I know, another psychological thriller. But The Missing Wife by Sam Carrington is also just like any other “woman in danger” psychological thriller. It really didn’t go above and beyond.
Louisa is turning forty. While living with her husband, their teenage daughter and her newborn son, Louisa is feeling a wee bit burnt out. She is also suffering from dissociative amnesia. She has large sections of her past that she doesn’t remember. On top of that, she is struggling with her newborn son’s sleeplessness. As a means to make his wife feel better, Brian organises a surprise forty-birthday party for Louisa.
Tiff, Louisa’s best and only friend, does most of the organising. She invites everyone from Louisa’s Facebook friend’s list – many of which Louisa doesn’t know or hardly at all. That list also includes Louisa’s ex boyfriend, Oliver, who broke her heart when he moved to New York roughly twenty years ago.
The morning after Louisa’s party, she wakes to find that she doesn’t remember anything from it. Eventually Oliver turns up at Louisa’s house revealing that his wife, Melissa, is missing. Even though Louisa doesn’t remember anything from the party, she gets roped into helping Oliver try and find his wife.
Through flashbacks, Louisa starts to doubt whether Melissa was even at the party. Why is she also getting images of matted hair, bare feet on grass and even blood? With all this terror building, Louisa starts to forget to feed her newborn baby, she loses her phone and people start to look at her differently. It is now up to Louisa to work out why all this is happening and why everyone appears to be lying to her.
Let’s just say this is a decent thriller with an intriguing premise, but it isn’t anything new. My major flaw is the pacing of this book. There’s no high and low, it was the exact same pace throughout, even when the plot thickens, no difference. And even with that anti-climatic ending, it was poorly paced.
I don’t mean to kick a dog when its down, but even the characters were bad. They weren’t fleshed out as I thought they’d have been. Some characters, like Emily, seemed to be placeholders rather than meaningful to the development of the story. She is seriously used to continue the plot forward rather than interact with the other characters like Brian.
The Missing Wife by Sam Carrington is a modest enough read for a psychological thriller, but it is a very forgettable book. I feel like if you’re looking for a bingeable book for this summer, The Missing Wife can certainly do the trick! Just remember you’ve been forewarned about the clusterf**k of unbalanced aspects in this book.
Thank you to NetGalley, Avon and Sam Carrington for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.