The Innocent Wife

The Innocent Wife You Love Him You Trust Him So Why Are You So Scared Twenty years ago Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl Now he s the subject of a true crime documentary t

  • Title: The Innocent Wife
  • Author: Amy Lloyd
  • ISBN: Red River
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  • Page: 135
  • Format: Paperback
  • You Love Him You Trust Him So Why Are You So Scared Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl Now he s the subject of a true crime documentary that s whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly convicted.A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis You Love Him You Trust Him So Why Are You So Scared Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl Now he s the subject of a true crime documentary that s whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly convicted.A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis s case She exchanges letters with him, and is quickly won over by his apparent charm and kindness to her Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release.When the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, however, Sam begins to discover new details that suggest he may not be quite so innocent after all But how do you confront your husband when you don t want to know the truth The winner of the Daily Mail First Novel Competition, Amy Lloyd s The Innocent Wife is gripping psychological suspense from a brilliant new voice in crime fiction Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 336 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by Hanover Square Press first published January 25th 2018 More Details Original Title Red River ISBN 1335953736 ISBN13 9781335953735 Other Editions 29 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Innocent Wife, please sign up Popular Answered Questions This question contains spoilers view spoiler I need help with the ending Sam sent the pictures to England, not to Carrie She left Dennis s house before the police came and went back home to England Was that all part of the plan they all came up with or did she go rogue Did Dennis tell her to call the police What about Carrie Was she there when the police arrived hide spoiler 1 likelike 10 months ago See all 3 answers Christine Lots of things left a little obscure if the final chapter Frustrating flag This question contains spoilers view spoiler I guess I m dense, but can someone explain why Dennis didn t want to have sex with his new bride hide spoiler like 6 months ago See all 4 answers Helen Corton This answer contains spoilers view spoiler I agree with the above, when they did get intimate once, Samantha was asleep and on pain medicine so she was probably as close as a living person gets I agree with the above, when they did get intimate once, Samantha was asleep and on pain medicine so she was probably as close as a living person gets to looking and acting dead less hide spoiler flag See all 3 questions about The Innocent Wife Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 13, 2018 Chelsea Humphrey rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommended to Chelsea by Penguin Books Shelves from publisher, netgalley I d be lying if I said that I didn t jump on this blog tour because of the hype I ve seen surrounding this book The Innocent Wife has pretty much taken over my and Twitter feeds, and for good reason Bloggers have been finding this story addictive, compulsive, and twisted all reasons that made me want to pick this one up This new collection of crime fiction novels that are formatted as documentaries or mock umentaries are extremely popular and it is a format I have become rather fo I d be lying if I said that I didn t jump on this blog tour because of the hype I ve seen surrounding this book The Innocent Wife has pretty much taken over my and Twitter feeds, and for good reason Bloggers have been finding this story addictive, compulsive, and twisted all reasons that made me want to pick this one up This new collection of crime fiction novels that are formatted as documentaries or mock umentaries are extremely popular and it is a format I have become rather fond of, which is how I knew I d enjoy this story before even picking it up It gave me some serious Ted Bundy vibes as we have a young, handsome man accused of murder on Florida death row who develops a relationship with a meek schoolteacher in England, and we all know that Ted Bundy married his wife while imprisoned as well After the initial part of the story though is where our similarities end You Yes you Come a little closer I need to tell you a secret. I love reading about dysfunctional relationships Ok, so that s not really a secret, but I almost felt a little weirded out by how into Sam and Dennis s initial, budding relationship I was There was the subtle, sexy appeal to the desperation behind their attraction and I ate it up There, I said it out loud and now you can judge away But seriously, this was a fantastic portrayal of how one person can slowly tighten their grip of control over another These types of monsters prey on those with low self esteem, the lonely, and the isolated Between this aspect unfolding and the back and forth of Dennis s past and his and Sam s future, I was HOOKED I could not get enough I tell you The only minor issue I had with this one was in the conclusion I don t want to give out any spoilers so I ll keep this vague, but the entire course of the book was a slow and steady building suspense, so when the final 15 pages were jammed packed with explosive action it felt a bit rushed and off It was exciting, no doubt, but I did feel it was a bit unrealistic, so those who are bothered by those endings may not find this as enjoyable as I did Other than that, this book was perfection Highly recommended to those who enjoy shows such as Mindhunter and Making A Murderer on Netflix this definitely filled that need in myself and I can t wait to see what else Ms Lloyd conjures up in her writing Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy it was a pleasure to provide my honest thoughts here flag 224 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Oct 22, 2017 Maureen rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Dennis Danson is a convicted killer on death row, having been charged with the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida s Red River County He claims he s innocent and has a huge following, who believe in his innocence After twenty years in prison, his case is now the subject of a true crime documentary, which raises his profile to an ever increasing audience, particularly online Thousands of miles away in the UK, Samantha, a schoolteacher, is one of those who become infatuated with him, she b Dennis Danson is a convicted killer on death row, having been charged with the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida s Red River County He claims he s innocent and has a huge following, who believe in his innocence After twenty years in prison, his case is now the subject of a true crime documentary, which raises his profile to an ever increasing audience, particularly online Thousands of miles away in the UK, Samantha, a schoolteacher, is one of those who become infatuated with him, she believes he s innocent, and regularly contributes to online forums for like minded people, eager to discover the truth, convinced of his wrongful conviction She begins to correspond with him and decides to visit him in person Sam is won over by Dennis he s charming and softly spoken, and it isn t long before she s left her old life behind, marries him, and joins the campaign for his release The campaign is successful, and Dennis and Sam can now begin married life in earnest, but Sam starts to have concerns about Dennis s involvement in the murder Added to that, how much does Dennis really know about Sam, the eponymous innocent wife Sam becomes increasingly doubtful about Dennis s innocence, he s very much a man of contradictions and his mood can change at the flick of a switch But how do you approach this terrifying subject with him when you re so fearful of his answer I found that right from the start there was an underlying tension like the calm before the storm, just waiting for the real story to reveal itself As the storyline progressed, the fear became palpable, with some extremely tense moments, and every time I put the book down, I was itching to pick it up again A dark psychological thriller, with some heart pounding scenes make this a really riveting read Thank you to Netgalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for my ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 166 likesLike see review View all 87 comments Feb 07, 2018 Deanna rated it liked it review of another edition 2.5 Stars A young schoolteacher falls for a man on Death Row whom she believes is falsely accused, only to begin wondering after their marriage and his release As soon as I read that line in the description, I couldn t wait to get my hands on this book Samantha Sam is a thirty one year old school teacher from England She has always felt very alone She needed something or someone to believe in, and in Dennis Danson, she found both It all started after she watched a documentary Framing t 2.5 Stars A young schoolteacher falls for a man on Death Row whom she believes is falsely accused, only to begin wondering after their marriage and his release As soon as I read that line in the description, I couldn t wait to get my hands on this book Samantha Sam is a thirty one year old school teacher from England She has always felt very alone She needed something or someone to believe in, and in Dennis Danson, she found both It all started after she watched a documentary Framing the truth the murder of Holly Michaels It was about Dennis, who is on death row for the murder of the young girl Dennis has always proclaimed his innocence and has a large group of supporters whose goal is to help him prove his innocence.After watching the documentary she became obsessed with Dennis Danson s case She would talk for hours with other armchair investigators online, debating facts about the case and coming up with other possible suspects and theories Then she finds out a new documentary