• The Dictator's Wife

  • Behind her smile lies a secret.
  • By: Freya Berry
  • Narrated by: Olivia Vinall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • 3.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Behind her smile lies a secret....

The most gripping debut novel of the year.

'I know you would like to hate me. History is written by the victors, and these are always men....'

The wife of a toppled dictator stands trial for her husband's crimes.

The world will finally know the truth. But whose?

Visceral and thought-provoking, powerful and emotional, haunting and heart-breaking, The Dictator's Wife will hold you in its grip until its gut-wrenching conclusion.

Woman....

I learned early in life how to survive. A skill that became vital in my position.

Wife....

I was given no power, yet I was expected to hold my own with the most powerful man in the country.

Mother of the nation....

My people were my children. I stood between him and them.

I am not the person they say I am.

I am not my husband.

I am innocent.

Do you believe me?

A gripping and timely story, The Dictator's Wife will keep you listening long into the night....

©2022 Freya Berry (P)2022 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Interesting premise

- but I wasn’t convinced. Would have preferred to be shown how charismatic and compelling the wife was, rather than being told she was.

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  • The Curator
  • 02-20-22

Excellent debut

I thoroughly enjoyed this look at a fictional state’s reverence for, and rejection of, their Leader’s wife. Mother, Dupe, Widow or Gangster. It’s set in Eastern Europe after a revolution which could see her hanged but the issues and questions are relevant the world over.
The plot revolves around a team of lawyers preparing the former First Lady’s defence against charges of stealing from her nation. She’s a slippery character but I have to confess I failed to see the charm she’s supposed to have worked on others. There’s a decidedly flabby bit in the middle where the heroine has sex then just sort of decides not to bother any more and the heroine’s father’s explanation of her relationship with her mother is unconvincing at best but those things aside, I really enjoyed the evidence discovery and historical elements. Perhaps it might have worked better for me as a thriller but that’s really for the author to choose!