Husband, Missing – Polly Williams

To be honest, I thought this was going to be a very formulaic romance story, of the boy meets girl, they marry, he disappears and then he reappears and everything will be all right with the world. How wrong I was, and how much I had judged the book based on cover, and the blurb on the back. This is far more than a formulaic novel – in fact I would even put it in the thriller genre if I was having to pigeon-hole books, which I dislike doing.

Gina, has a whirlwind romance and marries within a year Rex, after she met him the park. This is “the one” Gina tells everyone, and whilst she thought she would never know when she had found him – she suddenly realises that she has found him and that when you know you know.

However, this bubble that Gina has created with Rex and that has pushed away family and friends to the outskirts of her life is about to burst.

Rex goes missing.

Gina wants to find him. Gina knows he is still alive. She has the utmost belief in their relationship and that Rex will return.

But as the days turn into weeks, turn into months, Rex is still missing and Gina keeps trying, but as she tries to find out where he is, she discovers a completely different man to the one she married.

Did Gina really know the man she married? Was she so wrapped up in finding the one, that she missed the vital clues about his personality?

You have to keep turning the page, as whilst Gina discovers more about Rex as we do as readers, Gina discovers a lot more about herself and her ability to survive in a very different world to the one she dreamed of.

Through all the heartache over Rex, Gina finds the ache of heart is actually for someone else.

This is a really gripping novel, and one that had me engaged from the beginning. I felt for Gina, she had a tough time, and it really was heartbreaking to see hope slip from someone’s eyes not just in losing the physical person but also in the belief you had about someone being completely shattered. A women’s fiction book with a bit more meat and a little less fluff!

Thank you to the publisher for sending this to me for review. Plus second thanks go to Dot from Dot Scribbles who enthused about the book that I had to pick it up and see what all the fuss was about – she was right in her enthusiasm. 

Polly Williams is not an author I have encountered before, but if her work is of a similar vein to what I have just read then I will certainly look out for her other novels.