Mystery/Thriller

Review: The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

A thriller about a woman who marries a convict but begins to question his innocence.


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The Innocent Wife book cover

The Innocent Wife

by Amy Lloyd

Published December 25, 2018 by Hanover Square Press
ISBN: 1335953736

Data from Goodreads

Summary (Goodreads): Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl. Now he’s the subject of a true-crime documentary that’s whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly convicted.

A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis’s case. She exchanges letters with him, and is quickly won over by his apparent charm and kindness to her. Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release.

When the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, however, Sam begins to discover new details that suggest he may not be quite so innocent after all.

But how do you confront your husband when you don’t want to know the truth?

My Review

The Pros: What worked for me

  • The premise was very interesting. I’ve heard numerous stories about people falling in love with prisoners on death row, and how they believe that the prisoner is innocent. Seeing whether this would be a case of true love and whether this man was truly innocent kept my interest piqued throughout the story.

The Cons: What I didn’t like

  • The initial contact between Samantha and Dennis that led to them “falling in love” was extremely unbelievable. It was definitely a case of insta-love. There was no proper buildup; over the course of a few letters, they declared their feelings for each other and that was that.
  • The story was missing the tension that is expected of a novel that claims to be a thriller. There was no urgency, and I was left impatiently waiting for the moment when the other shoe would drop.
  • The ending was rushed, and quite anticlimactic. It didn’t really make much sense, and I felt like I had been taken on a long ride that didn’t have any fun parts to it.

Overall, I thought the premise was interesting but the story’s execution left a lot to be desired. I know a lot of people really liked this book and it has won some awards as well but I just couldn’t love it. For those reasons, this book gets 2/5 stars from me.

Happy reading ~

0 thoughts on “Review: The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

    1. I would definitely give it a go and see if you like it, as quite a few people have given it positive reviews. I just felt that it wasn’t as good as other thrillers out there due to pacing and writing style. Would love to hear what you think of it (if you read it)

      1. I have just finished reading it, and I gave it the same rating as you. Looking at your review again, I definitely agree with you on a number of points.
        Review now up on my blog.

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