When a woman disappears with her two children, one husband will do anything to find them--even confront the secrets of his own past--in D. J. Palmer's My Wife Is Missing, a twisty thriller from the author of The New Husband.
A family vacation turns into a nightmare for Michael Hart when he discovers his wife and two children have disappeared from their New York City hotel room. Horrified, he fears they’ve been kidnapped. Michael’s frantic search to find them takes a shocking turn when he discovers that his wife, Natalie, appears to have left quite willingly, taking their children with her. The police want to know why, and so does Michael. But there may be a reason why Natalie ran, something Michael can’t tell the police—the truth about his past.
While untangling his deceptions might be the key to locating Natalie, Michael knows it could also be his undoing. To find his wife, he must now turn to the one person capable of exposing all that he’s been hiding. Natalie thinks she has Michael all figured out and has hatched a plan to escape from him permanently. One detail, though, threatens to derail her efforts: sleep—or more accurately, the lack of it. Since the moment the shocking revelations about her husband came to light, Natalie’s insomnia has worsened to the point that she now suffers from delusions.
Are her fears about Michael valid—or a symptom of her condition? With her children’s lives at risk, the stakes for Natalie could not be higher. On her own, running low on energy and resources, avoiding increasingly close calls with Michael—who is on the hunt and closing in fast—Natalie needs someone to turn to for help. But who can she trust when she can’t even trust herself?
Two unreliable if initially credible narrators drive this strong domestic thriller from Palmer (The Perfect Daughter). Michael Hart returns to his New York hotel room with pizzas and sodas to find his wife, Natalie, and their two young children gone. Michael worries that Natalie decided the vacation was too much for her to handle and has returned to their suburban Boston home with the children. Natalie has been suffering from extreme insomnia resulting in hallucinations, paranoia, and anxiety that has affected her marriage. But Natalie has planned their escape carefully, believing Michael has a violent streak, frightened he may harm them. The character-driven plot cleverly keeps who's telling the truth an ingenious guessing game. Michael appears to be a concerned father and husband, worried about his family, yet he harbors deep secrets from his past. Natalie's concern for her children is genuine, yet her erratic behavior makes her fearful of everything as she often puts her family in harm's way. Realistic twists and appealing characters further elevate the story. Palmer once again shows he's a master of suspense. Agents: Meg Ruley and Rebecca Scherer, Jane Rotrosen Agency.
This book is a wild ride of twists and turns. I enjoyed D.J Palmer’s The Perfect Daughter, but this book was even better. It’s told in alternating points of view of the two main characters - Natalie and Michael - a married couple with lots of issues. Michael, Natalie, and their two children go to New York for a weekend getaway. Michael goes out to pick up pizza for the family for dinner and he comes back to an empty hotel room. The story of why Natalie disappeared with the kids unfolds, the twists are unexpected, and I couldn’t put the book down. I finished it in two days. This is one of the best mystery/suspense books I’ve read in a while.