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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
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?
|Publication date:||1st September 2016|
|Publisher:||Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group|
|Collections:||100+ Female Led Crime Fiction,|
|Primary Genre||Family Drama|
Closing date: 30/06/2021
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'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
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 HopkinsonMore About Christobel Kent