What My Husband Did: A gripping psychological thriller with an amazing twist

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21 reviews

About this ebook

A little girl has been left for dead. And now my husband is missing.


‘I can give you a lift home,’ the man says. Little Alice tightens the zip of her big red coat. She’s unsure, but the walk will be cold and dark. ‘I’m not supposed to get in a stranger’s car.’ He forces a smile. ‘I’m not a proper stranger, am I?’


I return home to our beautiful house on a chilly winter evening expecting to find my handsome husband Richard waiting for me by the fire. We’re still so in love, and he always takes care of me: buying us this home in the little village where he grew up, making sure I settled in and made friends, and treating my teenage daughter like his own. There’s a bit of gossip about our age gap, but the death of his first wife years ago was so tragic that he still gets sympathetic looks. Everyone loves Richard.


He usually comes straight back from work. But tonight, our antique clock ticks on through the dark evening, with no sign of him. Then a knock at the door shatters my perfect life. A 12-year-old-girl, Alice from the village, has been found unconscious in the field behind our house. They say she was last seen getting into Richard’s car.


Now rumours are flying. As Alice fights for her life in hospital, nobody will speak to me: and when they do it’s to ask if he didn’t hurt Alice, why hasn’t Richard come home?


I know that revealing my own darkest secret about Richard’s first wife could prove his innocence… but even if I do, he’s still missing. Is everyone right, and is my husband on the run? And will telling the truth about my past turn my own daughter against me, and tear our lives apart for good?


Fans of The Girl on the Train, I Am Watching You and Shari Lapena will adore this absolutely unputdownable read by bestselling author Kerry Wilkinson, about the dark secrets we hide to protect ourselves and the ones we love.

Read what everyone’s saying about What My Husband Did:


‘Wow, wow, wow!!!!! This author never ceases to amaze me… I raced right through this one… I couldn’t believe that endingso many twists and turns and I loved it. I didn’t know which way was up or down by the time I finished the book. That ending will stick with me for a long time… definitely recommend it.’ Blue Moon Blogger, 5 stars


Oh my – this kept me guessing all the way through. I was literally gagging to find out the truth… you should have seen my jaw drop… I am so glad I started this book on a day when I had nothing else going on… It hit the ground running, sucked me in, chewed me up and spat me out.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars


Close the curtains. Turn on all the lights. Lock the doors. What My Husband Did is a goosebump-causing heart-racing thriller… I desperately flipped pagesexpertly crafted and the twists and turns keep readers on edge… like taking a rollercoaster rideWhat a ride!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘Wow what a page-turnerloved loved this book from begining to end, twists and turns at every corner.’ TarasBookReviews, 5 stars


‘“I didn’t see that coming” is the understatement of the yearWow so many twists and turns I don’t know which way is up. Excellent writing. Excellent character development. Excellent everything!!! Must read!!!’ @joni_loves_reading, 5 stars


‘This was fantastica twist I didn’t get until the very last second!... I found myself thoroughly engrossed and wondering w*f was going to happen next!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Ratings and reviews

21 reviews
Charlie Morris
November 17, 2020
What My Husband Did is an engaging and quick-paced thriller that keeps you guessing. Told through two narratives, one in the past and one in the present, the story unravels in a really interesting way. It’s an easy book to get through quickly as the characters are distinctive and the plot is very to the point. While there was a little more context that I wanted at the beginning and end, just to really set the atmosphere of the town up a little better, I love how sharp and tight the story feels at the same time. Instead of feeling heavy with description, What My Husband Did feels more like an hour-long TV episode, getting straight to the important events while ensuring that there’s just enough detail to make you care for the characters at the same time. The setting of a small town where everybody knows everybody’s business is the perfect location for secrets, betrayals and grudges to thrive, set in a community where it’s impossible not to judge those closest to you. Full of red herrings and misdirections, you question the intentions of everybody involved, all the while trying to believe in Maddy’s hope that her husband isn’t a monster, whatever his secrets may be. The final revelations certainly come as surprise and these chapters are full of suspense. And although I wanted a little more time spent on the characters in the present, I love the blunt ending of the past narrative which ends the story on an impacting message. While this message of how treating somebody as guilty before knowing the facts can have huge consequences feels distinct, it’s weaved in subtly throughout and isn’t pushed onto the reader, either, making it really play in the background of your mind. This is the first book I have read by Kerry Wilkinson but I am definitely interested to read more of his work now. Do you have any recommendations on which of his books I should try next?
3 people found this review helpful
Linda Strong
February 10, 2021
Alice is 12-years-old when she's found nearly dead close to the house of Maddy and Richard. When police show up at their house, Maddy is told that the girl was last seen getting in Richard's car. Where is Richard? He hasn't come home from work .... The police question Maddy incessantly but she knows Richard would never hurt a child ... would he? Maddy has secrets of her own. What she knows about Richard's first wife could prove his innocence ... but he's still missing. He is on the run .. or is there something more sinister happening? I have read many of this author's books. I have always found them well written with credible characters that remain in my head long after I've finished reading. I was not disappointed with this one. It's full of twists and turns that lead to a shocking conclusion. 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
A Google user
November 9, 2020
My Review: Wow, wow, wow!!!!! This author never ceases to amaze me. I’ve read many books by this author and I’ve loved them all. It’s the endings of his books that I love the most. There are so many surprises and revelations as I turned each page. I raced right through this one. The book was about a woman who’s husband goes missing at the same time a little girl is found beaten hanging on for dear life. Did her husband do this to this poor girl? Or was it just a coincidence? Was there a connection between her husband and this girl? Where was her husband? You find this out and so much more by the end of the book. I want to start off by saying how much I loved this book. I loved the way the author had one person narrating the whole book. I felt everything the narrator felt. I felt her pain, loss, and most of all her confusion. All she wanted was to know where her husband was and if he did what they were saying he did. She didn’t want to believe she was living with a monster for all these years. I also loved the plot of this book. I’m a sucker for anything that has to do with children. I think it has to do with that children are so innocent so I can’t believe why anyone would want to hurt them. Now let’s talk about that ending. Endings are always my favorite part of the book. I couldn’t believe that ending. I definitely got all my questions answered by the end. There were so many twists and turns and I loved it. I didn’t know which way was up or down by the time I finished the book. That ending will stick with me for a long time. Between the plot, characters and all the twists in this book it made it an easy and fast read. I would definitely recommend it and happily give it 5 Hearts❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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