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Summary

How do you confront your husband when you don't want to know the truth?

Twenty years ago Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida's Red River County. 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' 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.

But when the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, Sam begins to discover new details that suggest he may not be quite so innocent after all....

©2017 Amy Lloyd (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"You can hear the ominous music from the first line onward - this is a fantastic thriller." (Lee Child)
"An original, assured and compelling tale of obsession. Amy Lloyd is a startling new talent, destined to become a big name." (Peter James)
"'If you're an addict of true crime documentaries, you will binge all night on The Innocent Wife. In this breathless, pounding ride, Amy Lloyd keeps us guessing about a convicted killer thrust into the world as innocent online hero and the woman who begins to reluctantly dig into his murky past." (Julia Heaberlin, author of Black Eyed Susans)

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Fantastic Original Book

I really enjoyed this book it was totally original. The premise of the story was intriguing, what makes an ordinary British woman fall in love with an American murderer on death row? The way in which this question was dealt with had me gripped from page one and I could barely stop until it was finished. The narration was really good and Christina really conveyed Samantha. The ending was excellent tense and nerve shattering with a final twist. My only criticism would be that I would have liked the portrait of Samantha to have been drawn out a bit more. The press described her in a certain way, but this was never confirmed by Amy Lloyd in her narrative and I felt that I really wanted to know what she actually looked like and if this had any bearing on her actions. Overall a brilliant book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Ann D
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  • 02-03-18

Wow! This held my attention!

I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy this in the early chapters, but when it got going I could hardly bear to put it down. The writing draws the listener into the heavy, humidity and isolation of rural Florida. The tension is palpable and the characters well drawn. There were a couple of sloppy errors. e.g. ‘he changed into a clean, striped shirt . . . she pressed her face into his white shirt’. However, these were momentary distractions and not enough to detract from the rating if this powerful book.

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Implodes With The Central Character

An interesting idea for sure but never really quite executes against it. When you base a book around a very weak central character you are always taking a risk. Readers, at least those like myself, need to be able to identify with them in some way but Sam just fell flat in almost every way and I simply couldn't identify with her. I only made it halfway through but by then I just couldn't feel anything about her. She was weak in a two dimensional way which brought the whole thing crashing down.

Christina Cole and Lorelei King did a decent job of the narration and the book is well-structured for two narrators but even that doesn't lift this beyond the mundane.

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Original Story

Although the narration became a little over the top at times, the story was original and had many dark moments which kept me listening

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Rather Predictable

Sadly I was disappointed with this book. Great promise but over padded and predictable with a sloppy ending with left me shaking my head. The narration was great though and the idea of the book excellent. It just fails to deliver for me.

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Simple story, read very well

I surprisingly enjoyed this story. I assumed from the sample it would’ve been predictable and yes it was but it wasn’t so predictable that I gave up reading half way through. I would give it a shot if I were you

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Loved it

Really enjoyed this book ! Listened in one day .
Couldn’t switch off . Bit flat in places but soon got me going again

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  • Sue
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  • 28-04-18

Really Enjoyable Read

I enjoyed The Innocent Wife. It's a good story with equal amounts of action and reflection. I found myself emotionally engaged with Samantha right from the beginning. I cared about her and felt I wanted to protect her from herself as you just know this isn't going to end well.
Christina Cole & Lorelei King narration is excellent.

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Good until the end

Really enjoyed this book. Different and intriguing and it kept me interested.
However as with a lot of books these days the ending was poor.
Still worth a listen.

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wasn't as gripping as I thought it would be

thought that the build-up was not really there and that they could have been a bigger reveal at the end of the story.