The Marriage Trap by Sheryl Browne


Married for twelve years, Karla and Jason have two children. Life is mostly good. They have a few problems, but they can work it out. That’s what Karla thought, at least, before Jason abruptly announces he is leaving her for another woman. But Karla knows something Jason doesn’t… and he had no idea what’s about to happen.

The story begins with Jason packing his bags and informing his wife he’s in love with someone else, before going back three months in time to show what led up to that moment. I loved how it immediately grabbed my attention,  making me want to read as quickly as possible to find out how their marriage went wrong.

I imagine many scenarios along the way, but none were as shocking as the reason compelling Jason to leave. Whoa. Up to that point, my sympathies were all firmly in Karla’s corner. Clearly, Jason was a jerk, and the obvious villain in the matter… or so I thought. Knowing all the facts made me reconsider everything I thought I knew about Jason and Karla, resulting in a definite shift in sympathy. In hindsight, it should have been obvious who was behind Jason’s decision to wreck his family, but Browne’s careful crafting of the story kept me in the dark until the moment of truth arrived. I was floored by it completely… outstanding!

The surprises kept coming after that, and it became clear to me that nothing was as it seemed. The final revelations of ALL secrets and motivations led to multiple satisfying conclusions. What a ride this book proved to be! I definitely recommend this book to readers who love books full of twisty surprises.

I received an advance reading copy of this book courtesy of Bookouture via Netgalley.


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Author: Sheryl Browne
Title: The Marriage Trap
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: July 30, 2019 by Bookouture
Rating: 4 stars

About the Book

My husband has been keeping secrets for a long time. He thinks I don’t know what he does outside of this house. But I know everything…

Karla watches silently as Jason hurriedly packs his belongings into a suitcase. She knows that her stillness is unnerving him as she watches his every move from the doorway of their bedroom.

Clothes are screwed up and packed into the case, along with a watch she bought him for his last birthday and his precious laptop. He takes everything from his bedside table. Everything except the framed wedding photo, which now stands alone. Karla strains to see the smiling faces in the photo. If only she knew then what she knows now.

‘I’ve fallen in love with someone else,’ he’d said to her, just moments earlier. The brutality of those words hit Karla hard and she struggled to breathe as she took in each word in turn.

You may think you know what Karla will do next. But you’ll be wrong. Because Karla isn’t who you think she is. Only she knows what’s about to happen. And you will never see it coming.

An absolutely gripping psychological thriller for readers who loved The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and The Other Woman. With twists you’ll never see coming, you will not be able to put this one down!

About the Author

SHERYL BROWNE writes psychological thriller and edgy contemporary fiction. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and awarded a Red Ribbon by The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

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