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The Dictator’s Wife by Freya Berry 

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The Dictator’s Wife by Freya Berry

Genre: Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Headline
Rating: 5/5

About The Book

I learned early in life how to survive. A skill that became vital in my position.
I was given no power, yet I was expected to hold my own with the most powerful man in the country.
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?

My Thoughts

I’ll start saying that I started reading this book without really knowing the plot and expecting a different story; not better or worse, simply the story told with the wife’s perspective, showing her thoughts and actions to make the reader decide if she was innocent or guilty. But we find a totally different story; the perspective of the lawyer, Laura Lâzârescu, the one who is trying to help the dictator’s wife, Marija Popa, to save her life from death. But is it worth it to save her life? Is she really innocent as she says?
This is a story to make you think, to crawl and hate the power; a raw vision of the cruelty in people and what they are ready to do to have their voice heard.
Marija feels like an ethereal character, she always gets whenever she wants/needs; we don’t really know how but her power is strong and cruel. I didn’t like her character, but you don’t have to like it, it’s there to make you choose, like Laura, to help her or go against her. It doesn’t matter what you choose, it will have consequences, forever in your conscience, are you ready for it?
This is a superb read, addictive and scary; even if all the story is fiction you can really see that this is how dictatorship works, making everyone follow. And if you don’t follow or contradict the orders? You’ll not like the consequences.
“The Dictator’s Wife” is A MUST READ and one of my favourite books this year so far. Read it now!

About The Author

Freya Berry worked as a journalist at Reuters, covering everything from corporate M&A to Brexit. After a stint in New York reporting on the 2016 US election she left to write her first novel, The Dictator’s Wife, published by Headline in 2022. She received a double starred first in English from Trinity College, Cambridge and her writing has appeared in the TLS, the Guardian, the Independent and the Mail Online among others. She also works as an investigative corporate researcher. Her time is split between London and the Welsh coast, where she spends an inadvisable amount of time in the sea.


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