If you are looking for a light read, you will enjoy How to Murder a Marriage by Gabrielle St. George. It was a fun mystery novel that is perfect for readers who are not fans of hardcore mystery novels. This was the first book of mine that my son picked up and was excited to read and discuss with me. This made the reading experience special.
How to Murder a Marriage follows main character Gina Malone; Gina is a smart and sassy bestselling relationships advice author and expert on exes. She is an empty nester trying to live life on her own terms but meddles in other people’s affairs for a living.
As a relationship advice expert, Gina advises one of her readers to leave her husband. The reader goes missing shortly after communicating with Gina. Gina then realizes she has a stalker. The issue is that Gina’s job creates a lot of enemies. The stalker could be Gina’s vengeful ex-husband, the abusive ex of the missing woman, or her new crush’s crazy ex.
The setting of this story is a tiny tourist town on the Canadian shores of Lake Huron where Gina plans to renovate an old family cottage. The cottage is located on a lonely and empty stretch of beach which worked well in this story and made for some scary scenes and close encounters with Gina’s stalker. I loved the display of small-town Ontario living, showcasing both the good and the bad that comes with that.
I enjoyed the Author’s writing style and her portrayal of the main character Gina. I found Gina to be witty, sarcastic and possessed my brand of humour. This made her very likeable and relatable. There was a great cast of secondary characters supporting Gina as she tries to find where home is while dealing with the craziness that is currently her life.
“Maybe you can never go home again because everything in life is always changing, and maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe being home is about being at peace with whatever life throws at you, from wherever you are…Maybe I am my home”
I was kept engaged to the end, it was difficult to figure out how the story would evolve and end. I was completely surprised by the ending, which to me is a good thing with a mystery novel. I was left wondering what’s next which is great for a series. How to Murder a Marriage is the first in a series and I am looking forward to the others.
Thanks to Gabrielle St. George for an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Gabrielle St. George is a Canadian screenwriter and story-editor with credits on over 100 produced television shows, both in the USA and Canada. Her feature film scripts have been optioned in Hollywood. She is a member of the Writer’s Guild of Canada, Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. Ms. St. George writes humorous mysteries and domestic noir about subjects of which she is an expert-mostly failed relationships, hence her debut soft-boiled series, The Ex-Whisperer Files, which launches with HOW TO MURDER A MARRIAGE. She is also the author of the non-fiction GAL GUIDE SERIES: How to Say So Long to Mr. Wrong, How to Know if He’s Having an Affair, and How to Survive the Love You Hate to Love. Gabrielle lives a wildly magical life on a fairy-tale farm along the Saugeen River and spends weekends at her 1930s cabin on the shores of Lake Huron with her partner (current coupling still alive and kicking) and their extremely disobedient dogs. When she’s not writing, painting, gardening, stargazing, moondancing, and daydreaming, she travels the world to visit her four fabulous children who live abroad.
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