The Innocent Wife: A Novel

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Samantha’s boyfriend shows her a documentary about Dennis Danson, who was convicted of murdering a young girl, and she becomes obsessed. That relationship ends, and Sam begins corresponding with Dennis despite her being in England and him in prison in Florida. Another documentary is being made to try to exonerate him since he’s been in prison for eighteen years and has always maintained his innocence. Through their correspondence, Sam and Dennis fall in love, and she decides to move to the States to marry him. Not long after that, new evidence comes to light, and amazingly Dennis is free. Sam begins to discover things that prove he might not have committed that crime, but Dennis is definitely not innocent. Now she has to decide if she will be The Innocent Wife or the guilty wife if she doesn’t see justice done.

If you have ever seen Making a Murderer on Netflix, this story is almost exactly like that. There are a lot of similarities between the two cases, but the author takes it a step further and adds a wife. Sam is so sure of his innocence. It is interesting to see how it all plays out when she discovers no one is innocent. This book definitely makes you wonder how many of the people in prison who get exonerated are actually guilty of something else.

I would say if you encourage women to marry men who they have never met and are currently serving time for the murder of other women, you might not want to read this book. If you are a bit skeptical of that idea, then you will love this book. You will read it knowing that it can’t possibly end well, and you are just waiting to see how it all plays out. Just remember that no one is completely innocent, and oftentimes we will go to extreme lengths to get what we want.


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Author Amy Lloyd
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 336 pages
Publisher Hanover Square Press
Publish Date 2018-Mar-06
ISBN 9781335952400
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Issue June 2018
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller
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