Narrated in turns by Keisha and Marcie, who are equally seductive and untrustworthy, this tightly wound thriller just keeps constricting. Readers shouldn’t let Pinborough lull them into complacency with soapy drama, illicit love affairs, tension as stifling as the Georgia summer heat, and an unsettling touch of the supernatural. Every character and every detail will matter when the inevitable twist comes crashing down. With Dead to Her, Pinborough plants her flag as the master of seductively sinister suspense. This absorbing tale will satisfy and even surprise fans of Jennifer McMahon and Gillian Flynn.
Big Little Lies meets Rebecca in Sarah Pinborough’s Dead to Her, a saucy novel about insecure second wives dragged down by secrets, jealousies and their struggles to fit in ... a story bubbling with sex, betrayal and dark turns ... Pinborough does a nifty job of juggling possible killers, and even throws in a bit of black magic, hexes and conjure balls—a nod to Savannah’s voodoo subculture—to darken the novel’s mood even more ... This may not be the most important novel you’ll read this year, but it’s definitely among the most delicious.
... the sparks between Keisha and Jason are hard to miss. The story is well written and, though none of the characters are especially likable, the twists are surprising ... A mix of steamy sex, lies, secrets, betrayals, murder, and a dash of voodoo, Pinborough's latest novel (after Cross Her Heart) will keep readers guessing until the very last chapter. A twisty thriller for fans of Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies, Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, and Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train.
The author’s ability to build suspense is hampered by overwriting...and tedious passages; editing would have made the book tighter and moved the plot along better. It’s also a struggle to spend so much time with, or care much about, characters a police officer deems 'such truly atrocious people.' If you do manage to stick with this crowd until the end, you may at least be surprised by a few late-breaking twists and turns.
This soapy domestic suspense novel from Pinborough...roils with passion, rancor, and greed wrapped in Southern politesse ... Tension increases in tandem with Marcie’s suspicion and paranoia; meanwhile, Keisha’s sanity shreds as William’s domineering nature emerges. Pinbrough’s intricately woven mystery will please fans of B.A. Paris and Paula Hawkins.