In The Liar’s Wife by Samantha Hayes we meet Ella. She doesn’t socialise. She goes to work and straight back to her apartment. Same routine, every day. Until one evening she gets hit by a van while cycling home. She wakes up in a hospital to be assured by a caring nurse that her husband, Jacob didn’t leave her sight when she was in a coma. He is going to come back soon to take her to their new home. Except she is not married, she is sure of it, or has she forgotten? Has the blow to hear head caused her to loose some memories?
Once she sees him however, Ella knows he isn’t who he claims to be. She is terrified of him, but cannot tell anyone why, not even the friendly nurse. She is on her own and needs to do what he says, she needs to go with him to their new home. This is a moment when the reader thinks, no don’t go with him, there has to be another way. But she he takes her and she complies and then she spends her time trying to figure out a way to escape. To make things more difficult for her, Jacob fills the house with security cameras in order to watch her every move when he isn’t home. Her leg is in a cast and her hand is broken. Nosy neighbours are knocking on their door to welcome them into the neighbourhood. As much as she would like to ask them for help, she knows she cannot. Not only Jacob keeps her trapped inside the house, he is also blackmailing her not to seek escape.
To make things worse, Jacob arrives one evening with a baby that he has snatched from a mother when she wasn’t paying enough attention.
The book he’s its ups and downs. It is suspenseful in places. Frustrating at times. A bit confusing towards the end in relation to Jacob’s real identity.
From me 3 pins , nappies or notebooks.
Pins, nappies or notebooks rating:
– one of the best books I read
– good read
– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better
– don’t waste your time