For five years, Sophie Weston Babcock has struggled to rebuild her life after the apparent death of her husband, Jay Babcock, while ice climbing in Nepal. Tragedies have plagued the wealthy Babcock family. First patriarch Noah is struck down with Alzheimer's, then older son Colby is killed. The Babcock Pharmaceutical Company is being run by a firm of attorneys who challenged matriarch Wallis Babcock's succession.

On the eve of her engagement to Claude Laurent, Sophie is stunned by the news that Jay has been found. Jay has apparently been held in a remote prison for years and suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome and is missing an eye from his torture in prison. The electricity generated between Jay and Sophie is immediate and intense, but she begins to question both her emotions and Jay's identity. This man certainly looks and sounds like her husband, but his attitude and behavior sets this Jay apart.

The attorneys insist Jay submit to a battery of testing, including DNA, to prove his identity. He remembers things only the real Jay could know, but still Sophie has her doubts. Wallis and her long-time friend Ellis Martin desperately need Jay to regain control of Babcock Pharmaceuticals. Could they have planned an elaborate hoax?

Sophie's emotions are on a razor's edge as she falls in love with a man who may or may not be her husband.

Without a doubt, HUSBAND, LOVER, STRANGER is Ms. Forster's most amazing book to date. This complicated, unpredictable and sizzling thriller is truly a phenomenal story whose ending will leave readers gasping with surprise. Don't miss this book! (Feb., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith