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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 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…


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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 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…

30 review for The Liar's Wife

  1. 5 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    HOT DAMN!!! This was one disturbingly dark and addictive read! This book was claustrophobic, atmospheric, and completely engrossing.... some books you read and some books you live, this was definitely the latter... I was on pins and needles throughout this book, breathing every breath and feeling every fear write along with Ella... Ella has a secret, a secret so dark that it has her trapped in her own life... work Eat Sleep Repeat.... no social life, no friends, no romantic entanglements, but it i HOT DAMN!!! This was one disturbingly dark and addictive read! This book was claustrophobic, atmospheric, and completely engrossing.... some books you read and some books you live, this was definitely the latter... I was on pins and needles throughout this book, breathing every breath and feeling every fear write along with Ella... Ella has a secret, a secret so dark that it has her trapped in her own life... work Eat Sleep Repeat.... no social life, no friends, no romantic entanglements, but it is better than the alternative... facing her passed.... then one day she gets in a horrible accident and wakes up in the hospital and is told by the nurse that her husband will be right back... The problem? Ella doesn’t have a husband.... so who is this man? Who is this Jacob? You know he is someone from Ella’s passed, but what does he have over her? And why is she letting him play this terrifying game? Told from both the present and the past you really get to see Ella before and after the secret that changed her life.... Ella is a very sympathetic character and the more you get to know her younger self the more you realize how much this secret event has impacted her life.... Jacob is a monster, the kind of character you love to hate! He is evil to the core and so cruel, and just when you think he can’t get any crueler he does... there is abuse in this book both emotional and physical, so if that is a trigger for you this is not the book for you... Absolutely recommend this dark and twisted story with an ending that I definitely did not see coming... *** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

  2. 5 out of 5

    Felicia

    I want to preface this review by stating that I do not remember requesting this book from NetGalley. Let this serve as a warning kids, don't drink and NetGalley. Ok...now on to the review... This thriller was slightly above mediocre for me. Though the premise is tired and cliché at best, it does include a bit of novelty when compared to others with similar plotlines. As described in the synopsis, Ella awakes in the hospital after a hit and run only to find a man, Jacob, claiming to be her husband I want to preface this review by stating that I do not remember requesting this book from NetGalley. Let this serve as a warning kids, don't drink and NetGalley. Ok...now on to the review... This thriller was slightly above mediocre for me. Though the premise is tired and cliché at best, it does include a bit of novelty when compared to others with similar plotlines. As described in the synopsis, Ella awakes in the hospital after a hit and run only to find a man, Jacob, claiming to be her husband. She is forced to play along with the charade due to reasons unknown to the reader. By chapter five I could easily predict the twists in this story although the path to getting to the reveal was much more dramatic and brutal than expected. Though this book wasn't exactly my cup of triple mocha latte, I don't discourage others from picking it up, especially fans of Samantha Hayes. It is a well written and gripping story despite it's predictability. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    See my full review here! Dark and entrancing, this is like reading someone’s worst nightmare unfold on the pages! I couldn’t believe what was happening to Ella, and I couldn’t wait to find out if she’d ever get herself out of this situation. Expect a few really great twists that really bring home the ending! But before I say more, let’s talk about the plot of this book… About the Book Work, home, sleep. Ella Sinclair lives her life with the goal of not being noticed. Ella enjoys her job in film edit See my full review here! Dark and entrancing, this is like reading someone’s worst nightmare unfold on the pages! I couldn’t believe what was happening to Ella, and I couldn’t wait to find out if she’d ever get herself out of this situation. Expect a few really great twists that really bring home the ending! But before I say more, let’s talk about the plot of this book… About the Book Work, home, sleep. Ella Sinclair lives her life with the goal of not being noticed. Ella enjoys her job in film editing, but in her nine years she’s never once accepted an invite from her coworkers to go to the pub. Every day, Ella rides her bike to work, dressed in non-descript clothing, does her job, rides her bike home, has a meal for one, and goes to bed. Every day is the same. Work, accident, coma. Until one day Ella’s routine is completely broken. She leaves work as she always does on her bike, until she is hit by a can and thrown. When she next awakens, days have passed and Ella is in the hospital. They had to put her into a coma while the swelling in her brain reduced. And that isn’t the worst of it… Ella’s nurse soon informs Ella that her husband Jacob has barely left her side. What a lucky girl Ella is! Except for one thing—Ella doesn’t have a husband. Wake, nightmare, sleep. Ella is trapped. She must sit by and watch her life derail. She must pretend to be married to this man who she knows from her past, but that she isn’t married to. Because if she doesn’t go along with is, he’ll reveal a terrible secret. A secret that Ella has crafted a routine, anonymous life to avoid. And Ella knows that having that secret come out will be the only thing worse than the situation she’s in… Reflection This book is CREEPY! Jacob is a truly fantastic villain. The way Hayes writes Jacob is so vivid, I could completely picture him and the way he said things. I could envision is sing-song voice saying “Ella-Bella” and the way he’d look at her, as though I were watching a film. And truly, I couldn’t look away! It felt like I was reading this book with my eyes partly covered, the way I’d watch a scary movie. I always find stories where someone is trapped to be particularly fascinating. Here, it isn’t just that Ella is physically trapped in the house, Ella is also trapped in her own life and mind. Even before the accident, Ella has enclosed herself into a tiny box, where she does the exact same thing over and over. Ella years to go out just once and socialize, but she won’t let herself. Ella’s secret was her captor long before Jacob was. Truly, this book is not for the faint of heart! Hayes does not shy away from some of the more uncomfortable elements to abuse. And that actually adds a lot to the book, because I could feel the horror of Ella’s situation even more acutely. The reveals are fantastic—readers will not be disappointed with this one! Thank you to Bookouture for a copy of this book to review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    The Liar’s Wife by Samantha Hayes is a slow burning psychological thriller. Told from the point of view of the the main character, Ella, this one does have alternating trips back into the past to help build the story but it was easy to follow. Ella is a character that you know from early on is hiding from something in her life. Putting off her co-workers friendly attempts to get her to participate and socialize Ella keeps to herself. On her way home from work on a rainy night however Ella ends up The Liar’s Wife by Samantha Hayes is a slow burning psychological thriller. Told from the point of view of the the main character, Ella, this one does have alternating trips back into the past to help build the story but it was easy to follow. Ella is a character that you know from early on is hiding from something in her life. Putting off her co-workers friendly attempts to get her to participate and socialize Ella keeps to herself. On her way home from work on a rainy night however Ella ends up being hit while riding her bike. Waking up in the hospital Ella struggles to remember what happened to her that night as she comes out of a coma. A friendly nurse taking care of Ella let’s her know what happened and how long she had been unconscious and that her loving husband had barely left her side. The problem, Ella is not married. As mentioned The Liar’s Wife was a slow burn novel which I do have to admit was in danger of losing my attention at a couple of moments however I was curious over what would happen. We know something in the past ties this man to Ella and it’s a matter of waiting with a few small shocks along the way but definitely a twisty end that was worth the wait with this one. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  5. 4 out of 5

