Waiting On Wednesday (179) @searlesbooks @MarinerBooks

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that
spotlights upcoming releases that I’m really
looking forward to. Waiting On Wednesday
is the creation of Jill at Breaking the Spine.
This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Her Last Affair
John Searles
Mariner Books, March 2022
Mystery, Psychological Suspense

From the publisher—

Every marriage has its secrets….

Skyla lives alone in the shadow of the defunct drive-in movie theater that she and her husband ran for nearly fifty years. Ever since Hollis’s death in a freak accident the year before, Skyla spends her nights ruminating about the regrets and deceptions in her long marriage. That is, until she rents a cottage on the property to a charming British man, Teddy Cornwell….

A thousand miles away, Linelle is about to turn fifty. Bored by her spouse and fired from her job when a questionable photo from her youth surfaces on social media, her only source of joy is an on-line affair with her very first love, a man she’s not seen in nearly thirty years, Teddy Cornwell…

While in New York City, Jeremy, a failed and bitter writer, accepts an assignment to review a new restaurant in Providence. Years ago, Providence was the site of his first great love and first great heartbreak—and maybe, just maybe, he’ll look her up when he’s back in town…

Why am I waiting so eagerly? John Searles has been on my need-to-try list for quite a while and this seems like a good place to start, especially since it’s a standalone. I’m intrigued by the ages of these main characters because this kind of story is so often told about much younger players and Mr. Searles is apparently acknowledging the fact that emotions and the potential for love and betrayal don’t just fade away as we get older. On the other hand, there’s a real sense of menace here and I’m so looking forward to that :-).