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My Wife Is Missing

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I fell asleep reading this late at night and woke up to immediately finish it. It is a wild ride with characters that aren't perfect, so it is impossible to pick a side. The twists and turns aren't immediately obvious, and I could not put this down.

Michael and his wife are visiting NYC. He goes to pick up take out and finds out his two kids and wife have left the hotel. It's told from both of their points of view. Is the wife right about Michael or is it her insomnia? What is Michael hiding? Great thriller! Well done writing.

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This Book is awesome-
The first page drew me into a plot so involved that it made this read just fly by because I felt like I was actually in the situation and needed to just keep going to see if what I felt was what was happening for real.
This read just flew by and the ending was not what I expected which just made it even better!
Thank you D J Palmer for yet another awesome read & St Martins Press for granting my “wish” to have an ARC-
You are both awesome!!!

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I downloaded the book around 10pm, planned to read a chapter or two before bed, and have read through the night, finishing at 6am. It is one of those books you have to keep reading to find out what will happen but you don’t want to finish it because then it will be over (if that makes any sense). Another great DJ Palmer story with lots of twists and surprises. I find myself guessing what will happen and most often being wrong, lol.

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My Wife Is Missing by D.J. Palmer is an adrenaline-fuelled rush from beginning to end. This is an author who has very quickly become a favourite of mine, and I absolutely devoured this latest offering.

I would suggest going into this one blind, but trust me when I say that you will be holding your breath in heart-stopping anticipation for the duration of this twisty narrative as it delivers all of the components necessary to keep you reading long into the night.

Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC.

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This book was a quick read - I needed to get to the end to find out who did what and why. I thought I had it all figured out, but everything I thought to be true or guessed was going to happen, was not and did not. When I got to the epilogue and got all the answers, I was surprised. I didn't see it concluding that way. I am not sure how I feel about the ending, but it was a twist to say the least. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars.

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This book is a Trojan horse awash with red herrings. The twisting plot of false assumptions and misleading clues makes for a tedious tale, which I wish, in retrospect, I had not finished reading. Yet I slogged through to the bitter end when all was finally revealed, and it was all nothing like it had seemed throughout the wild and crazy ride that preceded it.

If you like thrillers with twists and turns and surprise endings, this book is for you. Sadly, it was not my cup of tea.

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I just finished reading My Wife is Missing and let me tell you it was quite a ride. Like a twisting, turning roller coaster. It's full of surprises and action. It was really hard to put down. And when I did I just kept asking myself "what's next, what's real, and who's telling the truth?" It was one of the better thriller/mystery books I've read in a while.

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DJ Palmer has a tremendous imagination! This plot is totally different than those from her previous books, "The New Husband" and "The Perfect Daughter." This is the story of a married couple, Michael and Natalie. Michael has some substantial secrets. Natalie finds some information about his past, becomes afraid for her and her children's safety, and we're off to the races.

Each chapter is narrated by either Michael or Natalie and reflects either current day events or are flashbacks to the past. In this way, we learn what we believe Michael is hiding and what Natalie is finding out about his past.

But is anyone what they seem? This story has so many twists! I read through the wee hours just to find out what the truth really was.

I thought "My Wife Is Missing" was extremely well-written and the characters were believable. I heartily recommend this book if you're searching for a spellbinding thriller that will hold your attention all the way to the end.

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***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of MY WIFE IS MISSING by DJ Palmer in exchange for my honest review.***

On a vacation to New York City, Michael’s wife Natalie and their two children go missing. Video footage suggests she left voluntarily, perhaps due to an affair she believes he’s having with her coworker. Why leave rather than filing for divorce? Natalie has reason to be afraid of secrets from Michael’s past. Very afraid. But how rational is she, suffering from chronic insomnia which can lead to psychosis. Is either a reliable narrator?

Oh what a tangled web DJ Palmer has woven with MY WIFE IS MISSING. Palmer always writes compelling characters and plots that keep me turning pages well past my bedtime.

Slow to start, I didn’t care about the minutia of his steps when he first found out, I wanted to get into the hows and whys. I think I was *supposed* to be on Natalie’s side, but I was on his. Having an affair wasn’t an excuse to run off with kids and lie to them; her behavior seemed more vengeful than fearful. Soon the secrets and twists emerged, my loyalties and theories shifted as the pace quickened and my interest deepened.

I love endings I can’t predict and DJ Palmer gave me just that. Don’t even try to guess. Just enjoy the ride.

Mystery and domestic thriller lovers, add Palmer to your must read list, no matter which book.

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Let me start by saying DJ Palmer’s wife deserves a kudos for sleeping next to a very talented by dark and twisted mind. I discovered this author several novels ago and he has become one of my very favorites, probably because he takes his reader on a path that twists and bends and leads you to some very false conclusions. This novel “My Wife is Missing” is no exception to the plot twists.

The novel revolves around Michael and Natalie, a married couple whose relationship is in trouble and it begins in New York when Natalie and their children go missing. Written from both their points of view in a style that serves the story well as Michael attempts to locate them, and as Natalie attempts to escape him and keep themselves safe. Then of course we have the sub plot which is masterfully intertwined of Brianna’s murder from 20 years ago along with the murder of Audrey.

In typical Palmer style the reader is led to make conclusions which appear on the surface to be logical and yet most of my conclusions as the reader turned out to be false at the end of the novel. The first word I thought of when I finished was just “Wow.” I needed to sit with my thoughts and feelings first because I wasn’t ready to let the characters go.

I found myself cheering as Natalie made some very intelligent moves in her attempt to escape and being annoyed when Michael and Kennett (a police officer who interjects himself as Michaels ally) follow on her trail.

I really should know better than to go to bed with one of Palmer’s novels as I found myself waking up several times throughout the night to read more of this story. Reading one of his stories is akin to spending a day shutting out the world and losing one’s self in story that you cannot get enough of and at the same time not wanting it to end. The only negative of having had the honor of being an early reader is that now I will need to wait until he writes the next one.

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