Monday, May 20, 2024

Book Review: Her Husband's Lie

By Sara Steven

She thought she trusted her husband with her life; but a lot can happen in a week…

Handsome doctor Matthew Delaney and his wife Nicole have a perfect life. So when Matthew suddenly vanishes, Nicole is in shock.

As Nicole searches for answers, she uncovers a trail of deceit leading straight to the mysterious Glasshouse – a staggering palatial home constructed out of cut glass and icy granite, clinging to the hillside in a gravity defying show of power and wealth.

But the more Nicole learns about the Glasshouse and all its secrets, the more she begins to doubt her husband. Matthew’s words before he disappeared were so reassuring, but now they are simply chilling…

‘Trust me, Nic, I’ll fix this.’ (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads.)

This is the second book I’ve read by Amanda Reynolds, and it won’t be my last. She’s the master of suspense, right until the bitter end. At first, it’s obvious to the reader that there is definitely something that Matt is hiding from his wife, Nic. And even though he pleads his innocence and swears that there is nothing more going on than what she is aware of, when he disappears, it only further shows what lengths Matt would go to in order to protect himself. I couldn’t help but really feel for Nic. As chapters go by, we learn more and more about how imperfect this seemingly perfect marriage has been for years. 

It wasn’t until the last few chapters that I discovered just how deep the darkness goes. Since it’s mostly told from Nic’s perspective, there are a few things that go on behind the scenes that aren't brought forward until the end, and at first I questioned it. Is the truth that is revealed the actual real truth? Or will there be another twist? It’s a pretty big reveal. Through it all I felt sidetracked by other characters who took my focus away from the bigger picture, which made it a nice distraction and even more of a shock because I wouldn’t have expected things to end the way they did. 

The interaction between the characters could at times be tough to read. Lily, Nic and Matt’s daughter, has a lot of contention towards her mother, later explained but still not easier to digest. Matt’s sister Grace appears to always be meddling in their family affairs, as much as Nic hates it, because both women have a difficult time understanding one another and don’t appear to really know the truth of what’s really going on. Matt has bamboozled them both, and even after Grace becomes aware of that fact, she still lives in denial. Nic has dealt with a lot of tragedy in her life, a fact that no one seems to take into account, and this lack of care only adds to the layers of deception from all corners. 

The ending is chilling. It flips the narrative on its head, keeping me engaged from start to finish. The perfect main character is the one who is errantly flawed, and Nic fits that description to a T. I really enjoyed Her Husband’s Lie, a definite five-star experience!

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review.

Amanda Reynolds
is a best selling author of psychological thrillers. Her debut novel, Close To Me, published in 2017 by Headline, was adapted by NENT Studios UK as a major six-part TV series starring Connie Nielsen and Christopher Eccleston. The series aired in 2021, on Channel 4 in the UK and on Sundance AMC in the US, as well as many other countries worldwide.

She is the author of four further psychological suspense novels, Lying To You and The Hidden Wife with Headline, and The Assistant and The Screenwriter with Boldwood Books. Her sixth book, Her Husband's Lie, published in May 2024.

Amanda Reynolds lives in the Cotswolds with her husband and their dog.

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