Sunday, November 19, 2023


Title: The Wife You Know 

Author: Chad Zunker

Publisher: Thomas and Mercer

Pages: 207

My GoodReads Rating: 

Luke and Ashley have not been married long, yet Luke loves his wife and his three-year-old stepdaughter, Joy, as if she were his own. They are happy until a video of Ashley breaking into a burning school building to save some preschoolers trapped inside a room goes viral.

Ashley disappears, taking her daughter, leaving no information for Luke on where she has gone or why. Determined to get answers, Luke launches his own investigation to seek answers to his questions.

What danger does Ashley fear? Will he ever see his family again?

The book is written in the first person past tense PoV of Luke Driskell.

In the first few chapters, Luke went all hard-sell on Ashley, painting a picture of a kind, young woman, whose was all heart. But it was all Too Much Information, and it did nothing to endear her to me.

Luke, on the other hand, came across as a easygoing and nice person. Of course, I could have done without the flashbacks to his childhood.

I found it distasteful how, at one point, during his investigations, Luke introduces himself to an old landlady of Ashley’s as her brother. Couldn’t he have said best friend instead?

Again he goes on to tell her that he is estranged from his sister, then a few minutes later, offers to show the landlady pictures of his supposed niece. How did he get those pictures if the two ‘siblings’ are estranged from each other?  

The story needed tighter editing. The flashbacks were detailed and mostly unrequired. I was interested in the story only so far as it concerned Luke. Ashley inspired no positive feeling in me. I didn’t care about her at all.

There should have been more scenes with the child to give us an opportunity to see Ashley as a mother, and generally more scenes with Ashley as well.

Luke’s detailed descriptions of his deprived childhood, the manner in which he proposed to Ashley, their dates, none of them were relevant to the story. The story lay in the present, and yet the author persisted in telling us far too much about the past.

Instead there should have been more scenes from Ashley’s point of view. The big reveal couldn’t hold my interest. Nor were the twists and turns exciting enough. I did feel that she could have taken him into confidence.

This one was a quick read, but not a memorable one.


 (I read this book on NetGalley. Thank you to the author, the publisher and NetGalley.) 

No comments:

Post a Comment


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...