The Love of My Life

Rosie Walsh

20 July 2023
368 pages


From Rosie Walsh, the author of the million copy bestselling sensation The Man Who Didn't Call, comes another OMG love story, The Love of My Life.

'Dazzling' – Lisa Jewell
'I couldn't put it down' – Jane Fallon
'An absolute triumph' – Jill Mansell
'It made me cry, smile and hug my own loved ones a little tighter' – Beth O'Leary

I have held you every night for ten years and I didn’t even know your name. We have a child together. A dog, a house.
Who are you?

Emma loves her husband Leo and their young daughter Ruby: she’d do anything for them. But almost everything she's told them about herself is a lie.

And she might just have got away with it, if it weren’t for her husband’s job. Leo is an obituary writer and Emma is a well-known marine biologist. So, when she suffers a serious illness, Leo copes by doing what he knows best – reading and writing about her life. But as he starts to unravel her past, he discovers the woman he loves doesn’t really exist. Even her name is a fiction.

When the very darkest moments of Emma’s past life finally emerge, she must somehow prove to Leo that she really is the woman he always thought she was . . . But first, she must tell him about the love of her other life.

'Stunning' – Daily Mail

'A winning combination of big emotions and didn't-see-that-coming twist' – Good Housekeeping

This is the story of the secrets within a marriage, told with real insight and compassion. The writing is vivid and tender, the plot so skilfully constructed, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and the characters have stayed with me, long after reaching the end
The Love of my Life is an extraordinary novel. Rosie Walsh combines the emotional punch of the best of romance with the page-turning twists of the most masterful thrillers. I was torn between pausing to weep, and ploughing on to solve the mysteries
Formidably complex and fiendishly clever, The Love of My Life takes the emotional thriller to a whole new level. Both haunting and gripping, it’s a novel as full of twists as it is heart, a gorgeously smart exploration of memory, mystery, and the devotion we show to the people we love. A breathtaking novel from a superbly talented author.