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Friday, February 14, 2020

Review: The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd #buddyreadstodiefor #bravethebacklist

The Innocent Wife 
by Amy Lloyd 

Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publish Date: March 6, 2018
Kindle Edition
336 Pages
Genres: Thriller, Suspense

You Love Him. You Trust Him. So Why Are You So Scared?

Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl. Now he’s the subject of a true-crime documentary that’s whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly convicted.

A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis’s case. She exchanges letters with him, and is quickly won over by his apparent charm and kindness to her. Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release.

When the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, however, Sam begins to discover new details that suggest he may not be quite so innocent after all.

But how do you confront your husband when you don’t want to know the truth?

My Review:

WHAT. I'm so torn in how I feel about this book.  You see all the time stories about women who write, get involved with and eventually marry an inmate.  The addiction in this is seeing that story from the point of view of the woman who gives up everything (well, what little she had) to be with inmate who she believes is innocent.  But omg, he gets out, vindicated and a free man and well.... is this where the illusion dies? How do you negotiate from a visiting type relationship to an every day one?

This type of story has always fascinated me.  To be honest, I wanted to throat punch each and every one of these characters. EVERY ONE. And yet, that's kind of part of the appeal of the story.  You have to take out what you think YOU would do and see it from the eyes of Samantha - her obsession. It makes you feel icky... and yet you can't tear your eyes away. Here lies the brilliance of this read.

My biggest issue, though, is the ending.  You can't just jump from THIS to THAT and have it make sense.  How did it jump from that point to the other?  ARGH.  And then you just *had* to go there... right? Right. I know.  If you haven't read this then I'm probably not making much sense here. But I don't want to spoil anything for you either. So I close the book just going UGH.  The ending took away the brilliance for me and I'm left with more questions of a book that seemed slow to moderately paced and then took off like a rocket that burst in my face.


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