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The Vow

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  483 ratings  ·  398 reviews
Everything was perfect. And then her fiance disappeared…

‘Dazzling’ DAILY MAIL

‘A terrific new talent’ PETER JAMES

Two weeks before her wedding, a stranger stops Amy in the street and warns her she’s in danger. Then that night, Matt, her fiancé, doesn’t come home. Desperate, Amy calls the police – but when Matt fails to emerge, she’s forced to call off her wedding day.

Then an
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Published October 15th 2020 by Avon
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Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Amy is making plans to marry Matt, writing vows, working with her wedding planner and so on. Then a number of strange events occurred and Matt disappears. What follows takes us back to Amy’s teenage years in this story of guilt, obsession, deception, betrayal and revenge. It is told in alternating perspectives by Amy, her daughter Jess, Fiona a lawyer and is interspersed with events from 1996.

I really enjoyed the first part of this as is really twisty and has some intriguing revelations. Jess
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is quiet unique experience for me! It started fast, captivated my attention! I didn’t want to put it down! I like juicy, scandalous, mysterious double life story.
Image you’ve been ditched before your marriage. The groom disappears into thin air and you found
out some other woman also looks for your fiancée dearest because she insists that the very same man you plan to spend the rest of your life plans to dumb you for her! Shame! But don’t worry! The shameless scumbag is already dead!
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
You didn't know about the alchemist's curse. About the significance that lay, not just in essence but in intent.

Too many inconsistencies and implausibilities made The Vow a not remotely enticing read. I found Amy, the protagonist, to be spineless. And the reason everything happened was just silly. Honestly, nothing about this book came across as realistic...from the police procedural, to the clues, to the character's reactions, to the conclusion.

I don't really have anything else to say.

Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amy and Matt are getting married in two weeks, everything seems perfect and they are writing their own vows. Matt says he is taking a client out for dinner and will be back late - but he doesn’t return!!

Amy had been warned by a stranger that “she is in danger” but now wonders if the message is connected with Matt’s disappearance.

When the police start to investigate, another woman, Fiona comes forward as her boyfriend Matt has disappeared. Was Matt living a double life?

The story is told from Amy,
Jessica Kafka | JustReadingJess
The Vow is a must read thriller! I could not put this book down. I was hooked from the first page. There is so much suspense throughout the book. There wasn't anything I didn't like about this book.

Amy's fiance Matt is missing two weeks before their wedding. After reporting him missing, she finds out he has a mistress, Fiona, who also reported him missing. Both women have secrets they aren't telling the cops but what actually happened to Matt?

Thank you NetGalley and Avon Books UK for The Vow.

The Vow starts off two weeks before a wedding is to happen, and stays interesting all the way along

A story about a double life, missing people and just so much more!

I am giving this book 3.5 Stars

Thank You to NetGalley, Author Debbie Howells and Avon Books UK for my advanced copy of The Vow, in exchange for my review

#TakeTheVow #NetGalley
Mandy White
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Debbie Howells is an author whose books I always enjoy... hello Her Sisters Lie 🙌. The Vow was a twisty and surprising psychological thriller that kept me up past my bedtime. The ending was very cleverly done, really didn’t see it coming.

Matt and Amy are the perfect couple and are about to get married. But 2 weeks before the wedding, Matt disappears without a trace. In her search to find him she discovers that he was living a double life, with another woman. He was not that man she thought he w
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Amy’s fiancé Matt disappears a few weeks before their wedding.
She calls the police and they inform her that he has been lying to her and leading a double life. She can’t believe that this is true and sets out to find the truth.
A story about secrets and lies with quite a few twists and turns.
Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Lost in my thoughts, at first I don't notice the footsteps behind me.

'Excuse me . . .'

The voice is unfamiliar. I hesitate, unsure if it's directed at me, then as the footsteps come closer, I turn around to find myself staring at a stranger.

'I need to talk to you.' As the woman speaks, I feel myself freeze. She looks older than her voice sounds, her grey hair wispy, her face strangely unlined. But it's the colour of her eyes, a transparent ice-blue, that is hypnotic. For a moment I'm m
Vanessa Menezes
Two weeks before her wedding, a stranger stops Amy in the street and warns her she’s in danger. Then that night, Matt, her fiance, doesn’t come home. Another woman ,Fiona, also reports a man missing and it’s the same man, Matt had been living a double life.

