Bay and Annabelle Van Duyvil are introducing their glorious new home Illyria to New York upper society by hosting a magnificent Twelfth Night ball. They certainly seem to be living the charmed life, until Bay's sister Janie finds Bay murdered and Annabelle missing. Did Annabelle murder him and then flee the scene, or did Bay toss his wife into the freezing waters and then turn the knife upon himself? The newspapers can't get enough of this scandalous situation and the Van Duyvil family name is quickly tarnished. In an unexpected turn of events, Janie solicits the assistance of reporter John Burke to help her uncover the truth, even if that truth is not pretty.
Through the course of the novel, we learn more about how Bay and Annabelle met and the secrets they both harbored. I really felt drawn to Janie's story and how she comes into her own during the book. Having lived in her brother's shadow most of her life and restrained by her mother's directives, Janie grows throughout the story and takes matters into her own hands. The English Wife was a compelling story and a solid four star read for me.
I received this book courtesy of St. Martin's Press through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.