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The Trapped Wife: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a mind-blowing twist Kindle Edition
This is not the happy family you think.
The fire crackles, my son smiles, the man jokes whilst I pour drinks.
But my husband has disappeared. The man is a stranger. My skin crawls every time he brushes my hand.
He says if I don’t play along, he has photos that will destroy my family.
What happened the night before my husband disappeared – the night I don’t remember?
There’s nothing I can do to save my family… is there?
An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with an ending you will NEVER see coming! Strap in for a twisty rollercoaster ride that will keep you turning pages all night long. Perfect for anyone who adored The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us or The Woman in the Window.
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‘LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!!!! YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE THE TWISTS AND YOU WILL NOT GUESS THE ENDING! THIS BOOK MUST BE READ BY EVERYONE.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow! This book was SO. DAMN. FABULOUS!… had me gasping in shock many times! The twists were insane right up to last page!… OMG! I NEVER saw it coming! I can’t give this twisted book enough spine-tingling stars!… A MUST READ!’ Two Girls and a Book Obsession, 5 stars
‘Could not put it down. Housework was not done, kids were not fed (maybe a little)… Fantastic writing, kept me gripped all the way through.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
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‘BRILLIANT! It's a definite 5 star read for me. I don't know how many times I picked my jaw up off the floor… mind-blowing… gripped from the first word down to the last… you'll be at the edge of your seat, flipping through the pages as quick as you can.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
- ASIN : B0977J5ZBG
- Publisher : Bookouture (8 September 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1942 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 322 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1800197594
- Best Sellers Rank: 4,360 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Whenever I begin a book by Samantha Hayes I am then reminded that her thrillers are slow burns which are not generally my favourite. But from past experience, despite their slow beginnings I am often pleasantly surprised to find that the book then redeems itself by everything coming together in a deluge of twists that have been expertly and intricately woven together. However I was more than surprised with THE TRAPPED WIFE because, despite being a slow burn, I was completely absorbed in the story from the very beginning. It honestly has to be one of the best books Samantha Hayes has written complete with complexities, twists and misdirection.
When we first meet Jen, she's still in the midst of grieving the loss of her husband Jeremy, killed in an avalanche whilst skiing in Switzerland. But life hadn't been all that easy for her prior to this either...not when she suspected Jeremy of having an affair with his attractive much younger French assistant Madeleine. So when she travelled to a three-day conference in Oxford just before Christmas, Jen trailed behind her colleagues into a bar where she indulged in a few too many wines which lead to cocktails being bought for her by some random stranger. After that, things kind of got a little hazy but she remembered waking up in her hotel room...naked...and in bed with someone who was not her husband. Just a couple of weeks later, on 2nd January, Jeremy was killed.
Now almost two months have passed and Jen is staring at the two lines on the stick she holds in her hand. She's pregnant. And Jeremy cannot be the father. Which means only one thing. One drunken night with a random stranger in Oxford. Oh gosh...what has she done?
With no real recollection of that night, except through the odd flashback, Jen's world begins to crumble as she must deal with an unexpected pregnancy at 42, her teenage son's unrequited love for her best friend's daughter Caitlin on top of his grief for his dad as well as her own barrage of emotions. To top things off, she gains a new patient at the surgery where she works as a GP who soon ingratiates himself in her life and her home where he has other plans for her.
From the first moment Scott Shaw enters Jen's surgery with his piercing gaze that never leaves her, it's apparent that he has a hidden agenda. What that is, we've yet to find out. If Jen thought him a bit intense on his first visit, imagine her surprise when he turns up at her house complete with hold-all containing several of his belongings and an excuse ready for his intrusion. I knew then that he wasn't going anywhere. He had something on Jen and he was going to milk it for all it was worth. As his intentions become clearer, Jen realises she has made a huge mistake and must now live with the consequences...because Scott is going nowhere.
Best friend Rhonda tries to support Jen as best she can but with Scott's sudden appearance comes the troubling sense of foreboding as well as her friend's unusual behaviour. She is concerned that there is something off about her friend's new house guest despite Jen assuring her that all is well and that he is an old friend of Jeremy's. She tries confiding in her copper husband Chris and as good a sounding board he is he isn't convinced that there is anything to worry about. If something is worrying Jen, why hasn't she confided in her, her best friend? And then she comes across some old photos and news clippings from the mid-90s before the school in which she now teaches became private. Photos that showed a very younger Jen, Jeremy and the face of a child killer. The news clippings relate to that tragedy in which 3 year old Lenny Taylor was lured from his grandmother's yard and later found beaten and drowned in the nearby reservoir. But it's what she sees in these photos that spurs her to delve further and find out the truth.
