The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

The Innocent Wife by Amy  Lloyd

EXCERPT: They sat rigid, unspeaking. Sam unwilling to back down and Dennis confused, possibly wondering what he had got himself into, she thought, disgusted with herself. But it was happening now, the worms inside her were squirming, and she couldn’t stop them.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl. 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.

When the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, however, 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?

MY THOUGHTS: I did not request an ARC of this book from NetGalley when I had the chance, mainly because I have never been able to understand why a woman would strike up a relationship with someone in prison, to whom they have been attracted by their notoriety and/or their claims of innocence, would move away from their friends and family to be closer to the prison, and why they would actually marry, when there was little or no hope of ever having anything resembling a normal life with their spouse. I JUST DIDN’T GET IT! And, to a certain extent, I still don’t. But The Innocent Wife has opened my eyes, and my mind, a little. It is still something that I would never contemplate, but I can now see how it could happen.

Sam is needy, and unhappy. We don’t learn too much of her back story, just that she was in an emotionally abusive relationship for a number of years before being unceremoniously dumped. Dan is a safe option. She can have a husband without all the pitfalls of a normal relationship because he is safely out of her reach, and she out of his . . . . until he is freed.

The truth was that Sam had grown used to their relationship as it was, separated by a thick plexiglass wall. Without that wall, Sam worried, there was nothing to stop them hurting each other, as she and Mark had done. Or all the other things people did to each other: walking away, lying, switching off their phones, little cruelties she and Dennis had so far been shielded from. 

And it is from this point on that the book begins to get interesting. . .


THE AUTHOR: Amy Lloyd won the Daily Mail and Penguin Random House First Novel competition in 2016 with her thriller ‘The Innocent Wife’.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Leanne of Little Scissors, Otorohanga, New Zealand, for insisting I read The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd, published by Century, a division of Penguin Random House. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. (Just out of interest, this was a five star read for Leanne.)

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