HOW DO YOU CONFRONT YOUR HUSBAND WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH?
Gripping psychological suspense from a brilliant new voice in crime fiction
‘You can hear the ominous music from the first line onward – this is a fantastic thriller.’ Lee Child
‘An original, assured and compelling tale of obsession. Amy Lloyd is a startling new talent, destined to become a big name.’ Peter James
Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida’s Red River County. 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.
But when the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, Sam begins to discover new details that suggest he may not be quite so innocent after all …
Amy Lloyd’s debut novel, The Innocent Wife, was the winner of the Daily Mail bestseller competition. I can remember reading about the competition when it was announced a couple of years ago, and when I saw that Amy’s book had been announced as the winner, I could see why. It had an intriguing premise and a strong opening that hooked me into the story. I couldn’t wait to find out more about it. The Innocent Wife pulls you into a murky world, as the reader, we are never sure who we can trust in her novel, and it is the anticipation of unravelling the truth that will keep you turning the pages. This is a belter of a read.
Dennis Danson has been on Death Row for the last twenty years, convicted of murdering a young girl in his home county of Red River, Florida. He now has a team of true-crime experts working on a new documentary which has the ultimate aim of convincing the justice system to set him free. Across the pond in England, Samantha learns about the case and begins writing to Dennis, confident that she is right about his innocence. But she isn’t the only one who is writing to him; Samantha soon finds an online social network where people openly chat with each other about their feelings towards Dennis. But Sam specifically interests Dennis, and soon she finds herself flying out to America to meet him. There is an immediate connection and whilst he is still in prison, they marry, much to the dismay of her family. It is Samantha’s dream come true when Dennis’ conviction is overturned, and he is released from prison. But as he begins his new life as a free man, Samantha can’t help but think that he isn’t quite the man she thought she knew. Has she made a mistake in thinking that he was ever innocent?
This was a fascinating, yet disturbing novel to read. I have heard of many cases where women have written to convicts who have committed heinous crimes, I can never quite get my head around why they would want to write to these people. This has also been the subject of books and TV dramas; one that springs to mind is the latest series of Happy Valley. Amy’s novel gives us an insight into this world, through the eyes of her main character Samantha. As we got to understand more about her character, I could perhaps see why she was drawn to writing to Dennis, and it was intriguing to learn about her history.
What Amy does so cleverly in this novel is that she plays around with our thoughts as we try to separate truth from fact. I could never quite be sure which direction this novel was going to go, but there was tension on every page which kept me turning the pages.
I’m really excited to see what Amy Lloyd comes up with next; she is an author who I will be keeping an eye on. The Innocent Wife is compelling and a dark, intriguing story that will keep you thinking. Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to join the blog tour.
Publication date: 28th December 2017
Print length: 384 pages
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