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The Loving Husband: A Novel
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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
"Be careful, Fran," the man said quietly. "About what you think you know."
In a dilapidated farmhouse out in the vast waterlogged plains of the English Fenlands, Fran awakes groggily to her baby's cries one February night and finds the bed empty beside her. Her husband, Nathan, is gone.
Moving uneasily through the drafty rooms, searching for her husband, Fran soon makes a devastating discovery that upends her marriage and any semblance of safety. As she tries desperately to make sense of what happened to Nathan, Fran is forced to delve dangerously into the undercurrents of his claustrophobic hometown and question how well she knew him in the first place. Fran, increasingly isolated, grows paranoid—but Nathan isn't the only one hiding something. Though she can't tell a soul, Fran is shielding a damning secret of her own: a hazy, dreamlike memory from the night of Nathan's disappearance that might be the key to it all.
From the bestselling author of The Crooked House comes an utterly gripping psychological thriller spanning the traditions of Daphne du Maurier and S. J. Watson. Christobel Kent's The Loving Husband is spooky and skillfully written, dragging readers deep into the unsettling world of the Fens and into a marriage of half-truths and past lives, where no one can be trusted—especially not your spouse.

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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
"Be careful, Fran," the man said quietly. "About what you think you know."
In a dilapidated farmhouse out in the vast waterlogged plains of the English Fenlands, Fran awakes groggily to her baby's cries one February night and finds the bed empty beside her. Her husband, Nathan, is gone.
Moving uneasily through the drafty rooms, searching for her husband, Fran soon makes a devastating discovery that upends her marriage and any semblance of safety. As she tries desperately to make sense of what happened to Nathan, Fran is forced to delve dangerously into the undercurrents of his claustrophobic hometown and question how well she knew him in the first place. Fran, increasingly isolated, grows paranoid—but Nathan isn't the only one hiding something. Though she can't tell a soul, Fran is shielding a damning secret of her own: a hazy, dreamlike memory from the night of Nathan's disappearance that might be the key to it all.
From the bestselling author of The Crooked House comes an utterly gripping psychological thriller spanning the traditions of Daphne du Maurier and S. J. Watson. Christobel Kent's The Loving Husband is spooky and skillfully written, dragging readers deep into the unsettling world of the Fens and into a marriage of half-truths and past lives, where no one can be trusted—especially not your spouse.

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      • source: Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
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        "Kent is a champion plotter, using well-placed flashbacks to find interesting characters . . . The novel's slow-building resolution comes silently, engulfing you like quicksand."

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      • source: Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch
      • content: "With expert pacing, rising tension, revelatory flashbacks and a claustrophobic setting, Kent tells a grim and creepy tale that will inspire readers to continue turning the pages while simultaneously longing for a cleansing shower."
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      • source: Joe Hartlaub, Bookreporter.com
      • content: "Thriller novels told from an unreliable point of view have been all the rage of late, but they would have to go to some lengths to top The Loving Husband, which takes the plot device to new heights. . . If you like your mysteries served up with a main course of unreliability and a side of deception, you will love this story."
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      • content: "A creepy, addictive read."
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      • content: "An emotionally charged mystery that will keep readers guessing until the final chapter."
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      • content: "The mystery is a slow-burn but is startlingly effective at this pace. . . a truly chilling, absorbing read."
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        December 12, 2016
        At the start of this engrossing psychological thriller set in rural England from Kent (The Crooked House), Fran Hall awakes early one winter morning to discover that her husband, Nathan, is missing from their bed. A search of their dilapidated farmhouse reveals nothing but the Halls’ two young children. The door is unlocked and the mat is muddy, so Fran heads outside, where she finds Nathan’s bloody corpse in a drainage ditch. As the murder investigation progresses, the police become increasingly suspicious of Fran. She starts to do some digging of her own, and it’s not long before Fran realizes that she was married to a stranger. Skillfully integrated flashbacks permit both Fran and the reader to conduct a marital postmortem, and the harsh weather and isolated locale help amplify the tale’s inherent tension. The plot features some clever twists, and though Kent doesn’t fully earn her ending, she’s crafted an emotionally charged mystery that will keep readers guessing until the final chapter. Agent: Victoria Hobbs, A.M. Heath (U.K.).

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        A woman finds her husband dead behind their house and then realizes he was not at all the man she thought she knew in Kent's (The Crooked House, 2016, etc.) gripping domestic thriller.Fran and Nathan Hall have recently moved with their two young children to a farm near the small, run-down village in eastern England where Nathan grew up. Fran is aware of a growing tension in the marriage, exacerbated by her isolation as a stay-at-home mother and her husband's lack of sexual interest, but when she finds Nathan murdered one night, she has no idea what mysteries will surface during the investigation. Providing some flashbacks to explain how the two met and married, the novel focuses on Fran and her conflict with the provincial, misogynist local police as they try to get to the bottom of the matter. The mystery is a slow-burn but is startlingly effective at this pace. The gradual unfolding of truth allows Kent to also explore Fran's stages of grief, her perspective of a world turned completely upside down, first by murder, then by the faintly sinister investigators, and then by the power of the secrets in Nathan's life and in her own. Fran seems utterly, heartbreakingly alone in her loss and in her world, but she maintains a driving sense of self that becomes stronger in the face of adversity. The novel's other great strength is its raw, wild setting. The rough blankness of the landscape serves to emphasize the characters' struggles; this is no bucolic vision but a stark, depressing look at an insular rural area. While the plot, and even the characters, may sound borderline cliche, there is something about Fran's complexity that sets this one apart and makes for a truly chilling, absorbing read.

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        December 1, 2016
        Hoping to create a simple, nature-filled childhood for their children, Nathan and Fran Hall leave London for Nathan's hometown, Cold Fen. But when Fran discovers Nathan's body in a ditch on their remote farm, the natural beauty shifts into a frightening new landscape. In shock, Fran realizes how isolated Nathan has kept her when she can't answer detectives' questions about Nathan's job, his past, or his local acquaintances. Smug, cunning lead detective DS Gerard targets Fran as Nathan's murderer, and her only ally is Family Liaison Officer Ali Compton, whom Gerard has sidelined from the start. As frightened as she is of the farmhouse's creaking emptiness, Fran knows that staying put and unveiling Nathan's past is the only way to tempt his killer into making a mistake. Kent (The Crooked House, 2016) intensifies Fran's alienation with a steadily darkening atmosphere and foreboding sense of place that cleverly disguises red herrings. A creepy, addictive read for fans of S. J. Watson's Before I Go to Sleep (2011) and Clare Mackintosh's I Let You Go (2016).(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
"Be careful, Fran," the man said quietly. "About what you think you know."
In a dilapidated farmhouse out in the vast waterlogged plains of the English Fenlands, Fran awakes groggily to her baby's cries one February night and finds the bed empty beside her. Her husband, Nathan, is gone.
Moving uneasily through the drafty rooms, searching for her husband, Fran soon makes a devastating discovery that upends her marriage and any semblance of safety. As she tries desperately to make sense of what happened to Nathan, Fran is forced to delve dangerously into the undercurrents of his claustrophobic hometown and question how well she knew him in the first place. Fran, increasingly isolated, grows paranoid—but Nathan isn't the only one hiding something. Though she can't tell a soul, Fran is shielding a damning secret of her own: a hazy, dreamlike memory from the night of Nathan's disappearance that might be the key to it...

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