My Wife is Missing

Photo of D.J. Palmer's My Wife Is Missing, ARC Paperback copy

My Wife Is Missing by D.J. Palmer

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: May 10, 2022
Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Book Review

I’ve long been a fan of DJ Palmer’s books. I liked The New Husband and loved The Perfect Daughter. My Wife Is Missing is no different.

On a family vacation to New York, Michael Hart leaves his family in a hotel room to pick up a pizza, and when he returns his family has disappeared along with all their luggage. First, he thinks they’ve been kidnapped. Then, he soon realizes that his wife had carefully planned to run off with their two children.

Told in alternating perspectives between husband and wife, Michael and Natalie, My Wife Is Missing is a twisty adventure. You’re unsure whether to believe either of them. Natalie is hallucinating due to insomnia and took off with her two kids. Michael has been unfaithful and is hiding a dark past. I loved the twists and turns, quite literally, as Natalie races across the country with Michael not far behind.

I read this book in two days. It is written in my favorite format for thrillers: multiple perspectives and short chapters. It was an easy and fun read and I highly recommend it to other thriller fans!

Thank you to St Martins Press and Netgalley for the review copy! All opinions are my own. 

Synopsis from Goodreads

A family vacation turns into a nightmare for Michael Hart when he discovers his wife and two children have disappeared from their New York City hotel room. Horrified, he fears they’ve been kidnapped. Michael’s frantic search to find them takes a shocking turn when he discovers that his wife, Natalie, appears to have left quite willingly, taking their children with her. The police want to know why, and so does Michael. But there may be a reason why Natalie ran, something Michael can’t tell the police — the truth about his past. While untangling his deceptions might be the key to locating Natalie, Michael knows it could also be his undoing. To find his wife, he must now turn to the one person capable of exposing all that he’s been hiding. Natalie thinks she has Michael all figured out and has hatched a plan to escape from him permanently. One detail, though, threatens to derail her efforts: sleep — or more accurately, the lack of it. Since the moment the shocking revelations about her husband came to light, Natalie’s insomnia has worsened to the point that she now suffers from delusions. Are her fears about Michael valid — or a symptom of her condition? With her children’s lives at risk, the stakes for Natalie could not be higher. On her own, running low on energy and resources, avoiding increasingly close calls with Michael — who is on the hunt and closing in fast — Natalie needs someone to turn to for help. But who can she trust when she can’t even trust herself?

About the Author

Headshot of author D.J. Palmer

D.J. PALMER is the author of numerous critically acclaimed suspense novels. He received his master’s degree from Boston University and after a career in e-commerce he shifted gears to writing full time. He lives by the ocean in Massachusetts where he is working on his current novel. Besides writing, DJ enjoys yoga, songwriting, and family time with his two children and his ever-faithful dog.

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