    JuJu (Julie)

    My thoughts ”The Liar’s Wife” is a well-written thriller with vivid details and loads of secrets! It was like watching a scary movie...I wanted to yell at the characters on screen—mainly Ella. She’s quiet, keeps to herself and has a predictable life, just the way she likes it. ”Work, home, sleep.” An incident in her past has forced her to live a reclusive lifestyle, cut off from family and friends. Ella is a very likable and smart character, who does some stupid things. Her husband Jacob, on the My thoughts ”The Liar’s Wife” is a well-written thriller with vivid details and loads of secrets! It was like watching a scary movie...I wanted to yell at the characters on screen—mainly Ella. She’s quiet, keeps to herself and has a predictable life, just the way she likes it. ”Work, home, sleep.” An incident in her past has forced her to live a reclusive lifestyle, cut off from family and friends. Ella is a very likable and smart character, who does some stupid things. Her husband Jacob, on the other hand, is a detestable character who you hate from the time he’s introduced. I got chills every time he called Ella by her pet name—Ella-bella. It was so easy to picture his creepy voice and the sneer on his face as he taunted her. It became very intense and detailed as the story unfolded, which made for a gripping read. Psychological thrillers are my main reading genre, so I found the story slightly predictable at times—and I was left with a few questions. But it was well-written, with enough twists and surprises to make it an interesting and worth-while read. Samantha Hayes is a new author to me and I’ll be watching for upcoming books. My Rating: 3.5 ⭐️’s. Thank you to NetGalley / Bookouture / Samantha Hayes for this digital ARC / in exchange for my honest review! #NetGalley #TheLiarsWife Book Description Loving husband? Or total stranger?  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…  Do you absolutely love twisty and unputdownable psychological thrillers like Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and Gone Girl? Then you will be totally hooked by this jaw-dropping novel about the dangerous secrets behind a perfect marriage. 

