ARC Review | As Long As We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Chaney

As Long As We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Chaney
Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thriller
Publication Date: January 15th, 2019
ARC from Netgalley

What happens when you’re really, truly done making your marriage work? You can’t be married to someone without sometimes wanting to bash them over the head…
As Long As We Both Shall Live is JoAnn Chaney’s wicked, masterful examination of a marriage gone very wrong, a marriage with lots of secrets…

“My wife! I think she’s dead!” Matt frantically tells park rangers that he and his wife, Marie, were hiking when she fell off a cliff into the raging river below. They start a search, but they aren’t hopeful: no one could have survived that fall. It was a tragic accident.

But Matt’s first wife also died in suspicious circumstances. And when the police pull a body out of the river, they have a lot more questions for Matt.

Detectives Loren and Spengler want to know if Matt is a grieving, twice-unlucky husband or a cold-blooded murderer. They dig into the couple’s lives to see what they can unearth. And they find that love’s got teeth, it’s got claws, and once it hitches you to a person, it’s tough to rip yourself free.

So what happens when you’re done making it work?

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As Long as We Both Shall Live is JoAnn Chaney’s second Mystery/Thriller, but it’s my first read from her. As far as thrillers go, I thought this was a fantastic story. I don’t read the genre often, so I don’t consider myself a thriller ‘connoisseur,’ but I do know a good story when I read one. And I will say – this started a chain reaction of picking up more thrillers, and they sugsequent ones have been so good, too! I feel like it’s refreshed my reading life.

Maybe someone who reads a lot of thrillers could have predicted what happens in this one, but there were twists and turns that I did not see coming, and once I hit a certain point in this book, I could not put it down. This is a story about Matt, who lost a wife years ago under suspicious circumstances, and now that his second wife has fallen off a cliff, he is once again under suspicion. From an outsider’s perspective, Matt and Marie have the perfect marriage. But when detectives start digging, that is, of course, not the case. When Matt finds out his past has come to light, he knows he’s in trouble. The pacing of this story was fantastic, and it was written so that circumstances were constantly changing; everything you thought you knew you suddenly doubted, and you wonder what the heck Matt and Marie were even doing together. They had such a unique relationship, and not in a good way. It was so interesting to read about, and just one more thing that kept me glued to the pages. There were two storylines sort of running alongside each other, and while the second one bothered me at first and felt like it was taking away from the first storyline, I came to really enjoy it and wanted to know what the heck was going on. I didn’t find any of the characters in this book particularly likeable, but I also don’t think I was supposed to.

All in all, I thought As Long as We Both Shall Live was a gripping read, and I’ll read more from this author. Now that I have more recently released thrillers under my belt, I can say with complete assurance that this book is worth the read. And it will keep you in a tailspin until the very end.

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  1. I started to read domestic thrillers just last year and like you, got addicted. This one sounds dysFUNctional and intriguing. 🙂

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  2. Oh wow this sounds good (and a little scary haha)! I love thrillers. 🙂 And even better when they’re all twisty and turny. I need to get this one!

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  3. I love it when I can’t successfully predict any of the twists and turns in a thriller so I’ll definitely have to keep this one in mind. It sounds quite good all the way around. Wonderful review!

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