort to do so. She and the new neighbor, Brooke, are rather enigmatic. They clue readers into what is happening, but they hold their cards close when it comes to their truths.

There are twists within twists, and all unexpected. Some were so clever that they brought a smile to my face. I did easily guess one small part of the story denouement, but that did not impact my thorough enjoyment of the trophy wives’ tale. No one is depicted as an unreliable narrator, and there are plenty of characters to mistrust. It was fun guessing and re-evaluating hypotheses as I read. The story of these trophy wives is an absolutely engrossing train wreck. It’s like a nighttime TV drama—campy and highly entertaining. 

Think you wanted to be taken care of by a super-successful and Uber-wealthy man? You might think twice on that after reading The Secret Lives of Trophy Wives!

About the Author: New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Kristin Miller writes sweet and sassy contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance of all varieties. Kristin has degrees in psychology, English, and education, and taught high school and middle school English before crossing over to a career in writing. She lives in Northern California with her alpha male husband and their two children. She loves chocolate way more than she should and the gym less. You can usually find her in the corner of a coffee shop, laptop in front of her and mocha in hand, using the guests around her as fuel for her next book.




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