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The Loving Husband

The Loving Husband

A Novel

Christobel Kent




Trade Paperback


From the bestselling author of The Crooked House comes an utterly gripping psychological thriller, which—in the traditions of Daphne du Maurier and S.J. Watson—takes readers into a deep and unsettling marriage of half-truths and past lives, where no one can be trusted—especially not your spouse.

Fran awakes to her baby’s cries one February night and finds the bed empty beside her. Her husband, Nathan, is gone.

Moving uneasily through the house, Fran makes a devastating discovery that upends her marriage and any semblance of safety. Trying to piece together what happened to Nathan, she delves deep into the undercurrents of his claustrophobic hometown and questions how well she knew her husband in the first place. Fran, increasingly isolated, grows paranoid—but Nathan isn’t the only one hiding something. Indeed, she 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.


Chapter One


The sunlit room existed in another world, where the air smelled of coffee and flowers, where the traffic hummed outside and each house down the street had a tree on the pavement, as...


Praise for The Loving Husband

"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." —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

"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." —Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch

"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." —Joe Hartlaub,

"A creepy, addictive read." —Booklist

"An emotionally charged mystery that will keep readers guessing until the final chapter." —Publishers Weekly

"The mystery is a slow-burn but is startlingly effective at this pace. . . a truly chilling, absorbing read." —Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Christobel Kent

Christobel Kent was born in London and grew up in London and Essex, including a stint on the Essex coast on a Thames barge with three siblings and four stepsiblings, before studying English at Cambridge. She has worked in publishing and as a TEFL teacher, and has lived in Italy, where she set several novels, including The Drowning River and A Murder in Tuscany. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and their five children.

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