The Missing Husband

“Ideas for new stories can come out of nowhere and for my fourth novel,  inspiration struck when I was watching a news report about a man who had disappeared without trace. Even as the news reader moved on to the next item, my mind was whirring and it wasn’t long before I had the story all planned out, exploring not only what might have happened to the missing husband but also the devastating effect his disappearance had on his family.”



The Missing Husband

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When Jo pretends to be asleep as her husband leaves for work the morning after an argument, she doesn’t realise how deeply she will come to regret the opportunity to say goodbye. By nightfall, her life has changed irrevocably.

David has disappeared and there doesn’t seem to be any trace of him. But Jo is five months pregnant and her marriage is full of secrets – not least, David’s unwillingness to start a family.

As the mystery around David’s disappearance shows no sign of being solved, Jo must choose: will she give up her baby to make the man she loves come home?

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4 thoughts on “The Missing Husband

  1. I have just finished reading The Missing Husband.
    It is the first book I have read so far and since buying it, I have been searching for your others as this was such an incredible read.
    The way it is written had me right there within the story lines, i could easily put myself in each room and place, feeling every possible emotion the characters were feeling, it was intense but amazing. I have been so engrossed in it.
    I have continuously been talking about it to my friend who is borrowing it now, I have even tried to imagine what happens with the characters later on, when time has healed many broken hearts. I would absolutely love to see a sequil to this book were Jo and Simon’s friendship continues to strengthen while they help each other escape their shadows and become themselves again, aswel as finding true friendship they also find love with each other, it would also be good to see how each original character copes with the changes of a new relationship after such heartbreak.

    I have recently heard from a friend of yours that you have now quit your day job to become a full time writer, i would like to say a massive congratulations and well done on following your passion completely, you are an extremely talented writer and i wish you all the success in the world. X

    • Hi Katie

      Thank you so much for taking the time to get in touch, and for your lovely comments. I love that you’ve been thinking about what happened to Jo and Simon! If I had gone on to write what happened next then I would absolutely see them forming a stronger bond and eventually a relationship.

      Yes I will be leaving work to write full time in November. It’s going to be such a huge change and while there are no guarantees with publishing, it makes such a huge difference having readers who not only my books but recommend them too, so thank you so much!!

      Amanda x

  2. Dear Amanda

    I have just finished reading The Missing Husband. It is a wonderful book which reduced me to tears on several occasions. Having suffered from mental illness myself, though not leading to panic attacks, I thought your depiction of the desperation and lack of control was brilliant. I can only assume you were writing from personal experience or that you have some training as counsellor.

    My wife gave me the book to read and I am glad she did!! Also, as a retired 55 year old male PE and geography teacher, I doubt that I am your typical reader though I may be wrong? I just wanted to let you know how I felt and that you may have a bigger market for your books than you think.

    All the


    • Hi David

      It’s lovely of you to get in touch. It’s often hard for me to express the way a character feels when they’re experiencing something that I haven’t. In the case of Jo, I did have panic attacks when I was a teen but nothing on this scale so it’s good to hear you think I portrayed her well.

      I don’t often hear from male readers, so yes it’s good to know there’s an appeal to a wider audience!

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments, and wishing you and your wife a very happy Christmas.

      Kind regards, Amanda x

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