THE MISSING WIFE by Sheila O’Flanagan

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Under the pretext of going to France for a business trip, Imogen plans her disappearance. She needs to vanish without a leaving a trail, otherwise he’ll find her. Vince, the devoted husband, is distraught at Imogen’s disappearance. Or so it seems. Underneath his calm but concerned demeanour, Vince is seething. He is determined to find his wife and bring her back home where she belongs. With him. Imogen is his. And so begins the search for Imogen.

Meanwhile, Imogen has planted some misdirects in Paris, in the hopes that, should Vince come to France, he will end up far from her actual destination. She’s hiding out in her childhood seaside town, a time and place she never told Vince about. There are good and bad memories in Hendaye and Imogen confronts the ghosts of her past while the devil of her present stalks her.

The missing wife delves into the territory of bad marriages and controlling spouses. It’s not an easy topic to cover and O’Flanagan portrays well the subtle destruction of self confidence and resulting fear, and the shift to confidence once out of her husband’s reach. Imogen’s character is well developed, and there is a good sense of connecting with her. I thought Vince was a bit wooden at the start, but he becomes more menacing as the story unfolds. At times I felt there was too much telling of emotions and feelings through internal dialogue. A certain amount is needed to convey the turmoil that Imogen feels, but I wondered if perhaps some of her fear and insecurities could be shown rather than told. Overall, a good solid read, and perfect if you’re planning some lazy holiday lounging.

Rating:           3.5/5

 

The missing wife by Sheila O’Flanagan (Hatchette Australia, 2016)

ISBN: 9781472210777

NOTE: I received my copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

To find out more about Sheila O’Flanagan’s new title, or her previous titles, visit her website www.sheilaoflanagan.com

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6 thoughts on “THE MISSING WIFE by Sheila O’Flanagan

  1. Hi, what a good review. I think there’s a lot more controlling marriages than we realise. What you said about the author using too much inner dialogue to show emotion and feelings rather than action sounds familiar. Remember the mantra from ECU writing classes: Show don’t tell. It does make for better writing. Pat

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  2. Howdy! This article couldn’t be written much better!
    Reading through this article reminds me of my previous
    roommate! He constantly kept talking about this.
    I most certainly will forward this information to him. Pretty sure he’ll have a very good read.
    Many thanks for sharing!

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  3. Your overall review of the book has me intrigued and it’s on order. Marriage takes a lot of mindfulness to relax your emotions. I’m looking forward to the inner dialogue, now that you’ve mentioned it. Sonja, you’re great.

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