Review: The Happy Couple by Samantha Hayes

Happy CoupleMe and Will. Will and Me. A perfect match. He said he would always be there for me, but it’s been a year since he drained his coffee, walked out the front door and vanished.

Did he leave me? Or did something terrible happen? I’m scared someone finally found out about what happened on the drive home that night…

I lie awake at night trawling the internet for rental properties, desperate for an escape. Until I see my husband’s gorgeous face smiling back at me from a photograph on the fireplace in someone else’s home, and something inside of me snaps.

At the house, I find no trace of him and the woman who lives there has no idea who I am. But I’m certain she’s hiding something behind the locked door upstairs. I know that if I want answers, I have to stay.

You might think that what’s inside that room is the answer to all my questions and the end of all my pain. But it’s only the beginning… 


I loved the premise of Samantha Hayes’ The Happy Couple. Will simply disappeared one day. They did find his car, phone and all other personal items but nobody knew what happened to him. Days turned to weeks and soon a year went by and then one day his wife saw his photo in an advert for a rental home.

I love a good mystery and this one had me scratching my head. I kept changing my mind about what happened to Will. At some point I thought he was dead/murdered. Again, I thought he had met someone new and simply walked out on his wife. His disappearance was quite puzzling and I was eager to put the pieces together. I felt sorry for Jo who couldn’t move on with her life and spent all her days looking for him and hoping that he would walk back into her life.

My feelings about this book were up and down though. While I loved the mystery, I felt that some parts of the book dragged on and my mind began to wander. I loved following the clues especially once Jo went to the rental property and all these ominous occurrences started happening. At the same time, I wasn’t too crazy about some of the twists. Towards the end, suspension of disbelief wasn’t working anymore, I just felt like the conclusion was waaaay out there.

I know my review sounds confusing but that was my experience reading this book. Loved the mystery, didn’t love parts of the plot and the ending. Interestingly, because of the uniqueness of the premise, this is one mystery that is likely to stay with me.

In the end, this was an okay read but it didn’t wow me like 4 previous books by the author that I’ve read and enjoyed. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next though.

10 thoughts on “Review: The Happy Couple by Samantha Hayes

    1. I’d suggest that you read some of the reviews on Goodreads for a more balanced view of the book. I rated it 3* but most reviewers loved it way more than that so it might be a me and not the book kinda thing.

    1. Thanks Yvonne. I think I am getting to a similar realization. I don’t seem to really enjoy these kinds of stories as much as I used to.

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