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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Blogtour: Review: The Innocent Wife by Amy Lloyd

Hi guys, I’m back! Hello 2018.

So, today I kick off my year of reviews with an absolute corker- and I’m delighted to be one of today’s stops on The Innocent Wife blogtour.

The Innocent Wife may be Amy Lloyd’s debut, but her style is assured, complex and… well, let’s just say it… completely creepy. The book follows the story of Sam – a British woman who becomes intrigued and obsessed with Dennis Danson – convicted for a horrific murder just before he turned 18, and currently sat on death row. Along with countless other fans of a true-crime documentary on Dennis, Sam is convinced that he is innocent. But unlike most of the others on the chat rooms- Sam is determined to do something about it.

Their relationship is fuelled at first by letters, but it’s not long before Sam embarks on a journey that takes her to the man she loves.

I don’t think there was a single character amongst the main players in The Innocent Wife that I fully liked or trusted. Doubt, mistrust and unease are woven throughout the narrative. I know it’s a cliché, but the author truly does keep you guessing as to their true natures right up until the end. And what an end. Say no more- no spoilers here!

This is a creepy read which examines obsession, guilt and misplaced trust. Heads up- it’s very tense, but it does also turn fairly graphic at times. Brilliant book and one I won’t be forgetting about in a hurry!

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The Blurb:

Twenty years ago, Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida's Red River County. Now he's the subject of a true-crime documentary that's whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly convicted.

A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis's case. She exchanges letters with him, and is quickly won over by his apparent charm and kindness to her. Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release.

But when the campaign is successful and Dennis is freed, Sam begins to discover new details that suggest he may not be quite so innocent after all...

About the Author:
Amy Lloyd studied English and Creative Writing at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her writing combines her fascination with true crime and her passion for fiction. The Innocent Wife is her first novel and was borne out of a course module in university. She lives in Cardiff with her partner and two cats.

@AmyLloydWrites #TheInnocentWife


  1. Thanks so much for taking part Laura, so pleased you loved The Innocent Wife xx

  2. Hi Anne - my pleasure! Thank you for the opportunity - loved the book x