As the police dig deeper, two conflicting, yet equally plausible stories emerge from two women who allegedly have never met. Who is lying and where has Matt disappeared ?

What initially attracted me to this book was its cover and once I read t
Jeanette Lewis
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to Netgalley and Publishers Avon UK for this ARC for my opinion and review.

This is a fabulous read of intrigue and suspense. Was there or wasn't there a murder?

The reader is taken into the everyday lives of Amy and Jess, mother and daughter. Amy is divorced and through this experience, although there is no description of the divorce, the reader will see that it has left her uncertain of herself and insecure. Had the author included the former husband and divorce details the read wou
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t have a lot of expectation about this book but OMG! It really is a great book! I love it a lot!

I keep guessing what is happening but I can’t! Everything is so unexpected. The plot twist is definitely commendable. I love how modern kind of mystery and thriller this is. It’s easily relatable! It had multiple POV which gives you a wide range of what is really happening. About 20% till the book is finish it pulls me in to keep reading more. I love it!

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Avon P
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one came on strong at the start, with a frantic Amy trying to locate her fiance Matt after he disappeared a couple of weeks before their wedding. Not long thereafter, a woman named Fiona reports her lover's disappearance. He was, she claims, about to ditch his fiance and move in with her. As I expected when the second woman turned up, evidence - including photos - prove that the guy reported missing by both is one and the same.

Also about the same time, I got a sense of deja vu; not all that
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it
A striking cover!
Amy is due to marry Matt in 2 weeks, there is much excitement but then after a rushed phone call saying Matt will be late home that night he disappears, seemingly off the face of the world
Amy is devastated, Jess, her daughter, less so and as the Police investigation starts ( and continues ) we find out not everything was as perfect as Amy led everyone to believe and secrets, lies and obsessions come to the fore as the reader, slowly at times, is led through this domestic noir re
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
1. One for Sorrow…
This fast-paced read tells the story of manipulation, revenge, and sorrow.

2. The Unreliable Narrator
The suspense kept me turning the pages and along the way, I lost trust in all characters as their unreliability became quite palpable.

3. In Style
I also quite enjoyed the author’s writing style and how the story progressed almost effortlessly.

4. Don’t let me down
The last revelation was a bit of a let-down but the way everything came together, at the end, was rather satisfying.

5. T
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amy is getting married to Matt in two weeks. Two weeks before the wedding she is approached by a stranger warning she is in danger. Amy doesn’t know what to think of this. The same night Matt says he will be home later as he taking a client out. Matt hasn’t come home the next morning and Amy starts to get concerned. She reports him missing to the police. Another man is reported missing by a woman called Fiona and he looks exactly like Matt. Fiona’s story to the police is that Matt was going to l ...more
Andrea Pole
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Vow by Debbie Howells is exactly the kind of story that pulls me in immediately and keeps me fully engaged. Told from several points of view, we meet Abby, a woman who is thrilled to be marrying her fiance, Matt. But when Matt unexpectedly leaves one night telling Amy to 'take care', she feels that something just isn't right. These are not the parting words of a man who is madly in love and excited to jump into holy matrimony. When Matt has not returned by the next morning, Amy knows immedia ...more
Oct 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

Well this was not good. I think having at least 4 separate points of view (POV) did not help matters. And the whole why behind things made not a lick of sense. There was too much going on plot wise. If Howells had kept the book to Amy dealing with the fallout of her fiancee Matt disappearing, and finding out what kind of man he really was deep inside, the book could have worked. Instead there were way t
Wendy Golding
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love finding a new author who writes a terrific debut suspense/thriller. Amy and Matt are getting married in two weeks, just a few final details remain. That is until Matt disappears. As the story unfolds, you meet Jess, Amy's daughter from her first marriage, and her friend Cath. Amy has a wonderful daughter, her own herbalist business that she built, and is now marrying a man she loves. After Matt disappears and their love story begins to unravel, details from their pasts come to light and t ...more
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has it all: an intriguing story, unreliable narrators, lies, secrets and a character you love to hate.

