I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Innocent Wife by Lisa Regan
Also by this author: Vanishing Girls, The Girl With No Name, Her Mother's Grave, Her Final Confession
Series: Detective Josie Quinn #16
Also in this series: Vanishing Girls, The Girl With No Name, Her Mother's Grave, Her Final Confession
Published by Bookouture Genres: Crime, Suspense, Thriller
Source: from Netgalley
Candles are lit and their rich vanilla scent twists its way through the cabin. The table is set for a romantic anniversary dinner with fresh roses dropping crimson petals on crisp white linen. But the woman seated at the table is cold to the touch, and there’s blood trickling down her neck…
When Denton’s most loved TV presenter returns home to find his wife dead at the dining table, it shatters the close-knit community. Beautiful and absolutely besotted with each other, Beau and Claudia Collins were idolized for being the perfect couple. But the devastating scene Detective Josie Quinn finds in their remote hideaway has her asking what dark secrets lurk beneath the surface of this seemingly flawless marriage?
Beau is grief-stricken by the loss of his kind-hearted wife who gave so much to others as a therapist, but Josie needs to know the significance of the small wooden puzzle box found clutched in Claudia’s hand. A prop in a popular game Beau played with his viewers to test the strength of their relationships, is it a twisted calling card, or a challenge from the killer?
The broken body of one of Beau and Claudia’s assistants is found the next day, a matching little box left in the dirt beside her. It’s clear that if Beau doesn’t start telling the truth about the flaws in his marriage, those dearest to him will die.
Caught in a cat and mouse chase with disturbing revelations and a mounting body count at every turn, Josie and her team work night and day to keep Beau’s loved ones safe. What kind of calculating monster would do this? A faded newspaper article about a tragic accident is the break Josie desperately needs. But she may already be too late, an innocent child is in danger…
Thank you to Bookouture for letting me take part in this tour and for my copy of this book via NetGalley. This is the 16th book in the series. My oh my. I have been reading this series since the beginning but you could read any of the books on their own.
Everyone knows that what you see on TV or on socials is probably fake or exaggerated but we want to believe in the fairytale. We want to believe that the perfect marriage or family exists and therefore we can have it too. It’s a very successful business model. The Collins were doing that for a lot of people in Denton but what happens when your perfect marriage starts to fall apart? Lisa did an excellent job of drawing us into this ‘perfect’ marriage and exposing all its flaws with mystery and intrigue from the off.
I was gripped from the prologue to the very last page. Lisa writes such enthralling books that you just cannot put them down. This one is no exception. With every twist and turn I was more and more absorbed.
Detective Josie Quinn is one of my favourites. She’s independent, strong and not afraid to kick some butt if needed. Josie has been through hell and back but her personal life is now in a really good place. I am so glad to see her settled and happy now.
Another fantastic addition to this series. Bring on the next one!
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