Book Review: Girl Wife Prisoner by Hanna Peach

Posted November 12, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Girl Wife Prisoner by Hanna PeachGirl Wife Prisoner by Hanna Peach
Series: A Good Wife,
Published by Gypsy Publishing on September 9th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 243
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
ASIN: B013H9GB44
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four-half-stars
three-flames

How far would you go to set yourself free?

Drake Blackwell is intelligent, successful, controlling, and hiding a violent family past. He just made his latest investment: Noriko.

Imported from Japan and wed to a stranger, Noriko struggles to stick to the rules of a Good Wife. Drake can’t seem to love her, not the way she wants to be loved. She dreams of freedom beyond the gates of Blackwell Manor.

She meets Keir, a passionate young gardener who shares her desire to break free. He gets under her skin and ignites a fire in her she can't ignore. In the midst of her quiet desperation she thinks she has found happiness. And a glimpse of hope.

But this affair can't last...can it?

There is a darkness lingering, but not how you'd expect. There are monsters, but not as you usually know them. The truth is, in this story, no one is completely innocent. And it's always darkest before the dawn.

Although part of a series, this is a standalone novel with no cliffhanger.WARNING: For ages +18. There are scenes in this novel that infer or allude to physical violence.

How far would you go to set yourself free?

Girl Wife Prisoner by Hanna Peach tells the story of a mail-order bride, Noriko, who finds herself a stranger in a strange land, and at the mercy of her controlling husband. Despite her difficulties Noriko finds a sliver of happiness with her husband’s gardener, Keir, and the two embark on a torrid love affair. This synopsis seems cut and dried, but as the title suggests the novel isn’t your typical romance.

Noriko is a prisoner in her own home. Her husband Drake may be successful and intelligent, but his violent family past makes it difficult for him to express his affection for his new bride. Inside the walls of the palatial mansion lies secrets, darkness, and despair. Readers are told the story by Noriko, but the young woman may not be the most trustworthy narrator. Like her husband, Noriko has secrets of her own. Trying to discern if Noriko was someone I should root for was difficult for me at times. She seemed like a nice, naive young woman, but over the course of the book we see her evolve thanks to her circumstances. Her husband Drake was as much of a mystery to me, because we only get to know him through Noriko’s eyes. The one person I liked from the start, and trusted as a character was Keir, but like Drake, we only see him through Noriko’s eyes, and because of her feelings for him Keir might not have been who I thought.

As much as this story seems like a romance, I found it to be more of a morality tale. Each of the characters commits actions that leave you questioning if they’d done the “right” thing. Girl Wife Prisoner also demonstrates the lengths people will go to get what they want, and how they have to live with the consequences of their actions. Monsters come in many different forms. Some are obvious by the way they look and act, but others are more subtle. Sometimes, the very things we should fear are the things we never see coming. This suspense yarn is quite gripping, and the steady pace doesn’t let up until the very end. I would recommend this book to people who like some romance in their stories, but aren’t looking for the conventional love story.

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Overall: 4.6

About Hanna Peach

Hanna is the bestselling author of the Bound romantic suspense series and the Dark Angel fantasy series. Although she writes in more than one genre she can’t write a book without weaving together a complicated plot and filling it with twists. She writes what she believes: good people can do bad things, ordinary people can do great things and choose love above everything.

Eternally restless, Hanna has lived in Indonesia, Australia, Germany, Scotland, England, Croatia and Ireland – everything she owns fits into one suitcase. She’s planning her next move with her gorgeous (and understanding) partner right now. If not writing, she can be found wandering a dusty market in Marrakesh or trekking a mountain in Peru, often using her travels as settings in her novels.

To WIN a copy of her next release go to www.hannapeach.com.

@Angelized_1st

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