Author: K.L. Slater
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: April 5-11, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars
Ten years ago he killed my son. Today I married him.
Ten years ago my darling son Jesse was murdered and our perfect family was destroyed. My strong, handsome boy, so full of life, became a memory, a photo I carried with me everywhere.
But today I’m finally close to finding happiness again. My ash-blonde hair has been curled into ringlets. Carefully placed white flowers frame my delicate features. The small, drab chapel has been prettied up with white satin, and there are tiny red hearts scattered on the small table where I will soon sign the register with my new husband.
The man who killed my son.
My friends and family can’t understand it. My neighbours whisper in the street whenever I walk past. How can I love a man like Tom?
They don’t really know me at all…
The first line of the book description of The Marriage had me just having to read it! I was anticipating a thriller, and the book is even described as one, but for me it was more contemporary, and not a thriller. The book is just unbelievable, how could a mother marry the man who killed her son? And the killer was even Jesse’s best friend growing up… So this makes the killer, Tom, the same age as Jesse. How can you marry a man who would be the same age as your son?
There was just so much implausibility that I had to suspend reality as I listened to the audiobook. And everyone has secrets in this novel and a lot is not what it seems. It seems like every character had ulterior motives. The author tried to go with a big twist, but it was also unbelievable for me and came off as a grab for the reader’s attention.
Overall, this one was a disappointment. I would try another of Slater’s novels to see if it is a better read for me. But I won’t be in a hurry to read another of hers.