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My Wife Is Missing

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This is my second novel by D. J. Palmer and, true to fashion, he comes at you with all the suspense and twisty turns you can handle.  Just when you think you have it figured out, you're drawn into another direction and start doubting yourself.  I was completely surprised by the ending, had not expected that reveal.  Honestly, both reveals surprised me, which isn't all that shocking since I never figure these things out.  The author is very adept at laying out a path that you think is the correct one, only to be fooled at the end. 

However, there were things that I didn't care for, either.  Despite the fact that Natalie and the kids disappear within the first few pages of the book, it took a long time before the story began to engage me.  It wasn't until we get the first bits of Natalie's point of view that I became truly interested.  I think that we're trained to automatically suspect the husband in these things, so I wasn't particularly amenable to the possible cause of their disappearance, I think.  

The two main characters, Michael and Natalie, were interesting both together and alone.  Natalie's insomnia created all kinds of problems for her and while the effects did help to create a sense of  maybe she's telling the truth, but maybe she's just gone over the edge, too.  So, you don't know for sure if what she's seeing is real or not.  It certainly adds to the suspense and tension of the scenes.  Michael, on the other hand, starts as a suspect and stays that way.  He is, after all, the one with the most to lose if his secrets get out.  

While this wasn't my favorite of the two D. J. Palmer novels I've read, I'll definitely continue to seek out his books.  The stories are always gripping and full of twists you hadn't seen coming.  I'm looking forward to seeing what he comes up with next.
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This was such a wild ride! It’s one of those books with multiple POVs that keep you guessing who is the most reliable source. I really couldn’t figure how to believe, the husband whose wife disappeared from a hotel vacation and vanished without a trace with her child or the wife who split with the child. This is a book you could definitely read in one sitting. It’s very intense. Would love to read more from this author in the future
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I have a new book category which is - "great book to throw into your beach bag!" They are books that are well-written, have a good plot and keep you interested but don't entirely engross you -if you get distracted- it's okay - you can easily pick it up and get back into it. Does that make sense?

Michael and Natalie take a trip to New York City with their young children. Upon arrival, Michael runs out for take-out pizza so the family can unpack and eat quickly in the room and then go exploring. However, when he gets back, his young son's Teddy Bear is in the hallway and the room is empty. He discovers his family is gone! But why? And when the police arrive and they look at the hotel's security footage - it appears Natalie has left, voluntarily and taken her children with her.

So begins the mystery and a chase. Michael is distraught and the police are no help. Natalie has insomnia - is she in her right mind? No sleep, running from her husband with the kids. Where has she gone? Can Michael find her?

As we learn about the lives of Michael and Natalie, we see clues into both their lives. Michael has a secret that is alluded to throughout the book. He returns home to Massachusetts to see if there are any clues at home - and he is surprised when the NYC police officer follows him - to help him (on his own time- why?). Sprinkled clues are given to the reader to try and figure out what is going on. Is Michael someone to run from? Is Natalie in her right mind? Why is this police officer helping? What is going on?

There is a twist - and I kind-of guessed it - but wasn't sure - so that kept me going.

If you like mysteries and family drama and a story with a twist (that you might figure out but you still aren't sure!), then this is for you.

This goes into my beach bag - didn't really tax me with my reading or thinking - easy to read and a fun escape.

Thank you St. Martin' Press and Net Galley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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Unreliable narrators seem to be a common theme in the books I’ve been reading lately. At least this time is was due to insomnia and not alcohol/pills. I felt that both main characters were unreliable narrators due to either the insomnia or the tangled web of lies. There were some major twists at the end and overall i really enjoyed this one! Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
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This book kept me on my
Toes. I initially was so against Michael. I was biased and stereotypical thinking this mean cheated and harmed his lover. I felt for Natalie. I wanted to see her thrive and succeed. The character building made me feel these characters feelings. I felt very judgmental of the cop Kennett. Just when I figured it out, there were twists after twists that left you like what? Definitely a good book and can’t wait to read more by this author!
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🧸 My Wife is Missing 🧸

👩‍👧‍👦Featuring: Danielle & her kiddos Cali & Matthew.

Michael & Natalie Hart aren’t what they used to be. After two kids & over ten years together their marriage is lacking in more ways than one. Michael can’t stand that Natalie rejects any romantic advances he makes towards her but she is convinced her husband is being unfaithful with a coworker. Would you want your significant other to touch you if you thought their hands had recently been all over someone else?

They agree to take a family trip to New York City to try to rekindle what was once so strong. The kids are excited for the sightseeing & the shopping; the view of Times Square from their hotel is magnificent. But, Natalie & the kids spend very little time admiring the scenery because when Michael makes a pizza run to the busiest hot spot in town, he returns to find all of their belongings missing—-aside from “Teddy” his six year old son Bryce’s bear lying at door’s entryway. A single suitcase remains in the closet, his own.

Michael’s worst fears come to fruition & he immediately decides that his family has been kidnapped. He alerts security & the police, only for the cameras to reveal they left willingly through a side door. But why? Natalie hasn’t been herself lately & suffers from severe Insomnia. Are the kids truly safe with her?

