The Dead Ex by Jane Corry #bookreview #thriller

Title: The Dead Ex

Author: Jane Corry

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books

Publication Date: February 5, 2019

Page Count: 368

My rating: 3 1/2 stars

About the book:

One man’s disappearance throws four women’s lives into chaos–who will survive?

Vicki works as an aromatherapist, healing her clients out of her home studio with her special blends of essential oils. She’s just finishing a session when the police arrive on her doorstep–her ex-husband David has gone missing. Vicki insists she last saw him years ago when they divorced, but the police clearly don’t believe her. And her memory’s hardly reliable–what if she did have something to do with it?

Meanwhile, Scarlet and her mother Zelda are down on their luck, and at eight years old, Scarlet’s not old enough to know that the “game” her mother forces her to play is really just a twisted name for dealing drugs. Soon, Zelda is caught, and Scarlet is forced into years of foster care–an experience that will shape the rest of her life . . .

David’s new wife, Tanya, is the one who reported him missing, but what really happened on the night of David’s disappearance? And how can Vicki prove her innocence, when she’s not even sure of it herself? The answer lies in the connection among these four women–and the one person they can’t escape.


The Dead Ex by Jane Corry is a thriller read that is told from multiple points of view. It’s also the type of book that feels very much like you picked up more than one book and keep switching back and forth until the author finally weaves the stories into one.

Vicki is now single having gone through a divorce and is living on her own working as an aromatherapist. Just as Vicki is finishing up with a new client she hopes to have return the police arrive on her doorstep with questions about Vicki’s ex-husband, it seems that his new wife has reported David missing.

Scarlet is an eight year old that is being raised by her single mother, Zelda. Zelda and Scarlet are very close and Zelda has taught her daughter how to play many “games” between them. One of these games eventually have the police catching Scarlet and Zelda sending Zelda off to prison and Scarlet into foster care.

Jane Corry is another author I have read before and was expecting great things from when picking up The Dead Ex. This one really did start off with a bang really pulling me into the book and making me very curious how everything would play out. However, I do think somewhere there in the middle the book got a little flat for me and just didn’t keep up the same spark. After an ending I wouldn’t have guessed though I do think it was still worth the read and will come back to this author again in the future.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

Jane Corry is an author and journalist, and has spent time as the writer-in-residence of a high-security prison for men–an experience that helped inspire My Husband’s Wife, her bestselling debut thriller, as well as her second thriller, Blood SistersThe Dead Ex is her third thriller.

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