The Missing Wife

The Missing Wife

by Sam Carrington

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You think you know those closest to you. You are wrong…

A sleep-deprived new mother approaching her fortieth birthday, the very last thing Louisa wants to do is celebrate.

But when her friendTiff organises a surprise party, inviting the entire list of Louisa’s Facebook friends, Louisa is faced with a room full of people she hasn’t spoken to in years – including someone she never expected to see again: her ex-boyfriend, Oliver Dunmore.

When Oliver’s wifeMelissagoes missing after the party, everyone remembers the night differently. Someone knows what happened to Melissa, and Louisa is determined to find them. But the truth could be closer, and the deception more devastating, than she’d ever imagined…

A gripping psychological suspense novel, perfect for fans of Samantha Downing’s My Lovely Wife, Lucy Clarke’s You Let Me In and Linda Green’s The Last Thing She Told Me.


‘A pacy read, packed with surprises. Will keep you on your toes.’ Jane Corry, Sunday Times bestselling author of My Husband’s Wife

The Missing Wife is superb: one of those books that keeps you guessing and keeps you turning the pages. I was riveted.’ Alex Lake, bestselling author of After Anna

‘A gourmet read from start to finish – I couldn't put it down. Captivating. Exquisitely written. Exquisitely televisual.’ Amanda Robson, Sunday Times bestselling author of Envy

‘I loved this book. I finished it in two hours… I couldn't put it down… best book I've read so far this year’ Reader review

‘I loved this from start to finish – couldn't put it down – this is an absolute belter!!!’ Reader review

A brilliant, twisted ending!’ Reader review

Perfect psychological thriller! It moved at a fast pace with twists and turns throughout! I couldn’t put it down! Highly recommend!’ Reader review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780008348045
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/27/2019
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 4,070
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Sam Carrington lives in Devon with her husband and three children. She worked for the NHS for 15 years, during which time she qualified as a nurse. Following the completion of a Psychology degree she went to work for the prison service as an Offending Behaviour Facilitator. Her experiences within this field inspired her writing. She left the service to spend time with her family and to follow her dream of being a novelist.

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The Missing Wife 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Likable characters and keeps you guessing.
RobinLovesReading 11 days ago
My Rating: 4.5 Stars Louisa's biggest problem at the moment is trying to get enough sleep while dealing with a new baby. However, her fortieth birthday is approaching and her husband and best friend Tiff plan a huge surprise party. Louisa doesn't have any other close friends other than Tiff and is appalled when she arrives at the party only to discover that Tiff has invited everyone on Louisa's Facebook list of friends. One shocking guest is Oliver, Louisa's first love. Not only did their relationship end very badly over twenty years earlier, Oliver's wife Melissa goes missing at the party. Louisa had far too much to drink the night of the party and cannot remember anything about Melissa. However, Oliver shows up at her door begging for her help. This is incredibly difficult for Louisa, and that is for several reasons. Yet, she reluctantly decides to help him. As the weeks roll on, Louisa is plagued with fractured memories. This is something she dealt with her entire life. This is multi-layered story dealing with these emotional issues of Louisa go beyond being a harried mother. Furthermore, there are things about Oliver, and their shared past, that trouble her deeply and this leads to nerve-wracking moments for Louisa. Finding Melissa is not easy for Oliver, nor is it easy for the police. Other than Emily, Louisa's teen daughter, the only character I could trust in this story was Brian, Louisa's husband. This story most definitely has several twists and turns. What is more is that the conclusion is something that I never saw coming. All while reading the story I was equally worried and frustrated for Louisa. Conversely, I never trusted Oliver from the moment he walked into Louisa's party. Due to a conclusion that seemed a bit off, the rating on this book is a bit lower for a story that genuinely kept me quite interested. I was sold on looking for Melissa so I did find this to be a good book by Sam Carrington. I do look forward to reading more from her in the future. Many thanks to Avon and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Mimiphilly 15 days ago
This ARC was courtesy of netgalley in exchange for an honest review I've not read any of this authors work before but I certainly will search her out in future - I loved this from start to finish - couldn't put down - this is an absolute belter !!! Can't rate this highly enough - would recommend to everyone - a must-read!!!
sspea 18 days ago
New mom Louisa is shocked when her ex boyfriend Oliver shows up at her 40th birthday party. When his wife goes missing he insisted the last place she was seen was at her party, but no one remembers seeing her. When Oliver starts dropping vague hints about an incident from her past, and showing up around her house, Louisa is convinced that Oliver has something to hide. This book was not for me. While it sounds interesting, it does not hold up to the hype. I did not like the story or the writing style. I thought it was choppy and that it dragged on. After the final twist the book just kept going, without adding anything to the story. Not for me
CCinME 20 days ago
Well written but somewhat tedious. The real twist comes near the end and races to a finish that does not make sense nor seems plausible. A quick read.
Doreena Silva 23 days ago
Thank you to Netgalley for this ARC Wow! this was an exciting, well written read! I really felt the character Louisa, In some parts the story was too consumed of her and it others it moved really fast and made me root for her. I definitely recommend this terrific cat and mouse tale. I will also be checking out the author Sam Carrington and his other books!