Title: The Ex-Husband
Author: Karen Hamilton
Publisher: Graydon House
Publication Date: January 18, 2022
Page Count: 351
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
It’s an offer she can’t refuse…and might not survive.
Charlotte has an unsavory past, but she’s on the straight and narrow these days. She was so young then—she married the wrong man, falling for Sam’s sweet-talking charm and charisma, and got caught up in his con artist games.
If only she’d left him before things went too far.
Now Sam is missing. But before he disappeared, he left urgent, cryptic messages about someone threatening him—someone who has been threatening Charlotte, too.
So Charlotte takes a job as a personal assistant for an engagement party aboard a private luxury cruise ship, the Cleobella, to get far away from anyone who means her harm.
But as the Cleobella sails through its glittering destinations, increasingly sinister events haunt the guests, and the turquoise waves and sun-drenched beaches give way to something darker. Someone knows what Charlotte did. Is it the blushing bride? The seemingly placid mother-in-law? Or the mysterious heiress?
Someone knows, and someone wants revenge—before the ship reaches its final port.
The Ex-Husband by Karen Hamilton is a thriller novel. The story in this book is told by flashing back to the past to piece together what happened in the years before that led to the current timeline.
Charlotte has been taking time to get her life back together after separating from her husband, Sam. The life that Charlotte led with Sam is not one that she is proud of and now plans to stay on the straight and narrow path.
The past with Sam seems to be coming back to haunt Charlotte however and she’s determined to put it all behind her once and for all. When Sam disappears though Charlotte is just taking a new job aboard a luxury yacht and doesn’t want to think the worst.
The Ex-Husband by Karen Hamilton was a slow building thriller story with slowly releasing the details on how the main character’s story came about. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I liked Charlotte but I was curious as to her story and questioning all the while what the outcome would be. I’m not always a fan of a slow pace but this story came together nicely making me enjoy it overall. In the end I would give this one three and half stars and be interested in this author’s work again in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Karen Hamilton spent her childhood in Angola, Zimbabwe, Belgium and Italy and worked as a flight attendant for many years. She has now put down roots in the UK to raise her three children with her husband and she also writes full time.
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