Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review of The Missing Wife by Sam Carrington. Happy publication day Sam!
About the book:
Imagine turning up to your own party, and recognising no one. Your best friend has just created your worst nightmare!
Louisa is an exhausted, sleep-deprived new mother and, approaching her fortieth birthday, the very last thing she wants to do is celebrate.
But when her best friend Tiff organises a surprise party, inviting the entire list of Lou’s Facebook friends, she’s faced with a new source of anxiety altogether: a room full of old college classmates who she hasn’t spoken to in twenty years. And one person in particular she never expected to see again is there – her ex-boyfriend from college, the handsome and charismatic Oliver Dunmore.
When Oliver’s wife Melissa goes missing after the party, everyone remembers what happened that night differently. It could be the alcohol, but it seems more than one person has something to hide.
Louisa is determined to find the truth about what happened to Melissa. But just how far does she need to look…?
One simple Facebook invitation unfolds into something both tragic and monstrous; a story of obsessive love, breath-taking deception and masterful manipulation.
Don’t even trust your own best friend with your Facebook password or you could end up being the subject of a surprise party where all the people on your friends list, some that you have not even seen in 20 years, and some that you don’t even really know, have been invited!!
Her husband Brian and best friend Tiff mean well, but Louisa who is suffering from exhaustion, due to the unexpected arrival of her second child Noah, and raising her teenage daughter Emily, is struggling to put one foot in front of the other, and the last thing she wants is to celebrate turning 40!
Add to this, seeing her ex-boyfriend Oliver from college who she thought at the time was the love of her life, turn up with his wife Melissa, what is she to do to get through the night? Drink of course!!
But then Melissa disappears after the party and Louisa who was quite intoxicated and has no recollection of the night, starts to have visions of a woman bloodied and dead. Is this Melissa…? and as she is having these visions does that mean Louisa could be responsible?
Oliver as Melissa’s husband, becomes the prime suspect and to try and clear his name, enlists the help of Louisa who is reluctant to spend time with him, and it isn’t long before Oliver weasels his way back into Louisa’s life and that of her family and best friend.
But on top of the visions, it is clear as the story progresses that Louisa is also suffering from post natal depression. She is becoming forgetful and isn’t coping with looking after Noah much to the concern of Brian, Emily, Tiff and now Oliver!
As her family try and help her, Oliver starts to drop these little bombs from their past to an event that Louisa must face which in turn could solve the mystery of Melissa’s disappearance. But what will this uncover and will it push Louisa already fragile over the edge, or is Oliver not as innocent in this as he claims to be?
This is a real page tuner that kept me reading well into the night. A who done it with all the right ingrediants to make a psychological thriller great!
Thank-you to #Netgalley, #AvonBooksUK and #SamCarrington for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Missing Wife in exchange for an honest review.
All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.
About the Author:
Sam Carrington lives in Devon with her husband and three children. She worked for the NHS for 15 years, during which time she qualified as a nurse. Following the completion of a Psychology degree she went to work for the prison service as an Offending Behaviour Facilitator. Her experiences within this field inspired her writing. She left the service to spend time with her family and to follow her dream of being a novelist.
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