Blog Tour | Left Hanging by Maria Frankland

Two's company in a marriage. How do you cope when there's three?

Ed and Kerry Huntington-Barnes have an idyllic life, with their five-year-old twins, successful careers, a luxurious house and an affluent lifestyle. Yet the secrets they’re harbouring force their separation. Kerry is fighting her own demons, amongst which is the knowledge that she is the wrong gender for her husband to ever truly love her.

Parallel to this is the death of a local man, Russell Lawson, which affects both Ed and Kerry in different ways. Will his widow Davina, and the other shadows that surround their separation and Russell’s death, destroy their lives, and their sons’ lives even further?

This is a story that portrays the darkness that can exist inside marriage and the hatred that can linger amongst families that are supposed to love each other.

As a woman, I am totally aware of horrible other women can be.  The quick glance at what you are wearing, the whispered comment, the bitching behind your back, I am sure we have all experienced it.

Kerry Huntington-Barnes is trying to ignore the looks, she has a fabulous life, a gorgeous husband, beautiful twin boys, a stunning house and a thriving business.  What more could she ask for, her life is truly idyllic.

Ed Huntington-Barnes is living a lie, his wife Kerry is doing his head in and he cannot stand to be near her despite her repeated attempts at seduction. She is the mother of his children and that has to count for something surely?

Russell Lawson is dead, his body found under suspicious circumstances in a local hotel, the exact hotel that Kerry and Ed were married in some years previously.  Russell was on the outside a happily married man with a young daughter, his wife Davina is devastated especially when it turns out he was possible meeting another man.

The secret that Russell harboured shakes the community.  Kerry’s gym buddies, the type of women who wear make up to work out, have a field day with their speculating.  Who was the other man in Russell’s room?

Ed is strangely distraught over Russell’s death and in turn it creates an epiphany within him.  His life has been a huge lie, his marriage a sham, his wife repulses him, he should never have married her.  Ed finally admits that he is gay.  Kerry does not take it well, her dream life is falling apart and she wants Ed to pay.

All niceties go out the window and the couple square up against one another but little do they know things will get a lot worse.

Left Hanging was an excellent read, I don’t want to tell you too much more because of course, spoilers, but the story played out very well and there are some very well executed twists that appear to throw spanner’s in to the works.  It truly kept me guessing till the end.

Thanks to Random Things Tours for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.


Maria Frankland's life began at 40 when she escaped an unhappy marriage and began making a living from her own writing and becoming a teacher of creative writing.

The rich tapestry of life with all its turbulent times has enabled her to pour experience, angst and lessons learned into the writing of her novels and poetry.

She recognises that the darkest places can exist within family relationships and this is reflected in the domestic thrillers she writes.

She is a 'born 'n' bred' Yorkshirewoman, a mother of two and has recently found her own 'happy ever after' after marrying again.

Still in her forties, she is now going to dedicate the rest of her working life to writing books and inspiring other writers to also achieve their dreams too! Twitter @writermaria_f


  1. I will have to look for this one, I want to know more!

  2. This sounds really interesting! Especially in terms of confronting closeted sexuality amidst a scandal. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

  3. Thank you for such a great review Heather - I really appreciate your time and trouble and I'm so glad you've enjoyed reading it!x

  4. The marriage plot gone terribly wrong, right?

  5. This sounds like an excellent book! You got me all curious about the twists for this one too. Great review! I'm glad you enjoyed it this much.

  6. Massive thanks for the blog tour support x


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