series is being made about himSo she decides to write him a letter.She doesn t really expect him to answer her letter but he does The letters make her feel less lonely He really seems to care for her And when one of the creators of the upcoming series asks her if she d like to meet Dennis and get involved with the documentary, Sam is quick to jump on a plane Once she arrives at the prison she s terrified and almost changes her mind But then she meets Dennis Before she knows it, she s left her previous life behind completely Suddenly she s Dennis s wife and although he s in prison, Sam s life revolves around him And then they find out he s going to be released Will their relationship work when they are no longer separated by the thick Plexiglas wall in the prison She has a fantasy about how things will be once Dennis is released But the reality is very different Did Sam make a mistake She is concerned but determined to make her marriage work She loves Dennis And she s still positive he s innocentor at least that s what she keeps telling herself But what about all of the unanswered questions and the rumors surrounding Dennis What about The Missing Girls of Red River I ve heard about how much mail prisoners receive, and I have always been interested in and wondered what makes somebody fall in love with someone who is in prison.I found the first part of the book quite intriguing But it seemed to slow right down before veering off into a few different directions It felt like the story kept jumping around on me However, I kept reading as I really wanted to see how this was going to play out I actually liked the unexpected ending, though it was a bit confusing and rushed.Possible Trigger Warning There were a few instances of violence towards animals I understand that this was used to give readers insight into a character, but I felt it was unnecessary.Overall, I found The Innocent Wife to be an interesting read, but the issues I mentioned, unfortunately, did lessen my enjoyment of the novel.Thank you to NetGalley and Hanover Square for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review flag 134 likesLike see review View all 39 comments Jan 21, 2018 Kaceey Traveling Sister rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, traveling group read 2.5 Sam is a young woman living a lonely, quiet life in the UK Now, in the blink of an eye, she finds herself caught up in an international buzz involving a death row inmate in the US, named Dennis.As the latest media firestorm sweeps the digital world, seemingly everyone is outraged and rallying to free this un justly convicted felon Documentary crews are busy researching and filming And the Who s Who of Hollywood elite are standing behind Dennis, throwing money and support towards his cau 2.5 Sam is a young woman living a lonely, quiet life in the UK Now, in the blink of an eye, she finds herself caught up in an international buzz involving a death row inmate in the US, named Dennis.As the latest media firestorm sweeps the digital world, seemingly everyone is outraged and rallying to free this un justly convicted felon Documentary crews are busy researching and filming And the Who s Who of Hollywood elite are standing behind Dennis, throwing money and support towards his cause An ocean away in England, easily influenced Sam, is magnetically drawn to all the drama She begins writing jail house love letters to Dennis, quickly establishing a close relationship In her mind, the next logical step is to pack a bag and catch the next flight out to the US She can t wait to meet this misunderstood victim in person Ah, young love in bloom Only problem is the press coverage worked a little too well, and now Dennis is scheduled to be freed Freed The reality of what up until now was pure fantasy, hits Sam like a tidal wave Is she about to get a lot than she bargained for Is she really ready to continue a relationship with someone who was on death row The pros Super fast read Fantastic premise I mean, Netflix did an entire series similarly based on the same idea Had the whole country talking about it and people signing up in droves for Netflix just to watch it.The cons Well, where do I begin The story just never took off for me I was two thirds into the book and felt like the story was still being set up.The ending left me totally confused with questions than answers Thank you Susanne, for taking me through it step by step to help explain what happened Thrillers are my thingand if I can t follow along and get left with huh at the end, well that just doesn t happen Until now This just wasn t for me Hope it works better for you Thank you to Edelweiss for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review flag 133 likesLike see review View all 54 comments Dec 31, 2017 Diane S rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 2018 read Sometimes when reviewing a book that I personally could not relate to, I think maybe I m too hard to please with some of these thrillers Then I think that having read so many I am in a unique position to judge what appeals and what does not, what makes sense and what doesn t Another plot taken from current tv viewing, a man on death row, so many believe he is innocent and fighting to get him released Sound familiar A fictional story doesn t have to make complete sense, but I do think that the Sometimes when reviewing a book that I personally could not relate to, I think maybe I m too hard to please with some of these thrillers Then I think that having read so many I am in a unique position to judge what appeals and what does not, what makes sense and what doesn t Another plot taken from current tv viewing, a man on death row, so many believe he is innocent and fighting to get him released Sound familiar A fictional story doesn t have to make complete sense, but I do think that the characters need a reason for acting the way they do, a reason the reader can find, well reasonable Plus, if you are going to give me a book full of unlikable characters, which for me isn t a deal breaker, give me a plot that doesn t have holes in it, one I can believe in, or at the least give me some fantastic atmosphere This book failed for me on all counts.This was a sisters read and we were pretty much in agreement with our feelings on this, and I enjoyed our discussion Still, all books do not fit all readers, and this has gotten many rave reviews, so it is always best to try it for yourself and see where you fallC from Edelweiss flag 101 likesLike see review View all 34 comments Sep 20, 2017 Kendall rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley approved, 2018 As soon as I read the premise of the storyline my twitchy fingers requested this on Netgalley I was super excited to dive into this read Dennis Danson is a convicted murderer on death row for killing a young girl in Florida s Red River County Dennis has claimed from day one his innocenced also has a huge group of followers that support his innocence One of these followers, Samantha, a schoolteacher has become obsessed with Dennis and starts sending him letters in prison Gradually, As soon as I read the premise of the storyline my twitchy fingers requested this on Netgalley I was super excited to dive into this read Dennis Danson is a convicted murderer on death row for killing a young girl in Florida s Red River County Dennis has claimed from day one his innocenced also has a huge group of followers that support his innocence One of these followers, Samantha, a schoolteacher has become obsessed with Dennis and starts sending him letters in prison Gradually, Samantha and Dennis begin to form a relationship through these letters and she decides to go see him in prison Soon after, Dennis and Samantha fall in love and she s marrying him Dennis s case skyrockets into a political campaign and not long after he is released from prison.Samantha is so excited to finally start her life with Dennis but she starts seeing red flags from Dennis soon after his release Dennis is acting strangely and things are not adding up with his innocence Sam becomes paranoid and starts wondering how innocent Dennis really is I struggled with rating this one a lot I don t per say feel that I am a tough critic But, I had some issues with this one.The letters from Dennis and Samantha to me are the bold set up to the storyline I thought it was pretty lame that all of a sudden they just fell in love after two letters So this gave me a bad taste already going in But, it did pick up speed about 25 percent in after Dennis was released As the book went on I felt that the pacing was a little off for my liking Towards the middle end was dragging for me a little Then, the ending felt completely rushed for me I don t like my books to be rushed with the ending Although, I wasn t expecting that kind of ending so it did have some surprises in there It just didn t have the bang I was looking for unfortunately 3 stars rounded down for me on this one Thank you so much to Netgalley and Harlequin for the advanced arc in exchange for an honest review Expected publication date 3 6 18 flag 72 likesLike see review View all 27 comments Dec 29, 2017 Lindsay Traveling Sister rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, traveling sister read 3.5 starsThis novel follows the investigation of a murder trial through a true crime documentary series twenty years after the trial Dennis Danson was convicted of a brutal murder and has been sitting in prison for two decades He has a following of fans who believe he is innocent One of these fans is a young school teacher, Samantha, who writes to him in prison, marries him and helps him fight for release.I found this to be a fast read that had me intrigued throughout It had similarities 3.5 starsThis novel follows the investigation of a murder trial through a true crime documentary series twenty years after the trial Dennis Danson was convicted of a brutal murder and has been sitting in prison for two decades He has a following of fans who believe he is innocent One of these fans is a young school teacher, Samantha, who writes to him in prison, marries him and helps him fight for release.I found this to be a fast read that had me intrigued throughout It had similarities to the Making A Murderer Steven Avery Netflix series