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The Original Wife by Deborah Wynne

The Original Wife

by Deborah Wynne

428 pages
Lanie suffered an abusive marriage with a prominent surgeon and divorces him to begin anew. After her ex-husband's death, she uncovers the depth of his crimes and depravity threatening her mental well-being, her new life, and her new love.

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About the Book
Winner: 2021 Firebird Book Award for Contemporary Novel
Winner: 2021 Firebird Book Award for Crime Fiction
Winner: 2021 Firebird Book Award for Romantic Suspense
Winner: 2021 Firebird Book Award for Women's Issues

A thriller. A love story. A cruel twist of fate. Sometimes six-feet under isn't enough to bury someone.

Lanie Spenser endured a childhood of merry-go-round foster homes before suffering an abusive marriage to Dr. Stanley Greystone. After twenty years of suppression by her husband, she musters the courage to divorce and begin a new life. College, trauma counseling, and an exciting career strengthen Lanie into a confident and capable woman. Feeling empowered and restored, she begins a new relationship. Brock Burnham is everything that Stanley was not—kind, tender, and loving. Brock’s quest for adventure, sense of humor, and generous affection allow Lanie to feel hopeful about happy-ever-after’s for the first time in her life.

On the very day she meets Brock, she attends Stanley’s funeral. Her ex-husband’s death injects a bevy of baby mamas and discarded children into Lanie’s world. As the original wife, she inherits the bulk of his estate as well as a string of clues to piece together the labyrinth of Stanley’s lurid activities. His death exposes a tangled web of indiscretions, damaged women, and unspeakable acts of cruelty.

With every new grain of discovery, Stanley’s evil continues to reach from beyond the grave. Lanie’s life unravels as her past collides with her present and she uncovers the darkest of Stanley’s transgressions. Stanley’s pre-meditated attempts to implicate Lanie in his crimes takes one ugly turn after another and there seems to be no end to the depths of Stanley’s malevolence. Each twist of his manipulation plunges a blade deeper into her soul, not only threatening her cherished relationship with Brock, but also her mental stability.

After Lanie is compelled to recall every moment of her traumatized marriage, she retreats to a reclusive existence. Desperately holding on to happy memories of being with Brock, she prays reflection and self-forgiveness will keep her from tumbling down a dark and bottomless rabbit hole of despair. She eventually emerges from her self-imposed solitude to reclaim what has been there all along—the sunshine she needs. Loving herself. Loving life. Loving Brock. She hopes it’s not too late.


Riveting...Wynne is in top form. The Original Wife deserves to be read, urgently and thoroughly. Lanie Spenser's bravery, humility, and ultimately even her flaws serve to elevate an enthralling, dark tale into an unputdownable and meaningful contribution to the genre. Magnificent, dark, and totally unmissable.
- Sam Hendricks, Author and Publisher, Kyanite Publishing LLC
Wynne nails it again. The Original Wife is engaging, clever, and precisely captures the long-term abuse on a woman warrior without being heavy or clinical. It has courage, authenticity, and a beautiful voice. The twist that thickens the plot came to brilliant resolve. I couldn't put the book down.
- Sara Morrow, Realtor, Sellstate Peak Realty
The Original Wife is a beautifully written story of love, loss, and triumph over adversity. Wynne wrings every drop of empathy from your soul during Lanie's quest for acceptance and self-forgiveness. As Lanie's past unfolds, Wynne's artful fiction becomes real--a rich and tangible love story capturing your heart.
- Alyssa Bueno, Paralegal, Denver Law Firm


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About the Author
Deborah Wynne began writing as a young girl, filling dog-eared spiral notebooks with whimsical stories and terrible poetry. Ms. Wynne now writes to live vicariously through her characters and stories. The Original Wife is her third novel. She previously published Opening Act and Intermission.



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