Good books (2.5 to 3.5)

The Trapped Wife, by Samantha Hayes

This clever thriller will confound you and keep you on the edge of your seat.

3.5 stars

The Trapped Wife by Samantha Hayes

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

The first half of this long and tangled tale was certainly suspenseful. Did I guess whodunit? Yes, I most certainly did, but the author’s skillful misdirection had me doubting myself more than once.

Jenn’s beloved husband, Jeremy, is dead – killed in an avalanche during a skiing strip in the Alps. Several weeks later, Jenn is still grieving, but she is also hiding a secret – one that might ruin her reputation as a trusted and revered local GP in her small rural community.

When Jenn returns to work, one of Jenn’s patients starts to take an unusual amount of interest in her, and we begin to fear that he is indeed stalking her. What is going on? Why does Jenn give him so much leeway? Is Jenn in danger?

The conclusion of this twisted tale will confound and surprise many (but I have to confess that I suspected much – but not ALL – of the truth almost from the very beginning. There were plenty of clues left lying about, but of course we usually accept things at face value.

A very clever story indeed, with excellent writing although some parts seemed to stretch on a bit too long, and there were quite a few repetitive scenes and inner monologues towards the end.

I will also have to admit that the last chapter and even the Epilogue had me worried for a while there. I didn’t know who I was rooting for anymore. Was justice done in the end? Did the guilty parties pay for their crimes? You will have to read this winding, red herring-filled thriller for yourself to find out! I’m rating this one a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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