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The Missing Wife

By: Sheila O'Flanagan
Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
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Fans of Marian Keyes, Lisa Jewell and Santa Montefiore will love Sunday Times best-selling author Sheila O'Flanagan's The Missing Wife.

Have you ever wanted to disappear?

When Imogen Naughton vanishes, everyone who knows her is shocked. She has a perfect marriage. Her handsome husband treats her like a princess. She's always said how lucky she is. So why has she left? And how will she survive without Vince?

What goes on behind closed doors is often a surprise, and Imogen surprises herself by taking the leap she knows she must. But as she begins her journey to find the woman she once was, Imogen's past is right behind her....

Will it catch up with her? And will she be ready to face it if it does?

©2016 Sheila O'Flanagan (P)2016 Headline Digital

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Left wanting more Sheila O'Flanagan

This is the first Sheila O'Flanagan book I've read. I got so involved with this story my heart was racing at times. Had to keep listening well past bedtime in the last chapters - wouldn't be able to sleep otherwise. I'm now deciding on which Sheila O'Flanagan to listen to next.

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Love love LOVED it

I couldn't put this one down and listened to it in one sitting. The beautifully detailed descriptions of France, Imogen's journey and the friendships she forms and broken bonds she mends along the way, even Vince's perspective made this such an enjoyable book. I'm sad it's over. Brilliantly narrated by Aoife McMahon who has a lovely melodic voice and engaging tone. I'd give 10 stars if I could.

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Easy listen

Liked the narrator. Thought she did a brilliant job with so many characters - but couldn’t figure out if Dublin-based Shauna was supposed to be Welsh?!

The story meandered a bit. Some conversation seemed a bit pointless and I’ve never heard so many different ‘people‘ use the word ‘nevertheless’.

Liked the description of the various settings and brought back my own memories of time spent in small French villages and San Sebastián.

I’d describe this as an easy read holiday novel which I’ll probably forget by next week.

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Fabulous read ☺️

A fabulous read that light and easy to listen to. I’ll definitely be looking for more of Sheila O’Flanagan’s books.

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Lovely

This was a sweet story. I agree, it’s a light read but I liked the message and I found the story and the characters engaging. 5-stars for the narration

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Light and entertaining

I loved this book. Yes it’s light but so enjoyable. The last third of the book I couldn’t stop listening. I had to find out the ending. Timely in todays understanding of coercive control. Will search for other books from this author. Hi

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Engrossing

While it was hard to listen to at times, I really enjoyed the diversity of this book. The landscape, the characters, the relationships. And loved the accents of the narrator. I choose books by looking up Aoife McMahon. She is so good 💕

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Wonderful read!

This is the best read I have in years and the narrator has a lovely voice c

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A great, heartwarming read

Once again Sheila O Flanagan has written a light hearted book featuring a relatable modern woman with all the right doses of romance, fiction, fun & mystery.

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Very Enjoyable

I very much enjoyed this story. Also lots of suspense, great characters & such one of my favourite narrators. I highly recommend!!!

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  • 02-09-2016

Fantastic

This was an amazing story. Anyone who has been in a relationship like Imogen will be amazed by the accuracy of the dread and it was written so well, makes me think the author may have been or knows someone close who has experienced this. I couldn't put it down!!! Great, definitely the best Sheila oflanagan book I have read....

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  • Jill Besterman
  • 05-07-2016

Sheila O'Flanagan, back to near her best

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I did not enjoy the previous couple of books by this author but The Missing Wife is a big improvement on them. Trapped in an increasingly loveless marriage with a controlling husband Imogen fears that her only option is to disappear before he finally manages to reduce her confidence to zero and the only place that she thinks might be safe is the Basque area of France where she was happy as a child. We follow her as she tries to re-establish herself as an individual, managing to find work and a place to live whilst relishing the beauty of the area and the people she meets, some new and some old friends. Meanwhile we also get an insight into the mind of her husband, the unpleasant Vince, as he tries to find out where she is, fully intending to "punish" her for humiliating him in such a manner.

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  • Gwyneth Smith
  • 22-08-2016

The manipulative husband

Would you consider the audio edition of The Missing Wife to be better than the print version?

No idea never read it but I always think of audio books as a play not a book, wonderful invention.

What other book might you compare The Missing Wife to, and why?

Blimey, A place to call home. Carol Mathews

Which character – as performed by Aoife McMahon – was your favourite?

Honor

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I didn't but I could easily have done so

Any additional comments?

Veronica Henry, love her books and Aoife McMahon read beautifully.

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  • 11-07-2017

underwhelming

I was enjoying the listen but the longer it went on the less believable many of the characters became and I found all the details of Imogen's childhood back story tiresome. I was more interested in the story of Imogen and Vince and to this end I found the (eventual) climax to that story arc particularly unsatisfying. All in all I wanted it to be more interesting, more surprising and with more tension.

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  • Ann D
  • 12-07-2016

Wonderful, then spoiled by the final chapter!

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I loved this book, wonderful characters, with a story that romped along. Unfortunately, it was badly let down in the final chapter. Everything was tied-up in a very twee way. All of the events at the end could happily have been there, but not so quickly and easily. Without risking a spoiler, the character of the husband, with the personality portrayed, would not have given-up so easily. What had been a compulsive read that I could hardly put down, became a disappointment. What a shame. The narration however, was excellent.

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  • Cabevel
  • 15-08-2016

A Good Holiday Read

The narrator was very good and the story came to life. compelled throughout. A weak ending.

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  • sue
  • 31-07-2016

fabulous book.


really enjoyed this book, I will definitely read another of her books. very good story wanted to keep reading top book.

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  • Sarah
  • 02-08-2017

Really not bad but.....

This was a good story and although I did find my mind occasionally wondering at points, I did enjoy it. I've listened to several books narrated by Aoife McMahon and usually can't fault her, but I found the way she constantly switched between French and Irish accents when voicing the same character distracting and also a little confusing when there were several people in a scene. I'd personally have preferred it if she'd chosen one for each person and stuck to it for the sake of flow.

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  • Miss
  • 09-10-2016

Brilliant

Great story would definately recommend would buy from this author again truly excellent 5* to her

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  • P M. Gregory
  • 06-10-2016

Excellent

Really enjoyable, kept guessing right to the end. I couldn't wait for the husband to get his comeuppance.

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