The Happy Couple - Samantha Hayes

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Official Blurb:

Me and Will. Will and Me. A perfect match. He said he would always be there for me, but it’s been a year since he drained his coffee, walked out the front door and vanished.
Did he leave me? Or did something terrible happen? I’m scared someone finally found out about what happened on the drive home that night…
I lie awake at night trawling the internet for rental properties, desperate for an escape. Until I see my husband’s gorgeous face smiling back at me from a photograph on the fireplace in someone else’s home, and something inside of me snaps.
At the house, I find no trace of him and the woman who lives there has no idea who I am. But I’m certain she’s hiding something behind the locked door upstairs. I know that if I want answers, I have to stay.
You might think that what’s inside that room is the answer to all my questions and the end of all my pain. But it’s only the beginning…

My Thoughts:

I went into reading this book, remembering how I felt at the end of ‘Date Night’. That left me whiplashed from the twists and turns at the end. So I started reading this thinking nothing will be as it seems as it appeared to be the writer’s style.
The book is gripping enough to make you keep wanting to read, and I did keep expecting some big revelation. However, the ending fell a little flat for me. The ‘twists’ were a bit too obvious. If I hadn’t have been expecting something to knock me off my feet, what happened would have been what I predicted. So I felt a little letdown, it didn’t wow me the way ‘Date Night’ had.
As other reviewers have said the voice of Jo is very annoying, she often just blurts out what she is thinking and sets up a confused response from whoever is present. It was cringy, to begin with, but then as time went on and it kept happening, it just became frustrating. Her lack of drive was also baffling. She had the key for the spare room for ages yet took days to enter, scared of what she might find. However, she was in the house, to begin with, to get answers and then dillydallied about getting them. Chunks of time just seemed to pass by and then all of a sudden she’d be spurred into action again. She made me feel lethargic. So not a likeable character.
I can cope with ‘Then’ and ‘Now’ chapters, especially when they are clearly marked for you as they are in this book. However, the ‘then’ started to be interspersed in the the ‘now’ chapters leaving you wondering what was going on and playing catch up on the story. I understand that it was Jo daydreaming and most of the time it was relevant to what was happening or about to happen but then what was the point of the separated ‘Then’ chapters? It just made the flow of the story jarring and confusing.
So, overall I was gripped as I was expecting big things and wanted to know how the story would end. However, I was disappointed and not as enamoured as I had been when reading the previous book by this author. That book is what prompted me to read more by Samantha Hayes, and now I’m wondering whether to bother on her back catalogue.

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The Happy Couple
by Samantha Hayes
Date Started
22nd April 2020
Date Finished
25th April 2020
Rating
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