The Loving Husband

The Loving Husband : You'd trust him with your life, wouldn't you...?

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'Wow. This one will keep your bedside light on until the small hours - it's unputdownable.'
Richard & Judy

For fans of Apple Tree Yard and The Silent Wife, The Loving Husband draws readers into a marriage where nothing is as it seems...

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?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 134 x 198 x 31mm | 286g
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0751562416
  • 9780751562415
  • 602

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Wow. This one will keep your bedside light on until the small hours - it's unputdownable. Richard & Judy
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A truly chilling, absorbing read' * Kirkus * claustrophobic... a compelling story that twists and turns * Essex Life * Oh my goodness - what a book! So beautifully tense . . . just glorious * Clare Mackintosh, author of I LET YOU GO, on The Crooked House * Echoes of Christie and du Maurier in this fine thriller * Sunday Times on The Crooked House * An utterly compulsive psychological thriller. I loved it * S. J. Watson, author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP on The Crooked House * Brilliant. A spooky, gripping and affecting story * Louise Doughty, author of APPLE TREE YARD on The Crooked House * [A] compulsive psychological thriller about family, secrets and the lies we tell ourselves...With a distinctive style and menacing plot, Kent delivers a mesmerising read * Peterborough Telegraph * A clever and claustrophobic tale * Literary Review * A tautly plotted trail of red herrings, scares and eventual revelations that keep the Gone Girl fever-type buzz alive -- Jon Wise * Weekend Sport * A finely-crafted series of flashbacks . . . excellent thriller . . . tense, dense, extremely well-plotted and beautifully written, this is a fine example of the Domestic Noir genre * Sunday Irish Independent * Fans of a good old-fashioned page-turner will love this * Closer * Unsettling domestic thriller . . . Spooky and skilfully written, this is one to race through * Sunday Mirror * Firmly in the currently fashionable "domestic noir" genre, but this is no catchpenny trend-chasing; Kent effortlessly rises above other entries in the field . . . the familiar is confronted and inverted and Kent's ace in the hole is her keen penetration of the characters' psychology, particularly that of beleaguered heroine Fran -- Barry Forshaw * Financial Times * Christobel Kent is one of our most assured thriller writers. The Loving Husband is a perfectly paced and plotted novel * Good Housekeeping * Atmospheric and psychologically acute throughout * Sunday Times * Shocking in the extreme. The Loving Husband is a twisted psychological thriller * Sun * Kent is an extremely fine writer and makes terrific use in particular of the Fens' waterlogged, empty landscape in which secrets can be easily buried if never quite forgotten...Terrifyingly good * Metro * Wow. This one will keep your bedside light on until the small hours - it's unputdownable. * Richard & Judy *
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About Christobel Kent

Christobel Kent was born in London and educated at Cambridge. She has lived variously in Essex, London and Italy. Her childhood included several years spent on a Thames sailing barge in Maldon, Essex with her father, stepmother, three siblings and four step-siblings. She now lives in both Cambridge and Florence with her husband and five children.
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2,827 ratings
3.04 out of 5 stars
5 10% (286)
4 23% (654)
3 37% (1,039)
2 21% (599)
1 9% (249)
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