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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.
But how do you confront your husband when you don't want to know the truth?
As soon as I read the synopsis for this book, I knew it would be one that I'd enjoy.
I was hooked from the prologue and the use of letters between Sam and Dennis is really effective.
In the beginning, the book switches between the perspective of Sam and extracts from documentaries of Dennis' past which enabled me to feel like I was getting to know the characters. These extracts about Dennis made learning about what happened even more interesting and engaging and the attention to detail is fantastic. Yet just the right amount of information is held back to maintain the intrigue and suspense.
I recommend this book for those who enjoy plenty of focus on the psychological aspect of the characters as this is really brought out in Sam through her obsession and mind games.
The Innocent Wife gets better and better the more it progresses and I didn't want to put it down. I found that I really cared what would happen next and I felt really involved in their story and relationship.
This book is well-paced with plenty of tension and unease and quite a few shocking moments. There were times where I sat reading with my eyes wide in disbelief!
Although I would've loved a bit more detail in the ending, I did like it and I enjoyed imagining what the future might hold.
Overall, I'm giving The Innocent Wife 4 out of 5. It was engaging, shocking and dripping with suspense.
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About the Author
Amy Lloyd studied English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her writing combines her fascination with true crime and her passion for fiction. In 2016 she won the Daily Mail Bestseller Competition for her novel The Innocent Wife. Amy lives in Cardiff with her partner, who is also a published novelist.
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