Natalie and Jake are struggling with their marriage, not helped by worrying finances on the family farm. To make some extra cash, they agree to take in a lodger but things start to go even more wrong once Kara moves in…
Happily Married is a domestic drama and psychological thriller.
Natalie and Jake’s marriage hasn’t been great for a while. The pressure of parenting alongside the running of the farm mean they haven’t had much time for each other. We know that Jake has been having an affair while Natalie is suspicious but has no proof. Into this stressful situation arrives Kara as a lodger but her behaviour concerns Natalie and a series of unpleasant incidents make Natalie feel unsafe.
The book is written from a third person perspective of Natalie and the first person viewpoint of Jake’s lover. We witness the sinister preparations for the destruction of Natalie’s marriage as well as danger for her and her daughter. I liked being able to see both sides to the events as it increased the tension and anticipation.
There is a HUGE twist halfway through and I had to reread the page to make sure I was understanding correctly. It made me reconsider everything I thought I knew about the plot and characters. Things get a lot darker in the second half of the book. I couldn’t put this book down and there were more twists even in the final chapter.
Happily Married is a gripping thriller with a huge twist.
My husband is keeping secrets. I’m watching his every move…
Jake and I were childhood sweethearts. Strong, dependable and with a smile that melts my heart, he is the perfect husband and father to our beautiful little daughter. We have our money troubles – but getting a lodger, Kara, calms the panic I feel about our bills. Jake is reluctant but what choice do we have?
I’m relieved that Kara is so sweet, playing endless games of hide and seek with Elsie and settling into our home. But when I catch Jake and Kara sitting close together on the sofa one evening, they jump apart when I walk into the room. Jake promises it’s nothing…
When I search Kara’s room, I know for sure. My husband is keeping a terrible secret. And it’s much, much worse than I imagined.
Confronting him will tear our marriage apart, but I’ll do anything to protect my precious daughter.
Even if it means putting on a smile as I greet Kara at the breakfast table.
Even if it means lying to my husband’s face.
Even if it means someone has to die…
For fans of The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and The Housemaid, this is a psychological thriller with a mind-blowing twist you’ll never see coming.
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Victoria Jenkins lives with her husband and daughters in South Wales, where her bestselling series of crime novels featuring Detectives King and Lane is based. The first in the series, The Girls in the Water is a top 5 US kindle bestseller. She has an MA in Creative and Media Writing from the University of Wales, Swansea.