The Knife Thrower's Wife

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
340 Pages
Reviewed on 12/05/2021
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Author Biography

While Sheila McGraw is well known for her children's and how-to craft books, with her new murder-mystery, The Knife Thrower's Wife, she trades the kid-lit sandbox for the grown-ups' steamy hot tub, confirming that for McGraw, no genre is off-limits. McGraw started her career as an illustrator and writer for fashion houses and magazines. She transitioned to publishing when she was hired to illustrate the children's classic, Love You Forever, which has gone on to sell more than 32 million copies. McGraw followed with 15 books, including several bestsellers. In 2006, McGraw permanently swapped Canadian snow for Texas sunshine. She resides in a waterfront community in Galveston County, where, if she isn't at her keyboard or easel, she can be found gardening or relaxing by the water. She is the mother of three grown sons

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

The Knife Thrower's Wife is a murder mystery thriller written by Sheila McGraw. Julia Green is a hard-working freelance illustrator, dutiful wife, and mother of boomerang twins. Her suburban life is turned upside down when she discovers her husband, Austin, cheating on her with an office co-worker named Salem Kingston. Ever the dutiful wife, Julia tries to save her marriage by giving Austin one last chance, to no avail. Plagued by recurring nightmares that feel increasingly realistic, Julia's life turns even more complicated when the police discover Austin's dead body, leading to an intense media frenzy over the investigation. Feeling inspired, Julia draws a series of paintings that put her instantly in the spotlight, making her the prime suspect for the murder of her husband. But if she wasn't the culprit, who is? The truth may shake Julia to the core.

If you're a fan of whodunnit murder mysteries, definitely check out The Knife Thrower's Wife. Author Sheila McGraw spins a captivating yarn filled with twists and turns that keeps your eyes glued to the pages. The plot moves at a blistering pace, with a narrative that draws you in with an enticing premise and takes you through unexpected paths to keep you thoroughly engrossed. I found the characters well-fleshed-out. Julia is a riveting protagonist, and you can't help but root for her. McGraw keeps her cards close to the chest as you struggle to identify the killer until the very end. The climax will shock you, yet it feels satisfying in hindsight. I highly recommend The Knife Thrower's Wife to anyone who enjoys a thrilling murder mystery novel.