Husband, Missing – Polly Williams

Husband Missing

“When you know, you know.

This is what Gina told friends when she married Rex six months after meeting him.  Passionately in love, Gina feels like the luckiest woman on the planet.

Until Rex vanishes without trace on holiday abroad.  Her dream new marriage slipping into a nightmare, Gina never wavers in her belief that he’s alive.  That she’ll find him.  When her frantic search unearths troubling secrets from Rex’s past, Gina begins to question how well she really knows her beloved husband.  But sometimes when all seems lost, unexpected, wonderful things are found…”

Firstly I’d like to thank Caitlin from Headline Books for sending me this book to read and give an honest review.  I loved the cover and the title really grabbed my attention – it sent a wave of questions and possible answers rushing through my mind.

The prologue detailed the moment that Gina met Rex and oh my goodness it was romantic – he was the perfect hero!  I absolutely loved the different way this book was written, in my mind it was like a letter from Gina to Rex as she talked to him instead of the reader.  I quickly realised that this would be a story full of memories and that is how I would piece together her time with Rex, many times I found myself smiling at what she said about him.

As the book progressed and I learned more about Rex I have to admit that my feelings towards him changed, there were so many secrets and untold truths and I just knew that these would cause so much heartache for Gina.  Rex’s younger brother Jake was another character who I changed my opinion on throughout the story – to begin with he seemed very guarded and I couldn’t quite figure him out, this made me keen to get to know him and it seemed that the more I learned about him, the more I liked him.

A strong feeling of desperation drifted off the pages at me, it was almost like I could feel Gina’s pain and as her life got even more difficult and confusing I found myself feeling very protective of her.

The introduction of Mandy confused me at first, I didn’t know how she fit into the storyline but it made me think of even more possible scenarios and this meant that I just had to keep turning the pages to find out if any of my ideas were correct.  The guessing and trying to piece together the clues was a big feature of the book, it was a mystery that I felt I needed to solve and this is what made it such an addictive read.

There were many touching moments that the author had described so beautifully tears filled my eyes, but there were also moments that had me laughing out loud.  Basically this book was so much more than I had expected from reading the blurb and I really didn’t want it to end.  I will definitely be reading more from this author.

With many twists, turns and secrets this was a fantastic page-turner of a book that I would highly recommend!


Polly Williams’ first novel was The Sunday Times top ten bestseller, The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy.  Polly has also written for many publications including The Sunday Times, Style, You magazine, The Mail, Stella, Red, Marie Claire and Grazia.  She is married and has three children.

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Husband, Missing was published by Headline Review and can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.