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Husband, Missing - Polly Williams

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  • Well developed characters.
  • An engaging read.
  • Ending was a little rushed.
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      22.05.2014 18:57
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      • "Well developed characters."
      • "An engaging read."


      • "Ending was a little rushed."

      Surprisingly good!

      When Gina meets Rex, she quickly realises he is ''the one'' and six months later when they are married, Gina feels she is the luckiest woman alive.
      Until Rex vanishes without trace whilst on holiday windsurfing abroad wihe his brother and friends.
      As her dream marriage slips into a nightmare, Gina refuses to accept Rex may be dead and never loses faith in her belief that one day he will be found, or that he will walk back through the front door. However, when her search begins to unearth troubling secrets from Rex''s past, Gina begins to question how well she really knows her beloved husband and struggles to accept that she isn''t the luckiest woman alive after all.
      After a short Prologue, the story begins with Gina being shown by Rex''s brother Jake, the beach cabin in Spain where they had been staying. Gina flies when told Rex is missing and from that moment on, she refuses to believe that Rex may be dead.
      As time goes on Gina remains adamant he is alive and vows never to give up hope, always believing one day he may walk back through the door after maybe suffering some kind of temporary memory loss.
      No clues are given to the reader about Rex and therefore I found I could not guess what reason he would have for disappearing from his adoring wife, which makes up the intrigue.
      If it was a windsurfing accident, then there are no clues and no body. The only evidence is that Rex got up early and went out alone. This is what makes Husband, Missing an intriguing read as we live out the story, search and revelations at the same time as Gina as she deals with feelings of shock, grief, disbelief and anger.
      As time passes, we begin to see Gina as quite naive and totally blinkered about Rex, especially when she finds out one or two things about him which she never knew.
      To reveal the things which come to light, would spoil the story for readers and although none of these things came as a surprise to me personally as I kind of expected them.
      Gina''s naivety about Rex and how she comes to terms with her feelings as she struggles to face up to reality was handled very well without becoming overly irritating.
      I particularly enjoyed the characters of Rex''s brother Jake and his wife Fran, but in truth there were no characters to dislike.
      There was an earnest honesty about each character,they were all so ordinary but wonderfully described.
      After thoroughly enjoying the readability of this novel, I found the ending a little rushed I have to say.
      The story remained unpredictable right until the end in terms of what happened to Rex, but in other parts it was predictable.
      Overall I would like to have seen more time taken with the ending, but Husband, Missing is a novel I am glad I read and so I am happy to recommend it


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        21.04.2013 17:58
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        A great thought provoking read

        I was a little reluctant to start Husband Missing by Polly Williams as I have recently lost my Nan who is my world and so have been trying to read "happy" books but the cover of this book keeps calling out to me it is hard to miss the sunset colours so I caved in. The synopsis does a fantastic job at sparking your interest without giving to much away.

        Gina's life is turned upside down when she gets a phone call from her brother in-law to say that Gina's husband Rex has gone missing on their lad's holiday. After months of searching everyone begins to accept that Rex has died but Gina still believes that Rex is still alive and she clings on to this hope. As the search carries on Gina then unearths secrets from his past which leave her questioning if she really knows her husband at all.

        This was a very moving read but not a tear jerker so no need to reach for the tissues. The book begins right at the point when Rex has gone missing so we never get a chance to meet or hear from Rex first hand which is a bit of a shame as I think it may have answered a few questions but then the way in which the book was written was all from Gina's voice she was talking to us as though she was talking to Rex which is an unusual style and did take a while to get used to but I soon found myself comfortable in the style of the book. You develop a strong bond with Gina and I think this is because of the way in which the book was written because we get to hear first hand the thoughts and feelings through the whole situation. There are also a couple of chapters that are told from Mandy who was another lovely character.

        The book was both predictable and unpredictable. Right up until the last chapter I couldn't predict what was going to happen whether Rex was would be found or not or indeed whether he was alive or dead. The situation surrounding Jake was predictable but I enjoyed this part most out of the book, it does help that Jake is such a caring gentle character. With the subject of the book being a very moving topic it was a lovely touch to have Gina's best friends Lucy and Femi who are great characters whole bring a little light to the book and support to Gina.

        This was a thought provoking read that kept me hooked throughout the whole book. Another great read from Polly Williams.


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