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My review

I loved the book. Wife, Charley, disappeared one hour after the wedding ceremony, and Seth was left alone amidst the police investigation and media frenzy. This was not the first time that such a thing has happened to Charley, 15 years ago, her parents were brutally murdered at their family home, with Charley hidden inside the wardrobe.

The story was well written by Kerry Wilkinson, this was the first time when I hadn’t minded the wavering timelines back and forth, multiple pasts and present. Most of the book revolved around snippets of the past and what Seth underwent in those days when the wife disappeared and then reappeared after 7 days with a black eye.

The plot was treated differently, the pictures of the past, real and artificial were vividly described. The entire book gave the vibe of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. There was this glimmering transparent wall through which I could see the entire story as it occurred.

Landscapes changed, people changed, viewpoints changed, needs changed, but the greed remained constant. I could guess the plot when Charley returned back, the breadcrumbs were quite clear. That niggled me. If the plot could have been more twisted, it would have made my heart leap out.

Overall, I had a fab Sunday afternoon, reading this book. Quite a thriller!!

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Bookouture, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating : 4 stars

Book blurb

Charley Willis was thirteen years old when her parents were killed in their family home and she was found hiding in a cupboard upstairs.

Fifteen years later, Charley is marrying Seth Chambers. It should be the happiest day of their lives, a chance for Charley to put her past behind her, but just hours after the ceremony, she is missing.

No one saw her leave. No one knows where she is.

One thing is for certain…Seth is about to discover he doesn’t really know the woman he just married. And his nightmare is only just beginning.

Product Details

Publication date : 10th October, 2018

Publisher : Bookouture

55 Responses

  1. Now you’re going to need a slower-paced, relaxing “beach” read so you’re not bouncing off the walls through the rest of the day. LOL. This sounds right up my alley. I will definitely have to check it out. Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

    1. Hahaha… I thought of a slow book…. It turned out to be so slllllooooowwww that it took me 3 days and I had to force myself to finish it!!
      Have a fabulous weekend Leslie

    1. Hahaha… Wellll…… Nopes…. He was the groom left after the alter part was done with… Married with no wife… It is quite a convoluted plot.

  2. you had me running to netgallery – but it is already archived – bummer – like I am not already behind and have more books than I can possibly read in my lifetime 😉

      1. Well we finally got moved, UGH now that was a chore going from a 3 bedroom home to a two bedroom apartment, WOW! And we will be moving again next year around October to a senior apartment community that is absolutely the bomb. It’s for adults 55 and up, and it is set in a wooded community, I LOVE it. We would have went there first but there was no openings, so I am putting our application in next month with our deposit to hold an apartment for next year, that is how long the waiting list is, but it’s so worth it. I am already so excited. My hubby isn’t but I am, lol! How are you honey? 😉

        1. I am good Jody… All this is new to me. Here in my country parents live with us.
          I don’t have kids, no idea whom I am going to live with. We don’t have a good senior facility. And how are you a senior? You are so young!!! 85+ would be a senior/old.
          I don’t like moving homes..
          Have been staying here since childhood.
          Is the apartment big enough in the wooded area?

          1. Oh honey here we are seniors at 55+ and I am 62. Yes the apartment in the senior community is just about the same size as the one we are in, maybe a few feet shorter but not that much at all. Oh believe me I do not like to move either, so I know this one next year will be our last move, and what is nice is it right down the road from where we are living
            now, so we will not have far to go at all. I hope you have a wonderful day and a relaxing week honey 😉

      1. 3 books lmao. My current audiobook is “A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy” by Sue Klebold; I have an ARC of “The Matchmaker’s List” by Sonya Lalli; and I’m finally reading “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver. I’ve tried to read it twice before but it somehow never worked out lol

  3. Great review Shalini. I have read other positive reviews on this one. I don’t remind dual timelines, but I do sometimes have to go back and check previous chapters to verify the timeline.

    1. I too don’t like different time lines, one book I recently read had 4, I was so confused and then I lost interest in the characters.

  4. Wife, Charley, disappeared one hour after the wedding ceremony… well that’s not cool at all 😉
    Sounds pretty chilling and still a bit twisty. Glad you enjoyed 🙂

  5. I also really do not like when there are many different timelines in a story. Very well written review! keep well, Shalini. Much love. xoxo

          1. You might also regret that I still haven’t found the right wife. LoL
            My own sister has been telling for a couple of weeks that I was married and had two children. She’s been afraid for years that her money would be missing if I married.

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