The Second Wife

  • Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:fraud, police procedural, female detective, female police officer, divorce
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  • Pub Date:04/01/2011
  • Age Groups:Adult Fiction
  • Fry Level:3.3
  • Lexile:HL570L
  • ATOS:4.0
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Gwen Lake is a forty-five-year-old police officer with a desk job, an ex-husband and a future not even close to the American dream. A year after her divorce, and more out of boredom and curiosity than anything else, she agrees to a meeting with her ex's new wife. She has no idea that the encounter will lead to murder. And she has decidedly mixed emotions when her ex-husband is arrested for the crime. Instead of accepting the lead detective's advice to book a Club Med vacation and leave the investigation to the professionals, Gwen decides to work the case on her own. Her life is about to get a lot less predictable and a lot more dangerous.
"Youth may identify with Gwen's struggle against sexism at work and her desire to find evidence to support what she knows in her heart is right...I would recommend The Second Wife to a literacy or GED program for adult learners, [or] an adult class of English language learners."
– CM Magazine
"This short, easy to read and follow mystery would be a good choice for a literacy, ESL, or GED program for adults."
– BookLinx
Golden Oak Award nominee   | 2012  |  Short-listed