When Ella wakes up in a 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.
In fact, she has lived alone her whole adult life; working hard, rarely socialising, quietly harbouring a terrible secret from her past.
Fear sweeps through Ella when she instantly recognises the man who enters the ward. He is not her husband, but she knows that she must do as he says and play the part of dutiful wife.
What choice does she have? He was there the night of the fire, he knows her secret too…
The Liar’s Wife certainly has an interesting premise. In the first chapter, Ella has an accident. She wakes up in the hospital only to be told that her husband has been visiting. The thing is; Ella doesn’t have a husband. Naturally, I had so many questions. Did Ella suffer a brain injury that caused her to forget her husband? Who was this man?
The story is narrated by Ella in alternating chapters that feature past and present timelines. For me, the past timeline was the most intriguing because I knew that was where the answers lay. There were hints about a fire and lots of secrets. I couldn’t wait to unravel the mystery. I like the fact that I couldn’t guess anything. I was also curious to know how Ella would get out of her current predicament.
There are a few events that seemed a little implausible. That and the slow pace impeded on my total enjoyment of this narrative. Nevertheless, there was still enough to keep me turning the pages (albeit slowly) to the last page.In the end, this was a good read even though not my favorite book by Hayes.
Interestingly , I read it a few days ago but I am still thinking about some of the scenes, in particular, the night of the fire. The story is well-written and I love it when authors paint such vivid pictures with their words. Certain scenes really sucked me into the story. I felt like I was standing in the same room with the characters watching events unfold.
If you enjoy slow burner thrillers, this one might be for you.