The Missing Wife by Sheila O' Flanagan
When Imogen Naughton vanishes, everyone who knows her is shocked. She has a perfect marriage. Her handsome husband treats her like a princess. She's always said how lucky she is. So why has she left? And how will she survive without Vince?
What goes on behind closed doors is often a surprise, and Imogen surprises herself by taking the leap she knows she must. But as she begins her journey to find the woman she once was, Imogen's past is right behind her...
Will it catch up with her? And will she be ready to face it if it does?
This book is a perfect example of showing the reader and not telling. We can see exactly what kind of husband Vince is by his voice niggling in Imogen's head telling her what she can't do on her own and later when he himself looks around the empty house and notices things she hasn't done for him.
Imogen has escaped. She has a plan and told no one about it not even her best friend Shona. The plan is to run to the one place she felt safe,a small village in France, one she hasn't told her husband about.
Imogen knows that one day Vince will find her and try to drag her back to him. She's not strong enough yet to fight him but one day she will be.
It doesn't take Imogen long to realise that she can survive on her own. She gets a job, an apartment and makes friends all without Vince. As a child she moved with her mother to France then to Ireland and then to England . She has never felt she belonged anywhere except maybe here in Hendaye, France where her mum and her lived at The Villa Martine with the Delissandes Family. She wonders if they still own the villa and if she would be welcomed or even if she dared show her face after want happened.
This was a real page turner with the menace of Vince lurking on every one of the pages. We also find out that bullies are basically cowards in disguise.
Imogen is one of those characters your heart goes out to. Estranged from her step family she feels she can trust no one so reaches tentatively out to the past and old friends. The people who welcome her in France are wonderful characters in their own right and are beautifully written.
Shelia O'Flanagan never disappoints and her books keep the reader gripped until the end.
On Amazon for kindle or paperback but I think the kindle copy is a bit pricey but I'm sure it will be on the supermarket shelves.