The New Husband by D.J. Palmer #bookreview #thriller

Title: The New Husband

Author: D.J. Palmer

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publication Date: April 14, 2020

Page Count: 384

My rating:  4 stars

About the book:

What makes Simon Fitch so perfect?

-He knows all her favorite foods, music, and movies.
-Her son adores him. He was there when she needed him most.
-He anticipates her every need.
-He would never betray her like her first husband.

The perfect husband. He checks all the boxes.

The question is, why?

Nina Garrity learned the hard way that her missing husband, Glen, had been leading a double life with another woman. But with Glen gone―presumably drowned while fishing on his boat―she couldn’t confront him about the affair or find closure to the life he blew apart.

Now, a year and a half later, Nina has found love again and hopes she can put her shattered world back together. Simon, a widower still grieving the death of his first wife, thinks he has found his dream girl in Nina, and his charm and affections help break through to a heart hardened by betrayal. Nina’s teenage son, Connor, embraces Simon as the father he wishes his dad could have been, while her friends see a different side to him, and they aren’t afraid to use the word obsession.

Nina works hard to bridge the divide that’s come between her daughter and Simon. She wants so badly to believe her life is finally getting back on track, but she’ll soon discover that the greatest danger to herself and her children are the lies people tell themselves.


The New Husband is the sophomore thriller from author D.J. Palmer. After loving D.J. Palmer’s debut effort, Saving Meghan, I was quite looking forward to reading this one and thankfully it did not disappoint.

Two years ago wife and mother of two, Nina Garrity, got the news that her husband may have been involved in some kind of boating accident. Unfortunately for Nina and her kids though Glen’s body was not found in the lake where he had been out on their boat so the family was left in limbo as to what happened.

Shortly after Glen had disappeared though Nina had begun learning her husband was not the man she thought him to be. Finding their finances in turmoil and apparently an affair Nina began counting the days until she could legally divorce but in the meantime she met Simon Fitch who seemed to be everything Nina could want or need in a partner… or was he.

The New Husband was definitely a book that once picking up I found incredibly hard to put down to take a break. There was obvious turmoil in the new family being formed with Nina and Simon and the kids but you just know that the story would hold so much more which kept the pages turning. Definitely not a sophomore slump with this novel as I found it an incredibly addictive read.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

D.J. PALMER is the author of numerous critically acclaimed suspense novels. A former e-commerce entrepreneur, D.J. Palmer now resides in New Hampshire and is currently at work on a new book.

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