Latest Reads: The Other Couple Sarah J Naughton

Publication Date: Available Now from Trapeze

Source: Netgalley

This was meant to be the perfect honeymoon.

A five-star beach resort in Vietnam, with white sands, private villas and world-class cuisine. 
A chance for newlyweds Asha and Ollie Graveney to recover from a tragedy that has left them on the verge of collapse.

Except things don’t go as planned.

When Asha wakes up in hospital after a brutal attack, her husband is nowhere to be found.

And paradise has turned into a nightmare…

Having been a huge fan of “TattleTale” I was looking forward to more from Sarah Naughton and I wasn’t disappointed. The Other Couple was a gorgeously twisted psychological thriller, with a mostly warm, idyllic setting which was lovely considering our British weather right now – unfortunately paradise isn’t quite as wonderful as main protagonist Asha hoped when she embarked on the honeymoon of her dreams with the man of her dreams…

I love the way this author writes such great character drama – weaving intriguing and often thought provoking relationships around a rather horrific happening. Asha has married into wealth, the divide between how she thinks and how her never wanting for anything new husband thinks is cleverly done – yet you still feel they could be the perfect couple, if only Ollie wasn’t suddenly acting so strangely…and if only they hadn’t already suffered a tragedy that would tend to tear couples apart…

I was with Asha all the way as she tried to work out what was wrong, her frustration at both Ollie and the fact that even on their honeymoon they are drafted into social interactions with other couples at the resort resonated. The old adage “trust no-one” will serve you well whilst reading this – there are some socially relevant aspects to it that were compelling (bankers anyone?) and after a twist fueled ride to resolution, the author throws in what I hope will become her trademark – the unexpected, not in a necessarily “whodunnit” way ending.

Overall The Other Couple was a great read. Great writing, an atmospheric and unpredictable plot and some great scene setting and characterisation. Loved it.


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