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8 May 2013

Review: 'Husband, Missing' by Polly Williams (2013)

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Gina has only been married six months when her husband Rex goes on holiday to Spain and vanishes without a trace, tipping her dream new marriage into nightmare. As a frantic search gets nowhere, Gina is adamant that he's alive and vows never to give up hope. Speculation is rife: he's drowned at sea, lost his memory...or just walked away. Troubling stories start to emerge about Rex's past that are hard to square with the man she married. How well does she really know her handsome, charismatic husband? They'd fallen in love so quickly, so passionately, that the past had seemed barely relevant to either of them. Now an explosive secret threatens to rewrite the story of their love affair. As the mystery of Rex's whereabouts deepens, Gina begins to wonder whether you only ever truly know the person you love once they've gone.

Thanks to the lovely people at Headine, I received a copy of ‘Husband, Missing’ in the mail last week. After reading some great reviews of this novel on other blogs the past couple of weeks, I had already added the book to my ‘to-read’ list. As soon as I pulled the sunset-coloured cover from the envelope, I knew I couldn’t wait to get started and see whether I would agree with all the positive reviews out there.

‘Husband, Missing’ tells the story of Gina and Rex, a couple who are blissfully in love and got married after only knowing each other for six months. Everything seems perfect, until one day Gina receives a phone call that Rex has gone missing. He had gone on holiday to Spain with his brother Jake and some friends, went out surfing one morning and didn’t return. Gina’s world comes crumbling down, but in between all the chaos she knows Rex is still alive; she can feel it. Even when her friends and family lose hope and tell her to move on, Gina cannot let go of her husband. However, as time goes by, Gina gets to know more and more about Rex’s life before she appeared in the picture, and she starts to have doubts about the man and the marriage she so blindly believes in...

After the first couple of pages, I was already hooked by this story. From the moment Gina hears Rex has gone missing, I only wanted to read on in order to find out what was going to happen. Where was Rex? What had happened to him? The story is told from Gina’s perspective, which results in the reader being taken along on this emotional rollercoaster of feelings. The mystery surrounding Gina’s husband, Rex, kept me intrigued and I wasn’t satisfied until I had finished the novel. However, it wasn’t just Gina, but also the other characters that made this story so compelling. Rex is the link which connects various people to Gina: his half-brother Jake, his mother Clarice, his ex-girlfriend Mandy. These characters were all well-developed and had their own story to tell, which I loved. 

I hadn’t read any of Polly Williams’ work before this novel, but I heard good things about ‘The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy’ and ‘The Angel at No. 33’. After reading this novel, I will certainly check out Polly's other books as well. ‘Husband, Missing’ is beautifully written; a warm, honest and bittersweet tale. This novel has a somewhat deeper and more mature feel and isn’t your typical chick lit romance. So, if you are looking for something slightly different, be sure to pick up this intriguing and well-written novel which will keep you in its grip until the very end!  


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