The Innocent Wife
By: Amy Lloyd
Publisher: Harlequin (US & Canada)
Publication Date: 3/6/2018
My Rating: 4 Stars A young schoolteacher falls for a man on death row who she believes is falsely accused, only to begin wondering again after their marriage—and his release. 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 a Making a Murderer—style true-crime documentary that’s taking the world by storm. The filmmakers are whipping up a frenzy of coverage to uncover the truth and free the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice.
Samantha may be thousands of miles away in Britain, but she is as invested in Dennis’s case as any of his lawyers. Perhaps even more so, as her letters to the convicted killer grow ever more intimate. Soon she is leaving her life behind to marry him and campaign, as his wife, for his release.
But when the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, Samantha discovers new details that begin to suggest he may not be so innocent after all. How many girls went missing in Red River, and what does Dennis really know?
"You can hear the ominous music from the first line onward-this is a fantastic thriller."-Lee Child
"Amy Lloyd's debut thriller The Innocent Wife, about a woman who strikes up a friendship with a prisoner on death row, is a stunner. A smooth and confident new voice in the world of crime fiction, Lloyd leads the reader down a twisty path to a surprising, yet satisfying conclusion. You won't be able to stop turning the pages!" --Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King's Daughter
"If you're an addict of true crime documentaries, you will binge all night on The Innocent Wife. It's a terrific, believable thriller that answers a seemingly unanswerable question: What kind of woman falls in love with a stranger an ocean away? In this breathless, pounding ride, Amy Lloyd keeps us guessing about a convicted killer thrust into the world as innocent online hero and the woman who begins to reluctantly dig into his murky past."--Julia Heaberlin, author of Black Eyed Susans
"I devoured Amy Lloyd's novel The Innocent Wife in one sitting, ignoring everyone I knew until it was done! A unique setting, deeply flawed characters, a crackling mystery, and an unexpected ending make this one of 2018's must-reads!"–Hollie Overton, author of Baby Doll
"This is an original, assured and compelling tale of obsession. Amy Lloyd is a startling new talent, destined to become a big name." -Peter James, internationally bestselling author
"Loved The Innocent Wife! Dark, twisted and compelling. Kept me guessing and totally gripped! 5 stars." -C.J. Tudor, author of The Chalk Man
"I read The Innocent Wife in one sitting – a deliciously wry and dark exploration of fascinating subject matter that will keep you guessing until the last page. Amy Lloyd is a fresh and original new voice in thriller writing who deserves to go straight to the top." -Sarah Pinborough author of Behind Her Eyes
About the Author
Amy Lloyd studied English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She lives in Cardiff with her partner and two cats. In 2016 Amy won the Daily Mail First Novel competition with her thriller Red River, which will be published by Random House in 2017.