which I found very interesting There were quite a few pieces of this story that were rather far fetched and had my eyes rolling, however, I still found myself flying through the pages to find out how everything would come together in the end I didn t like ANY of the characters yet surprisingly that didn t bother me with this book I still found myself curious to see how things would pan out for them This was a Traveling Sister Read with Norma, Kaceey, Susanne, Holly and Diane We had some great discussion, varying opinions and lots of laughs throughout this novel I personally wasn t wowed by this one, but found it very readable and addictive in its own way A big thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin and Amy Lloyd for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 69 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Oct 23, 2017 Susanne Strong rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves edelweiss, traveling sister read 2.25 Stars rounded down Sam is a teacher in England who incessantly follows the story of a man imprisoned for murder His name is Dennis Dawson and he was arrested for the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida twenty years prior Now he is the subject of a documentary that is trying to prove his innocence Sam can t help but be drawn in Dennis is a handsome and charismatic man She starts corresponding with him and the two form a relationship Before she knows it she is traveling to Florid 2.25 Stars rounded down Sam is a teacher in England who incessantly follows the story of a man imprisoned for murder His name is Dennis Dawson and he was arrested for the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida twenty years prior Now he is the subject of a documentary that is trying to prove his innocence Sam can t help but be drawn in Dennis is a handsome and charismatic man She starts corresponding with him and the two form a relationship Before she knows it she is traveling to Florida to meet him and then, she marries him even though they have never touched, never held hands and never kissed In the craziest events, the campaign to free Dennis works, new evidence comes to light and he becomes a free man Sam is caught up in a whirlwind Their life together is nothing like Sam imagined Dennis is not the man she thought he was Slowly, secrets begin to unravel and Sam learns what is real and what is not As she soon finds out, the truth is a terrifying thing The Innocent Wife started out very slow In fact, it dragged on endlessly and was a complete snoozefest until about 2 3rds of the way in I was not even remotely invested in any of the characters or the storyline Around the last 1 3rd of the book, it actually got a little interesting and become totally convoluted Unfortunately, the novel itself didn t work for me there were several plot holes and the storyline just didn t make sense This was a Traveling Sister Read It included Kaceey, Lindsay, Diane S and Holly Though the book wasn t a successful read, I had a fabulous time reading this with my sisters and we were all in agreement for the most part which gave us lots of laughs Thanks sisters Thank you to Edelweiss, Hanover Square and Amy Lloyd for an ARC of this novel Published on Edelweiss and on 1.7.18 Will be published on on 3.6.18 flag 72 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Dec 05, 2017 Carrie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves edelweiss As soon as I read the description of The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd I knew that this was a book that I needed to read I ve heard of woman becoming pen pals to prisoners and forming relationships with them so my curiosity of just what the author would do with this subject was definitely high.When reading I thought that the set up of Samantha seeing the documentary with Dennis Danson behind bars and those trying to prove his innocence was perfect for today s society While I hadn t watched Making As soon as I read the description of The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd I knew that this was a book that I needed to read I ve heard of woman becoming pen pals to prisoners and forming relationships with them so my curiosity of just what the author would do with this subject was definitely high.When reading I thought that the set up of Samantha seeing the documentary with Dennis Danson behind bars and those trying to prove his innocence was perfect for today s society While I hadn t watched Making a Murderer myself I had heard about it from others and know that it was a popular show so it just made sense to have the character watching something similar and becoming obsessed with what she believed was an innocent man.Samantha s character was also done perfectly in my mind to fit this story She s timid and unsure and really didn t know her place in the world which made her seem like she was perfect to be molded by this convicted killer Dennis also seemed to be what most folks would expect with one face for the cameras and another behind the scenes.As the book went on I did think though that the pacing was a bit off balance to me as it seemed to slow a bit after the initial intrigue but then the ending felt a tad rushed when it came about I wasn t quite overly surprised by how things turned out but it was a solid enough read that I would rate this one at 3.5 stars when finished with just enough creepiness to keep the pages turning.I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.For reviews please visit flag 53 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 27, 2017 Dennis rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2017 read, 2018 pub, arc publisher, domestic thriller, mystery, suspense Well any time I start a new book and finish it within the same day will always get a 5 star rating from me I picked up The Innocent Wife this morning on my subway commute to work and couldn t put it down I read it during my lunch break, commute home, on the stair master I literally kept going until my legs tired so keep that in mind if you need a cardio read , and when I got home It was just that addicting Twenty years ago, high school jock, Dennis Danson was arrested for the murder of Well any time I start a new book and finish it within the same day will always get a 5 star rating from me I picked up The Innocent Wife this morning on my subway commute to work and couldn t put it down I read it during my lunch break, commute home, on the stair master I literally kept going until my legs tired so keep that in mind if you need a cardio read , and when I got home It was just that addicting Twenty years ago, high school jock, Dennis Danson was arrested for the murder of Holly Michaels in Red River County, Florida The death of Holly Michaels sparked a nationwide investigation into the deaths of several other women in the small rural town sending shockwaves through the media Dennis s story is picked up by a documentary team and the rest is history Dennis is a worldwide topic, gathering the attention of many celebrities, politicians, influencers, and 31 British schoolteacher Samantha Samantha becomes immersed in Dennis s story and becomes an active member in the online following that he has garnered After a brutal break up with her boyfriend Mark, Samantha goes out on a limb and decides to write Dennis and try to show him support Samantha is surprised when Dennis appreciates the introduction and the two begin to have a budding relationship It isn t long before Samantha and Dennis are married As the case continues to gain recognition, evidence is released the proclaims Dennis s innocence Samantha is than ready to begin her life with Dennis and start their happy life together as husband and wife, but as their time together begins to grow, things are not what they seem Why is Samantha growing suspicious of the man she once trusted with all her might The Innocent Wife is a quick, light mystery that will hook you in from the beginning I was deeply drawn into Amy Lloyd s interpretation of society s interest in these Making a Murderer esque shows and her original storytelling thereafter When you first pick up this book, you will feel as if this is a typical suspense story and that you have it all figured out, but you re wrong The Innocent Wife goes from zero to sixty real fast, with no lack of emotion and suspense If you like Ruth Ware and Riley Sager, you ll love this one I have always wondered what the perspective was from the eyes of these people who marry inmates in jail I wonder, what are they thinking , are they desperate , are they mentally sound These types of questions do not go unnoticed in this novel Thank you Hanover Square Press for my advanced copy for an honest review flag 51 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 16, 2018 Sandy The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, new to me author, purely for pleasure, 4 star, 3 star, contemporary fiction, murder mystery, stand alone EXCERPT They sat rigid, unspeaking Sam unwilling to back down and Dennis confused, possibly wondering what he had got himself into, she thought, disgusted with herself But it was happening now, the worms inside her were squirming, and she couldn t stop them ABOUT THIS BOOK Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl Now he s the subject of a true crime documentary that s whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man wh EXCERPT They sat rigid, unspeaking Sam unwilling to back down and Dennis confused, possibly wondering what he had got himself into, she thought, disgusted with herself But it was happening now, the worms inside her were squirming, and she couldn t stop them ABOUT THIS BOOK Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl Now he s the subject of a true crime documentary that s whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly convicted.A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis s case She exchanges letters with him, and is quickly won over by his apparent charm and kindness to her Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release.When the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, however, Sam begins to discover new details that suggest he may not be quite so innocent after all But how do you confront your husband when you