Title: The Happy Couple
Author: Samantha Hayes
Publication Date: May 6, 2020
Page Count: 355
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
Me and Will. Will and Me. A perfect match. He said he would always be there for me, but it’s been a year since he drained his coffee, walked out the front door and vanished.
Did he leave me? Or did something terrible happen? I’m scared someone finally found out about what happened on the drive home that night…
I lie awake at night trawling the internet for rental properties, desperate for an escape. Until I see my husband’s gorgeous face smiling back at me from a photograph on the fireplace in someone else’s home, and something inside of me snaps.
At the house, I find no trace of him and the woman who lives there has no idea who I am. But I’m certain she’s hiding something behind the locked door upstairs. I know that if I want answers, I have to stay.
You might think that what’s inside that room is the answer to all my questions and the end of all my pain. But it’s only the beginning…
Nail-biting and completely gripping, The Happy Couple will make you question how well you really know the ones you love. Perfect reading for anyone who adored by The Wife Between Us, The Girl on The Train or Gone Girl.
The Happy Couple by Samantha Hayes is one that I struggled with my feelings really from the moment I began until the end. This is a somewhat slow paced thriller told from the point of view of the wife, Jo, in the present and looks back at the past.
Jo had thought her marriage was perfect and was deeply in love with her husband Will when one day Will simply did not come home from work. A year has passed since that day but Jo still cannot let go to the point she even hallucinates Will to be still with her.
Jo’s best friend is concerned about her and pushes Jo into trying to take a holiday somewhere to get away from it all. Jo however knows she cannot afford a trip so it’s suggested she try a house sitting site to still get away. Looking on the site Jo finds a home with photos on the mantle that she swears are of her husband so she applies to fill the house sitter opening.
What had me going back and forth with my feelings on this one was on one hand I didn’t particularly care for Jo or feel sorry for her. There was always this niggling thought in the back of my mind as to why she was so upset over her husband and as the story goes on the more I wondered. On the other hand though the book has some excellent twists and an intense plot/setting that I would have otherwise loved if I’d felt more for Jo leaving me at three stars.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire in the UK, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time living in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.
Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003 and her fifteenth novel, DATE NIGHT is out now. Her novels are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on ‘real life fiction’. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, ‘What if this happened to me or my family?’ And you’ll always find a BIG twist at the end of her novels!
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