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You Love Him. You Trust Him. So Why Are You So Scared?
Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl. Now he’s the subject of a true-crime documentary that’s whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly convicted.
A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis’s case. She exchanges letters with him, and is quickly won over by his apparent charm and kindness to her. Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release.
When the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, however, Sam begins to discover new details that suggest he may not be quite so innocent after all.
But how do you confront your husband when you don’t want to know the truth?
The winner of the Daily Mail First Novel Competition, Amy Lloyd’s The Innocent Wife is gripping psychological suspense from a brilliant new voice in crime fiction.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A classic thriller trope gets a fresh and chilling spin in Amy Lloyd's suspenseful The Innocent Wife. We thriller fans know that relationships between accused murderers and lovelorn outsiders usually end very, very badly. But Lloyd makes both of her star-crossed lovers (he’s an American imprisoned for a ghastly murder; she's a Brit who becomes obsessed with him thanks to a true-crime documentary) complex and morally ambiguous. Her choices lend compelling shades of gray to the is-he-or-isn't-he-guilty argument at the novel's heart, providing unexpected jolts along the way to a wild climax.
In British author Lloyd's labored debut, Samantha, an English schoolteacher, becomes obsessed with the case of Dennis Danson, who has been on death row since 1993 for the gruesome murder of a high school girl in Florida's Red River County. He was suspected of killing four other girls, but their bodies were never found, and Sam is convinced he's innocent. Sam starts to correspond with Dennis, and they develop a bond that prompts her to fly to the U.S. to visit him in Altoona Prison. Their initially awkward romance eventually results in their marrying; an unexpected confession leads to Dennis's release from Altoona. Sam, naive and unconfident, and Dennis, secretive and withdrawn, move into the remote Danson family home in Red River, where they must face the hostility of the locals. Dennis's reconnecting with a sinister childhood friend, Lindsay Durst, complicates the couple's uncomfortable life together. Dennis's backstory growing up poor with an abusive drunk of a father and a chronically depressed mother follows familiar lines. The contrived and unexpected climax disappoints. Fans of serial killer fiction will find nothing new.
Page turner but creepy and uncomfortable
Loved the drama and anxiety of this book but at times it made my skin crawl. Almost too unbelievable. I did read it in less than a week so it is a good read that keeps your attention!
Pretty predictable and unsatisfying ending
If there is a sequel....
If there is a sequel to this book maybe it will pull this one together. Slow start, good in the middle, terrible unfinished ending. I’m not a fan of books that make women subservient to their partners.