Review: Wrong Number by Carys Jones

Release date: December 1, 2016

Publisher: Aria

Genre: Mystery


A missing husband. Mysterious calls. And the biggest lie of them all.

Read with caution – you may never want to answer your phone again…

Will and Amanda Thorne are living the dream until, one day, their phone rings. Within 24 hours, Will is missing and Amanda’s world is shattered. Who was on the phone? Where has Will gone?

Amanda is determined to find her husband and is drawn into a world of drug dealers, criminal masterminds and broken promises.

As the truth becomes clearer, she has to face the terrible possibility that she may never have known her husband at all… 


I feel like I was misled by the cover/title/blurb of this book. I love the cover, immediately caught my eye, the title did too. The blurb put the nail in the coffin and by this point I was clicking request on Netgalley faster than ever. But after reading this, I think it’s definitely more of a domestic suspense and had I known that beforehand, I may have enjoyed this more. When I picked this up I was in the mood for a more standard mystery/thriller and I had wrongly assumed this was a pulse pounding domestic suspense.

Wrong Number starts out slow and it took me until about a third of the way through until I actually started to get into the story. Some action begins at this point, but unfortunately it never really reached an exciting level for me. The plot itself was very predictable and I had things figured out very quickly. There was really no heavy layer of suspense hanging over the story either which I would expect in any mystery novel. The combination of these two crucial elements failing for me left things very flat and uninteresting. 

This definitely wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read, it had some moments where I was feeling good about where things were headed, but then every time I would start to relax into the read I would either have to suspend some serious disbelief or be immersed in a love triangle. Being unprepared for the romantic aspect really threw me for a loop and I don’t mind tossing logic out the window occasionally, but I had to do it here a bit too much for my liking. The ending was really curt, I almost thought my copy was missing a few pages, but then I saw there will be a sequel in May. If things had been whittled down a bit I’m not sure one would even be necessary. 

If you’re looking for something with a similar plot and a better domestic suspense check out The Marriage Lie, I enjoyed that one much more.

Overall rating: 2.5/5

Thanks to Aria for my review copy. 

9 thoughts on “Review: Wrong Number by Carys Jones

  1. theblondelikesbooks says:

    I’m with you on a lot of your points! I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. It was a middle of the road 3.5 stars for me. I felt like it wasn’t a super tense thriller like the description would have you believe. Like you, I liked The Marriage Lie a lot better!

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