Wednesday 12 May 2021

The Serial Killer's Wife - Alice Hunter

Every marriage has its secrets…

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.

They’re saying he’s a monster. And they’re saying she knew.

What did I think?

BOOM!  I never saw that coming!  What a great book; it kept me going right up to the very last page.  Alice Hunter's debut is a really interesting idea for a book, questioning how well you ever really know your partner and how people hide their true selves behind a mask.  

I really wanted to feel sorry for Beth when her husband Tom is arrested for murder, but there was just something about her that I didn't warm to and I felt like one of the school mums as I questioned just how much she actually knew.   I considered women's instinct and how we can always seem to sniff out a lie, no matter how cunning our partner thinks they are.  Beth had to know something...didn't she?

As the police investigation progresses I simply couldn't read fast enough, gasping out loud as little landmines of shock and surprise exploded in my path.  Alice Hunter's writing is exceptional, creating layer upon layer of intrigue and unwrapping the secrets of Beth and Tom's marriage like a game of pass the parcel.  With so many twists and turns, my interest was held throughout and my eyes were firmly glued to the page.  There is no doubt that Tom is a killer, but just how many bodies has he buried?

Gripping, compelling and twisty, The Serial Killer's Wife is a brilliant debut from Alice Hunter.  I will definitely be adding her to my watch list and I can't wait to see what she writes next.

I chose to read a digital ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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