THE SCANDAL By Nicola Marsh


My life is like one of those cheap snow globes my twins collected when they were younger. Shiny and pretty on the outside, blurred beyond recognition when shaken.

Ever since her twin girls left home, Marisa has felt there’s something missing from her life. Her sprawling mansion is no longer filled. With laughter and chaos, and she’s desperate to feel needed… and to be distracted from the secret she’s been hiding from her husband all these years.

Coffee with her best friends might be the only thing holding Marisa together. But Claire and Elly have their own secrets. Like why Claire hasn’t been to work in weeks, or why Elly won’t tell anyone who’s buying her flowers.

When Jodi, a pregnant young girl, turns up at a Marisa’s doorstep, Marisa is quick to come to her aid. She sees herself in Jodi and she knows and she knows how devoting yourself to looking after others can take up all your time in the most marvellous way.

But Jodi’s arrival quickly pushes everyone’s lies to the surface. The father of her unborn child is someone the women know very well, and Marisa starts to wonder if her obsession with helping Jodi might come at a devastating price…..


Marisa or ris as she likes to be called by her friends, Claire and Elly are all friends. But they all have secrets from each other. Marisa is married to Avery a narcissistic plastic surgeon, Claire is married to Dane who sells medical equipment. Elly is now single after finding out her husband was married to someone else and has 3 children with this other wife.

It’s hard to tell how friendly these women actually are as there are things they keep from each other and there is some bitching behind each other’s backs. They all have what seem to be perfect lives living in the Hamptons but there is more going on behind the scenes than any of them want the others to know. One of them is having an affair with someone’s husband but who is it? Marisa is not happy in her marriage feeling the empty nest syndrome since her twins have gone to university in LA. When Jodi turns up on her doorstep she has to help her as she has so much to give, there is a real loneliness in her that is just crying out. She will jump to the aid of anyone who needs it and Jodi reminds her of herself before she married Avery.

Claire is desperate to have a baby but it’s just not happening and this puts pressure on her marriage to Dane. But what secret or secrets is she keeping. She is terrified her husband will leave her she lacks so much self confidence.

Elly is just angry with men having found out her now ex husband was already married with 3 children when she married him. This sends her on a destructive course of sleeping with married men and then telling their wives. But who is her current lover? Keeping so many secrets between them all can make life very complicated. But just as you think you have guessed who has what secret you are blindsided with something else and you end up going in a different direction.

This is a good psychological thriller if you like Big Little lies you will enjoy this. I will give it 4 out of 5 stars in my rating. It’s a good read I stayed up until 4 am to finish this despite nodding off a couple of times I wanted to finish it to find out the answers. Enjoy.


Nicola Marsh has published 70 books and sold over 8 million copies worldwide.

She currently writes women’s fiction/rural romance for Harper Collins Australia’s Mira imprint, emotional domestic suspense for Bookouture and contemporary romance for Harlequin Dare.

Her first mainstream contemporary romance, BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD released to rave reviews, including a nomination for RWA’s RBY Romantic Book of the Year. Her first indie-pubbed contemporary romance CRAZY LOVE is an Amazon and Barnes and Noble bestseller, and was nominated for an ARRA award.

A physiotherapist for 13 years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two dashing young heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, barracking loudly for her beloved North Melbourne Kangaroos footie team, and her favourite, curling up with a good book!

Thank you to #netgalley #Bookouture #NicolaMarsh for an ARC of this book all comments and opinions are my own and honest.


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