Title: His Loving Wife
Author: Miranda Smith
Publication Date: October 4, 2021
Page Count: 299
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
I would do anything to protect my family. It’s my fault they’re in danger…
Our vacation house is beautiful. With its pastel-blue walls, the swimming pool outside, the boardwalk stretching down to the shore. My children play in the waves and my husband grills burgers on the deck. It’s so peaceful.
But I can’t relax. When I drive to the store, or stroll down the beach, I’m always looking over my shoulder, my heart racing. I’m looking for him.
The man who nearly destroyed everything, a year ago, because of the secrets I kept.
I swear I didn’t do anything wrong. But no matter how hard my husband tries to pretend, we both know it’s not over.
This vacation was meant to be a chance to heal. Instead, I think it might break us. Because my husband still doesn’t trust me… and I’m not sure I can trust myself.
And when I wake up one night to find my daughter missing, I know my worst fears have come true…
An absolutely compelling psychological thriller that will make you question how well you know those around you—and how safe you ever are. Fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and Gillian Flynn will be completely hooked by His Loving Wife.
His Loving Wife by Miranda Smith is a psychological thriller. The story in this one is told in two timelines, the first being a year in the past and then a current time with the flashes back to the past slowly catching up to the current.
One year ago Kate was happily married to Andrew and the couple had two children together. One night when the family was sleeping peacefully Kate hears a noise and thinks someone may be in the house. Waking her husband Kate is certain someone is outside their door but Andrew freezes and does nothing while Kate confronts the intruder thinking only of their children’s safety.
Now the family is trying their best to put that horrific night behind them after all that had happened. Andrew has booked the whole family on a vacation at the beach and then surprises them with a longer trip than they had originally thought. But Kate still cannot forget that night a year ago when Andrew wasn’t there for their family.
His Loving Wife by Miranda Smith was somewhat a slow building psychological thriller with the way it jumped a year from the opening break in and then flashes back to give more details of that night. The characters were were not necessarily likable but in that way of building suspicion as I didn’t dislike them either. As the book went on there are a few twists and turns but the wrap up wasn’t totally a surprise to me so overall I rated this one at three and a half stars.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Miranda Smith writes psychological suspense. She is drawn to stories about ordinary people in extraordinary situations, complicated women and dark impulses.
SOME DAYS ARE DARK: March 2020
WHAT I KNOW: June 2020
Find out more at http://www.mirandasmithwriter.com.
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