I really liked the first half, the abusive husband was the perfect monster, but I didn't really get the foray into the supernatural. Kind of came out of nowhere for me. Like "I'm Stephen King, I have to put in something other wordly."
The supernatural was the only thing I liked about it.
People may think that how the first scene was set up makes no difference but it would have made a BIG difference in terms of knowing that he was the one who abused her.
I'm referring to the scene when EMT's and paramedics arrived to treat her for the miscarriage, and he tells them she fell down the stairs.
Paramedics would have at that point done a quick head to toe assessment and if they found wounds inconsistent with the story HE told - or found no wounds at all - they would be required to document it as suspected domestic abuse and report it to police. Even though he was a police officer in the story, they still would have considered our information to be expert testimony of a sort and they would have investigated it. Then he might have gone to jail for Manslaughter. Because killing a baby that hasn't been born yet just doesn't rate as important enough to be Attempted Murder in the second degree.
At any rate, there would be no further story, which is why I disliked this novel.
I find it quite annoying that most popular authors treat my job on paper as if it doesn't matter. People are pretty weird and some of them will believe a popular author over what we say; two of them already HAVE done that to us.
So I have a pet peeve about how my profession is displayed in writing. Usually I can overlook it as a pet peeve. But I couldn't do that with this book.