Alongside the present day story is one from the past. Evan Locke is a lonely 12 year old boy who has an appalling home-life in the nearby council estate. With no friends he soon becomes target to the mean girl who humiliates him in a way he could never forget. Just when life seems at its bleakest, Mac enters his life and they become firm friends. Best friends. They hang out, pilfer snacks from the nearby store and create a den in the woods where they could just be. Evan thought his luck had changed when he met Mac. At last he had a friend...someone he could count on to have his back. And he just knew that they would be friends forever.
But how does the past tie in with the present? Who is Evan to Jen, if he even is at all? And what has Rhonda uncovered in her quest for answers to Jeremy's alleged affair? When Rhonda notices Jeremy's ski equipment buried in the garage, she begins to wonder what really happened to him? Is Jeremy still alive and living in secret with his girlfriend? Who the hell is Scott and what does he really want with Jen? And why oh why can't she get rid of him? And what really happened on that drunken night in Oxford?
So many questions with so few answers...or are there? As the reader we have been tasked with trying to unravel the complexities and tie them together seamlessly before it's too late.
The story unfolds over the past and the present, expertly told by Jen and Rhonda in the present with Evan's narrative detailing the past which becomes disturbing as it unravels. At first I empathised with Jen and her situation but it isn't long before I became frustrated by her actions and decisions. Rhonda truly cares for her friend and wants to help her but for some reason Jen is keeping her at arm's length. Does this have anything to do with Scott? And as for his nibs, he is super creepy. He made my skin crawl from the first moment and I became even more uncomfortable by his unwanted presence and the story unfolded.
Intricately and expertly woven, THE TRAPPED WIFE is an addictive read from beginning to end. The undercurrent of malevolence, the sense of foreboding, the claustrophobic feeling in which you feel as powerless as Jen, who is trapped in a quagmire of her own making. You'd think as a doctor, an educated woman no less, she could find her way out of this situation with as little trouble as possible...but no. She just continues to make bad decision after bad decision. To be fair, she didn't want to disrupt her son Keiran's life any more than it already was. But she was also thinking of her own reputation as a doctor, a respected GP, if her secret was to get out. A secret of which she has little recollection...until the flashbacks become clearer and reveals every shocking moment.
THE TRAPPED WIFE is as intriguing as it is deceptive. As Jen's life unravels as the story progresses, every nuance, every secret is about to be revealed with an ending that will shock you. I wasn't completely hoodwinked though, having pieced together most of the puzzle of secrets but there was one final piece that I didn't see coming...and that DID shock me! Seriously...WOWsers! Could this tale get any more twisted?
I thoroughly enjoyed THE TRAPPED WIFE which literally blew me away. Certainly one of Ms Hayes' best thrillers to date. I have no doubt fans of domestic thrillers will devour this addictive read. Highly recommended.
Dr Jen Miller has just returned to work six weeks after the death of her husband, Jeremy, in a an avalanche while he was skiing in the Swiss Alps. Jeremy often travelled for his documentary work. Jen’s first day back also coincides with her finding out she is pregnant two months after a night of drunken revelry while at a medical conference in Oxford. She cannot remember much about that night and has no idea who the father is. She already has a sixteen year old son, Kieran. The story is told through the POV of both Jen and her best friend, Rhonda - a teacher. There are also some flashbacks to many years ago to the increasingly disturbing actions of two 12 year olds.
Jeremy is never far from Jen’s or Kieran’s thoughts and Rhonda (Ron) tries to prop her friend up as best she can but when Scott appears on the scene she is troubled by Jen’s reactions and behaviour. Scott is super creepy, he really sent shivers down my spine. First he turns up as a patient of Jen’s then, before we know it, he is worming his way into her life. Just what sort of hold does he have over her? Whatever you are thinking, the reality is worse. But this twisty has tale has more surprises in store.
Jen had been having suspicions that the sainted Jeremy was having an affair before he died. Again, things here are not as they seem. It is again far worse. Jen’s increasing fear grips you as she struggles like a bug pinned to a display to get out from under the crushing weight of impending doom. It gets very intense and claustrophobic. Not only is Jen completely frazzled but Ron learns some really disturbing information and the children - both Kieran and Rhonda’s 16 year old daughter Caitlin, are behaving very oddly. This one went down to the wire before all the layers were peeled away and I can thoroughly recommend it to all psychological thriller lovers. Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the much appreciated ARC which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly. 4.5 stars rounded up.
