The Twilight Wife

The Twilight WifeThe Twilight Wife by A.J. Banner
Published by Touchstone on December 27th 2016
Pages: 304
ISBN: 1501152114
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Received from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Thirty four year old Marine Biologist, Kyra Winthrop remembers almost nothing after a diving accident. Her memory for marine biology comes back as she hears terms or words concerning marine biology. She also has flashes of memory around scents and when it concerns her husband, Jacob. Each day she wakes up not fully knowing who she is, she knows her name, details on her life, who her husband is, but all of those things are facts. She really doesn’t recall what it was like to be her or what her life was like before the accident. She is dependent on her husband to fill in the details.

Kyra and Jacob have moved to the island where Jacob grew up. She has met his friends and has flashes of memories while in their presence. Nothing too major, just minor glimpses into the past. A past life that she cannot remember. She also begins to meet other residents on the island who also, through conversation, give her little reminders of who she once was. She also has memories of others such as her friend Linny and Jacob’s friend Aiden. It soon becomes clear that not everything is as it seems in this book.

While reading this book, I couldn’t help but be reminded of “Before I go to Sleep” by S.J. Watson. Another book where a woman with amnesia has to rely on her husband to help her recall her past.

The Twilight Wife hints at various secret relationships. I find that there could have been more exploration into this in the books as some situations/scenarios were set up but then fell flat. I just wanted this book to be better. The premise is so good! A woman has suffered a head injury, her husband is helping her to recall her past, but not too fast, he doesn’t want to push her or upset her. This could have been a very good psychological thriller but for me it felt a little flat. As I mentioned this book immediately reminded me of “Before I go to Sleep” and that book, I’m afraid, is better.

This was good – not great. A very fast read. I just wanted more and there were little hints and signs along the way that the BIG reveal wasn’t such a big reveal in the end.


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