Today I am sharing my review on its publication day for The Vow by Debbie Howells, published by Avon Books.
The Vow by Debbie Howells
Release Date: 15th of October 2020
Print Length: 368 pages
Publisher: Avon Books
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Everything was perfect. And then her fiancé disappeared…
Two weeks before her wedding, a stranger stops Amy in the street and warns her she’s in danger. Then that night, Matt, her fiancé, doesn’t come home. Desperate, Amy calls the police – but when Matt fails to emerge, she’s forced to call off her wedding day.
Then another man is reported missing, by a woman called Fiona – a man meeting Matt’s description, who was about to leave his fiancée for her. He was supposed to be moving in with her – but instead, he’s vanished.
Amy refuses to believe Fiona’s lover can be her Matt – but photos prove otherwise, and it soon becomes clear that Matt has been leading a double life. As the police dig deeper, two conflicting, yet equally plausible stories emerge from two women who allegedly have never met.
The wedding day never happened. But the funeral might.
In a market where we are spoiled for choice with these types of thrillers, I have to admit that I did go into this book with some trepidation. I had nothing to worry about though and Debbie Howells has delivered a read that has just reinforced my love for this genre. Her spin on it is an interesting one with differences to most reads and this is what made it stand out above the rest for me.
The Vow has been very well plotted, structured and executed. There is a tiny hiccup in that the first part of the book moves full steam ahead, but then does lose some momentum a bit after that. But, it is the strength of the story that had me wanting to keep flicking the pages and Debbie Howells does regain her mojo and was able to bring the story back on track to end with a satisfying finale.
I enjoyed the ease of Debbie Howells writing style which makes for a very smooth read. Her characters are very well developed and have been expertly created and written and this is what brings them to life through the pages so vividly. The use of an unreliable narrator is always favourable and makes the story all the more exciting and enjoyable.
The Vow is one of those books that just demands you attention. It is enthralling, captivating, compelling and one that will have you reading well into the night. Debbie Howells is a new author for me and one that I would now be interested to read more from in this genre. It was a pleasure to read and review The Vow which I recommend.
Thank you to Debbie Howells, Avon Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Vow, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know Debbie Howells
After self-publishing three women’s commercial fiction novels, Debbie wrote The Bones of You, her first psychological thriller. It was a Sunday Times bestseller and picked for the Richard and Judy book club. Three more have followed, The Beauty of The End, The Death of Her and Her Sister’s Lie, all published by Pan Macmillan.
Her latest book, The Vow, will be published by Avon later this year.
After a number of career changes, Debbie now writes full time, inspired by the peacefulness of the countryside she lives in with her partner Martin, Bean the rescued cat and a rather elderly golden retriever called Bernard.
Stay up to date with Debbie Howells work by visiting her website and following her on these social media accounts.
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