The Dictator's Wife: Behind her smile lies a secret. The most darkly gripping debut novel of 2022

by Freya Berry

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'I am not my husband. I am innocent. Do you believe me?'

The beautiful, enigmatic wife of a feared dictator stands trial for her late husband's crimes against the people. The world will finally know the truth. But whose?

'A gripping, intelligent, utterly-of-the-moment thriller' EMMA STONEX, bestselling author of The Lamplighters
'A remarkable new talent' ANTHONY HOROWITZ, bestselling author of A Line to Kill
'A sumptuously written story, which demands to be devoured in one sitting' GLAMOUR, Top 30 Books Coming in 2022

I learned early in life how to survive. A skill that became vital in my position.

I was given no power, yet I was expected to hold my own with the most powerful man in the country.

My people were my children. I stood between him and them.

I am not the person they say I am.
I am not my husband.
I am innocent.

Do you believe me?

Visceral and thought provoking, haunting and heartbreaking, The Dictator's Wife will hold you in its grip until its powerful conclusion and keep you turning the pages long into the night.

'One of the most compelling literary debuts of the year' GLAMOUR
'This book is magnificent' CHARLOTTE PHILBY, bestselling author of A Double Life
'A captivating story of women's power, love and secrets. As timely and profound as it is unforgettable. The ending left me breathless' LARA PRESCOTT, New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets We Kept
'A gripping and moving debut from a talent to watch' HARLAN COBEN
'A fascinating exploration of absolute power, female agency and the complexities of complicity. Atmospheric, claustrophobic and so elegantly written' ELLERY LLOYD
'A darkly atmospheric, rich, compulsive and page-turning read' KATE HAMER
'One of the most original debuts I have read' DAISY GOODWIN
'Excellent. Horrifying and immersive with strong characterisation and atmosphere' HARRIET TYCE
'Engrossing, evocative, chillingly claustrophobic. Wonderfully written' KAREN HAMILTON
'A thrilling novel' OLIVIA VINALL

  • ISBN10 1472276302
  • ISBN13 9781472276308
  • Publish Date 17 February 2022
  • Publish Status Forthcoming
  • Publish Country GB
  • Publisher Headline Publishing Group
  • Imprint Headline Review
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 416
  • Language English