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‘Wow. This one will keep your bedside light on until the small hours – it’s unputdownable.’
Richard & Judy

For fans of Apple Tree Yard and The Silent Wife, The Loving Husband draws readers into a marriage where nothing is as it seems…

Fran Hall and her husband Nathan have moved with their two children to a farmhouse on the edge of the Fens – a chance to get away from London and have a fresh start.

But when Fran wakes one night to find Nathan gone, she makes a devastating discovery. As questions about her husband and her relationships start to mount, Fran’s life begins to spiral out of control.

What is she hiding from the police about her marriage, and does she really know the man she shared her bed with?


[A] compulsive psychological thriller about family, secrets and the lies we tell ourselves...With a distinctive style and menacing plot, Kent delivers a mesmerising read
Peterborough Telegraph
Atmospheric and psychologically acute throughout
Sunday Times
Echoes of Christie and du Maurier in this fine thriller
Sunday Times on The Crooked House
Unsettling domestic thriller . . . Spooky and skilfully written, this is one to race through
Sunday Mirror
Wow. This one will keep your bedside light on until the small hours - it's unputdownable.
Richard & Judy
A clever and claustrophobic tale
Literary Review
A finely-crafted series of flashbacks . . . excellent thriller . . . tense, dense, extremely well-plotted and beautifully written, this is a fine example of the Domestic Noir genre
Sunday Irish Independent
A tautly plotted trail of red herrings, scares and eventual revelations that keep the Gone Girl fever-type buzz alive
Jon Wise, Weekend Sport
An utterly compulsive psychological thriller. I loved it
S. J. Watson, author of BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP on The Crooked House
Brilliant. A spooky, gripping and affecting story
Louise Doughty, author of APPLE TREE YARD on The Crooked House
Christobel Kent is one of our most assured thriller writers. The Loving Husband is a perfectly paced and plotted novel
Good Housekeeping
Fans of a good old-fashioned page-turner will love this
Firmly in the currently fashionable "domestic noir" genre, but this is no catchpenny trend-chasing; Kent effortlessly rises above other entries in the field . . . the familiar is confronted and inverted and Kent's ace in the hole is her keen penetration of the characters' psychology, particularly that of beleaguered heroine Fran
Barry Forshaw, Financial Times
Kent is an extremely fine writer and makes terrific use in particular of the Fens' waterlogged, empty landscape in which secrets can be easily buried if never quite forgotten...Terrifyingly good
Oh my goodness - what a book! So beautifully tense . . . just glorious
Clare Mackintosh, author of I LET YOU GO, on The Crooked House
Shocking in the extreme. The Loving Husband is a twisted psychological thriller