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  • This one definitely blew me away

    Jen is a well known doctor who is married with one teenage son. Her husband went on a ski trip and never returned. He is now presumed dead. So Jen has taken some time off from work to grieve. But before her husband’s death, Jen has a one night stand with a man named Scott on a work trip she took to Oxford. She finds herself in a bad situation when she discovers that she is pregnant with Scott’s baby. With no memory of that night, Scott ends up showing up at her work and even at her home. He desperately wants to be a part of Jen’s and the baby’s lives. But out of fear of looking bad amongst friends and patients, she lets Scott blackmail her into letting him move into her home. Is Scott really who he says he is? Is he dangerous? What mess has Jen gotten herself into? I don't want to say anymore. You must read this book to find out. Overall this was another incredible book by skilled author, Samantha Hayes. I know when I read her books I will get a great story. This one definitely blew me away. I didn't see the ending coming and it was quite a shocking twist. If you're looking for a great domestic thriller that you can easily read and get absorbed in, pick this one up. Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Spine tingling thriller, excellent story

    This has to be one of the best books Ms Hayes has written recently. There are many threads to this story and some of them reach right back into the past. This book is a triumph of misdirection! It started out what some might call slowly but I really enjoyed getting to know these characters. Jen is the quintessential small town GP who still does home visits to her elderly patients. Her story is superbly told and I couldn’t wait for the action to start. And start it did! 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.

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  • Twisty Slow Burn Thriller

    Jennifer is a doctor, mother, and recent widow. She’s grappling to get her life back on track after her husband is presumed dead after going missing in an avalanche while skiing abroad – with a woman who may have been his mistress. Jen is also pregnant… and she’s pretty sure it isn’t by her late husband, but her recollection of one fateful night is foggy and distressing. It’s hard to say much more without giving away significant plot twists, but wow can Samantha Hayes weave a tale! Once this creepy, slow-burn thriller got going, I couldn’t put it down! The story unfolds from several points of view – Jen, her bestie Rhonda, and a youngster during Jen’s childhood. It wasn’t clear how the “Then” and “Now” were going to come together, and despite my best guesses as a huge fan of the psychological thriller genre, I absolutely did NOT see the ending coming!

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  • A gripping psychological thriller

    “My perfect life… My missing husband… The night I can’t remember…” The Trapped Wife is another stellar read from Samantha Hayes that has you trapped in the pages, consumed in what is a very thrilling story. It is a slow burn to begin with as the foundation is laid out, but Hayes does a great job of keeping you invested and it doesn’t feel too drawn out to when it really kicks in. This well written story has been skilfully plotted and is very multilayered. It keeps you on your toes as its narration moves between multiple points of view through a duel timeline and while it does cover some hard hitting themes, they have been handled extremely well. What I loved the most is how twisted it is and how each change the direction of the story. Hayes does a fantastic job of deceiving the reader and just as it states on the cover of the book, “Whatever you think you know…You’re wrong…” I really love these types of stories and this one gave me everything and more that I look for in a psychological thriller and just reiterates why I love this genre so much. Hayes is a force to be reckoned with here and has really upped the ante and delivered a compelling read that will blow you away!

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  • Explosive, powerhouse mystery

    Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! The Trapped Wife by Samantha Hayes is an explosive, powerhouse mystery that will blow the rest of this year's domestic thrillers out of the water! After reading this synopsis, I went into this thinking that this would be a typical run-of-the-mill thriller about a lonely wife and a domineering man. I was so wrong. In fact, I recommend that you skip the synopsis and go into this book blind, because it gives away more than it has to. The bare-bones plot is this: Jen is a doctor whose husband died in a ski trip recently, leaving her and her 16 year-old son Kieran to fend for themselves. One day, she gets a male patient named Scott, but when she sees him, she starts getting flashbacks and feelings of unease. Has she met Scott before? And what does he want from her? Here's a gripping excerpt from the beginning of Chapter 1, which is from Jen's perspective: "I stare at the pregnancy test strip, waiting for the results. My cheeks still smart from the dank February air outside, even though it's warm in my office. Too warm, I think, making a mental note to ask Peggy to turn the heating down. I glance at my watch. Fifteen minutes until clinic starts - my first day back at work since... since the accident six weeks ago. Since I lost Jeremy, my husband. And only three minutes to find out what the rest of my life holds. My hands are shaking, so I close my eyes and take a few deep breaths. It does little to ease the ache in my heart, the fear flowing through my veins. I miss him so much." Overall, I cannot say enough good things about The Trapped Wife, which I am giving 5 brilliant stars! The author isn't a "big name" like B. A. Paris or Ruth Ware, but I think that this book can take its place right up there with the bestsellers in domestic thrillers. It was that good. The author is a master in laying out clues and tiny details, red herrings, and other hallmarks of the mystery genre. I felt like I was reading an actual mystery and not just a domestic thriller. I had some things about the ending figured out, but other things, I had absolutely no idea were coming. I took a break in the middle of the book to go to sleep, and I literally could not stop thinking about possible theories and explanations of what was happening in the book. After a restless night, I got back up and finished the second half of the book quickly. The climax and ending are amazing, and everything that was built up in the first half of the book came together perfectly at the end. I am telling you that this is not a book that you want to miss out on! If you're intrigued by the excerpt above, or if you're a fan of thrillers in general, you won't regret checking out this book when it comes out in September!

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