Rating: 4 / 5
Allison Dickson’s The Other Mrs. Miller is an untrustworthy domestic suspense about a woman, bordering on paranoia and agoraphobia, who is convinced she’s being watched by a suspicious car always parked on her street.
Phoebe, a wealthy heiress of her late father’s huge fortune, and her husband live on a quiet street in Chicago. When she notices the car – clearly out of place because it isn’t a BMW or Range Rover – she becomes obsessed. Partly because she has nothing better to do and partly because a terrible scandal broke after her father’s death that has kept her and her family in the spotlight.
Phoebe feels hopeful, if not a little reluctant, that she can make a new friend in Vicki, the woman who moves in across the street with her husband and teenage son, Jake. Vicki is bubbly and talkative, but Phoebe has the sneaking suspicion that she’s not saying everything she wants to. As their friendship grows, so do the secrets that both are hiding from one another.
Please take caution while reading The Other Mrs. Miller if any of the following topics may trigger you:
- Sexual assault
- Self-harm / suicide
- Pregnancy / infertility
- Mental illness
The Other Mrs. Miller is a quality domestic thriller; one with drama, paranoia, morally questionable sex, and an unsolved murder – what more could you ask for? While it’s more of a slow build than an all-at-once shocker, it definitely has its twists that will keep you turning the page.
The structure of the novel is one of its strongest points. Between each paragraph from Phoebe’s point of view, we get a quick interlude from some unknown, potentially nefarious narrator who is definitely watching Phoebe, as she has feared. These interludes are fantastic breaks in Phoebe’s narrative and add suspense, intrigue, and an ever-growing sense that something’s about to go down (it definitely is).
The most surprising part of this novel for me was how adept Dickson was at steering you toward feeling a particular way about each character, only to force you to rethink their intentions at every turn. This, I believe, is what makes this a great thriller.
The cornerstone of this novel is character deception, and, like I said, it’s done really well. If you’re a fan of domestic suspense and thrillers, I think you’ll find The Other Mrs. Miller a good, twisty read.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my thoughts on The Other Mrs. Miller. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the novel in the comments or at my Instagram, @bookmarkedbya!
Thank you to Putnam for sending me this free copy!