Title: The Innocent Wife
(Detective Josie Quinn #16)

Author: Lisa Regan
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Detective
First published: December 12th 2022
Publisher: Bookouture
Finished reading: November 24th 2022
Pages: 394

“You never knew how strong your relationship was until it was challenged because you never knew anyone – not really – until they were put to the test.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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It’s no secret that the Detective Josie Quinn series is one of my favorites and it’s one that I’ve been following from the very beginning. I do a little happy dance every time a new sequel becomes available, because this series hasn’t failed me yet… The Innocent Wife is already book number sixteen and the feeling of having a shiny new Josie Quinn hanging out on my kindle never gets old. And to make things ever better: of course this sequel once again turned out to be detective thriller dynamite!

Before I continue, a little warning is in place because this is a series that focuses a lot on the personal development of the characters as well as the investigations. It’s important to read the books in order both to understand what is in play and to avoid spoilers. The Innocent Wife can technically be read as a stand-alone with the case itself not hitting on a personal level this time around, but you will be missing out on important background information as well as properly understanding the dynamics between the different characters. Plus, the whole series is excellent and well worth your time in the first place!

The case in The Innocent Wife once again hits less hard on a personal level, which is a relief after some of the previous sequels… This doesn’t mean that the case itself is less intense though, and there is plenty of danger and action to be found around every corner. As always, the story had me hooked from the very first chapter, and there is just something about the writing style and plot development that makes it impossible to stop reading once you are past the first couple of chapters. Unputdownable indeed! The Innocent Wife moves fast and there are plenty of secrets, lies and twists to unravel along the way. The plot itself is intense, with a race against the clock and a very unlikeable victim slash suspect who seems to be hiding a LOT. And while I did guess part of the big twist, I never saw the full truth coming until it was finally presented to us.

In short, The Innocent Wife turned out to be yet another highly addictive and extremely engaging detective thriller sequel of a series I consider to be one of my absolute favorites. Things can be said about the credibility of the plot, but I personally don’t mind as this series is well worth the read for its entertainment level alone! Especially if you like your detective thrillers on the fast and intense side.


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