Blog Tour Review, The Ex Husband

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The Ex Husband
Samantha Hayes

356 pages
published June 28, 2022

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Book Description:

You thought you were safe. Until he moved in next door…

I haven’t lived here long. The house is small and a little rundown, but each piece of faded floral wallpaper I peel away feels like unwrapping the second chance I never thought I’d get. I’m finally free to wear what I want, and I don’t flinch when I accidently burn dinner. My new home is warm, and the kids are safe inside. Anywhere would feel idyllic after the nightmare marriage I’ve just escaped.

But then I see my ex-husband Craig stroll past my window and let himself into the house next door. Fear chokes me. How did he find me? Does he want me back, or to destroy me for good?

As the removals van pulls away, Craig tells me it’s just a coincidence, that we can all get along and be good neighbours. But at night I lie awake listening to the sound of laughter and lovemaking through the thin wall that separates us, wondering if his new girlfriend is safe. And in the morning, I rifle through his trash, trying to guess his next move. I know how crazy I look, but I’d do anything to protect my children.

Weeks later, when the night air fills with smoke, and this quiet street dances with blue and red flashing police lights, all the secrets behind our two closed doors will be revealed. But after everything that’s happened, will anyone believe I’m innocent?

An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller from an Amazon No1. bestseller that will keep you turning pages long into the night. Fans of The Wife Between Us, The Family Upstairs and The Girl on the Train will be totally hooked!

My Review:

What starts out as a domestic tale got much deeper and darker the more you read.  I’ve read some wacky books lately so I’ve come up with some wacky theories trying to guess the outcome and while I did guess a few of the twists, because nothing was off the table, there were a few that made me go what did i just read.  No gasp in this one but I did reread the last few pages again to make sure I understood what I had read.  I think that is the sign of a worthy twist.

I had my moments where I liked Leah and other moments where I did not.  I spent many a moment wondering whether Leah was reliable which is a remarkable feat from the author since we live the story through Leah’s eyes (again nothing off the table).  Let me be clear, this ends up being a wild ride.  I don’t think I’ve read this author before but will definitely again.  I don’t want to risk spoiling something by saying too much, but if you pick this up, you will be entertained.


Author Bio:

Samantha Hayes grew up in a creative family where her love of writing began as a child. Samantha has written eight thrillers in total, including the bestselling Until You’re Mine. The Independent said “fantastically written and very tense” while Good Housekeeping said “Her believable psychological thrillers are completely gripping.” Samantha’s books are published in 22 languages at the last count.

When not writing, Samantha loves to cook, go to the gym, see friends and drink nice wine. She is also studying for a degree in psychotherapy. She has three grown-up children and lives in Warwickshire.

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