The Widow’s Husband – ARC Book Review

Title:- The Widow’s Husband

Author:- Lesley Sanderson

No. of pages:- 277 pages

Date published:- will be published on 21st April 2022

Genre:- Psychological Thriller

Rating:- 3/5 stars

For seven years I believed my husband was dead – until the note arrived this morning…

The day her husband Tom disappeared, Rachel’s life fell apart. Childhood sweethearts with two young children, they’d done everything together. And then, suddenly, Tom was gone. Without a word, without a note, without a single sign of where he might be, leaving Rachel to survive alone.

Now, nearly seven years later, Rachel has come to terms with life as a single mother, caring for their children who still secretly long for their father’s miraculous return.

But in his absence, Tom’s hidden life started to emerge, and Rachel has discovered things a wife should never have to. A secret life that betrayed everything Rachel thought she knew. Not knowing where he’d gone was no longer the main worry keeping her awake at night – it seemed much more likely he’d been silenced. Forever.

Until today, when – with just one month until Tom is to be declared legally dead – Rachel receives a note in handwriting she recognises with dread:

My darling, I’ve missed you so much. Give me a chance to explain. I’m coming home.

The husband she’d lost is alive.

And so are all his secrets…

Rachel’s husband, Tom went missing seven years ago. Before he disappeared he was having an extra marital affair with a woman named Heidi. Now after seven years, Rachel was ready to declare legally that her husband is dead until she starts receiving notes from her missing husband…after all these years.

The plot of the story is great but I feel like this was more a slow burn thriller. Not much twists and turns you would expect in a thriller. The story started out slightly boring though when Rachel started receiving the notes things began to get a little bit interesting. However, I felt the story was direct–knew who was going to be the mysterious person who was sending the notes and I kind of predicted the ending as well, so it wasn’t that exciting thriller to me. Nevertheless, the author’s writing was good.

This is a short review so I would say, this is an OK thriller. Worth three stars

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only

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