The Loving Husband

by Christobel Kent

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LoveReading View on The Loving Husband

A darkly mesmerising tale exploring trust, love and deeply hidden secrets. Fran’s life is thrown into turmoil, causing her to question her husband, her love and herself, just what is the truth? The prologue emits chills of disquiet, certain words pricked at my awareness, setting unease loose in my mind. Christobel Kent maintains a distance between the reader and Fran, she encourages feelings to flicker backwards and forwards. The Fens skulk in the background, unnerving and intimidating. Constantly moving around in time, never settling, keeping feelings on the edge of uncertainty, ensures a feeling of foreboding envelops ‘The Loving Husband’ and makes for an intriguing and arresting read. ~ Liz Robinson

Click here to read a Q&A with Christobel Kent.

Liz Robinson

The Loving Husband Synopsis

Can you ever truly know the one you love? Fran Hall and her husband Nathan live in a farmhouse on the edge of the Fens with their two children. One February night, when Fran is woken by her baby, she finds the bed empty beside her and Nathan gone. Searching the house for him she makes a devastating discovery. As Fran finds herself under intense police scrutiny, she and her two small children become more isolated as she starts to doubt whether or not she really knew Nathan. Was he really the loving husband that Fran had trusted him to be? As police suspicion grows the questions for Fran begin to mount. Is there something that she is hiding from them - something that she has kept hidden from everyone, including her husband?

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The Loving Husband Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Edel Waugh - 'The book literally takes you to the last pages before it will give you a full picture of what happened there and why. If you like a mystery or thriller then add this to your TBR list. Loved it!'
  • Cheryl Kinney - 'A scary, gripping and menacing read.  I haven’t read any previous work by Christobel Kent, however will definitely be adding her to my list!'
  • Elisabeth Thomas - 'A perfectly enjoyable thriller.'
  • Jo-anne Atkinson - 'A twisty and intriguing book with a sideways look at a marriage and a hint of topicality.  Set in a cold and bleak fenlands, the story echoes the emptiness of the location...Kent is developing into an intriguing and clever writer.'
  • Celia Cohen - 'A compelling psychological thriller with many twists and turns.'
  • Victoria Whish - 'This book is a psychological thriller that doesn’t let up and will make you question everything and everyone until it’s dramatic and startling conclusion.'
  • Sarah Harper - 'Sinister and compelling however certain events were a bit too far-fetched. I wanted to love this more than I did!'
  • Genevieve McAllister - 'A dark brooding novel, asking whether we can ever truly understand a marriage - even from the inside.'
  • Victoria Emerson - 'A brilliant psychological thriller – I couldn’t put it down!'
  • Joan Sidwell - 'This is a creepy addictive page turner, engrossing from the very beginning.'
  • Vicky-Leigh Sayer - 'A twisty, at times unsettling novel that will keep you guessing.'
  • Clare Turner - 'Well plotted, skilfully narrated and utterly gripping - a great summer read.'
  • Jill Peters  - 'After a slow, hesitant start I couldn’t put The Loving Husband down.' 
  • Kathy Howell - 'This book was well worth waiting for...I couldn't put it down!'
  • Pam Woodburn - 'The title of this book is certainly a misnomer. Set in the bleakness of the Fens in wintertime, there is a constant air of menace from the outset.'
  • Sharon Wood - 'I was quite looking forward to reading this book from the description – “Can you ever truly know the one you love?” but I was frustratingly disappointed. '
  • Emily Curnow - 'This novel has so many twists and turns that you are dizzy until the final pages when all is revealed.'
  • Kathryn Whitfield - 'On a whole the story was good and page turner.'

The Loving Husband Press Reviews

'Kent is an extremely fine writer and makes terrific use in particular of the Fens
waterlogged, empty landscape in which secrets can be easily buried if never quite forgotten... Terrifyingly good.' Metro

Shocking in the extreme. The Loving Husband is a twisted psychological thriller' Sun

'Atmospheric and psychologically acute throughout' Sunday Times

'Christobel Kent is one of our most assured thriller writers. The Loving Husband is a perfectly paced and plotted novel' Good Housekeeping

'Firmly in the currently fashionable domestic noir genre, but this is no catchpenny trend-chasing; Kent effortlessly rises above other entries in the field ... the familiar is confronted and inverted and Kent's ace in the hole is her keen penetration of the characters psychology, particularly that of beleaguered heroine Fran' -- Barry Forshaw Financial Times

'Unsettling domestic thriller ... Spooky and skilfully written, this is one to race through' Sunday Mirror

'Fans of a good old-fashioned page-turner will love this' Closer

'A tautly plotted trail of red herrings, scares and eventual revelations that keep the Gone Girl fever-type buzz alive' -- Jon Wise Weekend Sport

'A finely-crafted series of flashbacks ... excellent thriller ... tense, dense, extremely well-plotted and beautifully written, this is a fine example of the Domestic Noir genre' Sunday Irish Independent

'A clever and claustrophobic tale' Literary Review

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ISBN: 9780751562415
Publication date: 01/09/2016
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780751562415
Publication date: 1st September 2016
Author: Christobel Kent
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery,

About Christobel Kent

Christobel Kent was born in London and educated at Cambridge. She has lived variously in Essex, London and Italy. Her childhood included several years spent on a Thames sailing barge in Maldon, Essex with her father, stepmother, three siblings and four step-siblings. She now lives in both Cambridge and Florence with her husband and five children. Click here to read a Q&A with this author.   Photo credit © Charlie Hopkinson

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