The Trapped Wife By Samantha Hayes

I’m so pleased to be part of the tour today for this gripping book. Thanks so much to Bookouture for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

Book Description:
The rain hammers the glass outside. My husband has stoked the wood burner with a fresh supply of logs, and I’ve just put a joint of beef in the oven. It’s the most clichéd Sunday afternoon ever, and it’s the most heavenly one, too. Little do I know that days later, the ash in the fire will be all that remains of us…

My perfect life…

I thought I had it all – a dream job as a doctor in small town, a stunning home and a family I adore – but that illusion shattered the moment my husband Jeremy left on a work trip and vanished without a trace. Now my son and I are all alone in the world.

My missing husband…

My best friend thinks Jeremy had an accident up in the mountains, that I’ll never see him again and need to move on. I know he loves us too much to ever abandon us, but my head is still spinning with the texts I found on his phone before he left. Did I ever really know the man I married?

The night I can’t remember…

Everything changed the night of the medical conference weeks before Jeremy disappeared. I wrack my brains for answers, but my memory goes blank after my first drink. Ever since, I’ve felt like I’m being followed and can’t explain why panic thunders in my chest every time I see my newest patient. If he’s not local to the village, then why does he seem so familiar? And so dangerous?

As I piece together the shards of what really happened that fateful evening, only one thing can possibly be true: everyone is lying, even me…

My Review:

Gosh, this is such a tense and thrilling book!

When we first meet Jen, she’s a GP who has just returned to work after the death of her husband, but as the story develops, we realise that there’s much more to the story than that. Jeremy is missing, presumed dead, but all was not as it seemed in their marriage before he disappeared, and we soon find out that almost everyone in this book has a secret..

The story is told from Jen’s perspective, and Rhonda’s, her best friend, with an occasional very chilling chapter from the past. As the pieces of the plot begin to link together the tension really ramps up, and it’s almost unbearable at times.

Quite a few of the characters in this book are far from likeable, but this really adds to the authenticity. It’s a dark and disturbing plot, but very cleverly woven, and it makes for a completely compelling read.

I found this a very hard book to put down, in spite of it being quite unsettling at times. It’s just one of those books where you have to keep reading, desperate to find out how it’s all going to end.

Highly recommended for all those who love a tense and twisty thriller.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author Bio:

Samantha Hayes grew up in a creative family where her love of writing began as a child. Samantha has written eight thrillers in total, including the bestselling Until You’re Mine. The Independent said “fantastically written and very tense” while Good Housekeeping said “Her believable psychological thrillers are completely gripping.” Samantha’s books are published in 22 languages at the last count.

When not writing, Samantha loves to cook, go to the gym, see friends and drink nice wine. She is also studying for a degree in psychotherapy. She has three grown-up children and lives in Warwickshire.

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