The Vow by Debbie Howells

About the Book

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 have never met.

The wedding day never happened. But the funeral might

What I thought

On Goodreads 2 stars is equal to “It was OK” so I don’t feel too bad about rating the book 2 stars on there, because the book was exactly that – OK. I’ll admit this book dragged for me and I didn’t really enjoy it. Then this morning I finished it – yay, a little happy dance. Then I read the authors acknowledgements at the end and then felt bad. At the end of the day this is the authors baby. She’s put her heart and soul into writing this book so who am I to knock it.

I’m not knocking it as such. It just wasn’t what I was expecting and it wasn’t really my kind of book, plus I’ve read it to the backdrop of some pretty rubbish weather, grey skies and drizzle on a daily basis so maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for this type of story at this particular time.

I wouldn’t say it was a thriller and for me personally I wouldn’t describe it as gripping either. It plodded, at an even pace. I would describe it more as a murder mystery, a who- dunnit, midsomer murder kind of a story with a bit of domestic noir threaded through for good measure. Hence, I found it all a bit depressing if I’m honest. It is also based around a criminal investigation, again just not my cup of tea. I don’t really like detective stories and the two detectives lacked any kind of personality.

The plot itself was quite an interesting one I thought. I’ve read a few reviews where it’s been said they guessed who did what etc. Well I didn’t. I never do in these kinds of books so that wasn’t a problem for me. In fact that’s what kept me going. There was no way I was reading so far and then giving up without finding out the why’s and the wherefore’s of who did what and why.

Once I got to the final chapters, and down to the nitty gritty of the great reveal I got quite engrossed and did enjoy the ending so all wasn’t completely lost. Just not really my thing overall. I will rate it 3 stars here and on Amazon because really my disappointment is down to personal taste (and present mood) rather than there being anything greatly wrong with the book itself.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

♥ Happy Reading ♥

The book is out for publication next week on 15 October in e-book and paperback and you can pre-order here on Amazon.

Thank you to the publisher Avon Books for an advanced copy via Netgalley.

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