don t want to know the truth MY THOUGHTS I did not request an ARC of this book from NetGalley when I had the chance, mainly because I have never been able to understand why a woman would strike up a relationship with someone in prison, to whom they have been attracted by their notoriety and or their claims of innocence, would move away from their friends and family to be closer to the prison, and why they would actually marry, when there was little or no hope of ever having anything resembling a normal life with their spouse I JUST DIDN T GET IT And, to a certain extent, I still don t But The Innocent Wife has opened my eyes, and my mind, a little It is still something that I would never contemplate, but I can now see how it could happen Sam is needy, and unhappy We don t learn too much of her back story, just that she was in an emotionally abusive relationship for a number of years before being unceremoniously dumped Dan is a safe option She can have a husband without all the pitfalls of a normal relationship because he is safely out of her reach, and she out of his until he is freed The truth was that Sam had grown used to their relationship as it was, separated by a thick plexiglass wall Without that wall, Sam worried, there was nothing to stop them hurting each other, as she and Mark had done Or all the other things people did to each other walking away, lying, switching off their phones, little cruelties she and Dennis had so far been shielded from And it is from this point on that the book begins to get interesting.5THE AUTHOR Amy Lloyd won the Daily Mail and Penguin Random House First Novel competition in 2016 with her thriller The Innocent Wife.DISCLOSURE Thank you to Leanne of Little Scissors, Otorohanga, New Zealand, for insisting I read The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd, published by Century, a division of Penguin Random House All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions Just out of interest, this was a five star read for Leanne Please refer to my profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress for an explanation of my rating system This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress flag 49 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Dec 30, 2017 Holly B rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves disturbing content, read in 2018, teacher character 2.5Wild Gone WrongI can t explain my reaction to this book because it was all over the place and yet I did want to continue reading Samantha lives in England, but she still falls for Dennis Danson who was convicted of murdering a young woman twenty years ago in Florida He was 18 at the time and has been incarcerated and on Death Row since his conviction A documentary is being filmed to support new evidence and try to get Dennis released.Sam and Dennis marry and then this story goes complet 2.5Wild Gone WrongI can t explain my reaction to this book because it was all over the place and yet I did want to continue reading Samantha lives in England, but she still falls for Dennis Danson who was convicted of murdering a young woman twenty years ago in Florida He was 18 at the time and has been incarcerated and on Death Row since his conviction A documentary is being filmed to support new evidence and try to get Dennis released.Sam and Dennis marry and then this story goes completely off the rails for me Their so called marriage relationship is awkward and creepy They are sent wedding gifts from Katy Perry and Johnny Depp sends them apples What really The story continues and is describing a lot of mundane tasks and I m asking why and having to question where this is going The interviews are repetitive and this story is running in circles.At times I laugh at something outrageous, or silly At times I m cringing at something disgusting At times I am just wondering how much I can take There seems to be a lack of cohesiveness in this story, going from some suspense to Dennis just casually taking a shower I do believe the author is talented and has a way of playing the reader by using some suspense to engage, but this was just not the book for me.This was a Traveling Sister Read and we had lots of fun discussing some of the antics used As always, people enjoy different books so read other reviews and decide if you d like to give it a go Thanks to Edelweiss for the advanced arc flag 55 likesLike see review View all 30 comments Dec 02, 2017 Nicki rated it it was amazing review of another edition Every so often a book comes along that you really enjoy but you can t really work out why,well for me this is most definitely one of those books.This riveting thriller is a tale that is split into two halves that are set before and after Dennis is released from prison.Our main protagonist is Samantha who is a teacher,she lives in England and has recently been dumped by her boyfriend.Quite a number of other reviewers have stated that they found Sam annoying and irritating but because she had a nu Every so often a book comes along that you really enjoy but you can t really work out why,well for me this is most definitely one of those books.This riveting thriller is a tale that is split into two halves that are set before and after Dennis is released from prison.Our main protagonist is Samantha who is a teacher,she lives in England and has recently been dumped by her boyfriend.Quite a number of other reviewers have stated that they found Sam annoying and irritating but because she had a number of my own personal character traits, although I didn t like her very much at times,I understood when she had moments of anxiety,paranoia and indecision.I certainly didn t understand why she or anyone else would want to write to a convicted killer but after watching an online documentary about him, she decides to start writing to Dennis Danson who is on death row after being convicted for the murder of a young girl.What starts out as a friendship swiftly develops into a romance and before you can scream what are you doing you stupid woman she has accepted his marriage proposal.She also finds herself involved with a film crew who are convinced that Dennis is innocent and are making a true crime documentary about the case.As well as following Sam s visits to Dennis in prison and the film crew as they make their documentary,there is also extracts from a book that was written about the case.These extracts give the reader background information on where Dennis grew up,his family and upbringing.When new evidence casts doubt on the case against Dennis and he is exonerated and released,the couple start their lives together as a married couple while being under the constant scrutiny of the media.Only as time passes Sam begins to realise that Dennis might not be the loving,nice guy that he appeared to be when he was in prison.The story is rather one sided because you only see things from Sam s perspective,a couple chapters told from Dennis s point of view might have given the reader insight into his character and true feelings towards Sam.After a short stay in New York,they go to stay at Dennis s childhood home in Red River County,Florida which is when the tension starts to build but this is also when the story starts to get a bit predictable.Once a certain character is introduced into the story,it s not difficult to work out who was behind the disappearances over twenty years ago and there was no unexpected twists during the final confrontation.Like I said,I can t honestly say why I enjoyed this book as much as I did but I can say that it s a well written,debut thriller that could result in some interesting discussions if it was read by a book group.Many thanks to Random house uk Cornerstone for a arc of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review flag 41 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Nov 30, 2017 Mandy rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves first reads, read in 2017, e books This is the the story of Sam, a schoolteacher living in England who has developed a fixation with Dennis Danson Dennis is on death row in America, having been found guilty of murder Sam travels to see Dennis, and falls in love with him The two marry, and then Dennis is released, his prosecution overturned, and he becomes an even bigger celebrity than he was before But Sam begins to see a different side to Dennis, and she starts to wonder if maybe he could be guilty of other killings.I found This is the the story of Sam, a schoolteacher living in England who has developed a fixation with Dennis Danson Dennis is on death row in America, having been found guilty of murder Sam travels to see Dennis, and falls in love with him The two marry, and then Dennis is released, his prosecution overturned, and he becomes an even bigger celebrity than he was before But Sam begins to see a different side to Dennis, and she starts to wonder if maybe he could be guilty of other killings.I found this book to be an addictive, compulsive read I literally could not put it down The book is from Sam s point of view, yet told in third person, and it was a little uncomfortable being in Sam s head all the time Sam is not a likeable character, but then again, neither is anybody else I did like the way the book ended, I felt it did fit with the story and I couldn t honestly think of a better end for these characters flag 40 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 21, 2017 Louise Wilson rated it really liked it review of another edition A schoolteacher falls for a man on death row who she believes is falsely accused Twenty years ago Dennis Danson was arrested for the brutal murder of Holly Michaels in Florida s Red River County Now he s the subject of Making a Murder style documentary Samantha is thousands of miles away in Britian, but she is as invested in Dennis s case as any of his lawyers.The plot to this story is mainly based on did he or did he not do it Samantha writes to Danson on death row, falls in love with him A schoolteacher falls for a man on death row who she believes is falsely accused Twenty years ago Dennis Danson was arrested for the brutal murder of Holly Michaels in Florida s Red River County Now he s the subject of Making a Murder style documentary Samantha is thousands of miles away in Britian, but she is as