My Wife Is Missing by D. J. Palmer
St. Martin Press (May 10, 2022)
Domestic Thriller/Psychological Thriller/Suspense Thriller
When a woman disappears with her two children, one husband will do anything to find them–even confront the secrets of his own past–in D. J. Palmer’s My Wife Is Missing, a twisty thriller from the author of The New Husband.
A family vacation turns into a nightmare for Michael Hart when he discovers his wife and two children have disappeared from their New York City hotel room. Horrified, he fears they’ve been kidnapped. Michael’s frantic search to find them takes a shocking turn when he discovers that his wife, Natalie, appears to have left quite willingly, taking their children with her. The police want to know why, and so does Michael. But there may be a reason why Natalie ran, something Michael can’t tell the police—the truth about his past.
While untangling his deceptions might be the key to locating Natalie, Michael knows it could also be his undoing. To find his wife, he must now turn to the one person capable of exposing all that he’s been hiding. Natalie thinks she has Michael all figured out and has hatched a plan to escape from him permanently. One detail, though, threatens to derail her efforts: sleep—or more accurately, the lack of it. Since the moment the shocking revelations about her husband came to light, Natalie’s insomnia has worsened to the point that she now suffers from delusions.
Are her fears about Michael valid—or a symptom of her condition? With her children’s lives at risk, the stakes for Natalie could not be higher. On her own, running low on energy and resources, avoiding increasingly close calls with Michael—who is on the hunt and closing in fast—Natalie needs someone to turn to for help. But who can she trust when she can’t even trust herself?
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Present day is woven with past events for both Natalie and Michael. Who can really be trusted to tell the truth? DJ Palmer takes us on a chase to find Natalie and her children. Past secrets are dredged up and clever twists kept me turning the pages. I didn’t really care for the characters and I found the storyline of insomnia very repetitive. The story starts are with a bang, but I found the story dragged a bit too long for my liking, but it does have a very satisfying end.
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (April 16, 2022)
ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Daniel Palmer is the USA Today bestselling author of ten critically acclaimed suspense novels. He published his first novel, DELIOROUS, after a decade-long career in e-commerce, where he helped launch first generation websites for major online retailers including Barnes & Noble and Dicks Sporting Goods. Following the success of Daniel’s publishing career, he founded DAY IN THE LIFE MEDIA, a video production and communication company committed to helping brands identify their brands heroes so they can tell stories in a way that directly impacts the bottom line. A recording artist, accomplished blues harmonica player, and lifelong Red Sox fan, Daniel lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children.
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