The Loving Husband begins with Fran Hall waking up one night thinking her husband had just come home, but in actual fact she realises a little while later that he’s not in the house as she first thought. On further inspection she finds her husband outside in a ditch, dead! What happened to Nathan?
Fran’s life goes into a spin after the police arrive, clearly in shock she can’t believe what has just happened. Her two children are upstairs asleep and they won’t get a chance to see their Daddy again. The Loving Husband is written around Fran, and her life before and after Nathan’s murder. We flick backwards and forwards through time learning information about Fran and Nathan’s life over the last six years since they met.
There aren’t a huge amount of characters to follow in the book, but I did struggle with the names of Nathan (husband) and Nick (ex boyfriend) to begin with. This made the book difficult for me to follow for the first few chapters. I almost gave up with it but persevered and I’m very glad I did.
We learn how Fran’s character changed after marrying Nathan and how they moved out of London and into the country. Nathan it turns out was quite controlling towards Fran and had a way that could make Fran think she was making the decisions when actually Nathan may have been manipulating her.
The police are open through the book that they suspect Fran killed her husband, but she knows she didn’t. But who did? Why did Nathan want to move back to the country to his childhood home? What did happen in Fran’s house before they lived there? Why doesn’t Nathan have a lot to do with his family? There are a lot of questions that need answering through the book and they are answered slowly. I did guess who the murderer was shortly before it was revealed, however I didn’t guess why and that’s where the great twist came for me in the book. It was a surprising ending that fit really well.
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