invested in Dennis s case as any of his lawyers.The plot to this story is mainly based on did he or did he not do it Samantha writes to Danson on death row, falls in love with him and then marries him We have all heard of women who have done this There is so much tension in this story A gripping page turner and a good debut novel.I would like to thank NetGalley, Random House UK, Cornerstone and the author Amy Llyod for my ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 37 likesLike see review View 2 comments Mar 17, 2018 Rachel rated it really liked it review of another edition 4 very twisted starsThis psychological thriller has some pretty messed up characters and some amazing twists SUMMARYBored with her life and reeling from a very bad break up, Samantha becomes obsessed with Dennis, a high profile death row prisoner She summons the courage to write to him and is thrilled when he writes back They develop a relationship which culminates in her leaving England, moving to Florida and marrying him Since Dennis s case is highly publicized, he has a large group of infl 4 very twisted starsThis psychological thriller has some pretty messed up characters and some amazing twists SUMMARYBored with her life and reeling from a very bad break up, Samantha becomes obsessed with Dennis, a high profile death row prisoner She summons the courage to write to him and is thrilled when he writes back They develop a relationship which culminates in her leaving England, moving to Florida and marrying him Since Dennis s case is highly publicized, he has a large group of influential and wealthy supporters, including well known celebrities A generous legal fund is set up for his defense, allowing him to hire a top notch attorney When his verdict is overturned, it s a dream come true for Samantha Or is it Is he really innocent Is it possible for him to live a happy, normal life after twenty years in prison Is he really the man Samantha thinks he is What about Samantha herself Is she truly a stable person Who would marry a convicted murderer, let alone one they barely knows WHAT I LOVEDProbably the best part of this book is the constant feeling of suspense Clearly, moving to a different country to pursue a relationship with a death row inmate is not the best idea ever but I was unsure how the plan would unravel While I was pretty sure none of the characters were exactly mentally stable, all I could do was keep reading and watch it all fall apart I was on the edge of my seat through the whole book Every time Samantha walked into a dark room or went into the woods or Dennis got upset about something, I felt sure danger was right around the corner I read non stop just to see how not if it was all going to implode Even if neither Dennis nor Samantha became the problem, Dennis had some very sketchy friends from his past and there was an extremely angry group of protesters who are convinced Dennis should still be in prison Not to mention the police still have it out him and someone may be watching them from the woods The threat could be coming from any where There were several great twists I never knew who to trust and had no idea what anyone s intentions were There were several things I never saw coming It kept me reading This book, refreshingly, was written in chronological order and was in third person from only one characters point of view, making it super easy to follow No stopping to recount who knew did what at each point WHAT I DIDN T LOVEThere was a time or two when reality seemed a bit stretched toward the very end Just one or two events, not many There was a bit of violence The ending was a little confusing I had to go back and re read it a couple of times before I understood what happened My biggest complaint would probably be that I could not really connect with any of the characters I cannot understand why anyone would have such low self esteem that they would consider a death row inmate a viable love interest I know it happens but I don t get it Through most of the book I could not decide whether Dennis was a good or bad person, therefore I couldn t connect to him Lindsey was a whole new level of codependent crazy that I cannot fathom I could probably connect most to Carrie who spends her entire life looking for someone to save but I still do not understand the need to chase down causes at that level They made the story interesting but I never connected with any of them OVERALLI highly recommend this book to fans of thrillers It would make a good book club selection, there is a lot to discuss flag 34 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jan 28, 2018 Rachel Hall rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5 starsThe Innocent Wife is the uneven debut novel of Amy Lloyd and its conception and release is no doubt intended to capitalise on the surge in interest of documentaries such as Making a Murderer , which investigated the potential gross miscarriage of justice that led to a man s long term incarceration Although there is no doubting that the novel does become increasingly compelling in the second half once the story focuses on the dynamics of the marriage and the media circus has largely ex 3.5 starsThe Innocent Wife is the uneven debut novel of Amy Lloyd and its conception and release is no doubt intended to capitalise on the surge in interest of documentaries such as Making a Murderer , which investigated the potential gross miscarriage of justice that led to a man s long term incarceration Although there is no doubting that the novel does become increasingly compelling in the second half once the story focuses on the dynamics of the marriage and the media circus has largely exhausted itself, the first half is workmanlike at best Much of the plot is eminently predictable with few readers likely to be in any doubt that the novel is heading towards a did he or didn t he denouement and what has proven a divisive ending Whilst I doubt The Innocent Wife s woeful characterisation will overwhelming inspire confidence things do improve significantly and staying the course has its rewards After a messy breakup from boyfriend Mark, thirty one year old lonely and insecure schoolteacher, Samantha, is at a loose end and looking for her next fixation Stuck in a job she loathes she can at least thank her ex for introducing her to Framing the Truth The Murder of Holly Michaels , the smash hit US documentary investigating the veracity of Dennis Danson s conviction for a brutal murder in 1993 in Red River County, Florida Sentenced to incarceration on Death Row at just eighteen years old Sam finds herself obsessively following the forums and message boards which promote the conspiracy theories surrounding Danson s wrongful conviction and campaign for his exoneration At breakneck speed Sam begins a tentative correspondence of weekly letters with Danson that by page twenty five has climaxed to full blown declarations of love Admittedly the dates of the letters identify that the correspondence has taken place over a year but entirely devoid of momentous personal revelations or candour platitudes such you brightened an otherwise dark day , the letters do nothing to support the credibility of Lloyd s story Mixed with extracts from a biography of Danson which conveys his impoverished childhood at the hands of a sadistic father and a depressive mother, Lloyd fails to elicit any empathy for impressionable Sam With Danson cautiously optimistic about the prospect of a retrial ahead of the new documentary being aired, it is co producer and live wire director Carrie who enthusiastically encourages Sam to jet out to Florida.After a swift marriage and an unexpected confession pave the way for Danson s release things only start to become interesting once the newlyweds are left to their own devices and struggle for intimacy with Danson failing to eschew the effects of two decades behind bars and Sam riven with self loathing Feeling unwanted and inconsequential to her husband Sam becomes increasingly resentful and jealous of the competing demands for his attention, resorting to petty mind games Convincing herself that she sees occasional signs of empathy and affection from Danson, Sam awaits the start of their married life proper, but when the death of Dennis father leads to a prolonged visit to his remote rundown childhood home of Red River County, the history and adoring eyes of an odd childhood friend, Lindsay Durst, threaten to derail Sam s dream marriage As Sam begins to realise that she has got used to being separated by a wall of Plexiglas she discovers she is unprepared for the realities of a relationship and the dark moods which make Danson inaccessible and antagonistic As questions about his guilt of Danson become increasingly hard for Sam to ignore she is confronted with the dilemma of whether her husband is really as innocent as he claimsFor me the principal detracting factor was the superficiality of the whole story and the inability of a novel of four hundred pages to do justice to any likelihood of portraying a remotely believable connection between Samantha and Danson The route from correspondence to the release of Danson glosses over the markedly fascinating aspects of a woman who lacks the self belief and confidence to think she is worth than throwing herself at a serial killer that she knows next to nothing about This is hard to equate with someone who holds down a responsible job such as teaching which obviously demands a certain level of intelligence Regardless of opinions about Sam s likeability is the unrelated issue of whether she is remotely plausible that is the sticking point and I would argue that Lloyd never really gets to grips with conveying what made her tick or any sense of her rationale or reasoning To me she seemed as unpredictable as Danson and the likelihood of such a flaky and pathetic individual making it from teaching a class of students in a Bristol school one day to Florida s Altoona Prison the next Mmm, doubtful.Although there are hints about Sam s jealously and behaviour in her past relationships, Lloyd delays regaling her audience with the specifics until the reader has seen much of Sam in action with Danson for themselves I am unsure whether this was supposed to convince that reader that Sam was a balanced