  6. 4 out of 5

    Helga

    Another suspenseful and gripping read from the author of The Reunion. Ella likes to keep herself to herself and avoids socializing. Work, home, sleep…that’s her routine. You see, Ella is hiding an awful secret. She has done something horrible 10 years ago, which if exposed, her life would be over. Guilt-ridden and fearful, she lives her dreary and reclusive life, until one night she has a terrible accident riding her bicycle home from work. She wakes up in a hospital, woozy and broken and is told h Another suspenseful and gripping read from the author of The Reunion. Ella likes to keep herself to herself and avoids socializing. Work, home, sleep…that’s her routine. You see, Ella is hiding an awful secret. She has done something horrible 10 years ago, which if exposed, her life would be over. Guilt-ridden and fearful, she lives her dreary and reclusive life, until one night she has a terrible accident riding her bicycle home from work. She wakes up in a hospital, woozy and broken and is told her handsome and loving husband would be coming soon to visit. Then she notices a wedding ring on her finger. But she has never been married. Who is the man who claims to be Ella’s husband? Does he know her secret? And how could Ella free herself from the evil shadow looming over her? Thanks to Samantha Hayes, Bookouture and the NetGalley for an advanced copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    The Liar's Wife by Samantha Hayes was a psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. Ella is cycling home from work one evening, it's cold and wet and hard to see the road. She is hit by a van and wakes up in hospital with a broken arm and leg. She is feeling ill, confused and in a lot of pain. The nurse tells Ella that her husband has visited her every day and will be very please to see her awake. When Ella sees the person who is claiming to be her husband she is too scared to te The Liar's Wife by Samantha Hayes was a psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. Ella is cycling home from work one evening, it's cold and wet and hard to see the road. She is hit by a van and wakes up in hospital with a broken arm and leg. She is feeling ill, confused and in a lot of pain. The nurse tells Ella that her husband has visited her every day and will be very please to see her awake. When Ella sees the person who is claiming to be her husband she is too scared to tell the nurse the truth. A story full of secrets, lies and manipulation. These are some parts of the story that we're totally unbelievable but that didn't stop me enjoying this book. I would like to thank NetGalley and Bookouture for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    I received a free e-copy of The Liar's Wife by Samantha Hayes from Goodreads for my honest review. Ella, who wakes up in Hospital after being injured in a hit and run accident. She is informed by a nurse that her husband has visited her every day and that he is going to be so excited to see her awake. Ella is confused and scared of this news as she has never been married before. When she finally sees the man who says he is her husband, she is terrified. She realizes, that when she is discharged I received a free e-copy of The Liar's Wife by Samantha Hayes from Goodreads for my honest review. Ella, who wakes up in Hospital after being injured in a hit and run accident. She is informed by a nurse that her husband has visited her every day and that he is going to be so excited to see her awake. Ella is confused and scared of this news as she has never been married before. When she finally sees the man who says he is her husband, she is terrified. She realizes, that when she is discharged from the hospital and sent home that she is in big trouble and is scared for her life. The book was ok but it was far fetched.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    Ella leads a lonely life with work and sleep as her routine. She avoids making friends and it’s pretty obvious early on that she is hiding a secret for the past ten years.One rainy night though her routine is broken when coming back from work Ella is hit by a truck .She wakes up in a hospital from a self induced coma to a handsome caring husband but the problem is that she was never married The Liar’s Wife is a slow paced psychological thriller told from Ella’s POV going back and forth between t Ella leads a lonely life with work and sleep as her routine. She avoids making friends and it’s pretty obvious early on that she is hiding a secret for the past ten years.One rainy night though her routine is broken when coming back from work Ella is hit by a truck .She wakes up in a hospital from a self induced coma to a handsome caring husband but the problem is that she was never married The Liar’s Wife is a slow paced psychological thriller told from Ella’s POV going back and forth between the past and the present. An enjoyable book with a few secrets and a twisty end . I would like to thank Bookouture & NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest and fair review. This and more reviews at https://chloesbooksblog.wordpress.com/

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White

    Now that was a killer twist at the end!! And I read a lot of these sorts of books... did not see that coming at all! The Liars Wife by Samantha Hayes was a very fast paced story with some nasty characters! Really enjoyed reading this one, even if at times parts of the plot were a bit over the top and unbelievable. Ella is a bit of a loner and keeps to herself. She has been hiding a very dark secret for the past 10 years and won't let anybody close to her. On her way home from work one night she i Now that was a killer twist at the end!! And I read a lot of these sorts of books... did not see that coming at all! The Liars Wife by Samantha Hayes was a very fast paced story with some nasty characters! Really enjoyed reading this one, even if at times parts of the plot were a bit over the top and unbelievable. Ella is a bit of a loner and keeps to herself. She has been hiding a very dark secret for the past 10 years and won't let anybody close to her. On her way home from work one night she is knocked off her bike by a van and ends up in hospital in a coma. When she wakes her nurse tells her that her husband has been by her side. Ella is confused..she has never been married. But when she sees her husband she knows that he knows her secret and has to go along with his story. She is kept prisoner in her home and not allowed any contact with anybody she knows. She is determined to escape but it proves harder than she imagined. The ending of this book will have your head spinning!! Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    Having enjoyed some of Samantha Hayes's earlier novels I thought this would be a light, easy read just as those were, but unfortunately it was another day, another family drama based around the idea that you never know someone as well as you think you do, and I feel this is a concept that's wearing very thin these days for me. As often is the case with these books it claims to be a thriller but in reality, it's a family drama or domestic noir only. I don't usually have a problem with a book that Having enjoyed some of Samantha Hayes's earlier novels I thought this would be a light, easy read just as those were, but unfortunately it was another day, another family drama based around the idea that you never know someone as well as you think you do, and I feel this is a concept that's wearing very thin these days for me. As often is the case with these books it claims to be a thriller but in reality, it's a family drama or domestic noir only. I don't usually have a problem with a book that's a little less than believable, but here credulity was seriously strained. There is a difference in terms of improbable happenings and impossible ones, and in The Liars Wife, it was very much fixated on the latter. That said, it is well written and engaging, but there is just one "twist" which was foreseeable from the beginning, so it didn't take long to become tedious and I found myself wanting to place it down numerous times. The characters came across as most gullible and behaved in odd ways that didn't feel authentic or the way in which a regular person may act in the same situation. You simply cannot relate to any of them. If you're someone who appreciates fast-paced, adrenaline-fuelled stories then you may be wise to stay away from this slow-burning character-driven novel. I'm hoping Hayes's future works return to being exciting and unpredictable. Many thanks to Bookouture for an ARC.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dita

