Monday, July 13, 2020

The Golden Cage by Camilla Läckberg

Faye thinks she has the perfect life. And she's worked hard for everything she has. But when she discovers her husband is having an affair—by finding them together in her own bed, no less—he responds not with remorse, but with a demand for a divorce. 

As if the humiliation isn't enough, Faye is left with nothing. This in spite of giving up her own degree to wait tables while her husband built the business she helped conceive. 

But Faye isn't going down without a fight. In fact, she has the perfect plan for Revenge!

Läckberg is the author of the Fjällbacka Series, which kicked of (in the US) with The Ice Princess back in 2004. There are, to date, ten books in the series.

All of that said, The Golden Cage is the first in a brand new series (the second book just released in Läckberg's native Sweden), and it's the perfect starting point if you haven't read her before!

The Golden Cage is quite different from the other series in that it's not exactly a mystery. It is a thriller, and a steamy one at that. But there are no detectives and no investigation. There's just Faye. And her drive for revenge. 

Faye has a dark history and has overcome tragedy in her past. What that history and tragedy are don't become clear until the book has mostly played out, but we do learn early on that Faye has left her hometown, adopted a new name, and is intent on starting over where no one knows her past. 

And Faye is smart. Smarter than her husband. 

They met in college where Faye was studying finance, but she soon found herself head over heels for the man. So much so that when his own business plans hit a roadblock, she gives up everything to support him. Which turns out to be a mistake. 

But her husband has made plenty of his own mistakes. His biggest one in forgetting who stood by him throughout it all!

The Golden Cage is a deliciously plotted revenge novel, one that I absolutely gobbled up! And now I can't wait for more! Fortunately, I did learn this weekend that there's at least one more Faye book (as mentioned above)! And I also realized that I never finished the Fjällbacka series either, so I do have some backlist to get to now as well!

If you're a fan of thrillers featuring strong women and whiplash fast plots, this is the book for you! It's perfect for anytime reading, but I think especially perfect for diving into this summer—just the thing to take your mind off the heat and set in a locale that almost made me forget I can't go on anything resembling a vacation right now!

Now go forth and order a copy from your favorite indie via Bookshop!

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