individual in the first instance as it was always patently obvious to me that she had her own mental health issues and questionable relationship with the truth The character of Carrie also left me in a quandary and I spent much of the novel veering between thinking she was as dense as Sam or in cahoots with Danson and intent on pulling the wool over Sam s eyes, all of which weighs into my very mixed feelings about this novel.Amy Lloyd chooses to hold back from the reader until much further into the story that victim Holly Michaels was just eleven years old when she was murdered and the details surrounding the number of other Red River girls whose are unaccounted for These staggered details do imbue the character of Danson with greater menace and add a bristle to the whole Red River atmosphere making everything feel slightly depraved into the second half Although the climax feels somewhat rushed, the closing pages undeniably make for an uncomfortably tense conclusion which is admirably defiant and hints at Lloyd s characters having clearer intentions than she manages to convey throughout proceedings So whilst the denouement is a good one, whether it is worth spending time with the flaky character of Sam for three hundred pages is another matter entirely flag 31 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Jun 24, 2018 Carlos rated it it was ok review of another edition I was disappointed with this book, weak character, weak plot and a very unsatisfactory ending at least for me It felt like a cheap movie flag 28 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 08, 2017 Zuky the BookBum rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, 2017, 3 stars This novel could have been so good, had it not been for the excessive waffle and annoying characters I enjoyed a lot of this story but in the end, the conclusion really let this novel down.Ever since Making a Murderer came out, I ve seen hundreds of non fiction books and new documentaries tackling the subject of the wrongfully convicted However, I hadn t seen many fiction books taking on the topic which is what lured me into reading this one I think the plot for this one was quite unique for This novel could have been so good, had it not been for the excessive waffle and annoying characters I enjoyed a lot of this story but in the end, the conclusion really let this novel down.Ever since Making a Murderer came out, I ve seen hundreds of non fiction books and new documentaries tackling the subject of the wrongfully convicted However, I hadn t seen many fiction books taking on the topic which is what lured me into reading this one I think the plot for this one was quite unique for what s on the market today but it wasn t as well executed as it could have been still good but let down by a mediocre ending.I thoroughly enjoyed a lot of this book but it was drawn out It felt as though Lloyd was trying to reach a word goal rather than actually add substance to the plot A lot of what happens is a repeated Each time there are slight changes to what happens, but it can t distract from the fact that you are reading basically the same thing as before.This book just whooshed past me The time in the book goes super quickly Even big events in this book, like Dennis release from prison, passes in a couple of pages I thought this was a bit strange, honestly, to not have any time for a big part of the novel to sink in before you re whisked off to a new situation I didn t like the fact that the book took away from the significance of the important events in this way.In terms of characters, Sam was pretty annoying She was really hysterical and whingy It got to the point that when something actually happened to warrant a hysterical moment or a whinge, I didn t really care I thought the rest of the book was really well written, but I felt a disconnect with Sam She could go from two extremes in the matter of seconds and so that made her really feel like a character, not someone I could imagine being a real person.Dennis on the other hand was very real feeling He could be such a nasty piece of work and then turn into the sweetest gentlemen ever He was exactly the kind of man every girl is told to avoid, a man who can pick you up and then make you feel like dirt a second later And even as a reader I was sucked into this pattern of thinking he was an OK guy, troubled because of his 20 year incarceration, and then thinking he was a dirtbag for how he could behave.Although I enjoyed various things in this book and even though I found it a little drawn out and repetitive I would have still given this a 4 star review because I had liked getting to know the characters, even the annoying ones, and I liked the plot line Unfortunately a predictable and strange conclusion to the mystery really made for a disappointing ending, one that knocked a whole star from my rating Lloyd is good at writing and building characters but her storyline lacked excitement and shock If you don t read this one, you re not missing out on much Thanks to Netgalley and Random House, Cornerstone for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review flag 24 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 14, 2017 BIBLIOMANIAC MJ rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves netgalley Samantha becomes infatuated with Dennis Danson, a man who has been incarcerated for the murder of a young girl for twenty years He claims he is innocent and has a large online following of supporters who strongly believe in his innocence, Samantha being one of them She begins to correspond with him, then travels to America to visit him and shortly after marries him.After a successful campaign for Dennis release due to new evidence, Samantha is thrust into a new reality, having to begin her ma Samantha becomes infatuated with Dennis Danson, a man who has been incarcerated for the murder of a young girl for twenty years He claims he is innocent and has a large online following of supporters who strongly believe in his innocence, Samantha being one of them She begins to correspond with him, then travels to America to visit him and shortly after marries him.After a successful campaign for Dennis release due to new evidence, Samantha is thrust into a new reality, having to begin her marriage in earnest to a man she doesn t know very well and whose unstable moods and shady behaviour soon has Samantha questioning her husband.I have always found it difficult to comprehend the concept of women falling for and marrying a convicted killer I was therefore intrigued as I read the blurb for this one, hoping it would give me a little insight as to what would motivate a woman to become infatuated in that way To be honest, I still cannot grasp such infatuation, with the book leaving me even baffled than I originally started out I just cannot wrap my head around it I found Samantha to be deluded, weak and pathetic Needless to say, I wasn t a fan of the direction in which this book went, particularly the epilogue, although I can understand why the author decided to go that way given the personality types in the story.I also found that the story started off strong, but became long winded and drawn out until around the 90% mark, at which point it built a nail biting amount of tension Only to find I was let down by the plot holes and the unbelievable and sketchy explanation of the original crimes How disappointing.Sad to say, but this wasn t my cup of tea, although many reviewers seem to have enjoyed it, I am clearly in the minority here.I would like to thank the author, Netgalley and Random House UK, Corner Century for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion of this book flag 22 likesLike see review View all 4 comments May 21, 2018 Malia rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery suspense I didn t dislike The Innocent Wife, but it was quite a bit slower than I anticipated Also, I listened to the audiobook and the narration switching between British English and a Texan accent was a bit jarring That being said, the story was engaging and the writing polished Ultimately, I did guess at the ending, but it was still never boring I would read another book by this author in the future.Find reviews and bookish fun at flag 20 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 12, 2018 Sara rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, contemporary, fiction, horror mystery thriller I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Samantha has an usual pen pal death row inmate Dennis, who proclaims his innocence over the brutal killing of Holly Michaels Determined to campaign for his freedom, Sam becomes embroiled in a documentary that hopes to free Dennis But maybe Sam should be careful what she wishes for Is Dennis really as innocent as he sayss he is This is a really interesting and unique premise for a thriller It doesn t follow the typical layout I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Samantha has an usual pen pal death row inmate Dennis, who proclaims his innocence over the brutal killing of Holly Michaels Determined to campaign for his freedom, Sam becomes embroiled in a documentary that hopes to free Dennis But maybe Sam should be careful what she wishes for Is Dennis really as innocent as he sayss he is This is a really interesting and unique premise for a thriller It doesn t follow the typical layout of serial killer murderer on the run, but rather features a man already convicted proclaiming his innocence Its like the sequel to most thrillers I ve read, and I can t deny I was drawn into the story which clearly drew influence from Making A Murderer The writing is good, and clearly well thought out It flows well, and is easy to understand and follow I always appreciate that in thriller style books, where the plot has the potential to get unnecessarily convoluted, making me confused Thankfully this didn t happen here, although I did find that there was a lot of filler to the story, where not much happened for large portions of the plot I admit I did get a little bored after a while as I desperately hoped something, anything, would happen By comparison, I thought the ending was overly rushed after such a drawn out process, and this left me feeling a little flat It was as though just as the action