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 beings 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?
Imogen started working on the Plan after her husband reluctantly attended her stepsisters wedding. She could see that Vince was suffocating her, stealing her every essence but couldn’t stop him. She wasn’t afraid that he would physically hurt her, but she knew he would mentally manipulate her and convince her to stay.
The most difficult piece to the Plan was finding the right time to execute, which was finally provided by her work. Imogen was invited to accompany her boss to Paris for an exhibition. Once the exhibition ended, she got on the bus for an 11 hour trip to southwest France. At the first stop, Imogen disabled her cell phone: took out the battery, removed the SIM card, and discarded the pieces in trash bins. Her plan slowly coming into fruition.
Imogen and her mother quickly left Hendaye and the Villa Martine when she was a child and never returned (until now). Her fondest memories were of living in this small town, it was the home she never shared with Vince. She looked around her but didn’t recognize the streets; she wasn’t even sure if Villa Martine still existed. None of that mattered now. The first step to her plan was completed. With limited funds, Imogen needed to find a place to stay and a job.
Vince Naughton is not one to give up easily. Imogen is his wife and he will never let her go. He is intent on finding his wife and bringing her home. The police do not consider her missing and are of no help to him and a private investigator would be too expensive. So Vince decides to find her on his own, after all, how hard could it really be? According to Vince, Imogen is not very intelligent.
I enjoyed reading The Missing Wife by Sheila O’Flanagan. So many books in which a wife runs away deals with physical abuse. I liked that this one showed the impact of mental and emotional abuse. The location is what made this book for me. I could picture everything about this small town because of O’Fanagan’s descriptions and details. It was a quint and inviting environment, and I wanted to be there.
I do feel that the novel was drawn out too much. There were times that I got a little bored. The story was told through the transitioning of Imogen’s life as a child, her life with Vince and her new life in Hendaye. I wouldn’t classify this book as suspenseful and feel that some of it could have been trimmed to tell a tighter story.