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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Missing Wife by Sheila O'Flanagan

When Imogen Naughton vanishes, everyone who knows her is shocked. She has a perfect marriage. Her handsome husband treats her like a princess. She's always said how lucky she is. So why has she left? And how will she survive without Vince?

What goes on behind closed doors is often a surprise, and Imogen surprises herself by taking the leap she knows she must. But as she begins her journey to find the woman she once was, Imogen's past is right behind her...

Will it catch up with her? And will she be ready to face it if it does?

Title:        The Missing Wife
Author:    Sheila O'Flanagan
Published By: Review
Date:        June 16th 2016
Link:        UK: Amazon   US: Amazon

My Review

I enjoyed this book and found it interesting. I loved the descriptions of Hendaye in France which is where the main character Imogen had lived when she was younger. Her mother had been a housekeeper for the Delissande family.

Imogen's memories of growing up in that house with the Delissande's two sons Oliver and Charles were very vivid however that life was torn away from her suddenly and she had always lived with the guilt of what happened to cause that.

Years later she finds herself married to a very controlling man called Vince and she knows she has to leave him for her own sanity. Their relationship was described very well as he was a controller and although their marriage looked perfect on the outside Imogen was feeling more and more stifled by him.

The only way she could escape was by disappearing as she was so worried about his manipulative skills. She felt she couldn't tell him that she wanted to leave because he would find a way of getting into her head and convince her to stay. This also applied to her best friend and family members, she knew she couldn't confide in them because he would work it out of them in the end. His controlling had pretty much turned her into a nervous wreck and it was interesting to see how she reacted even when away from him, it took her a long time to realise that she was free to make her own choices and she felt quite liberated by that.

The book has a very relaxed pace which I found enjoyable, instead of racing through it I found I could pick it up when I had a few spare minutes. It was interesting to see how her husband also manipulated her feelings towards her family and friends. I would love to spend some time in Hendaye and meet the characters who became Imogen's friends.

Thanks to Headline books for the ARC.

Book Angel x

About the Author

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Sheila O'Flanagan is the author of many bestselling novels including My Mother's Secret, If You Were Me, Someone Special and Bad Behaviour. She worked in finance for several years, but always dreamed of writing fiction, and she is now a full-time writer, with over twenty bestselling novels published. She lives in Dublin with her husband.

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