“There’s been a terrible accident, Brigid, but the only thing that matters is that I love you. We’ll get through this together.” As I slowly wake in my hospital bed, my darling husband’s familiar voice soothes me. Yet, as I look across at him, I can’t shake the feeling that this is not my husband at all…
Later, I realize the awful truth. Because of my injury, I’m unable to feel the same emotion towards those I loved. The doctor calls this emotional amnesia, but gazing over at my husband, I call it torture.
As the weeks pass, my family and friends keep me going, especially Charity. Years before, she married my ex-husband and I, in turn, married hers. To keep our friendship group together we kept things civil – I thought we had the perfect blended family.
But once I’m back home, I begin to notice Charity inserting herself into my family. At first it’s little things, her hand lingering a moment too long on my husband’s back, playing the role of hostess in my home at a family barbeque. Then I see her encouraging her wayward brother to pay my only daughter more attention and I feel instantly threatened.
That evening, I am haunted by a familiar nightmare of an unknown man forcing someone under water, vowing that their next breath will be their last. As I gasp for air, my husband tries to comfort me.
But lying there in his arms, I feel anything but reassured. With no one I can really trust, I have to ask myself: does the man who gave me a second chance at love want me gone?
Bestselling author Carey Baldwin spent a few minutes with TheBigThrill chatting about her latest thriller, SECOND WIVES:
Can you pinpoint a moment or incident that sparked the idea for this book?
In this book, best friends divorce and then remarry each other’s ex-husbands. Because they share the same social circle, they pretend to remain friends while tensions boil beneath the surface. When I was in graduate school, I witnessed a similar situation involving my professors. I loved, in SECOND WIVES, taking that actual event and twisting it to the max. Luckily, in real life, no murders took place!
In addition to a great read, what do you hope readers will take away from this story?
I hope they will enjoy the story, which I’ve packed with surprises. I know readers read through the lens of their own experience, and I hope they will relate to these characters- even though none are perfect and some are quite devilish. This story has, at its core, not only thrills, but a journey toward healing. I hope it pulls strong emotion from readers and gives them something to think about long after they turn the last page.
What can you share about what you’re working on next?
I’m currently working on another psychological suspense for Bookouture- a delicious story about a woman who twists matchmaking into mayhem for her own nefarious motives! I can’t wait to see how it all turns out!
Carey Baldwin is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers. Also a dedicated physician, she holds two doctoral degrees, one in medicine and one in psychology. Her experience in the fields of medicine and psychology often informs her writing. She loves reading and writing stories that keep you off balance and on the edge of your seat. Carey lives in the southwestern United States with her amazing family. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and chasing wildflowers.
To learn more about the author and his work, please visit his website.
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