Dana Cantrell suffers from bi-polar disorder and has been off her medication for a while. Despite the insistence by her husband, Dana hasn’t made an appointment to see her therapist to discuss her recent issues, black outs and possibly to get medication to help her manage the condition.
So when Dana’s neighbor is murdered and Dana was the last person to see her alive, questions arise as to if and how Dana might have played a role in the murder. Adding to the mystery is that Dana can vividly recall details of the afternoon she spent with her neighbor, including an incriminating cell phone picture, that aren’t substantiated by real world evidence.
Did Dana do it? Is she losing her grip on reality? And what is real and what is a flight of her imagination?
Susan Crawford’s The Pocket Wife invites you to try and figure out what’s real and what isn’t in Dana’s life and in the circumstances surrounding this murder. The story gives us insight into Dana’s thought-processes and actions, allowing us to understand where she believes she’s coming from and the circumstances that led to the murder of her best friend. It also gives us the perspective of the detectives looking into the murder, which at first I assumed was being done to lead us to Dana as the prime suspect and just how her perceptions didn’t match the reality of the situation.
Fortunately, the sections with the detective add up to a bit more (to say more would be to give away some things) and help elevate the novel above your standard murder mystery with a potentially unreliable narrator (or in this case, point of view). The Pocket Wife kept me guessing until the end and makes for a well earned final reveal. Again, to say more would be to give too much of this fun, fast-paced novel away.
In the interest of full disclosure, I received an ARC of this book from the Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review.