I apologise for the delay in posting my review for this blog tour, however I have been having internet issues big time, whilst also trying to clear the backlog of posts from the past two weeks. Please do bear with me as the Internet still isn’t fixed (thank goodness for Tesco wi-fi!). Many thanks to Noelle from Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review of Samantha Hayes’, ‘The Liars Wife’.
When Ella wakes up in hospital following a hit and run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card on the window sill and the nurse reassures her that her loving husband will be back soon.
But Ella has never been married…
What does TWG think?
Ermmmmmm, where do I even begin with this one?! Part of me just wants to sit here with my mouth gaping open, yet the other part of me wants to shout out ‘OMFG WHAT THE F…….’! However I can’t really do either as 1) my mouth gaping open isn’t a pretty sight, and 2) you can’t really class either of the above as a review!
I am going to have to be so careful with my review here as the risk of spoilers is incredibly high. So, let me start by saying this…and I mean this is a lovely way and not at all negatively; THIS IS BLOOOOOOOOOOMING TWISTED! It is! I would love to be a fly on the wall in Samantha Hayes’ mind – can you just imagine what goes through the mind of this author when she comes out with storylines so disturbing as this? Again, weirdly I don’t mean that negatively! Usually the word ‘disturbing’ isn’t a positive thing, yet with authors who write books such as this one, it is indeed a compliment!
Ella hasn’t had an easy life, and, judging by the path her present and future is currently on, I can only assume that her life won’t be getting any easier anytime soon! At work, Ella keeps herself to herself – she has a routine, and she likes to stick to it. However, thanks to a ‘little’ accident, Ella’s routine goes completely out of the window and the life she once knew is now no more. Imagine a puppet. Bear with me here….
Are you imagining it? Right. Now Put a name to the puppet and call it Ella. Done? Good. Now, imagine that Ella’s life is being governed by someone/something which is do dark and disturbing, it’s enough to make Ella want to snip the puppet strings once and for all. Catch my drift? Ella cannot move without the puppet strings being controlled. Her life is no longer her own. Her decisions aren’t…you guessed it, hers. ‘So why can’t she remove herself from the situation?’, I hear you ask. Well, don’t you think that if it was as easy as that she would have done it already? It isn’t, and it’s a life or death situation.
I’ve said it once already (or maybe twice) but I’ll say it again – ‘The Liars Wife’ is the type of disturbing which makes your stomach roll yet you can’t take your eyes off the paper. It’s the type of read which is so gritty, you’ll end up making your own eyes gritty trying to stay up until goodness what time to finish reading it (trust me, I was that person). What a fast paced, thrilling, highly addictive, and turbulent read which left me gasping for air! Hand on heart, I have never read anything like this before, but Samantha Hayes has certainly set the bar incredibly high for herself with her next book! Geeeeeeez!!!
About the author.
Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time living in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.
Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003. Her novels are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on ‘real life fiction’. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, ‘What if this happened to me or my family?’
The Liar’s Wife is out now!