Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day The Trapped Wife by Samantha Hayes, published by Bookouture.
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 perfect life… My missing husband… The night I can’t remember…”
The Trapped Wife is another stellar read from Samantha Hayes that has you trapped in the pages, consumed in what is a very thrilling story. It is a slow burn to begin with as the foundation is laid out, but Hayes does a great job of keeping you invested and it doesn’t feel too drawn out to when it really kicks in.
This well written story has been skilfully plotted and is very multilayered. It keeps you on your toes as its narration moves between multiple points of view through a duel timeline and while it does cover some hard hitting themes, they have been handled extremely well. What I loved the most is how twisted it is and how each change the direction of the story. Hayes does a fantastic job of deceiving the reader and just as it states on the cover of the book, “Whatever you think you know…You’re wrong…”
I really love these types of stories and this one gave me everything and more that I look for in a psychological thriller and just reiterates why I love this genre so much. Hayes is a force to be reckoned with here and has really upped the ante and delivered a compelling read that will blow you away!
Thank you to Samantha Hayes, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Trapped Wife, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
The Trapped Wife Books on Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Samantha Hayes
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.