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The Innocent Wife

By: Amy Lloyd
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (160 ratings)
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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.

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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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interesting

took a while to get into it. kept getting confused with who was who. was an ok listen

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Beyond amazing!

Listened to it in one day and I literally couldn't pause. Can't wait to see her future work!!

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Predictable plot & flat characters

Slightly hammy audio at times
Disappointing character development - hard to relate to unrealistic behaviours esp of Samantha
Predictable plot, twists and ending

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Interesting twist

Near the end my heart was racing in anticipation and fear.
The narration was fantastic, easy to listen to and not annoying.
The story completely different from anything else I've read or listened to.

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Gruesome

This is a gruesome and chilling story. I found it a bit slow and predictable to begin with but it became meaty and chilling as the plot went on. I was very disappointed in the strange, farcical and incomplete ending. It could have been much better.

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Highly recommend - gripping!

I've been recommended to read/listen to this story! it was so gripping from the get go! If this is your type of book, give it a go you will not be disappointed!

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I thought I'd love this book, but I didn't

I really wanted to love this story but it didn't grab me like it should have. the characters and story were lackluster and I found myself struggling through as it didn't keep my interest. gutted as it was my holiday book