Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Release Date: July 28, 2020
Source: Borrowed from the library
A suspenseful and page-turning descent into obsession, love, and murder in the wake of San Francisco’s most deadly earthquake–and Suzanne Rindell’s most haunting novel since her acclaimed debut, The Other Typist
Which wife holds the darker secret?
San Francisco, 1906. Violet is one of three people grateful for the destruction of the big earthquake. It leaves her and her two best friends unexpectedly wealthy–if the secret that binds them together stays buried beneath the rubble. Fearing discovery, the women strike out on their own, and orphaned, wallflower Violet reinvents herself.
When a whirlwind romance with the city’s most eligible widower, Harry Carlyle, lands her in a luxurious mansion as the second Mrs. Carlyle, it seems like her dreams of happiness and love have come true. But all is not right in the Carlyle home, and Violet soon finds herself trapped by the lingering specter of the first Mrs. Carlyle, and by the inescapable secrets of her own violent history.
The cover of this book is so stunning that I had to read it! Suzanne Rindell has written a Rebecca-esque historical mystery set against the backdrop of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.
Violet and her two best friends ran away from an orphanage the day it burned down. A few years later, after a dreadful stint working in the red-light district, the great earthquake strikes, and the girls come into an unexpected fortune. Their new-found wealth comes with the burden of a dark secret, and Violet, Flossie, and Cora decide to go their separate ways.
Violet reinvents herself as a proper, upstanding shop girl, and she catches the eye of the dashing and wealthy widower Harry Carlyle. The one sore subject with Harry is any discussion of his wife, the first Mrs. Carlyle. Harry and Violet marry, but life inside his mansion is anything but bliss.
The oppressive presence of the first Mrs. Carlyle is everywhere. What really happened to her? Violet hears shocking rumors about her fate, but should she ignore them and believe Harry? And who’s behind the strange occurrences happening at night?
THE TWO MRS. CARLYLES is classic Gothic suspense, and I enjoyed it. There were a few times that I wanted to scream at Violet for being so naive or not standing up for herself! Overall, though, it was an intriguing historical mystery with some surprising twists. Borrowed from the library.
You are so fortunate you can go to the library. We can only order books and pick them up at a curbside pick-up: We still can’t go in and peruse the stacks! *BUT* we can go across the street and sit shoulder to shoulder at the Irish bar and order a beer. The mandates lack logic!
I would probably love this because Rebecca is one of my favorite books *ever* Thanks for your thoughtful review…I’m putting it on my Goodreads TBR List!
Eek, no, I’m still not going to the library. I think ours is open for browsing now, but I don’t want to go. All of my library books are digital downloads through the Axis 360 app. The app is glitchy at times, especially with audiobooks. Not perfect, but fine for now.
This has a bit of a Rebecca vibe which I love but it sounds like the 2nd Mrs. Carlyle has a bit of spirit which sounds great. Love the cover too and I’ll definitely have to pick this up!
That cover is amazing. And a little Gothic suspense is always nice, especially this time of year. :)