Two weeks before the wedding Amy’s fiancé Matt goes missing. He just does not come home after having dinner with a client. Amy is devastated. She is so happy to have found love again after an unhappy marriage and years of her own raising her daughter Jess. Amy tells the police how happy she and Matt were and how much they were looking forward to their wedding. But were they really?

Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid, suspenseful thriller about a man who disappears, and his fiancee finds out he's living a double life. From there, I can't say too much more because the twists just keep coming. Great premise, and the writing hooked me all the way through. I really liked the main character, Amy - while somewhat unreliable (as good thriller leads tend to be), she was the one I rooted for throughout. The story ties back to events in 1996 in Amy's childhood that may or may not be linked to her fiancee's dis ...more
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
The Vow is a book about engaged Amy and Matt. Two weeks before their wedding, Matt mysteriously disappears. Along with the worry of where Matt could be, Amy begins to undercover secrets about her fiancé, and a double life he was leading. As she digs deeper, so do the police.The twists and turns lead to a surprising conclusion.
This is the first book I have read from this author, and while I enjoyed to story there was parts of the book that dragged on and felt unnecessary. I liked how new secrets
Jazzyb Webb
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
The vow has a really amazing concept Amy's fiance goes missing after a little under 24 hours she reports matt as missing. Only to find out later on that matt was living a double life as he is reported missing aswell by his girlfriend fiona.
The book is told from four points of view Amy, Jess (Amy's daughter), Fiona and a fourth person who we don't discover until the end.
Reading the blurb I knew this was my kind of story suspense, drama, lies, thriller etc. But unfortunately the book let's itsel
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Two weeks before her wedding, Amy's fiance, Matt, disappears. It's completely out of the blue and she is worried sick. But leading up to his absence, she was stopped by a stranger in the street warning her she is in danger. As the story goes on we find that another woman also reports a man of Matt's description missing, a man that was about to leave his fiance.

This was such an intriguing mystery and one I really enjoyed. The characters were not particularly likeable or perhaps I just didn't conn
Everyone dreams of their wedding day, your dress, cake, flowers, decorations, every detail planned and catered for. Of course not forgetting the groom the man you are deeply in love with, share all of your hopes and dreams with, the man you plan to spend a lifetime with.

Imagine that man not turning up on your long awaited wedding day.

Amy is due to marry Matt in two weeks, everything is going smoothly and they have even created their own vows. One evening Matt says he will be home late as he is h
Jacqueline  sharp
This started out to be a really promising read, gripping from the beginning. As we see Amy and Matt planning their wedding, only two weeks away. Putting the final touches on everything with their wedding planner, and just needing to sort out the final seating plan. Until one day Matt left for work and didn’t return. Where had he gone? Amy is frantic, calling everyone she can think of. Eventually reporting him missing to the police. But then another woman reports a man missing as well, it turns o ...more
☼ Sarah ☼
I received a free e-ARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you, Avon!

The Vow drew me in with its interesting premise: a woman reports her husband-to-be missing only to find out that another woman has done the same, leading her to question whether she really knows the man she was about to marry at all...

I would have rated this one higher, but I found myself irritated by the writing style. As an example, many, if not most, sentences are written like th
Linda McCutcheon
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
"...He isn't who you think he is. You are in danger."

Can you imagine two weeks before your wedding a complete stranger, an elderly woman, grabs your arm in the middle of the street and spits these words at you?!

This is how The Vow by Debbie Howells begins its truly twisty suspenseful tale of Amy happily engaged to Matt. After this ominous encounter Matt never comes home that day. The police cannot find him. Then another stranger, Fiona, reports her boyfriend missing and pictures reveal it is Am
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
Amy narrates her story, alternating between Jess (daughter of Amy) and Fiona’s narration. Jess’s narration which starts later gives the reader a perspective to the story. The plot involves a few characters and, navigating through them is easy. As the chapters progress, everyone seems to have a motive in the disappearance of Matt.

The story captures the reader’s attention, and one cannot keep the book down. The central theme is abusive relationships. Unlike, the physical abuse this abuse does not
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Debbie self-published three commercial women's fiction novels before writing The Bones of You, her first psychological thriller.
Three more have followed, the most recent of which is Her Sister's Lie. Follow her on Instagram @_debbiehowells.

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