The First Wife Book Summary and Study Guide

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St. Martin's, June 2004, 24.95, 304 pp.
ISBN 0312321473

Eight years ago, an intruder burst into the home of William Andrews; the thug killed his wife Kay and almost William too. The perpetrator was never caught and Bill spent the next few years building up his empire to the point where he became one of the most powerful men in the world. He never was serious about any woman until he read the articles about him written by Jane Warren who painted him in unflattering light.
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Bill buys the newspaper that employs Jane and arranges for her to interview her new boss. Jane thought he would fire her but after a rough start there relationship turns romantic and he asks her to marry him. After she says yes the “accidents” start. Jane believes someone is trying to kill her. She thinks it has to do with Kay's death and the woman in Paris who William remits a monthly sum. William doesn't confide in his fiancée, but Jane digs and the deeper she gets, the more desperate the perpetrator is to get her out of Bill's life permanently.

Diana Diamond writes a juicy romantic suspense novel that demonstrates the power that the rich and powerful yield. The heroine thinks her own husband is a suspect in the attempts on her life but there are plenty of other people who would like her dead because she is a threat to them. All Jane's troubles go back to THE FIRST WIFE and she intends to uncover the secrets her husband is hiding or die trying (which she almost does). This is a must read for fans who like action, romance and intrigue in the tradition of Jackie Collins.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by/chasing kidnapper/killer Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Is really...    -   a criminal (possibly) If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age/status:    -   40's-50's

Main Female Character

   -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   journalist


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   70% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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