As Long As We Both Shall Live by Joann Chaney Review

"If you try to kill your wife without a plan, you will fail."

Talk about an attention grabbing opening. This book is nothing but excellent. It had me sitting on the edge of my seat from the very start. It skillfully keeps the twisty story on track through convincing characters and domestic details, right up to the shocking ending.

The story is full of twists, secrets, lies and deception. The author makes the reader believe one thing and then quickly turns the table and the reader believes something else. One moment the husband looked guilty, then the next the wife seemed crazy as well. I love a good story where the ending is uncertain or one you can't quite figure out. Goes to say there really is a fine line between love and hate. Secrets can tear a marriage apart, but they can also be the glue that holds it together.

The story is told in alternating time lines with the year noted when the action takes place. The author keeps the reader on their toes by giving a little bit more information as the story progresses, bringing the reader closer to the truth. As you're reading, you quickly realise there is his story, there is her story and then there's the truth. 

The only thing I didn't particularly care about in this novel is Detective Loren's background when he is also being investigated. I thought it didn't really add to the story and truthfully, I just wanted to know more about Matt and Marie.

"Life isn't a circle, he thought. Life is a diamond, with all the facets and points and corners reflecting the light back and forth so quickly that you can't ever begin to figure out where it all actually started, or where it's going to end."

Thank you to Raincoast Books and Flatiron Books for my gifted copy! As always, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions. 

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy reading,

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