THE VOW By Debbie Howells

SYNOPSIS

Two weeks before her wedding, a stranger stops Amy in the street and warns her she’s in danger. Then that night, Matt, her fiancé, doesn’t come home. Desperate, Amy calls the police – but when Matt fails to emerge, she’s forced to call off her wedding day.

Then another man is reported missing, by a woman called Fiona – a man meeting Matt’s description, who was about to leave his fiancée for her. He was supposed to be moving in with her – but instead, he’s vanished.

Amy refuses to believe Fiona’s lover can be her Matt – but photos prove otherwise, and it soon becomes clear that Matt has been leading a double life. As the police dig deeper, two conflicting, yet equally plausible stories emerge from two women who allegedly never met.

The wedding day never happened. But the funeral might.

MY REVIEW

The story begins with flashbacks to 1996 and a love between Kimberley and Charlie. But who are Kimberley and Charlie. Jealousy can be a very powerful emotion, and what happens one fateful day changes many lives forever.

Amy and Matt are two weeks away from their wedding day, the wedding planner is working on the final touches with them both, they are writing their vows, and are about to finalise the seating plans, but how happy are they really? What seemingly starts out as a normal day, becomes a nightmare for Amy when Matt disappears. Where could he have gone? But then another woman Fiona reports a man missing the same day. It turns out to be the same man.

Told through the eyes of Amy a herbalist, which was interesting as we learn the symbols of the plants she is growing, what each one represents as the story unfolds. Jess, Amy’s daughter, and Fiona a lawyer. We gradually learn of Matts infidelity. When the police start investigating Amy starts to look more and more guilty of having killed Matt. But could she have done that. What secrets is she keeping? Fiona may have been Matt’s lover, but where else does she fit in. Is there something that links the two women? Interspersing events from the past with the events of Matt’s disappearance. Is Matt dead or alive?

A psychological thriller that will have you guessing, I enjoyed this but, the police seemed so very incompetent, in fact it seemed more like Jess did all the investigating. The interrogations and information the police had just didn’t seem to make sense, they seemed to do no proper investigation at all and Amy’s lawyer seemed about as much use as a chocolate teapot. It just didn’t come across as believable. I felt for Amy, as she seemed to struggle with everything going on. Nothing seeming to add up. Jess was the absolute hero of the story, she did all the investigating, constantly phoning the useless officer who was supposed to be looking into everything . Some constant repetition that added nothing to the story from the past, once the we knew what had happened it didn’t need to be repeated unless there was something new which there wasn’t. Fiona is a strong woman, who seemed to think of no one but herself. Not a likeable character.

The overall plot is good especially the beginning, but then something changed, and I just struggled with the rest of it, the ending seemed to come to a rush again the police a little unrealistic.

I give this ⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank #netgalley and #Avon for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.


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