Book Review: The Trapped Wife by Samantha Hayes

Psychological thrillers are my favourite. But will this one meet the mark?


My family gathers around the large oak table in our beautifully renovated home. I’ve put on a dress and lit candles, and there’s a wonderful aroma coming from the dinner you’ve so lovingly prepared. I feel your hand squeeze mine as you top up my glass and ask about my day as a doctor in our small town. It’s the perfect domestic scene, except for one tiny fact: I think my husband is dead, and you are just another patient of mine…

I had no choice but to let you in. If I laugh at your jokes and run my fingers through your hair, maybe I can delete the photos on your phone and find the truth about the night I can’t remember, just before my husband left on the trip he never returned from. Perhaps my son and I will have a chance at a normal life again.

But as I carefully piece together the shards of what really happened that fateful night, only one thing can possibly be true: everyone is lying, even me…


The Trapped Wife was very much middle of the road for me. The premise of the story was good and somewhat original, at least in comparison to anything else I’ve read. I needed to know how everything would conclude, and for the most part, I’d no idea what was coming.

While the story started at a slow pace, things eventually started to move more rapidly. That’s where The Trapped Wife began to fall a bit flat for me. The plot line became too convoluted. Keeping up with what was going on wasn’t too much of a problem, it was more that I didn’t find the story realistic anymore. I do think the ending was satisfying, but the actions that led to it irritated me too much for me to really enjoy the book.

Sounds like something you might want to check out? Pick up your copy here.

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.

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