The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

Setting: Florida
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Author: Amy Lloyd
Release Date: March 6, 2018

The Innocent Wife approached a question I often ask. Why on earth do women fall for serial killers who are on death row? When the news came out that a woman wanted to marry Charles Manson, I was baffled. Knowing his history, why on earth would you fall in love with someone so evil?

Dennis Danson was tried and convicted for the brutal murders of several young girls 20 years ago. An ocean away, school teacher Samantha starts following his case. People are convinced he's innocent and will keep fighting to clear his name. Samantha gets caught up in the fight. After exchanging letters with him, Samantha leaves England behind.

Soon, Samantha finds herself marrying Dennis. His lawyers finally succeed in getting him exonerated. As Samantha gets to know this stranger she's married, she starts to wonder if they all have it wrong. Is Dennis a brutal serial killer who really is going to get away with murder?

There are romantic parts to this book, but most of it is a gripping suspense. As Samantha starts to learn about the man she married, she finds herself doubting her innocence. The quest to unravel the truth picks up and leaves you on the edge of your seat.

I don't want to give anything away. I started out thinking Samantha was very weak. Through the book, I wondered what I'd see from her as each chapter advanced. In the end, I was happy to see how everything turned out. It really is the last pages when you really get the full understanding if Dennis is guilty or innocent.


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