“Beth and Tom Hardcastle are the envy of their neighbourhood – they have the perfect marriage, the perfect house, the perfect family.
When the police knock on their door one evening, Beth panics. Tom should be back from work by now – what if he’s crashed his car? She fears the worst.
But the worst is beyond imagining.
As the interrogation begins, Beth will find herself questioning everything she believed about her husband.” – Amazon
The Serial Killer’s Wife by Alice Hunter is an amazing debut that had me reading way past my bedtime. The short chapters combined with the alternate story telling between Beth and Tom’s past and present was a perfect way to increase the suspense.
The reason I’m giving it four stars instead of five is because I did find myself skimming at times when Beth would ramble in her thoughts as to why she didn’t see that Tom could be a killer. The reason why it got to me so much is the information that we find out later on. I felt while it did keep the suspense going it was a bit of a cop out and a way to add more pages to the book… and I really dislike that. But it should not keep you from reading The Serial Killer’s Wife… especially the very twisted twist that you find out at the end!
I do also want to mention the graphic sexual violence. I’ve read a lot of suspense and thrillers that don’t include that and you may have too. While I thought it was appropriate in the book and added another layer, this may be something that is a trigger for readers.
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