If you almost had everything that you wanted, how hard would you fight to protect it?
Kira is engaged to the man of her dreams: he’s charming, handsome, wealthy, and a great dad to their baby, Evie, and his thirteen-year-old daughter, Olive. Having grown up with a troubled relationship with her mother and mostly estranged from her father, Kira craves a close family and secure home, and with Aaron, Evie and Olive, she almost has it. The only problem is Aaron’s ex-wife, Madison, who’s out of control and trying to get to Olive. When Kira takes the girls out of town to her childhood summer home and finds out that Madison has followed them, she panics.
Between the beach and the forest on Manitoulin Island, Kira fights to protect Olive, Evie and her fiancé, until a dark secret threatens to unravel the life that is almost hers. With the future she has built hanging in the balance, and her past haunting her at every turn, Kira must choose who to believe and who she wants to be.
"The Almost Wife is compulsively readable, but it’s also an engrossing study of the truth that we can never out-run our childhood."
“Set amidst the cloistered forests of Manitoulin Island and the windswept shores of Lake Huron, The Almost Wife capitalizes on the remote backdrop of Northern Ontario to set the scene for a story of psychological isolation and family secrets. In the modern age of gaslighting, The Almost Wife is a timely psychological thriller that explores the themes of family, memory, and identity. Anderson-Dargatz is at the top of her game. This is a complex and layered work that turns a seemingly simple tale of jealousy on its head and causes the reader to question everything."
“Anderson-Dargatz’s fast-paced prose tracks the plight of someone on the run, desperate to protect her marriage and family. . . .Taut with tension.”
"Engrossing and expertly paced, The Almost Wife is a deep dive into the secrets and lies between a new mother and her not-quite-as-he-seems fiancé. Part love story, part domestic suspense, this layered story unfolds in surprising ways that will keep readers riveted to the page. A complex exploration of parental manipulation and the impact of a woman’s past on her future."
"The best domestic thriller I have ever read. Kira is a highly likeable character caught in a sinister web of whom to trust: her fiancé and father of her baby, or his seemingly neurotic not-quite-divorced wife? Seeds of doubt are scattered in the very first chapter with faultless execution. This is a riveting, fast-paced thriller containing every woman’s nightmare; a missing child, the spectre of past abuse, and more than one haunting secret that threatens to burst into focus. The twists come with the impact of a rifle blast. Prepare to stay up all night reading this."
"In The Almost Wife, Gail Anderson-Dargatz delivers a master class in building suspense. From the first page, the suspense is perfectly crafted to build and build, slowly, steadily, relentlessly. Everyone in this book is keeping their secrets, past and present, all of them crossing over each other into a deadly, thrilling knot."
"Gail Anderson-Dargatz is a wonderful storyteller. The Almost Wife is a dangerously gripping page-turner, a psychological thriller which shows how the past can blind one to life-and-death threat, twist after breathtaking twist. Don't count on getting any sleep."