My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Fran Hall and her husband Nathan have moved with their two children to a farmhouse on the edge of the Fens – a chance to get away from London and have a fresh start. But when Fran wakes one night to find Nathan gone, she makes a devastating discovery. As questions about her husband and her relationships start to mount, Fran’s life begins to spiral out of control. What is she hiding from the police about her marriage, and does she really know the man she shared her bed with?
The trouble with writing about an ordinary woman and an ordinary marriage is that the book can become exactly that – ordinary. This book was in danger of being just that, but I persevered and the twists and turns towards the end made it worthwhile. The isolation of the farmhouse and the inhospitable house are reflected in the views of the villagers and their reaction to Fran. But I didn’t feel any great emotional connection with Fran, nor with her husband and that was something that made the reading experience somewhat lacking.
I received a copy of this novel via Netgalley.
The Loving Husband is available on Amazon here.