Title: The Innocent Wife
Author: Amy Lloyd
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Page Count: 320
My rating: 3.5 stars
About the book:
A young schoolteacher falls for a man on death row who she believes is falsely accused, only to begin wondering again after their marriage—and his release.
Twenty years ago Dennis Danson was arrested for the brutal murder of Holly Michaels in Florida’s Red River County. Now he’s the subject of a Making a Murderer—style true-crime documentary that’s taking the world by storm. The filmmakers are whipping up a frenzy of coverage to uncover the truth and free the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice.
Samantha may be thousands of miles away in Britain, but she is as invested in Dennis’s case as any of his lawyers. Perhaps even more so, as her letters to the convicted killer grow ever more intimate. Soon she is leaving her life behind to marry him and campaign, as his wife, for his release.
But when the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, Samantha discovers new details that begin to suggest he may not be so innocent after all. How many girls went missing in Red River, and what does Dennis really know?
As soon as I read the description of The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd I knew that this was a book that I needed to read. I’ve heard of woman becoming pen pals to prisoners and forming relationships with them so my curiosity of just what the author would do with this subject was definitely high.
When reading I thought that the set up of Samantha seeing the documentary with Dennis Danson behind bars and those trying to prove his innocence was perfect for today’s society. While I hadn’t watched Making a Murderer myself I had heard about it from others and know that it was a popular show so it just made sense to have the character watching something similar and becoming obsessed with what she believed was an innocent man.
Samantha’s character was also done perfectly in my mind to fit this story. She’s timid and unsure and really didn’t know her place in the world which made her seem like she was perfect to be molded by this convicted killer. Dennis also seemed to be what most folks would expect with one face for the cameras and another behind the scenes.
As the book went on I did think though that the pacing was a bit off balance to me as it seemed to slow a bit after the initial intrigue but then the ending felt a tad rushed when it came about. I wasn’t quite overly surprised by how things turned out but it was a solid enough read that I would rate this one at 3.5 stars when finished with just enough creepiness to keep the pages turning.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.
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