The Ex Husband by Samantha Hayes #BookReview #BooksOnTour #TheExHusband #PsychologicalThriller @samhayes @Bookouture #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The Ex Husband by Samantha Hayes, published by Bookouture.


I haven’t lived here long. The house is small and a little rundown, but each piece of faded floral wallpaper I peel away feels like unwrapping the second chance I never thought I’d get. I’m finally free to wear what I want, and I don’t flinch when I accidently burn dinner. My new home is warm, and the kids are safe inside. Anywhere would feel idyllic after the nightmare marriage I’ve just escaped.

But then I see my ex-husband Craig stroll past my window and let himself into the house next door. Fear chokes me. How did he find me? Does he want me back, or to destroy me for good?

As the removals van pulls away, Craig tells me it’s just a coincidence, that we can all get along and be good neighbours. But at night I lie awake listening to the sound of laughter and lovemaking through the thin wall that separates us, wondering if his new girlfriend is safe. And in the morning, I rifle through his trash, trying to guess his next move. I know how crazy I look, but I’d do anything to protect my children.

Weeks later, when the night air fills with smoke, and this quiet street dances with blue and red flashing police lights, all the secrets behind our two closed doors will be revealed. But after everything that’s happened, will anyone believe I’m innocent?

An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller from an Amazon No1. bestseller that will keep you turning pages long into the night. Fans of The Wife Between UsThe Family Upstairs and The Girl on the Train will be totally hooked!

“You thought you were safe…Until he moved in next door…”

Finally escaping the clutches of an abusive husband, Leah and her two children make a fresh start in a new home. But her new found peace is shattered when she discovers her ex husband has moved into the house next door.

The Ex Husband is another perfect example of the talent Hayes has for weaving a dark and twisted story with one of the most loathsome, but very well crafted villain that I have read in awhile!

This book really got under my skin and my heart broke for Leah. Finally free from this vile and manipulative man, he once again takes her hostage. Nothing makes my blood boil more than when someone smirks. A lot of smirking is done by this man as he gets one over Leah at every turn. There were so many times I wanted to reach into my Kindle and sock him one!

Hayes makes you feel so many emotions in this tale. Sadness and anger in the main and there were times I had to put it aside to catch my breath. It can be a tough read, but it is one of Hayes’ best piece of work that I highly recommend you checking out.

Thank you to Samantha Hayes, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Ex Husband, 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, Barnes & Noble and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


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Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about The Ex Husband. My thanks to Bookouture for my spot on this tour and for the promotional materials.


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.




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