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The Next Wife

The Next Wife
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FICTION / Thrillers / Domestic
FICTION / Psychological
FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
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An Amazon Charts bestseller.

There is no limit to the lies, suspicion, and secrets that can poison the perfect marriage in this twisting novel of suspense by USA Today bestselling author Kaira Rouda.

Kate Nelson had it all. A flourishing company founded with her husband, John; a happy marriage; and a daughter, Ashlyn. The picture-perfect family. Until John left for another woman. Tish is half his age. Ambitious. She’s cultivated a friendship with Ashlyn. Tish believes she’s won.

She’s wrong.

Tish Nelson has it all. Youth, influence, a life of luxury, and a new husband. But the truth is, there’s a lot of baggage. Namely, his first wife—and suspicions of his infidelity. After all, that’s how she got John. Maybe it’s time for a romantic getaway, far from his vindictive ex. If Kate plans on getting John back, Tish is one step ahead of her.

She thinks.

But what happens next is something neither Kate nor Tish saw coming. As best-laid plans come undone, there’s no telling what a woman will do in the name of love—and revenge.


Praise for Kaira Rouda

The Next Wife

An Amazon Best Book of the Month: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

“Rouda hits the ground running and never stops…[The Next Wife] is so much fun that you’ll be sorry to see it end with a final pair of zingers. The guiltiest of guilty pleasures.” Kirkus Reviews

“This gripping psychological thriller from Rouda (The Favorite Daughter) offers a refreshing setup…Rouda keeps the reader guessing as the plot takes plenty of twists and turns. Suspense fans will get their money’s worth.” Publishers Weekly

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Add another scorned woman and you have the ingredients for one firestorm of a novel…Bring the popcorn for this high-noon of a novel, replete with deliciously snarky dialogue and a satisfying twist.” Library Journal

“Kaira Rouda balances the sassiness and wit of Real Housewives with the suspense and excitement of a Hitchcock film, creating a true page-turner that is sharp and fun while still gripping and tension filled. The Next Wife is almost impossible to put down!” —The Nerd Daily

“This is a guilty pleasure of a thriller: fast, dramatic, and satisfying.” Business Insider

“A delicious revenge thriller, this will elicit an evil chuckle or two as characters match wits and ultimately get what is coming to them.” Parkersburg News and Sentinel

The Next Wife is trademark Kaira Rouda with its deliciously devilish women and inherently ignorant men, but this might be one of her most villainous novels yet.” —Bookreporter

“A carefully crafted domestic and psychological thriller of a novel by [an] author with a genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative storytelling style that fully engages the reader’s attention from first page to last, The Next Wife by Kaira Rouda will prove to be an immediate and enduringly welcome addition to community library collections.” —Midwest Book Review

“In The Next Wife, two women go ruthlessly head-to-head. Kaira Rouda knows how to create the perfect diabolical characters that we love to hate. Equally smart and savage, this is a lightning-fast read.” —Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Mrs.

“Rouda’s talent for making readers question everything and everyone shines through on every page of her propulsive new thriller The Next Wife. Her narrators are sharp and unpredictable, each one with a tangle of secrets to unravel. The Next Wife will leave you tense and gasping, with a chilling twist you won’t see coming.” —Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight

“One of the most insidious, compulsive books I’ve read recently. Kaira Rouda has a way of drawing you in with great characters, fast-paced writing, and a story that won’t let you go. Brilliant, dark, and dazzling.” —Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It

“One man. Two wives. Kaira Rouda has masterfully created cunning twists and sharp narration that take you on an unexpected and delicious journey and will leave you with a gasp. Devious and fun, The Next Wife should be the next book you read!” —Wendy Walker, bestselling author of Don’t Look for Me

“I absolutely inhaled The Next Wife. Nail-biting suspense, dark humor, and family intrigue. I savored every page and now have the worst book hangover. Loved it!” —Michele Campbell, internationally bestselling author of The Wife Who Knew Too Much

The Favorite Daughter

“Kaira Rouda’s husband, Harley, may have recently been elected to Congress, but she isn’t looking to make a name for herself just as a politician’s wife…The Gone Girl–style domestic suspense novel follows Jane, a narcissistic perfectionist dealing with the death of her daughter.” Washington Post

“[An] exceptional psychological thriller…suspense fans will be amply rewarded.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Will hit you right in the heart.” Bustle

“Rouda delivers a wickedly perfect thriller with The Favorite Daughter.” Good Life Family Magazine

“Delightfully wicked fun!” Kirkus Reviews

“Involving psychological suspense that reveals the cracks in what seems like a perfect life.” Booklist

“B. A. Paris and Shari Lapena fans will fall head over heels for this suspenseful psychological thriller set in an upscale Southern California community.” —POPSUGAR

“Intense, creepy, and classic Rouda. A chilling story, told so well. Don’t miss it!” —J. T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author

“Leaves you wanting more.” —Liv Constantine, bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

“A smart, wickedly plotted psychological thriller brimming with dark surprises.” —Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author

“Compulsively readable and deeply satisfying psychological suspense.” —Christina Alger, USA Today bestselling author of The Banker’s Wife

“Alfred Hitchcock meets Patricia Highsmith in this masterful novel of psychological suspense. Quietly horrifying, tightly wound, and diabolical, The Favorite Daughter is a stunning page-turner.” —A. J. Banner, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and #1 Amazon bestselling author

“Crafty, unsparing, and gloriously Hitchcockian—a masterful glimpse into a world of privilege and appearance with a nasty edge.” —Emily Carpenter, bestselling author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls and Every Single Secret

“Both compelling and addictive, The Favorite Daughter is a roller coaster of a ride that will have you twisting and turning.” —Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, bestselling authors of Girls’ Night Out

Best Day Ever

“A tensely written, shocking book that will hold readers on the edge of their seats to the very last page.” Publishers Weekly

“This latest psychological thriller from bestselling Rouda is destined to fly off the shelves, enticing readers to ride along as this multifaceted day in the life of the Stroms unfolds.” Library Journal (starred review)

“Darkly funny, scandalous, and utterly satisfying.” Kirkus Reviews

Author Bio

Kaira Rouda is a multiple award–winning, USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction that explores what goes on beneath the surface of seemingly perfect lives. Her novels of domestic suspense include The Next Wife, The Favorite Daughter, Best Day Ever, and All the Difference. To date, Kaira’s work has been translated into more than ten languages. She lives in Southern California with her family and is working on her next novel. For more information, visit