and pace were picking up, the novel ended If the novel had been evenly paced, with action dispersed throughout rather than rushing it at the end, I think I would have enjoyed this The main character, Sam is a little irritating She s naive enough to believe in this man s innocence, and complains when he isn t exactly like the man she s fantasied about This meant I found it difficult to sympathise with her, and as such I had little emotional attachment to what happened to her I also found her a little slow on the uptake with regards to what Dennis was doing, and this made the epilogue completely out of character, far fetched and gratuitous in my opinion Dennis is intriguing He s the prefect psychopath Charming yet chilling It s obvious there will be no happy ending, and his interactions with Sam quickly go from sweet and misunderstood to outright mean very quickly after his release This meant there wasn t really much scope in terms of where their relationship was going and not many surprises I would have preferred to have seen of Dennis s character fleshed out and developed properly as opposed to being of an enigma, as he was far interesting to me than Sam I wanted to see inside his mind, and see what he was thinking as he manipulates towards his ultimate goal An interesting thriller with a unique premise, but I wanted action and character development flag 20 likesLike see review Nov 07, 2017 The Book Review Caf rated it really liked it review of another edition 4.5 When I read the book description for The Innocent Wife I knew it was one I had to read I ve often wondered about the woman and men who write to prisoners on death row, and then go on to fall in love with them I m sure the reasons are complex and way beyond my comprehension, but intriguing never the less If you are a fan of true crime documentaries then this is a book you won t want to miss, as it s a story which reads very much like a true crime story.As you will see from the book descri 4.5 When I read the book description for The Innocent Wife I knew it was one I had to read I ve often wondered about the woman and men who write to prisoners on death row, and then go on to fall in love with them I m sure the reasons are complex and way beyond my comprehension, but intriguing never the less If you are a fan of true crime documentaries then this is a book you won t want to miss, as it s a story which reads very much like a true crime story.As you will see from the book description The Innocent Wife is a thriller about Samantha who strikes up a friendship with Dennis a prisoner on death row What start s out as a relationship based wholly on writing to each other, soon escalates into something far intense The author has created a very intriguing but flawed set of characters, I found myself sympathetic to Dennis s predicament one minute, and then a couple of chapters later I found myself questioning his innocence and his motives for marrying Sam.You would think a character who has spent twenty years on death row would be the only flawed character, but no Sam is just as flawed, she s obsessive with HUGE trust issues, not a good combination and doesn t bode well for a happy ever after.The Innocent Wife is told mostly in a documentary style, eye witness accounts and documents which gives the reader an in depth look into Dennis life and his personality The plot is very much based on did he do it Or not So throughout the book has a sinister and threatening feel to it I did think this book lacked any real drama or excitement, but then the focus is very much on the did he or didn t he conundrum The author kept me guessing right up until the last few chapters, which is always a bonus and guaranteed to heighten my enjoyment of a book Twisted and compelling The Innocent Wife is well worth a read if your looking for an original thriller that will keep you guessing right up until the final chapter.All my reviews can be found at flag 20 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 17, 2018 Laura Rash rated it it was ok review of another edition This one was a disappointment for me I d read some good reviews on it but it just didn t do it for me It seemed like immature writing unrealistic to actual eye rolls Maybe I ve read too many thrillers so I have high expectations but this one fell flat flag 17 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Aug 21, 2017 Roman Clodia rated it really liked it review of another edition Ever since I learned about women who write to, fall in love with and marry men on Death Row, I ve been fascinated by this phenomenon, so this book was a must read Lloyd keeps the first three quarters or so beautifully on track as Samantha obsesses about a handsome killer, gets involved in the campaign to free him and marries him, despite him being effectively a stranger Alongside this main story is a sub strand which calls into question Samantha s own past behaviour and quite how balanced she Ever since I learned about women who write to, fall in love with and marry men on Death Row, I ve been fascinated by this phenomenon, so this book was a must read Lloyd keeps the first three quarters or so beautifully on track as Samantha obsesses about a handsome killer, gets involved in the campaign to free him and marries him, despite him being effectively a stranger Alongside this main story is a sub strand which calls into question Samantha s own past behaviour and quite how balanced she herself is This teetering between him and her reminded me a little of the Gone Girl dynamic, though this isn t as subtle overall or as clever in probing gender stereotypes and the conceit of marriage All the same, this keeps the tension high and I changed my mind a couple of times as to where I thought the book was going, and ended up staying up late to find out whether I was right sort of.The d nouement is a little too flashy, a little too brief and a little too truncated to have quite the effect it should have all the same, a dark thriller at the credible end of the spectrum mostly with a good tense atmosphere Thanks to Random House for an ARC via NetGalley flag 16 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Susan Her next novel is on NetGalley if you are interested, RC It looks good and I came across your review while looking her up Jan 31, 2019 09 15PM Roman Clodia Ah, thank you Jan 31, 2019 10 11PM Jun 18, 2018 Alaina rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves fiction, horror, mystery, thriller, contemporary, june challenge 2018 Super weird mystery The Innocent Wife sounded like a good book but it was kind of boring with a dash of predictability However, I will admit that the ending did kind of throw me off a little bit but not that much Which is probably confusing as hell sorry This book follows Samantha and Dennis Sam is slowly falling in love with Dennis, who just happens to be in jail for murder No, not any kind of murder brutal ass murder of a young girl Of course Sam doesn t think he s guilty, nope she Super weird mystery The Innocent Wife sounded like a good book but it was kind of boring with a dash of predictability However, I will admit that the ending did kind of throw me off a little bit but not that much Which is probably confusing as hell sorry This book follows Samantha and Dennis Sam is slowly falling in love with Dennis, who just happens to be in jail for murder No, not any kind of murder brutal ass murder of a young girl Of course Sam doesn t think he s guilty, nope she s just fucking delusional I ll get into that later maybe.Things kind of happen kind of sudden because these two get married and it s sort of for a show Again, this book was really weird I didn t see that kind of romantic connection between the two Other than them being pen pals Throughout their marriage, Dennis starts acting weird and some secrets start to come out In the end, Samantha is wondering what the fuck she got into and who the fuck she married Spoiler alert a murderer.Dennis was an okay character but I didn t really connect with him I also didn t really connect with Sam either because she just annoyed me throughout the book However, the person I really didn t like was Lindsey God, that character was just frustrating Overall, it was an okay book that I finished within a couple of hours I wasn t sitting at the edge of seat waiting to see how this was going to end I just went along with it and waiting for it to end Just waited didn t care what happened or the truth.I got the truth and wasn t one bit surprised I also wasn t surprised or cared one bit about what happened to everyone in the end The relationship were so weird The town was beyond weird In the end, this book was super weird flag 15 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 11, 2017 Lavender rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves psychological thrillers, netgalley 2,5 starsWomen fascinated by men who are imprisoned for murder is a very interesting topic When I read the description of this book I knew I had to read it It started promising We get to know Samantha, who gets infatuated with Dennis Danson He is in prison for 20 years now and a lot of people fight for his release There is no real evidence that he was involved in killing those girls It looks like the local police was on a vendetta against him There is also a documentary about Dennis on it 2,5 starsWomen fascinated by men who are imprisoned for murder is a very interesting topic When I read the description of this book I knew I had to read it It started promising We get to know Samantha, who gets infatuated with Dennis Danson He is in prison for 20 years now and a lot of people fight for his release There is no real evidence that he was involved in killing those girls It looks like the local police was on a vendetta against him There is also a documentary about Dennis on its way He is getting famous through social media It helps that he is handsome and charming Sam starts to write to him and surprisingly he writes back Finally, after lots and lots of letters and falling in love just by writing to each other, Sam decides to take a sabbatical and get on the next plane to meet Dennis in person And then everything goes very quick.The book started promising The writing style was a bit rushed and it read like a report than