    Yessss! This book is compulsively readable, so much so that I did the thing where I walked all over my house with it today, greedily consuming page after page as I pretended to do other things and hoped no one needed anything. This story is told, alternately, both in the present and 10 years ago. In the past we know that something horrible happened but we're not quite clear initially what it was that shaped the Ella of today. In the present, Ella, who is single and a loner, has an accident, wakes Yessss! This book is compulsively readable, so much so that I did the thing where I walked all over my house with it today, greedily consuming page after page as I pretended to do other things and hoped no one needed anything. This story is told, alternately, both in the present and 10 years ago. In the past we know that something horrible happened but we're not quite clear initially what it was that shaped the Ella of today. In the present, Ella, who is single and a loner, has an accident, wakes up in the hospital and is greeted by her "husband" whom she instantly recognizes as a central figure from 10 years ago. As these two stories intersect, we get to learn both of them and woot, woot, is this a thrilling, suspenseful, surprising and altogether satisfying journey! WOW! Thank you to the always brilliant Samantha Hayes and to Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    "Work, home, sleep." That's been Ella Sinclair's daily routine for the past 10 years. She steers clear of all social entanglements, keeps to herself, and does her job the best she can. Then, the accident. A van comes from out of nowhere and she lands in critical care with multiple trauma injuries leaving her encased in a leg cast with a pin in her knee and a broken arm. She's thrown when the nurse tells her that her husband has been to see her every day. Ella has never been married. Under threat "Work, home, sleep." That's been Ella Sinclair's daily routine for the past 10 years. She steers clear of all social entanglements, keeps to herself, and does her job the best she can. Then, the accident. A van comes from out of nowhere and she lands in critical care with multiple trauma injuries leaving her encased in a leg cast with a pin in her knee and a broken arm. She's thrown when the nurse tells her that her husband has been to see her every day. Ella has never been married. Under threat of exposure of a past that incriminates her (a DVD), she agrees to go home with Jacob -- and that's when the nightmare begins. NO SPOILERS. Yes, there's a twist and I still can't get my head around it. I found so much of this domestic drama to be hard to believe and implausible on so many levels. I tried to relate to the main character, but found it impossible as I just wanted to shake Ella until she got some sense. The narrative shifts back and forth in time from Ella's days as a student at university when the calamitous event occurred and her present predicament. In addition, there's a guy from her present work, Liam, who has his own voice and tracks her down when Ella doesn't return to her job. Oh and there's a twin brother, Harry. Yes, it all comes together in a dramatic conclusion and I had to go back a few chapters to see how the author had dangled enough red herrings to lead me astray in my predictions. There were actually still a few loose ends and unanswered questions once the big reveal occurred. Did I enjoy it? Well, I found it hard to put down as I wanted to see what was on that videotape that would make Ella stay with her "husband" and to understand what might prevent her from telling some of the people she met that she was being kept prisoner. Let me say that I still don't buy it but I had a couple of hours of entertainment while reading. Just make sure that if you read this that you can have a serious amount of skill in suspension of disbelief. Maybe I'm just jaded from having read so many similar books and I'm sure I'm in the minority finding myself incapable of it. This isn't the first book by this author that I've read, and I'm sure it won't be the last. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the e-book ARC to read and review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    The Liar's Wife was a book which for me seemed like - been there, done that. The story began with Ella and her life of routine, she never wavered from it. Till she met with an accident and found herself married to Jacob who was her connection to the secret of her past. The story saw her being under his hold, doing everything as he wanted, till it reached an explosive finish... Dual timeliness of present and past this book had us understanding Ella's life slowly and surely revealing each layer wit The Liar's Wife was a book which for me seemed like - been there, done that. The story began with Ella and her life of routine, she never wavered from it. Till she met with an accident and found herself married to Jacob who was her connection to the secret of her past. The story saw her being under his hold, doing everything as he wanted, till it reached an explosive finish... Dual timeliness of present and past this book had us understanding Ella's life slowly and surely revealing each layer with a precision. Ella was sweet and quite unassuming; Jacob was an uggghh repulsive character. The story felt a bit clichéd and my attention wandered many, many times, the overall plot was good and the ending redeemed the book. Overall a creepy novel with twisted ending.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kim ~ Traveling Sister

    This book is creepy! It will send chills down your spine. We get a glimpse into Ella's life before the accident. She lives a simple life work, sleep, eat, repeat. Then she awakens in a hospital bed and is told that her husband is anxious for her to recover. The problem is Ella does not recall that she has a husband. Then the ride from hell begins. Ella opens her eyes from her coma and sees someone from her past. Someone that she never expected to see again, that is claiming he is her husband. Ell This book is creepy! It will send chills down your spine. We get a glimpse into Ella's life before the accident. She lives a simple life work, sleep, eat, repeat. Then she awakens in a hospital bed and is told that her husband is anxious for her to recover. The problem is Ella does not recall that she has a husband. Then the ride from hell begins. Ella opens her eyes from her coma and sees someone from her past. Someone that she never expected to see again, that is claiming he is her husband. Ella is rendered powerless and must go along with the facade. This is my second Samantha Hayes book and it did not disappoint. It was a page turner that kept me guessing the whole way. Ella's life after awakening from the coma was an anxiety riddled roller coaster. Every page I flipped I felt myself cringe hoping that she was going to make it to see another day. Throw in a twist that I did not see coming and it was a suspenseful page turner! Thank you to Bookouture and Samantha Hayes for this ARC.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    When we first get to meet Ella, she comes across as a bit of a recluse. It's as if something is holding her back from socialising with her work mates. There is obviously something that is holding her back so was very intrigued as to just what that was.  When she wakes up in hospital to a man claiming to be her husband well my inner sensors were going haywire. My intrigue shot up a level and was desperate to know more about this man.  The further into the book I got the more hooked I became. I ende When we first get to meet Ella, she comes across as a bit of a recluse. It's as if something is holding her back from socialising with her work mates. There is obviously something that is holding her back so was very intrigued as to just what that was.  When she wakes up in hospital to a man claiming to be her husband well my inner sensors were going haywire. My intrigue shot up a level and was desperate to know more about this man.  The further into the book I got the more hooked I became. I ended up reading it in one evening as just couldn't tear myself away no matter how hard I tried. Married life for Ella really makes for some seriously surprising reading with more than a couple of what the? moments.  The Liar's Wife is a seriously compulsive read that you won't want to put down. It was an addictive read that I couldn't get enough of and the build up of tension was just off the scale. You know how great a book is when your heart is still racing hours after finishing the book as the adrenaline was still coursing through my body. Compulsive, addictive, what more do you need from a psychological thriller? My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

