The Other Mrs.
In this convoluted psychological thriller from bestseller Kubica (When the Lights Go Out
), physician Sadie Foust and her professor husband, Will, have inherited his sister Alice’s house, on an island off the coast of Maine, after Alice’s apparent suicide. They have also agreed to accept guardianship for Alice’s understandably troubled 16-year-old daughter, Imogen. Despite the tragedy, Sadie sees a chance for a new start with Will and their two boys, 14-year-old Otto and seven-year-old Tate. She would like to move past Will’s affair, as well as an alarming school incident with Otto and a mistake that forced her to resign from her former position in Chicago. However, Imogen’s increasingly threatening behavior causes tension among the family, and the murder of a neighbor’s new wife throws their lives into a tailspin when Sadie becomes a suspect. Red herrings litter the multiple narratives, adding too much weight to an already overloaded plot, and a soapy twist disappoints. Hopefully, this is a temporary slump for the talented Kubica. Agent: Rachael Dillon Fried, Sanford J. Greenburger Assoc. (Feb.)