a novel But it was interesting though But then it somehow got boring For some reason after Dennis release from prison the couple stays in Dennis old hometown in his father s house Sam does not understand why neither but somehow never questions him or make any attempts to leave or persuade Dennis to leave with her She feels threatened by his former girlfriend and somebody is creeping around the house in the night She is incredible passive She is a very weird character and I got the feeling there was something wrong with her The story drags from this point It started so promising but then it was all about the oh so fascinating Dennis and the question if he is guilty or not But the main problem is Sam She is so whiny, so pathetic and such a drama queen I am baffled that Dennis did not kill her on his first day out of prison When I started reading that book I was interested in what it was that women attracts to criminals I think I got a hint of what it is But it stayed at the surface The initial crimes were just background noise and got never really explained And I must admit I did not like where the story headed towards the end Sam is not a very likable character and this conclusion was totally in character But somehow I felt not comfortable with it view spoiler I don t like that the author put her exactly in that crazy corner that most of us think those women belong hide spoiler I liked the idea of the story but the flat characters ruined it The start was very good, it is decently written but failed to keep this strong storytelling all the way to the end I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review flag 14 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Oct 09, 2017 Blair rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2017 release, mystery thriller etc, contemporary, read abroad, read on kindle, netgalley, first novels In the 90s, a documentary film makes Dennis Danson imprisoned at 18 for murder on the basis of flimsy evidence something of a cause c l bre Our protagonist, Sam, is introduced to the case by her boyfriend, and becomes obsessed, spending hours on forums with other fans, researching the case and attempting to uncover new evidence that will exonerate Dennis When her relationship breaks down, she begins writing to him It s their correspondence that leads to her involvement in the original fil In the 90s, a documentary film makes Dennis Danson imprisoned at 18 for murder on the basis of flimsy evidence something of a cause c l bre Our protagonist, Sam, is introduced to the case by her boyfriend, and becomes obsessed, spending hours on forums with other fans, researching the case and attempting to uncover new evidence that will exonerate Dennis When her relationship breaks down, she begins writing to him It s their correspondence that leads to her involvement in the original filmmakers new project a Netflix series they re convinced will prove his innocence.When Sam who s British travels to the USA, she meets Dennis for the first time and their relationship, such as it is, deepens The truth is, Sam doesn t really think Dennis is ever going to be released she s comfortable having a star crossed romance with a man behind bars And when he is pardoned, and immediately becomes famous, she finds their real life together falls far short of her fantasies.The Innocent Wife takes two strong concepts the problematic ethics of true crime in the Making a Murderer mould, and the morbidly fascinating idea of the type of fans who lust after and marry criminals on Death Row and stitches them together to excellent effect Honestly, it s a bit of a grim book, and I often felt like I was inhabiting a nightmare while reading it, but it s compelling as hell Sam s awkward relationship with Dennis and her discomfort with unwanted attention are painfully believable Lloyd also does a brilliant job of fleshing out Dennis s history, with his small town background particularly the ramshackle hellhole that is his father s house really coming to life.Like a lot of thrillers, it does fall apart a bit towards the end I wasn t at all convinced by the rather perfunctory explanation for the original crimes, and one character seems less like an actual person than a plot device with legs Some of the detail around Sam explaining social media and identity politics to Dennis is also a bit cringeworthy Thankfully, the final chapter is pretty satisfying, and wraps up the story exactly how I wanted it to be wrapped up.I received an advance review copy of The Innocent Wife from the publisher through NetGalley.TinyLetter Twitter Instagram Tumblr flag 14 likesLike see review Aug 14, 2017 Liz Barnsley rated it really liked it review of another edition The Innocent Wife was a brilliantly immersive read if you watched Making A Murderer you ll probably like this taking that type of premise as a starting point then taking the reader on a kind of behind the scenes journey focusing on Sam, obsessed with the subject to the point that she drops everything, moves to the States and ultimately marries him Then, however, the campaign is successful and she s faced with living with a man she barely knows and who may not be as innocent as he seems The Innocent Wife was a brilliantly immersive read if you watched Making A Murderer you ll probably like this taking that type of premise as a starting point then taking the reader on a kind of behind the scenes journey focusing on Sam, obsessed with the subject to the point that she drops everything, moves to the States and ultimately marries him Then, however, the campaign is successful and she s faced with living with a man she barely knows and who may not be as innocent as he seems.Through her we meet the television crew, the people from the hometown of the dead girl, various other involved parties and start to slowly uncover the genuine truth of the matter What I loved about it was the way the author obfuscates her characters, making it hard to see realities but done in a very realistic manner Dennis is a mass of contradictions, one moment you are full of sympathy for his plight, others you think ooh this guy is dangerous but until you reach the final pages you are never quite sure.Sam as a character I did find a little insipid she s easily lead and suffers from extreme jealousy, she is often blinded to the truths around her simply by the sheer force of her obsessive nature but this makes her very real, it didn t feel strange that she left her life and married a possible murderer.Overall a really great, gripping, page turner of a read You just want to know I also thought the ending was cleverly thought provoking Recommended flag 15 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 13, 2017 Janel rated it really liked it review of another edition The Innocent Wife has a blurb you cannot help but be intrigued by what would possess a woman to pack up her whole life, move to a new country and marry a man she s never met, marry a man convicted of murder It sounds like one of those stories you read about in true life magazines, as absurd as it sounds, it really happens and it happened to Samantha The prologue in this novel consists of an exchange of letters between Samantha and Dennis, their love blossoming through the written word, an The Innocent Wife has a blurb you cannot help but be intrigued by what would possess a woman to pack up her whole life, move to a new country and marry a man she s never met, marry a man convicted of murder It sounds like one of those stories you read about in true life magazines, as absurd as it sounds, it really happens and it happened to Samantha The prologue in this novel consists of an exchange of letters between Samantha and Dennis, their love blossoming through the written word, and you just know it s going to end badly Samantha then lands in America and the plot thickens, she campaigns for the release of Dennis, a popular saying springs to mind be careful what you wish for The timing of the publication of this novel is spot on, with growing broadcasts of true crime documentaries and accounts of wrongful conviction gathering worldwide attention, The Innocent Wife makes this narrative accessible whilst removing the weight that comes with a true story You are able to immerse yourself in this fictional story, while you know you re reading fiction it does carry a shadow of true crime and that gives this novel it s chill factor because I maintain true crime is scarier than any fiction.When Dennis is released from prison, we follow his and Samantha s life, and it s uncomfortable Dennis isn t a likeable guy, you want to believe it s because he s readjusting to society after being incarcerated for so long, but he has that element of underlying menace that has you wondering if he really is guilty The Innocent Wife offers you a slow insight into the lives of these characters but it s from an observation perspective rather that an insight into the psyche The pace is slow but steady, but the content so interesting, you lose yourself in the read and hours pass you by.I was hooked throughout the entire read, but I must confess, I felt the ending was a little off, in the sense that it deviated from the tone of the book Lloyd has created something brilliant, giving us a fictional spin on a true crime topic that fascinates, however, the ending felt a little off the pace, like suddenly there was this need to end on a bang, when it wasn t exciting action that made this novel a success, but the way it slowly reeled you in and had you fully in its clutches wondering if Dennis was guilty or not I would have preferred a subtler ending, maybe However, the epilogue was very good, redeeming if you like, and allowed me to finish this novel with a massive smile on my face a smile that signified I had just read a very good book.The ending may not have gone the way I wanted but I absolutely recommend this novel it was a compelling read that brought something fresh to the crime fiction genre and I look forward to reading from Lloyd in the future My thanks to the publisher Random House UK, Cornerstone for granting me access to a digital copy of this title via Netgalley flag 13 likesLike see review View 2 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last 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