  17. 4 out of 5

    RachelReadsandSings

    4.5 stars!! Okay...holy sh*t. This book was INSANE. I was initially drawn in by the plot summary of this novel, but lemme just say...there is SO MUCH more to the story than just that. Hayes’ writing drew me in from the very beginning, and I couldn’t wait to find out what happens to all of the characters. While I’m not going to include any spoilers here, I will say that the plot twist at the end slapped me in the face and I am still in shock honestly! I COMPLETELY recommend this if you’re a fan of b 4.5 stars!! Okay...holy sh*t. This book was INSANE. I was initially drawn in by the plot summary of this novel, but lemme just say...there is SO MUCH more to the story than just that. Hayes’ writing drew me in from the very beginning, and I couldn’t wait to find out what happens to all of the characters. While I’m not going to include any spoilers here, I will say that the plot twist at the end slapped me in the face and I am still in shock honestly! I COMPLETELY recommend this if you’re a fan of books like “The Woman in the Window”, “The Girl on the Train”, and “Gone Girl”. While I do think this books stands out on its’ own, it definitely has the same kind of vibes as those novels. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    You’re on your bike cycling home.... You’re involved in a hit and run.... You’re also living a secret life after an incident 10 years ago that left 2 dead... No one knows about the real you, even your colleagues at work.... So when you wake and the kindly nurse says ‘ you’re husband will be pleased’....and you look and its one of the men you ‘killed’ now masquerading as your husband all you can do is scream inside.. And thats just the beginning of this disturbing yet alluring story that pushes all th You’re on your bike cycling home.... You’re involved in a hit and run.... You’re also living a secret life after an incident 10 years ago that left 2 dead... No one knows about the real you, even your colleagues at work.... So when you wake and the kindly nurse says ‘ you’re husband will be pleased’....and you look and its one of the men you ‘killed’ now masquerading as your husband all you can do is scream inside.. And thats just the beginning of this disturbing yet alluring story that pushes all the right buttons from the off and continues to push them right up until the last page The story is mesmerising as it draws you in and wont let go ( well didn’t me ) and at times I had to reign myself back from wanting to find out the outcome, NOW!! The characters are in turn believable in equal measure of vulnerability and vileness and will have your emotions flaring at the sheer boldness of ‘Jacob’ and what he does The writing is as always from this author, perfect and the story is one that makes you want to tell someone about the brilliant book you have just read The ending will shock you and left me reeling a bit if I’m honest In my top 3 reads of this year ( so far! ) Awesome and as near as wonderful fiction gets 10/10 5 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    THE LIAR’S WIFE is a psychological character-driven drama, from the author of The Reunion by Samantha Hayes. This is one creepy read. 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. Ella is a loner who has a dark secret that it has her trapped in her own life... Work, home, e THE LIAR’S WIFE is a psychological character-driven drama, from the author of The Reunion by Samantha Hayes. This is one creepy read. 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. Ella is a loner who has a dark secret that it has her trapped in her own life... Work, home, eat, sleep. Repeat.... no social life, no friends, no romances. Fear can be the only reaction Ella has when she instantly recognizes 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 is a slow-paced psychological character-driven novel told from Ella’s POV going back and forth between the past and the present. This is a story full of secrets and lies. There are some parts of the story that are totally unbelievable but that didn't stop me enjoying this book. An enjoyable read with a few secrets and a surprise end. Many thanks to Bookouture via NetGalley for my digital copy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    The Book Review Café

    Oh my freaking god! What a fabulous and compelling read The Liar’s Wife by Samantha Hayes turned out to be. I must be honest when I read the book description I wasn’t convinced it would be an original read, as I’ve read numerous psychological thrillers where the protagonist wakes up from a coma with no memory, but what makes this one so different is in the telling of a very twisted and disturbing tale. I must mention the author has surpassed herself and this is definitely the best book I’ve read Oh my freaking god! What a fabulous and compelling read The Liar’s Wife by Samantha Hayes turned out to be. I must be honest when I read the book description I wasn’t convinced it would be an original read, as I’ve read numerous psychological thrillers where the protagonist wakes up from a coma with no memory, but what makes this one so different is in the telling of a very twisted and disturbing tale. I must mention the author has surpassed herself and this is definitely the best book I’ve read by the author YET! As to Hayes imagination it’s twisted and very, very devious, but I absolutely loved this shocker of a book. When Ella wakes up in hospital following a hit-and-run incident, her loving and caring husband Jacob is there, eager for her to get well and move into their new home, there’s only one problem Ella has no recollection of marrying Jacob! Who is the man who claims to be married to Ella? And what hold does he have over Ella? You immediately sense the tension between the the couple, there’s something off about their relationship that raises alarm bells, and I couldn’t wait to read on and find out what secrets this strange couple were hiding. Ella is a character I found mystifying, a woman whose mantra is “home,work, sleep” keeps work colleagues at a arms length and appears to have no friends or family, but Hayes deftly pulls back the layers of this complex character and you realise there maybe a very good reason for her odd behaviour. There are sporadic chapters that delve into Ella’s past and these were the ones I found the most disturbing, Hayes manages to inject a sense of foreboding into each chapter which made this read all the more compelling. As for Jacob, oh how I loathed him, this is a man with not one redeeming feature, he’s cruel, manipulative, he literally made my skin crawl, as for his backstory it’s a shocker and one that left me stunned, as to the why, well you are just going to have to read the book and find out for yourself. If I had one small niggle it would be the fact that I thought Ella could have done more to save herself from a very dangerous situation (vague I know but I would hate to give away spoilers) although the author does give a plausible reason for her behaviour so I was happy to push the boundaries of my own imagination. The Liar’s Wife has to be one of the most exciting psychological thrillers I’ve read this year, it incorporates all the elements I love in a read, mystery, suspense horror, and drama. Would I recommend this book? Definitely even if it means you have to beg, steal or borrow it (on second thoughts just buy it you won’t disappointed I promise). All my reviews can be found at http://thebookreviewcafe.com

