The Loving Husband

The Loving Husband

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" A taut and absorbing thriller about a murdered husband who may not have been so loving after all. Fran Hall and her husband, Nathan, live in a run-down farmhouse on the edge of the Fens, where they recently moved from London with their two young children. One February night, Fran awakes to an empty bed and goes searching for her husband. She finds Nathan behind their house, lying facedown in a ditch. The ensuing police investigation soon singles Fran out as the primary suspect, and suspicions mount on the force that she may be hiding something that gives her a motive for murder. But Fran isn't the only one with something to hide; as her isolation and paranoia increase, the claustrophobic town where her mysterious husband grew up begins to disgorge its secrets, and it becomes increasingly clear that Nathan wasn't very honest with her about who he was. As police scrutiny intensifies, Fran must delve deep into her husband's shadowy past in the hopes of clearing her name, and she doesn't much like what she finds. In The Loving Husband, Christobel Kent, the author of The Crooked House, delivers another darkly atmospheric psychological thriller about family, secrets, and the lies we tell ourselves. Reminiscent of the work of Daphne du Maurier and S. J. Watson, The Loving Husband's twisty, suspenseful plot draws readers into a fascinating portrait of a very, very complicated marriage"-- Provided by publisher.
"A psychological thriller about a woman who, after her husband's murder, discovers that he may not have been who he seemed"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2016
ISBN: 9780374194123
Characteristics: 410 pages : 25cm


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May 28, 2017

Pretty good mystery, but took too long to FINALLY tell all.

May 10, 2017

The story was interesting, but extremely hard to follow. The writing could have been better and it feels as if details were left out. The book bounced back and forth through time, but did so poorly in a way that left me struggling to put the pieces together.

The ending, while unpredictable, was poor and left out details.

Throughout the book, I found myself having to reread things, sure that I had missed something, only to discover I had not. The characters were undeveloped, with random new traits thrown in sporadically and incompletely.

I'm still not sure who did what, or what the purpose of a lot of it was. And that's not an issue on my end, it's an issue on the author's.

Apr 27, 2017

Another story about a victimized wife, but this one is much better than Girl on the Train. Like many current novels, this one goes on too long, but the heroine's situation kept me interested until the end. Well written with engaging characters and an unpredictable outcome.


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