Saturday 22 January 2022

The Wives by Lauren Weisberger | Book Review

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The Wives by Lauren Weisberger
Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 12th July 2018

When Karolina Hartwell is arrested driving her son home, the headlines don’t tell the full story. It seems nothing will stand in the way of her husband Graham’s political ambition – not even his wife.

Miriam Kagan is convinced her husband Paul is hiding something. But if she digs too deeply, she’s afraid of what might tumble out of the closet.

Emily Charlton is new to Greenwich, but she soon discovers this is a small town built on big lies. And sometimes it takes an outsider to draw them out...

The Wives is the third book in the Devil Wears Prada series. I'll admit, I haven't read the first two books (although I've seen the movie) but this book does work as a standalone.

It follows three women over the course of a year. Emily Charlton, former assistant to Miranda Priestley at Runway magazine who is now a publicity manager for celebrities, and is happily married to Miles. Miriam Kagan, Emily's best friend who now lives in the suburbs with her husband Paul (who she suspects is cheating on her) and their three children, and Miriam's friend Karolina Hartwell, former model and Victoria's Secret angel who is married to Senator Graham Hartwell.

Their three lives intertwine when Karolina is arrested for supposedly drink-driving with her stepson and his friends in the car. She is adamant she was sober and was mistreated by the authorities. Her life falls apart around her and Miriam introduces her to Emily. Her estranged husband Graham is defaming her in public and she needs Emily's help to fight back.

I didn't find the plot particularly meaty but I liked the setting and background to these characters and I felt like I cared about them enough to continue reading. They are funny together and I loved the friendship they had developed as trio by the end.

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