Book Review: Husband, Missing by Polly Williams

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 a 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 questions how well she really knows her beloved husband. But sometimes when all seems lost, unexpected, wonderful things are found...
I have read and very much enjoyed Polly Williams' last two books, It Happened One Summer and The Angel at No. 33 but I think that this is her best yet. I read Husband, Missing in just over a day, I was completely addicted to the story and characters.
Gina married Rex just six months after meeting him, believing herself and having to convince others that he was definitely the one. She is passionately in love with her new husband and so is completely devastated when she hears that he has disappeared whilst on a lad's holiday. All Gina knows is that Rex decided to go windsurfing in the early hours of the morning and didn't return. Whilst there is no body, Gina refuses to believe that her husband is dead ev
en though she is fully aware that her friends and family have already begun mourning.
Gina considers herself to be Rex's soul mate but as she begins looking in to their affairs and asking questions, she begins to wonder who exactly she was married to. More and more people come forward with a very different description of Rex's character than the one she knows, she still wants his back but wonders if she had the real Rex in her life?
Through all of this turmoil, Gina relies heavily on Rex's younger brother, Jake. Rex had always kept him at arms length but he does nothing but care for Gina, She knows he believes that Rex is alive too and is one of the few who will still help her look for him. Gina is confused by her relationship with Jake too, is it right to feel so close to Rex's brother and why did Rex keep such a distance from him?
As I said, I have really enjoyed Polly Williams last two books but Husband, Missing felt slightly different; perhaps slightly darker and a little more grown up. The author makes you feel like you are there in the situation with the characters which is no easy feat. I was completely gripped by Gina's situation from the start but as she discovered more and more about Rex, I just couldn't put the book down, I had to know what would happen next.
Husband, Missing is a fantastic read, the story has terrific pace and you will now be able to stop turning the pages, I highly recommend it.

Dot Scribbles Rating: 5/5

Many thanks to the lovely Caitlin at Headline Review for sending me a copy of the book to review, it is out now.

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