Overall Rating and Opinion of "The Wicked Wives"

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Overall Rating and Opinion of "The Wicked Wives"

Post by Scott » 01 Jul 2015, 09:54

"That virtue we appreciate is as much ours as another's. We see so much only as we possess." - Henry David Thoreau

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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 03 Jul 2015, 21:32

I'm only on page 98. (For those of you not in the know, I'm a painfully slow reader.) I like it so far. The wives are so wicked that it makes my blood run cold. So many different ways to kill your spouse! (Now, there's a recommendation for a book!) :o

I hope they get theirs in the end. And that tailor too. My goodness, the tailor.

So far, I'm on track to finish it by December, but all the same, I'll probably give it four stars. It's so freakin' scandalous and juicy.

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Post by Levi » 04 Jul 2015, 09:57

Wait, I'm not too far into this book and already I'm confused. I hope it's just me. First they say Lillian's uncle is Deputy Mayor Bill Evans, but then when she meets him in his office, he is referred to as her husband's uncle. If he was her husband's uncle, her husband's mother sure didn't seem to act as such, and if he is her uncle (without being too much of a spoiler) then eww gross
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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 04 Jul 2015, 10:25

I'm having a hard time finding that reference, but my take on it was that they weren't blood relatives. For example, I'm related by blood to my aunt (my dad's sister), but not to her husband my lifelong uncle. But yeah, I hear ya!

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Post by Levi » 04 Jul 2015, 10:45

I know, but no I truly think until someone re-reads that first part and tells me I'm wrong, that that part of the story was written incorrectly. It's a little disorienting actually, distracting from an otherwise interesting story.
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Post by bookowlie » 04 Jul 2015, 11:01

The book mentions that Deputy Mayor Evans is Lillian Stoner's uncle several times, but I don't think it stated if they were blood relatives. I assumed he was her uncle, not her husband's uncle, since Evans refers to her as his niece.
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Post by Levi » 04 Jul 2015, 11:08

Page 18 everyone, just went and found it. Not trying to be overly critical but it really had me suspending thought until the next chapter because it was driving me crazy ha.
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Post by bookowlie » 04 Jul 2015, 14:38

Escapeartist wrote:Page 18 everyone, just went and found it. Not trying to be overly critical but it really had me suspending thought until the next chapter because it was driving me crazy ha.
Good catch! She is still a skank, in my eyes!
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Post by Levi » 04 Jul 2015, 14:51

Hahahahahahaha agreed Owlie, that's the point regardless. That just really bothered me.
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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 04 Jul 2015, 21:53

Oh, OK. I just don't see it as a mistake. I mean, he'd be her uncle-in-law, but that's the same thing. Isn't it?

But, yeah. Either way you draw the family tree, she's a total _________.

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Post by Levi » 04 Jul 2015, 21:56

zeldas_lullaby wrote:Oh, OK. I just don't see it as a mistake. I mean, he'd be her uncle-in-law, but that's the same thing. Isn't it?

But, yeah. Either way you draw the family tree, she's a total _________.
That could be true, but her husband's mom did not act like she knew him as a family member. Either way though it's not a big deal as long as it's not an issue for a majority of readers.
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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 04 Jul 2015, 22:20

If it's her husband's uncle, couldn't he be related to her husband's dad?

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Post by Levi » 05 Jul 2015, 10:00

Yes Zelda, but the husband's mom should have known him as family regardless of how distant if that was the case. It's ok, I don't want to hijack this thread, so we'll put this to bed ;)
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Post by zeldas_lullaby » 05 Jul 2015, 14:25

HA HA HA--no, I think you're right. I'll quit playing Devil's advocate!!

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Post by Levi » 05 Jul 2015, 14:45

I'm fine with it if you come to me with an answer to this Pelagatti mystery. I'm a little over 50% and so far an involving page turner with only two glaring errors and other minor spelling and issues and such. I really like it.

-- 06 Jul 2015, 00:50 --

After finishing the book: A well spun tale of the tangled webs we weave. Murder, sex, drugs, and mystery are all woven together in the lives of these poisonous wives and their death dealing lovers. A few glaring errors mar the landscape, along with numerous little ones, and although they are obvious, the story holds more than enough momentum to carry the reader past them. Overall, an interesting read with a twist of an ending that is sure to surprise. Three out of four stars, errors notwithstanding.
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