Michael knows his past & what he’s guilty of, but how did Natalie figure it out and does she know EVERYTHING? 

A wife on the run from a husband she’s become terrified of; a man that is willing to do ANYTHING to get them back. Who will ultimately succeed & when they do what have they truly won? Control? Freedom? 

A cat & mouse game that you won’t want to miss—

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💭 I couldn’t choose a picture for this one— would you have chosen a mom & her two children (like the cover) or the son with his bear (the opening scene in the book) ? Help a girl out! 

Thank you to #partners @stmartinspress @djpalmerauthor for a #gifted copy and promo box in exchange for my honest review.

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As predicted, I knew I would love this book.  DJ Palmer doesn’t disappoint.  Just when I had the story line figured out, I was proven wrong.  So many twists and turns kept me glued to this book.
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I will say this kept me guessing until the end, but I am not usually a fan of this type of ending (no further detail as to not spoil the book).  But every time I thought I had it figured out, something happened.  So many secrets and everyone with something to hide.  Alternating between Natalie and Micahel and the past and the present, we start off with a bang, but the pace slows some in the middle, but picks back up at the end.
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The Hart family has gone to New York City for their vacation.  The husband Michael went out for pizza.  When he returns, he find that his wife, Natalie, and children, Addison and Bryce aren’t in the room.  They are nowhere to be found in the hotel.  He is more upset when he realizes that their luggage is missing.  His wife has not been herself due to insomnia which has caused her problems.  Natalie has left the hotel with the kids getting into an Uber..  Michael and the NYPD find this out bt watching the hotel’s video surveillance.  With Natalie’s memory loss, Michael is worried.  What is going on?  Where did Natalie and the children go?  Michael and a cop search for Natalie to find where she is.

The story is .very suspenseful.  The character driven plot kept me wondering who was telling the truth.  There are twists and turns. The tension in the novel continues to grow throughout  even those questions get answered then another set of questions came up.  The major part of the novel was a shocker.
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A great page-turner!  This book kept me up reading and actively engaging in the different characters' perspectives.  I haven't read a good book like this in a while.
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This was definitely one that made me question who was really the good and bad guy. I wasn't fully expecting the final twist but enjoyed that it kept me guessing.
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Something about the story didn’t sit right with me. As much as I enjoyed the twists and turns and unexpected plots changes, something felt “off” and I can’t put my finger on it. Perhaps, it seemed almost too unbelievable or believable in some parts and not in other parts. Maybe too many subplots which were intertwined which weren’t revealed until near the very end. That would normally pique my interest but it didn’t in this story. I have enjoyed several of this author’s other books but this one isn’t a favorite.
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Wow this is one of the wildest rides a book has taken me on in a long time!!!!!!!!!!  The twists in this book will blow your mind!!!  DJ Palmer has brought us on a wild trip that you won't be able to get off of until it's over.
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This one kept me on my toes, and I read it quickly! It starts fast when Michael returns to the hotel room with dinner for his family to discover they are gone. We go back and forth between the husband and wife And gain information that makes you wonder who is to be trusted. We go chasing after the mom and kids, knowing that the mom Natalie is suffering from the effects of insomnia. Is she overreacting, seeing things that aren’t there? Or is she right to be fleeing the situation? I felt that both main characters were unreliable narrators. There were some major twists at the end, some getting a little out of control, but I overall enjoyed this one! Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Another male author writing a paranoid/unreliable female character. Shocker. You’ll get exactly what you expect with this book. 100% predictable and you’ll hate everyone, especially the male lead who the author tries to make the hero.

I received an advanced copy. All thoughts are my own.
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D.J. Palmer is always great at writing believable suspense novels that keep you guessing right up to the very last page. Although I felt this one was a bit too long, I still really enjoyed it and read it in a single day. Although it probably won't be one of those life-changing books, it was still a fun summer read. 

Thank you to NetGalley for the free copy of this ebook in exchange for my honest review.
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Michael and Natalie are struggling with a rocky marriage. Insomnia and a complicated past plague their marriage. This book kept me guessing until the very end and I couldn’t put it down. Will definitely recommend.
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I liked this book, and feel that many readers of womens fiction will also.
It is not a book that will be remembered through time, but was a good summer read.
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So obviously the wife (and kids) goes missing. As the first half of the story progressed, I found myself hoping that there was going to be more to her escape than his recent actions in life. There were some subtle hints that there was more to it and I couldn’t stop reading to find out what was going on. And yes, things definitely progressed. 

There sure is a cloud of mystery over the whole story. Just when you think you know what is going on, something is said or done and it makes you question if your assumptions are incorrect. And then the final twist happened and it seemed like it was as I thought…..but wait….that aura of mystery continued. 

This story was well-crafted and had my head spinning trying to figure everything out! Many thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and D. J. Palmer for this gifted review copy, and I am leaving this review voluntarily!
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Although this was a good read, it was a little bit too long for my liking and dragged on a bit at times. I do tend to really enjoy books by DJ a Palmer, so I look forward to their next release! 
Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an ARC!
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