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The Innocent Wife

A Novel
By: Amy Lloyd
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (262 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2018 Amy Lloyd (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Totally binge worthy

I binge listened to this book straight through. I was so excited to finally get another good book after a long dry spell. The narrators were both really good too. I won't bore with a re synopsis. The only thing that was both fascinating but also frustrating was the ingenue of the story is so pathetic. She was so sad and needy that you just wonder if a person like that could really exist. But all in all it was a really good book.

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  • RS
  • 03-14-18

Infuriating

This story was infuriating. I’ve never seen a heroine so sad and pathetic. I was hoping for a more powerful ending. That being said, I did binge listen in two days. It was enthralling, just wish the ending wasn’t so bad. It reminded me of Gone Girl.

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  • 03-22-18

You’ll probably like it a lot or hate it

I’ll start with the narration. I enjoyed the narrator for the main character. The narration for the voice of the guy annoyed me greatly, both the sound and the fake accent. It was just over-the-top country hick and not very believable.

I almost stopped this book and returned it within the first 20 minutes, thinking it just wasn’t for me because it focuses on a main character who develops an obsession with a guy in prison for murder, and I can’t relate to that type of person. Finding nothing else in my collection at the moment to listen to, I decided to try it again and see if I became interested. I did eventually, and continued to listen. Although I could not relate to and did not particularly like any of the characters, especially the main one whom I considered incredibly stupid, the story drew me in.

There is a fair amount of suspense, and though I was reasonably certain about each character’s guilt and innocence, (and it turns out I was correct), I would’ve rather seen the story go in a bit of a different direction. It gets gruesome at times and there is pretty common use of the F word, which I find unnecessary but extremely popular now.

This isn’t a feel good book and I regret listening to it, because it did nothing for me except make me feel a bit down. I did not particularly care for the ending either, though things were resolved for the most part. I did not see any growth whatsoever in any of the characters, especially the main female, who was short on maturity and brains, and made one bad decision after another throughout the book. I realize there are people out there just like her, but I don’t care to read about them.

I think the author did a fairly good job of creating suspense and not giving away the ending, and I think quite a few people will enjoy it. I gave it four stars because of that, but it wasn’t for me.

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  • Kelly
  • Mckinney, TX, United States
  • 03-07-18

Great read, but....

God, some women are so desperate. I cringed so many times because of the raw honest, reality of this young woman’s behavior...it was slightly depressing but very entertaining.
Stellar narration.

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Garbage - Sorry MFM, def would NOT recommend!

Obnoxious (the main character) - very reminiscent of the main character from Girl on a Train. If you can get through her whining, guess what? You'll be treated with a very bizarre (in a "Really? That's it? Well I could have called THAT." way.) and NOT worth waiting for end. If you like justice in crime you won't get it, that OR an answer to what really happened, AND the girl in the end is still delusional and pathetic. Seriously, don't waste your time.

The accents the reader does SUCKS. Seriously I hope she is neither southern or British, because both accents are garbage (borderline offensive LOL).

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Yikes

Pass on this one totally predictable and a bit lame. Not worth the time of listening

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Meh. Didn't like the story

I found the main character to be incredibly immature and often found myself checking out. It took me maybe 3 months of listening off and on to get through this one and still returned it once I finished. Don't waste your credits.

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Totally Enjoyable

Got this after a rec from My Favorite Murder. Was not disappointing. Funniest moment of the otherwise dark book was when the writer made fun of Damian Echol's prose style. Great trashy read for fun.

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predictable crap.

predictable crap. and once he started killing animals I was done. too bad Sam was not smart enough to leave him. there were plenty of "red flags" in this relationship yet she could not pull herself away. predictable and lame story.

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Wtf did I just read?

Sam was the least relatable protagonist from any book I think I've ever read. Her choices were terrible and her motivations for those choices made no sense. As other reviews have mentioned, the ending was terrible and just didn't make sense, given the things we had learned about the characters. I'm incredibly disappointed in this book. The narration was good though. Some reviewers didn't like the over the top American accents the narrator did, but I actually liked them. I will be returning this book.