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Publisher's Summary

A little girl has been left for dead. And now my husband is missing. 

"I can give you a lift home," the man says. Little Alice tightens the zip of her big red coat. She’s unsure, but the walk will be cold and dark. "I’m not supposed to get in a stranger’s car." He forces a smile. "I’m not a proper stranger, am I?"

I return home to our beautiful house on a chilly winter evening expecting to find my handsome husband Richard waiting for me by the fire. We’re still so in love, and he always takes care of me: buying us this home in the little village where he grew up, making sure I settled in and made friends, and treating my teenage daughter like his own. There’s a bit of gossip about our age gap, but the death of his first wife years ago was so tragic that he still gets sympathetic looks. Everyone loves Richard.

He usually comes straight back from work. But tonight, our antique clock ticks on through the dark evening, with no sign of him. Then a knock at the door shatters my perfect life. A 12-year-old-girl, Alice from the village, has been found unconscious in the field behind our house. They say she was last seen getting into Richard’s car.

Now rumors are flying. As Alice fights for her life in the hospital, nobody will speak to me - and when they do it’s to ask if he didn’t hurt Alice, why hasn’t Richard come home?

I know that revealing my own darkest secret about Richard’s first wife could prove his innocence...but even if I do, he’s still missing. Is everyone right, and is my husband on the run? And will telling the truth about my past turn my own daughter against me and tear our lives apart for good?

Fans of The Girl on the Train, I Am Watching You, and Shari Lapena will adore this.

©2020 Kerry Wilkinson (P)2020 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Small town mystery

Narration was terrific. Wait until 20 minutes or so into the story to judge. It's a good story. A second little story intermixed with the main one. So time goes back and to current, back and forth. I will look up more of her stories.

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Dull as hell

So boring! Not suspenseful. Not interesting. No compelling characters. How did ii get so many stars? Total disappointment

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Great books except for all the extra filling

It reminded me of being in school and having to write a 300 words essay in which you could could sum up in less than a 100 words. So you write in a bunch of unnecessary filler words so you can reach the 300 words requirement. It would have made a great short story though.

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Grabs you from the start and skilled writer

Perfect narration to a very well written book. My first from this author and there will be more!

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can listen to narrator's voice

I couldn't even get into it. it's hard to understand the narrator. I was less than a min in before I decided to delete

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Fun Listen


It was a suspenseful and intriguing story and told with proper emotion everywhere!
I really enjoyed this one!

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  • 12-24-20

Decent Thriller

This is a good solid thriller with appropriate twists and turns but there is nothing that really makes it a favourite listen for me. It kept me going for ten hours and I enjoyed it the supposed disappearance of the Husband the death of the child and the wife looking for answers. The twist at the end was good and made the listen worthwhile.

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  • 12-06-20

Ok

I am a fan of this author generally. However, this was not one of the best. I didn’t like any of the characters especially Maddie who was particularly insipid.

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  • 02-28-21

Really enjoyed it.

I’m new to Audible and, if the enjoyment I got from listening to this book is what I have to look forward to more of, I’m in. I expected to just be listening on my work commute bu t, I couldn’t leave it alone. Well worth a listen.

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  • faye
  • 06-27-21

Not one of his best

The narrator has a pleasant voice but voices the main character a bit whispery and whiney which irritates after a while and had the effect that I had no sympathy for her circumstances.


I agree with other reviewers in that the characters are insipid and I found them very stereotypical, village spiteful snob, spineless hangers on etc.

The story was nothing new and I’ve read similar before. I’m not sure I agree that there were twists and turns, I found it quite predictable but this is my favourite genre and I suppose there are only so many plot twists.

I really enjoy his Jessica Daniels series as they have humour and good characters (which I accept can be developed over a few books). I’ll stick to those in future rather than the stand alone stories.

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  • 04-09-21

slow and weak compared to other books. not great

slow and weak story. started off ok and it seems to go on and on with a weak ending .

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  • Samantha Winter
  • 03-09-21

Disappointing

Honestly, I had high hopes for this book. The premise excited me, the narrator was pleasant on the ears, and it had received relatively high reviews. But... I just did not love this book. I won't blame Alison Campbell - her performance was absolutely fine and very believable - but the story itself just wasn't for me.

I struggled to become invested in any of the characters and, honestly, did not care what happened to them one way or another. The flashbacks to the main character's past were a highlight, but they weren't nearly as frequent as would be needed to carry the rest of the story, and the last one fell short of what I'd hoped. Ultimately, I was left expecting another line or two of dialogue after the final sentence, but it never came. Overall, I found What My Husband Did to be somewhat dull and a bit of a chore to get through. I don't believe I'll be reading (listening to?) it again any time soon.

I don't want to be entirely negative, however. I have certainly read worse books and the very fact that I finished this one has to count for something. I did want to know ultimately what had happened in both timelines, and Wilkinson delivered on this promise by adequately summing up both events. It's clear that a lot of people did like the story, and so I would say to give it a go yourself to see if it's for you.

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  • eileen molloy
  • 02-06-21

A great read

I was ready to give up at first as I just couldn't see where this story was going. I am glad I stuck with it as it really did evolve. My only confusion was why we kept going back in time. I couldn't make sense of the story line in her younger years and it still confuses me.