I walk slowly to the kitchen counter, staring out the window as Ceci rocks back and forth on the swing. My beautiful darling girl has been through so much already. How can I tell her that her life is about to change forever?
When the woman from the hospital tells me that my husband Drew is in a coma my world comes crashing down.
In an instant, I see our whole married life flashing before my eyes: the way our children ran into his arms when he came home from work, the way his face lit up when he read to them. So how can what they are saying be true? That he might have done this to himself?
As my family rallies around to help, it becomes clear that Drew’s sister Gemma knows a shocking secret that my devoted husband has been keeping from me. If he wakes up, can he still be the man I love? Or will his secret tear our family apart?
A rollercoaster ride of emotions, Her Silent Husband is a story about family, and the light that can be found in even the darkest moments of our lives. Fans of Jodi Picoult, Kelly Rimmer and Diane Chamberlain will be captivated by this unforgettable page-turner.
Genre: Women's Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 304
Date of Publication: November 15, 2021
My Rating: 4 Stars
Beth does not know which end is up when she gets a disturbing phone call but her husband is in the hospital. When she discovers the reason that he is there then she is truly beside herself. He is in a coma is due to his own hand and she can’t believe that he would give up on their family.
Beth and Drew have four children including a six-year-old who is still slowly recovering from heart surgery. Between caring for her and their other children with all of their activities Beth does not know how she’s going to sit by her husband’s bedside day after day until and if he wakes from his coma.
Beth is not alone and her concern for Drew. His sister Gemma is there from the beginning and she carries her own share of guilt and concern. Gemma is keeping secrets that might make it clearer to that as to why Drew took such drastic actions. As the story progresses, readers are privy to some of the serious challenges that Gemma has been experiencing and why she feels responsible for what Drew is going through now.
Will Beth and Gemma be able to come to terms with whatever is going on with Drew so that when he should awake they can rebuild? Meanwhile, how will Beth manage all of her responsibilities as a mother and as a wife who is just beginning to learn about lies and secrets that her husband kept from her?
What a touching story. This book tells of some serious issues such as a suicide attempt and some horrors involving the foster care system. It also touches on other serious matters in such a way that make this to be an utterly compelling read. It was very hard not to feel for any of the principal characters in this story but light did shine through as we reached the satisfying conclusion.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sam Vickery is an English author who loves gritty, emotional stories that can make you sob. As a child, she was forever getting in trouble for being caught with her nose in a book, and these days are no different. She lives on the south coast of England with her husband, two children and a cat that thinks it's a dog.