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The Ex Husband by Samantha Hayes – ARC Review




My Rating ~ Five Stars


RELEASE DATE:  28 June 2022

Format: E-ARC

Pages: 356

Publisher: Bookouture

Source: NetGalley





You thought you were safe. Until he moved in next door…

I haven’t lived here long. The house is small and a little rundown, but each piece of faded floral wallpaper I peel away feels like unwrapping the second chance I never thought I’d get. I’m finally free to wear what I want, and I don’t flinch when I accidently burn dinner. My new home is warm, and the kids are safe inside. Anywhere would feel idyllic after the nightmare marriage I’ve just escaped.

But then I see my ex-husband Craig stroll past my window and let himself into the house next door. Fear chokes me. How did he find me? Does he want me back, or to destroy me for good?

As the removals van pulls away, Craig tells me it’s just a coincidence, that we can all get along and be good neighbours. But at night I lie awake listening to the sound of laughter and lovemaking through the thin wall that separates us, wondering if his new girlfriend is safe. And in the morning, I rifle through his trash, trying to guess his next move. I know how crazy I look, but I’d do anything to protect my children.

Weeks later, when the night air fills with smoke, and this quiet street dances with blue and red flashing police lights, all the secrets behind our two closed doors will be revealed. But after everything that’s happened, will anyone believe I’m innocent?




Thank you so much to Bookouture for providing me with a copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review!


It took Leah a long time to break free from her abusive ex-husband, but she’s finally setting up her own place with her kids, decorating and creating her own vegetable garden, while running her hair salon in town. When a new neighbour moves in next door, she is hopeful they can be friends…until it turns out the new neighbour’s partner is her ex-husband. Leah is sure he’s moved in just to torment her, but he’s so good at charming the pants off everyone that she always ends up looking like the raving lunatic. 

This book made me SO MAD, but in the best way 😄 I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, raging on the other side of the page for Leah and everything she had to go through.  Craig really was a piece of work. Is there anything worse than those gas lighters that have everyone else eating out of the palm of their hand? Ugh.

I’ve read a couple of Samantha Hayes books now and they are always twisty and intense, just how I like my thrillers! I honestly couldn’t put this down. 

The twists came thick and fast towards the end, rounding out a fantastic, tense rollercoaster of a book!




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