I would do anything to protect my family. It’s my fault they’re in danger…
Our vacation house is beautiful. With its pastel-blue walls, the swimming pool outside, the boardwalk stretching down to the shore. My children play in the waves and my husband grills burgers on the deck. It is so peaceful.
But I can’t relax. When I drive to the store, or stroll down the beach, I am always looking over my shoulder, my heart racing. I am looking for him.
The man who nearly destroyed everything, a year ago, because of the secrets I kept.
I swear I didn’t do anything wrong. But no matter how hard my husband tries to pretend, we both know it’s not over.
This vacation was meant to be a chance to heal. Instead, I think it might break us. Because my husband still doesn’t trust me… and I’m not sure I can trust myself.
An absolutely compelling psychological thriller that will make you question how well you know those around you—and how safe you ever are. Fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and Gillian Flynn will be completely hooked by His Loving Wife.
Miranda Smith writes psychological and domestic suspense. She is drawn to stories about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Before completing her first novel, she worked as a newspaper staff writer and a secondary English teacher. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and three young children.
My thoughts: this did not go where I thought it would, the beginning of the story and the trauma the family are trying to recover from, the reason they’ve gone on holiday, looms large over things but not for the reason it first seems. Another, much more sinister, reason starts to emerge as the holiday unfolds into its second week and things take a strange turn with the arrival of a supposed friend.
I felt for Kate, her husband has been acting very strangely and leaning on his online group more and not telling her things. She’s frightened and he’s just absent, mentally and emotionally. He’s not even looking after their children very well. The tragedy and horror that this holiday ends as shouldn’t have happened, they’re already traumatised, and while the story ends on a hopeful note, it could have been very different.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.