Me and Will. Will and Me. A perfect match. He said he would always be there for me, but it’s been a year since he drained his coffee, walked out the front door and vanished.
Did he leave me? Or did something terrible happen? I’m scared someone finally found out about what happened on the drive home that night…
I lie awake at night trawling the internet for rental properties, desperate for an escape. Until I see my husband’s gorgeous face smiling back at me from a photograph on the fireplace in someone else’s home, and something inside of me snaps.
At the house, I find no trace of him and the woman who lives there has no idea who I am. But I’m certain she’s hiding something behind the locked door upstairs. I know that if I want answers, I have to stay.
You might think that what’s inside that room is the answer to all my questions and the end of all my pain. But it’s only the beginning…
Nail-biting and completely gripping, The Happy Couple will make you question how well you really know the ones you love. Perfect reading for anyone who adored by The Wife Between Us, The Girl on The Train or Gone Girl.
Jo’s husband, Will, has been missing for a year. Did he just wake up one morning and vanish into thin air? Maybe there was an accident and he couldn’t remember his name? Could he be dead laying in a ditch somewhere never to be found? These are some of the unanswered questions Jo keeps asking herself every day since he has been gone. Unable to just move on, still grieving and having visions of Will everywhere she goes, Jo seems as if she is about to crack. Her best friend Louise suggests Jo takes a much needed vacation to help her relax. But, the vacation Jo takes becomes much more than she has bargained for. Will she finally be able to get the answers she has been looking for in regards to her husband, Will?
One thing that really stands out in the story is grief. I can understand the torment Jo is going through especially since she does not have any closure over her husband’s disappearance. How do you move on from something like that? I am sure we have all grieved over someone and had many questions left unanswered. So, I really think this part of the story was done really well. The thriller part of the story did have me jumping in a few parts and left me with a lot of questions, but Hayes does a really great job of leading you down a straight and easy path and then you come to these twisty roads and you are like “Oh crap! I certainly did not see that coming!”
I wouldn’t say I disliked Jo, but I am not sure I ever really warmed up to her either. Maybe because she whined a lot? Although, I did enjoy the craziness of her mind seeing and talking to Will everywhere. I think the whole present state of mind thing with Jo really skewed with the story too because at one point I was wondering if either Jo was guilty or if she was just imagining things which made her character pretty interesting at times.
All in all, I enjoyed The Happy Couple. It is an easy read and will keep you guessing until the end.
Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time living in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.
Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003 and her sixteenth novel, THE HAPPY COUPLE is out 6th May. Her novels are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on ‘real life fiction’. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, ‘What if this happened to me or my family?’ And you’ll always find a BIG twist at the end of her novels!
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