The Scandal – Nicola Marsh

My life is like one of those cheap snow globes my twins collected when they were younger. Shiny and pretty on the outside, blurred beyond recognition when shaken.

Ever since her twin girls left home, Marisa has felt there’s something missing from her life. Her sprawling mansion is no longer filled with laughter and chaos, and she’s desperate to feel needed… and to be distracted from the secret she’s been hiding from her husband for all these years.

Coffee with her best friends might be the only thing holding Marisa together. But Claire and Elly have their own secrets. Like why Claire hasn’t been to work in weeks, or why Elly won’t tell anyone who’s buying her flowers.

When Jodi, a pregnant young girl, turns up at Marisa’s doorstep, Marisa is quick to come to her aid. She sees herself in Jodi and she knows how devoting yourself to looking after others can take up all your time in the most marvellous way.

But Jodi’s arrival quickly pushes everyone’s lies to the surface. The father of her unborn child is someone the women know very well, and Marisa starts to wonder if her obsession with helping Jodi might come at a devastating price… –

I received this ebook free via in exchange for an honest review.

I. Loved. This.

I won’t be surprised if this novel goes the way of Big Little Lies. There is SO much going on, the set up was excellent, and the story came together so well at the end. There was no over-explaining, the three main women were morally grey, real, intriguing, and there was so many plot lines that hook you in and keep you guessing and second-guessing throughout.

I didn’t see the ending coming until the moments that it was happening. So many characters were set up well to be the perpetrators of the few crimes involved, it was impossible to pick who it could be but I was very satisfied with the outcome.

I believe this is the first Nicola Marsh novel I’ve read and I would very happily go back for more like this.


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