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tapasya

    DNF I actually stopped reading after a few chapters, and skipped to the end to see how it ended. It just wasn't my cup of tea, I guess. It started off well when Ella wakes up in a hospital after an accident. Someone is waiting for her to wake up. Her husband. But the thing is that she doesn’t have a husband. So who is he? It was intriguing. But that’s it. The story got boring after this. Just couldn’t connect with Ella. And the suspense fell flat.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Patty Smith

    My thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture, and Samantha Hayes for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. This was the worst. I haven’t read a bad book in a while, but this was a snoozer. The conflict happens right at the beginning and then you are left with 300 pages of boring, boring, boring, until the big reveal at the end. I didn’t like any of the characters, I had no sympathy for Ella being abused, honestly, I felt like I w My thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture, and Samantha Hayes for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. This was the worst. I haven’t read a bad book in a while, but this was a snoozer. The conflict happens right at the beginning and then you are left with 300 pages of boring, boring, boring, until the big reveal at the end. I didn’t like any of the characters, I had no sympathy for Ella being abused, honestly, I felt like I was getting a blow in the head each chapter I kept reading. If not for receiving this book from NetGalley, I would not have finished it. But, I felt an obligation and was hoping that it would improve as I went along. Clearly, not everyone, I mean mostly everyone, doesn’t agree with me because it has a 4 star rating on Goodreads. I would interrupt this to mean that it was above average. So meet Ella. She is a boring non-nondescript person who doesn’t socialize with anyone at her place of work. Riding her bike home, she is in a terrible accident that lands her in the hospital. When she wakes from her coma, her loving husband is there, holding her hand, doting on her. Everyone tells her how lucky she is. Except that she is not married and is clearly afraid of the man who is standing before her. She thought he was long dead. There is history there and he is blackmailing her into going along with his little ruse. We don’t know what Jacob’s name really is and as she recollects the past, we are to figure out who he is. Jacob empties her apartment and moves her into a big new beautiful house. She is kept prisoner there, getting hit for the smallest of infractions. He forces her to quit her job, but WAIT. There is a guy that she has never spoken to, never gone out with, even in a group in a casual setting, won’t even accept a ride home from him, that she smiled at once after years of working there who is suspicious of what is happening. Can he save her? Who is Jacob? Why are her neighbours so nosy? What will happen to Ella?? Geez, sorry, I can’t. It was all too ridiculous. Even if all that worked, the baby thing just put it over the top. I don’t want to go into too much detail, because I don’t want to reveal spoilers for those readers who want to read it. For me, more depth and fully drawn out characters was needed. Spending more time developing them would have allowed the audience to be invested and care about what was happening to them. Too many archetypes were being thrown around, leaving you to fill in the blanks. There were lots of loose ends for characters that a lot of time was spent on, but I’m not sure why? What was the purpose of Meggie? All that buildup that didn’t lead to anywhere? There were plot holes that just made things messy, didn’t make any sense, didn’t serve a purpose and those could have been edited out to make more room developing things that should have been developed. Also, if you have read more than a couple of these mysteries, you know there are bound to be red herrings. Spending three quarters of the book on what was an obvious red herring just ended up being a boring read. The reveal wasn’t so shocking and l was so happy it was over, I didn’t care. Then, the aftermath, was like a Hallmark movie where everyone got their happy ending. Bluch!! If all of it was true, from Ella’s childhood to her relationships to what happened, she needs therapy, not another boyfriend. So, not for me, but I am just one opinion. Others have found it enjoyable and I am not one to judge. On this one, you will have to decide for yourself.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joann

    Ella-bella!!! I was so annoyed by the constant calling of Ella's first name, that I could have screamed!! I have read and enjoyed the author's other books but this was a real dud for me. It was one long boring read. Couldn't wait till I was done and hurried it along with skipping. Give your readers the benefit of having a brain. He snatches a baby girl and they try to pass it off as a 6 month old baby boy? And then she didn't know at 6 months, that maybe she should start the baby on solid type f Ella-bella!!! I was so annoyed by the constant calling of Ella's first name, that I could have screamed!! I have read and enjoyed the author's other books but this was a real dud for me. It was one long boring read. Couldn't wait till I was done and hurried it along with skipping. Give your readers the benefit of having a brain. He snatches a baby girl and they try to pass it off as a 6 month old baby boy? And then she didn't know at 6 months, that maybe she should start the baby on solid type food? Save your sanity and skip this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne (It's All About Books)

