I hope you are having a great time. The winter is slowly coming, it’s raining and windy, and the time is perfect for curling on the sofa with a good book. Today is my stop of Samantha Hayes’ blog tour and I have a review for you, a gripping psychological thriller, The Liar’s Wife. Don’t forget to visit all the other stops on this amazing blog tour.
How is your memory? How often do you forget things? Can you forget your husband?
Ella is a person full of mystery. No one knows anything about her at her workplace. She doesn’t have friends, she never hangs out with her colleagues after work. All she does is work, sleep, work. She comes in the morning at work on her bicycle, never chit-chats, finishes her work and then goes home in her mini apartment. And all the same for the next day.
And then, one day, everything changes. She is a victim of a traffic accident. A van hits her and she wakes up in a hospital. And there, right next to her, is her loving husband. Yes, a husband. The one she is pretty sure she doesn’t have. The doctors claim she suffers amnesia, but she , unfortunately, remembers everything. Even the man next to her bed. But he is not her husband. He is her worst nightmare.
Ella is a complex character. From the very first moment, you can see that she is hiding something. She doesn’t socialize, doesn’t talk too much, avoids to express herself. It is too obvious that she is running away from something or someone. And when that someone finally manages to reach her, she agrees to everything, her quilt is too big. As the story continues, her living nightmare is getting worse and worse and finally we find about the reason why it all started. Ella’s story starts slowly at the beginning, to finish with a big BAM! Jesus, I didn’t see that coming.
This is my first book from this author, but definitely won’t be the last! I enjoyed the tension in the story, the mystery surrounding Ella’s past and present and the grand finale at the end! This is a very gripping psychological thriller from the very first page till the last one. I would recommend it!
Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time living in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.
Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003. Her novels are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on ‘real life fiction’. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, ‘What if this happened to me or my family?’