Monday, August 9, 2021

Review: Such A Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass (Blog Tour)


About the Book

Author: Seraphina Nova Glass
ISBN: 9781525896019
Publication Date: August 10, 2021
Publisher: Graydon House Books

Book Summary:

From the author of Someone's Listening comes another thriller that will leave you breathless, about a housewife implicated in a murder investigation, perfect for fans of The Last House Guest and Someone We Know.

Melanie Hale has the perfect life. Her husband, Collin, is a loving and supportive partner and she loves their small-town home just outside of New Orleans. She doesn't mind (too much) that she's given up her career dreams to care for her two beautiful children. It's all worth it.

So why, when she joins a writers' group for fledgling novelists, does she embark on a steamy affair with Luke, a local bestselling author who gives a talk during the group? Why does she go back to Luke again and again, when she knows it's wrong?

And then Luke is found dead, and Mel knows she was the last person to see him alive. Now, she not only has to keep the affair a secret, but somehow avoid being implicated in Luke's death. But who would want to kill him? And if Mel finds the truth, will she be next? What follows is a sinister cat-and-mouse game that will leave readers guessing until the very last page.

My Review

Melanie Hale appears to have it all.  Two beautiful children, a devoted husband and a beautiful home in a wealthy community.  However, things aren’t always how they seem.  She’s dealing with a special needs child and she is the primary caregiver for her mother-in-law.  It all takes a toll on Melanie.

With the encouragement of her husband, Melanie  joins a writing group where she meets a local author.  It’s not long before she does the unthinkable and has an affair with him.  When she discovers his dead body, her whole world is turned upside down.  She quickly tries to cover her tracks so she isn’t  the prime suspect in this murder case.

I have to admit, I didn’t find Melanie particularly likeable at first.   Eventually I did warm up to her, although there were a few times I wanted to scream at her.  

This is an intriguing story filled with so many twists and turns, I couldn’t keep it all straight.  Just when you think you know what’s going to happen, you find out that you don’t.  I could not stop reading until the last page and what an ending it was!  I won’t say more but it left me stunned.

This is a new-to-me author, but it won’t be the last book I read by her.  There was the perfect mix of intrigue, suspense and it kept me captivated throughout the entire book.

For reading challenges:

Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2021 (Louisiana)
NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2021

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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Author Bio

Seraphina Nova Glass is a professor and playwright-in-residence at the University of Texas, Arlington, where she teaches film studies and playwriting. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Smith College, and she's also a screenwriter and award-winning playwright. Seraphina has traveled the world using theatre and film as a teaching tool, living in South Africa, Guam and Kenya as a volunteer teacher, AIDS relief worker, and documentary filmmaker.


  1. This book is right up my alley!

    Will keep an eye out for it. Lovely review Yvonne.

  2. This looks interesting and I like that its set outside New Orleans. I can definitely see Melanie not being a likable character but glad you warmed up to her.


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