Review: My Wife is Missing by D.J. Palmer

Author: D.J. Palmer
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Released: May 10, 2022
Received: NetGalley

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Once again, I find myself reading thriller novels back to back, and you know what? I’m okay with that. I love diving into these different worlds of thrills and intrigue. They certainly help make the night go by quickly! My latest read is My Wife is Missing, by D.J. Palmer.

It was supposed to be a fun family vacation. That’s what Michael Hart keeps telling himself, even while dealing with the real fact that his wife and children are missing. They just up and disappeared while inside their hotel. Or so it seems.

While looking into his missing family, certain truths come to light. Such as the fact that his wife may have left on her own – and that Michael’s history may have played a role in her disappearance.

If you’re looking for a slow-burning thriller with lots of family drama, then you’ve got to check out My Wife is Missing. This book is perfect for readers that aren’t in a rush to solve the puzzle (though I promise the mystery does get solved).

It was a unique read for me for that reason. Normally I like trying to figure out the whole story, but this time I was content to let the story ebb and flow as needed. That speaks volumes about D.J. Palmer’s writing style – there’s something so captivating about it.

Despite how the description makes it appear, My Wife is Missing is told from two perspectives: Michael and Natalie (the wife). This helped that slow burn I mentioned early, steadily building suspense as we got to the final reveal.

That said, I have not expected the unreliable narrative subtext that came with Natalie’s side of things. I think overall, that twist worked pretty well, though. Especially once they explained what was going on.

This now makes the second novel I’ve read by D.J. Palmer (the first being The Perfect Daughter), so I think I can officially say that I love his writing style. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!

Thanks to StMartinsPress and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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