    Finished reading: November 8th 2018 "Someone who doesn't even know her. Someone who doesn't know that she's trapped. Stuck inside her own nightmare." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ First of all, excuse me while I go and pick up my jaw off the floor. Flabbergasted, baffled, shocked, astonished... I can keep on stacking one synonym on top of the other, but I think you got the idea. The Finished reading: November 8th 2018 "Someone who doesn't even know her. Someone who doesn't know that she's trapped. Stuck inside her own nightmare." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[ First of all, excuse me while I go and pick up my jaw off the floor. Flabbergasted, baffled, shocked, astonished... I can keep on stacking one synonym on top of the other, but I think you got the idea. The Liar's Wife surprised me. Blew me away. I literally couldn't believe my eyes as I tore through the pages, my brain screaming 'do not compute!' over and over again. Oh yes, this one is a shocker indeed. It will also grab you from the start and won't let go, so make sure to free up your schedule before you start reading The Liar's Wife. One of the most original and twisted psychological thriller plots I've seen in a while... And it get's better. It was my first experience with Samantha Hayes' writing, and it definitely won't be my last. Because I was completely hooked by her writing style, pacing and way of constructing her plot and plot twists. The Liar's Wife mixes chapters set in the past and present, always dangling that wanted carrot in front of you without actually revealing the information you are dying to discover. This development of the suspense and the use of plot twist and the dual time line is simply spot on. The Liar's Wife has quite a few shocking surprises in store for you, and you won't believe the ending! Any psychological thriller fan should add The Liar's Wife to their wishlist. Trust me, it's worth it. Just bear in mind a few trigger warnings are in place for abuse, rape and some graphic scenes. Ella has kept during herself during most of her adult life, working hard and never interested in socialising. She likes it that way, feeling safe and comfortable with her own predictable schedule. Everything changes forever when Ella wakes up one day in the hospital after she was hit by a van on her way home from work. She has been in an induced coma for days and is still scared an confused as she wakes up... But not so confused that she doesn't know she isn't actually married like her nurse and the get-well-soon card in her room claim. In fact, she has been alone for a long time. Who is this man that claims to be her husband? Fear paralyzes her as soon as she finds out his identity... And she has no choice but to play along with his sick game. If the blurb of The Liar's Wife doesn't convince you already, I can promise you that this is only just the tip of the huge iceberg of plot twists, shocking surprises and suspenseful scenes that this story has in store for you. Make sure to free some time, because you will want to keep turning those pages until you find out what exactly happened all that time ago and how everything fits with what is happening now. Without doubt an excellent psychological thriller and a very satisfying read despite some difficult themes. (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This started out as a promising thriller but by midway, it headed down a rabbit hole. I lost sympathy for Ella who became her own worst enemy, missing many clear opportunities to escape from her tormentor. I got tired of her naivety especially when it came to taking care of the baby. I hoped that I would be rewarded at the end of the book but was disappointed. The ‘twist’ was unsettling, bringing previous bits of the story to a new light, nightly ‘washings’ and baby ‘secret’ coming to mind. I tr This started out as a promising thriller but by midway, it headed down a rabbit hole. I lost sympathy for Ella who became her own worst enemy, missing many clear opportunities to escape from her tormentor. I got tired of her naivety especially when it came to taking care of the baby. I hoped that I would be rewarded at the end of the book but was disappointed. The ‘twist’ was unsettling, bringing previous bits of the story to a new light, nightly ‘washings’ and baby ‘secret’ coming to mind. I tried to wrap my head around these earlier obsessions and behavior but couldn’t.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Renny Barcelos

    I hate the goodreads doesn't allow us to give ZERO stars bc this book certainly did not deserve even one. In fact, it deserves negative stars. It is this awful. The writing is atrocious. The repetitions are more than annoying, they are ludicrous. But I guess the author knew how horrible the story was so chances that the reader would get distracted were high... (view spoiler)[ Nothing makes sense, it's hard to be sympathetic to the main character when she just gets into a situation she knows will I hate the goodreads doesn't allow us to give ZERO stars bc this book certainly did not deserve even one. In fact, it deserves negative stars. It is this awful. The writing is atrocious. The repetitions are more than annoying, they are ludicrous. But I guess the author knew how horrible the story was so chances that the reader would get distracted were high... (view spoiler)[ Nothing makes sense, it's hard to be sympathetic to the main character when she just gets into a situation she knows will be horrible just bc she believes going to jail will be worse. Really? Come on. Domestic violence is a serious matter and I don't believe any woman would prefer this over the chance of jail. Also, what kind of terrible hospital is that that doesn't check if the guy is really her husband??? And the nurse, never noticing her distress? Talking over and over about how lucky she is? Come on!! And then she goes and tells all to a complete stranger who has just claimed to be her boyfriend??? Oh, and that is another "great" part of the book too...so of course she can't save herself and needs a mighty man to do it for her but even "better?" The other guy who is supposed to save her from an abusive stalker is...another stalker. Because it is stalking what he does to find her, it doesn't matter that the author thinks it's OK in this case bc he is the hero. And the baby? OMG, come onnnnn. Must be the most ridiculous ploy I've ever read a fictional villain create. All neighbors, no one notices anything. Super believable. (hide spoiler)] Seriously, this is the most ridiculous novel I've read. this year. Not even sure why I finished this drivel. Ugh!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan Hampson

