Loved it! ‘The Missing Wife’ by Sheila O’Flanagan really was, for me personally, unputdownable.
We are introduced to Imogen as she flees to start a new life in France. She is not in immediate fear of her life it would seem, but she is desperate nevertheless; to get away, not to be found, to disappear! At least until she is strong again.
Meanwhile, back at home, her husband Vince cannot believe at first that Imogen has left him voluntarily, but as the truth gradually dawns, Vince too becomes desperate – to find his errant wife, and bring her home, where she belongs, with him. She is, after all, quite useless without him!
Even as their lives move apart, as Vince doggedly tracks her down so the suspense begins to build. This isn’t a traditional suspense built on murder investigations or physical violence; this is an insipid suspense that builds nail-bitingly slowly. Imogen’s desperation and fear are almost tangible, as is Vince’s suffocating presence and steadfast determination as he moves ever closer.
This is a story of psychological control of man over wife at its storytelling best; simple, but very, very effective.
I give this book a full 5 star rating – and I wish I’d read it sooner!