The Man She Married: A gripping psychological thriller with a heart-pounding twist

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29 reviews

About this ebook

How well do you know your husband?

When Alice Gill sees the little blue line, it’s the happiest moment of her life. But her whole world is turned upside down when the police knock at her door minutes later…

Her husband, Dominic, is dead.

Distraught, Alice goes to identify the body. It’s him. Yet when Dominic’s estranged brother comes to view the coffin, he insists the man lying there is not Dominic Gill.

So who is the man Alison married?

And will his secrets put her life in danger too?

An absolutely gripping psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the last page. If you love Behind Closed Doors, My Lovely Wife and Friend Request, you’ll be hooked on The Man She Married.

What readers are saying about The Man She Married:


‘Make sure you have a ton of time on your hands when you finally sit down to read because this book will BLOW YOUR MIND!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘Alison uses such vivid and powerful descriptions that I felt as though I was part of the story myselfI was gripped from start to finish and on the edge of my seat throughout the story.’ Ginger Book Geek, 5 stars

Wowgrabs you from the first page and makes you ignore everything else… fantastic.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars


Totally gripping and addictive, this is definitely one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve ever read. Such a clever plot, and excellent characters, it will completely pull you in and not let you go until the end.’ Sibzzreads


I could not put this down, it had me gripped all the way through and when I thought I had it figured; bam; the author threw another curve ball in!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘Wow what a read!... The Man She Married takes you hostage right from the start and keeps a hold of you till the end.’ Once Upon a Time Book Blog, 5 stars


A MUST READ, this book is crying out to be made into a film. A very happy reader and definitely left me wanting more.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


Could hardly but this book down, read it in a few hours. So many twists and turns, kept me guessing all the way through!’ Netgalley Reviewer, 5 stars


‘This was a great, gripping, fast-paced story which will definitely keep you hooked until the last page. Highly recommended!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars


Had me firmly in its grasp from the very first page. The twists just kept coming, and I tore through this one at warp speed in a desperate bid to unravel it all.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


What a brilliant book! I loved this from start to finish… I was completely swept up in the story and characters the whole way through.’ LoopyLouLaura


‘A fantastic thriller that will have you at the edge of your seat… I couldn't put this book down… The author fully deserves all 5 stars and if I could give more I would.’ Netgalley Reviewer, 5 stars


'This book is wonderfully addictive. It dark and jam packed with twists and turns. I honestly enjoyed every single page.’ Netgalley Reviewer, 5 stars


Oh my gosh this story kept me up, to finish it! What a suspenseful book, this story kept me trying to figure it out until the very end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

This is absolutely one of the best books I have ever read… Exceptional.’ Netgalley Reviewer, 5 stars

A definite contender for my favourite read of the year… I’m now rather disappointed that it’s over!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Ratings and reviews

29 reviews
Linda Strong
February 26, 2020
The day Alice discovers that she's pregnant, she sends a text to her husband. He never responds. Hours later police appear on her doorstep. Her husband was involved in a car accident and died at the scene. Her husband, Dominic, is dead. When she's taken to the morgue to identify him, she's not the only one waiting. Her husband's brother, who she's never met, is also their. She identifies her husband, but his brother insists the man laying there is not his brother. So who is the dead man? Who did Alice marry? What secrets was he keeping? This psychological thriller is told in two parts .. past and present ... one part by Alice, the other by the man she married. Characters are deftly drawn and they all seem to have issues of one kind or another. There is page-turning action with twists and turns along the way. Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Netgalley for the digital copy of this psychological thriller. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
2 people found this review helpful
Marnie Harrison
January 13, 2020
Wow what a read!. In the immortal words of the legendary Bette Davis from the classic, All About Eve, “Fasten Your Seatbelts, It’s Going to be a Bumpy Night!”, this was definitely my experience when reading this book. I was up all night reading this and loved how Alison wasted no time in getting things going and how she had me buckling up as she took me on a wild ride into the lives of Alice and Dominic. As the blurb suggests, it is an absolutely gripping psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the last page. Alison has created a plot that is everything I love in a psychological thriller. Full of mystery and suspense with twists and turns to keep you on your toes, I was completely hooked on this plot when I read what this story was about. It is so much more than a boy meets girl, they get married and live happily ever story. It is a frightening insight and account into how the person you thought you could trust with everything in your life, isn’t the person that they have portrayed themselves to be, which makes the life that you have been living a complete lie. How is Alice able to move on from that? Well you will just have to read this book to find out won’t you… The characters of Alice and Dominic are very well developed and definitely had me feeling mixed emotions between the two. My heart broke for Alice. Having given herself to the man she believed loved her, only finding out he was not who she thought he was, was just a massive kick in the guts for her. Although I did find her naive at times, I guess this was due to her love for him. It is easy to have an opinion looking in from the outside than actually living it. Now Dominic on the other hand was an ass and a master manipulator. As the villain he has been perfectly written in this role. Aside from my views of him, I really did enjoy reading the story from his point of view and to find out how he was able to cover his tracks and lies. It was actually quite exhausting to read in how it was done. With writing that is both engaging and captivating, what I really loved the most was how Alison structured this book. It starts with a prologue that gives you goosebumps and sets up the tone of the story, it then moves into Alices point of view of when she met Dominic, It goes back to the current day in the middle of the book where it leaves you on a cliffhanger, then moves to Dominic’s point of view then back to the current day where it all comes together in the thrilling conclusion. It is very cleverly done, different and kept my attention throughout. Even though this is only the second book I have read from Alison, I have quickly learned that you need to make sure you have nothing else to do when starting a book from her as you cannot not put them down! The Man She Married takes you hostage right from the start and keeps ahold of you till the end. I am so glad that I have been introduced to Alison’s work and I look forward to I hope many more books to come from her. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to read and review The Man She Married which I highly recommend. Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Alison James for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Man She Married which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
22 people found this review helpful
Michelle Wright
April 28, 2020
Just wow, could not put it down!!! The first book I've read from this author and the moment I finish writing this review, I'll be downloading every single one they've ever written.

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