    This isn't a cosy read, this is a heart pumping belter! Oh boy this story is enough to turn any recluse into a social butterfly, as Ella had lived in her own little cocoon keeping herself to herself, going to work and living alone. No fella in her life and no friends bobbing in. So when she wakens in hospital, confused and dazed, she is more than a little taken aback when the nurse tells her that her husband will be back to see her soon. And what a lovely man he is. When this saint of a man arriv This isn't a cosy read, this is a heart pumping belter! Oh boy this story is enough to turn any recluse into a social butterfly, as Ella had lived in her own little cocoon keeping herself to herself, going to work and living alone. No fella in her life and no friends bobbing in. So when she wakens in hospital, confused and dazed, she is more than a little taken aback when the nurse tells her that her husband will be back to see her soon. And what a lovely man he is. When this saint of a man arrives he only has eyes for Ella but Ella is like a rabbit in headlights. Oh she knows this man alright and he knows what she did, she has no choice, she has to play the dutiful wife. The story runs on a couple of time lines as it dips between present time and Ella's Uni days. The friends that she had, her family and relationships that developed. In present day I was like 'TELL SOMEONE'. Oh wow, wow, wow, there are so many of those OMG moments when I had my heart in my mouth. The ones of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and that hand on a door handle ready to catch her doing something that is forbidden to do. I cringed so many times. Stopped at those, 'this is it' moments and put the kettle on, just so that I could gain some sense of control. Bloody hell, when I think this is the worst it can get it clicks into over drive and opens up even more horrors. Samantha Hayes's characters have secrets, they have pasts and they have ways of getting even. Yoga exercises and controlled breathing methods are recommended by me for the second half of the book and ending, definitely the ending. It is superb!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Trish at Between My Lines

    I have mixed feelings on this. I enjoyed the sinister premise and the way the tension tightened chapter by chapter. I felt empathy for the main character and her physical and emotional plights touched me. Especially as I read this with a broken limb and understood the fear and frustration of not being able to be as self sufficient as normal. Now I’m treading softly here as I’m avoiding spoilers. But, I had doubts about why the character allowed events to continue. She had ample opportunity to tal I have mixed feelings on this. I enjoyed the sinister premise and the way the tension tightened chapter by chapter. I felt empathy for the main character and her physical and emotional plights touched me. Especially as I read this with a broken limb and understood the fear and frustration of not being able to be as self sufficient as normal. Now I’m treading softly here as I’m avoiding spoilers. But, I had doubts about why the character allowed events to continue. She had ample opportunity to talk up. I know the reason implied, I just didn’t buy it. The consequences she endured were far worse than than what would have happened if she looked for help. That aside, I loved working out what happened ten years ago. And thought it was a worthwhile read, even though I’m criticising part of it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Smitha

    Ella has been living a perfectly happy life, alone, with minimal interactions with people. She remains civil at work while avoiding all social interaction. One day, on her way back from work, she is hit by a van and finds herself in the hospital. Not only is she in the hospital,she also seems to have obtained a husband! A very caring and loving husband too, from the look of things. The nurses can't seem to stop singing his praises. Her past has finally caught up on her. She knows that all she can Ella has been living a perfectly happy life, alone, with minimal interactions with people. She remains civil at work while avoiding all social interaction. One day, on her way back from work, she is hit by a van and finds herself in the hospital. Not only is she in the hospital,she also seems to have obtained a husband! A very caring and loving husband too, from the look of things. The nurses can't seem to stop singing his praises. Her past has finally caught up on her. She knows that all she can do is go along with the pretense. She has no choice. He knows the secret she has hidden away... An absolutely gripping thriller. You don't realise until the end what this is all about. Absolutely loved this book. Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for the review copy of this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    This is the first time ever i've had to give a one star review and it pains me to do so, however this book was just ridiculously stupid that i just felt i had to get my feeling out there. where do i start? * big sigh* its a slow burner to start with, took me a while to been drawn in. It picked up about 1/3rd of the way through, i felt genuine concern for Ella, however that soon changed to frustration and then annoyance at her sheer stupidity, Ella had plenty of opportunity to escape her tormentor This is the first time ever i've had to give a one star review and it pains me to do so, however this book was just ridiculously stupid that i just felt i had to get my feeling out there. where do i start? * big sigh* its a slow burner to start with, took me a while to been drawn in. It picked up about 1/3rd of the way through, i felt genuine concern for Ella, however that soon changed to frustration and then annoyance at her sheer stupidity, Ella had plenty of opportunity to escape her tormentor but refused to do so over something she did 10 years ago which was caught on video tape, honestly there was points during reading " the liars wife" that i was screaming at the pages "what are you doing?". Then the holy grail of stupidity happened, without going into to much detail "Jacob" comes home with a little surprise shall we say and honestly i actually laughed out loud with that one, i know this is a fictitious book and not meant to be real but my god you cant even swing this in a book, its so far fetched its ridiculous. The big final scene the moment she finally escapes her capture , where do you think you'd go first? home/police station/hospital...? nope Ella goes to her work place!!! *facepalm* omg would you just stop being so stupid please your giving me a headache. Was there justice for what Jacob did? nah not really and we didnt really find out the consequences of her actions too, apart from a lengthy time at the police station giving statements we dont really know what happened in the end. The whole thing was just silly, the synopsis was compelling and the reviews showed promise but it just failed to produce for me.

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