The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd
I'm slowly gaining on getting all my reviews caught up over here! One more catch up review from when I did the @25infive readathon! 💙
First of all, thank you to my amazing friend @readingobsessednurse who shot this one over my way. This was an absolutely gripping read, that feels so relevant and on point. I could not put this book down and burned through it in a matter of hours, as I HAD to know whether Dennis was truly guilty and whether Sam would ever know the truth. 👀
With so many documentaries (think Making A Murderer and Serial) out there talking about wrongful convictions, its easy to get drawn into the central plot of this story, which is centered around the documentary and campaign to get Dennis released from death row, where he is serving a sentence for a murder that he was convicted for - although his conviction was based on highly circumstantial evidence. Samantha is a woman who follows his story, and finds herself falling in love with a man in prison, and then married to him. 👀
I couldn't even say which part of this book is more compelling - the parts where Dennis is in prison and watching the relationship grow, or the parts where Dennis is released, and Sam begins to realize she may have made a horrific mistake. 👀
I loved how this book moved along - it was perfectly paced, doling out little bits of terrifying insight as it went. I also loved the characters themselves, especially how credible Dennis' character was in his behaviors leaving prison and trying to reintegrate into society - it felt incredibly legitimate and grounded in reality.
This is one of those books you never want to review too closely, lest you give away any of the twists the reader deserves to uncover on their own - but it must be said that this was a delight to read, and should rocket up your TBR pile if you are looking for a tense mystery to dive into! 💙💙💙
QOTD: Do you guys like books with ripped-from-the-headlines plots?! I honestly love them. It makes me connect with them so fast. I’m a sucker for it. 😉
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