Dr. Jennifer Miller, a general practitioner and mum to sixteen year old Kieran, is still reeling from the death of her husband six weeks earlier. Her life as she knew it is over but it’s time for her and Kieran to re-enter the world, and to discover what a new life for them might look like. On her first day back at work, Jen meets Scott Shaw, a charismatic man who both excites and frightens Jen. Scott soon inveigles his way into Jen’s life by threatening to expose some of her secrets; secrets that a responsible, upstanding GP wants to remain hidden. And if that isn’t enough, as Jen sorts through her husband’s belongings, she realises he had his own disturbing secrets.
Admittedly, I did struggle with the earlier part of the book. One of my biggest struggles was trying to understand Jen. Even under the weight of her grief, I felt some of her actions were decidedly odd and unrealistic. My advice now, having finished it, is to stick with the book. You will be rewarded. Hayes does a terrific job in giving us a more than satisfactory conclusion by bringing together the numerous plot strands she planted at the beginning. Several of my deductions proved true, but there were others that had me exclaiming ‘Wait! What?’ And I love when a book manages to surprise me like this.
This is my first Samantha Hayes book, but I am sure it won’t be my last.
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Jennifer was a complex and at times flawed individual who obviously cared about her son but was still struggling with her grief as well as adapting to life as a single parent. She also cared about her patients especially a elderly lady called Elsie who was obviously struggling to cope on her own and was haunted by feelings of grief and guilt over a shocking event that had happened almost thirty years before. Jennifer certainty had some redeemable qualities to her character and I did feel a lot of empathy for her during the moments when she took the reader back in time and gave us a insight into her feelings of paranoia and anxiety during her interactions with Jeremy before he left for his fatal trip. She just didn't help herself at times and made some really stupid decisions during her earlier interactions with obnoxious, manipulative Scott. Why couldn't she have just been honest with Kieran who was sixteen and explain the situation instead of suffering in silence? I found it so frustrating that she was more worried about her reputation and what other people might think about her than the mess that her life had turned into.
I thought Rhonda who was married to a Detective Sergeant called Chris, had a teenage daughter called Caitlin and was Jennifer's very loyal best friend was a fantastic character. Rhonda wasn't adverse to channelling her inner Miss Marple and out of worry for her friend started conducting her own investigations into Jeffery and events from the past. Only, as the story unfolded, she began to uncover dark secrets and hidden truths that would have a shocking effect on herself and her own family.
Scattered throughout the book was chapters that slipped back in time to the early 90s and featured Evan and Mac, two young boys who were the outcasts at their school, Evan being the victim of a champaign of viscous and nasty bullying. The poor kid couldn't even get any respite from bullying at home due to living with a violent and abusive stepfather. It was obvious almost from the moment that Even was introduced into the story that he suffered from some serious mental health issues. But how did his and Mac's stories fit into events that were unfolding in the present day?
Jesus,Mary and Joseph and the wee donkey, I think this book is absolutely bloody incredible and that Samantha Hayes has excelled her own high standards of writing with this latest addition to her addictive catalogue. The plot is intricate, gripping, keeps the reader guessing and has more twists and turns than a whole theme park of roller coasters and the author adds more intrigue to this addictive read by throwing in a few red herrings along the way. There was one mind blowing revelation that almost caused me to drop my kindle in shock and I ended up just sitting staring at the word's whilst doing a very bad impersonation of omg cat. The issues that were raised in this book were realistic and relatable as was the small cast of vivid characters. I love Samantha Haye's captivating thrillers and The Trapped Wife was no exception. Very very highly recommended and definitely going to be one of my favourite reads of this year.
So... this woman is a GP, a strong, independent, professional woman who has been through a lot in her life. Yet for some reason, once she figures out she was raped, she doesn't contact the police (even though her close friend is a policeman). No, she lets him in her house and tells him he is the father of her baby. Why on earth would she do this?? Even when her friend reminds her that she could get her husband, a policeman, to boot this guy out of her house, she says it's fine and he can stay.
Later, she finds out hubby was having an affair with her friend's 15 year old daughter prior to his death. Nobody seems that fussed about this though, and it's very much brushed under the carpet. She murders two people and chucks them in a lake, but they don't wash up or float or anything, which is lucky (how big is this lake??). Finally, and this is a small issue, I grant you - she has another kid and names it Millie Miller?? Surely not.
I hate to give up on a book and so I skip read much of it but didn’t find it got any better. Stupid, unlikeable and unrealistic characters and a mainly far fetched storyline. Although saying that, there were some parts which caught my attention but overall I can’t say I enjoyed it. Disappointing.
This book sucks you in from the start & teases your imagination to such an extent that you cannot wait to keep turning the pages!!
A twist I would never have seen coming!!
I absolutely love Samantha Hayes style of writing!!