Author: Karen King
Published: 23 November 2020
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Psychological thriller, Noir fiction, Psychological Fiction
Blurb: ‘We have a patient who has been involved in a serious accident. We believe he’s your husband.’
When Freya first met Phil, she thought he was the man of her dreams. He bought her roses every week, booked surprise trips to sun-soaked destinations, and showed her affection like she’d never experienced before. But over time the dream had become a violent nightmare. And now Freya is packing her bags, knowing it’s time she escaped their increasingly broken marriage.
But then Freya gets a visit from the police. Phil’s been in a horrific car crash and – as he comes around – it becomes clear that remembers nothing since their blissful honeymoon two years before, back when their relationship was perfect. All he wants is to be happily married again.
Freya knows giving him another chance could be dangerous. But now he’s the one who needs her, it’s a chance to turn the tables, and to change the outcome of their relationship once and for all. After all, he will only know what she chooses to tell him…
But what really happened during those two years of marriage? And as they start over again, who is safe? And whose life is in danger?
This was an emotional thriller. My first Karen King book, but I’m already eager to read her other books as well. This was one of my best reads last year. It starts with the MC as she struggles with whether to leave her violent husband or not. I felt like I was reading a real life story, as it details abuse psychologically, psychically, mentally and emotionally that women go through. At times, the MC saw her husband as the perfect husband and other times, as the most violent.
After an accident, she has to make a decision. Stay with him or leave? But there’s just one problem. The accident resulted in a severe memory loss for him. Can she leave him in that condition? Can she be that heartless. Or will she stay with him with all his abuse and tantrums? Maybe he’ll change after all.
The blame game he plays on her after his violent behaviour is infuriating. How can she be at fault simply because she talked to a friend? Why should he hit her in the first place. To be honest, this was very sad to read but also interesting. A lot of times, I felt he has a double personality. I live for the ending. He got what he deserved! Reading it reminds me of the domestic abuse a lot of people go through in the hands of their spouses. I used to think, ‘Oh, why can’t they just leave?’ But now I know, it isn’t easy. Taking their bags or maybe even their children is difficult. It requires courage which they don’t have because they have been broken. They are depressed, scared, fragile looking for someone, somewhere to hold them and tell them ‘it will be okay’. Someone who can stand by them as they make the important decision of walking away.
If you are a fan of Mystery, Suspense, or Psychological thriller, then trust me, this is the book for you.
About the author
Karen King is a multi-published bestselling author of fiction for both adults and children. She has also written several short stories for women’s magazines.
Currently published by Bookouture and Headline. Karen has recently signed a two-book deal with Bookouture to write psychological thrillers. The first one will be out in November, and the second one in 2021. She is also contracted to write three romance novels for Headline, which will be out in 2021 and 2022.