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Publisher's Summary

A Most Anticipated Novel by The Skimm * Cosmopolitan * SheReads * Frolic * PopSugar * BuzzFeed * Goodreads * E! Online * Betches * Crime Reads * Pure Wow * Book Riot * Bustle * and more!

A Book of the Month Club Selection

“Gossipy, scandalous housewives behaving badly might make this the juiciest read of the season." (Library Journal, starred review) 

"Sultry, salacious and utterly unpredictable.... You'll devour it." (Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of Home Before Dark)

The Hunting Wives share more than target practice, martinis, and bad behavior in this novel of obsession, seduction, and murder.

Sophie O'Neill left behind an envy-inspiring career and the stressful, competitive life of big-city Chicago to settle down with her husband and young son in a small Texas town. It seems like the perfect life with a beautiful home in an idyllic rural community. But Sophie soon realizes that life is now too quiet, and she's feeling bored and restless.

Then she meets Margot Banks, an alluring socialite who is part of an elite clique secretly known as the Hunting Wives. Sophie finds herself completely drawn to Margot and swept into her mysterious world of late-night target practice and dangerous partying. As Sophie's curiosity gives way to full-blown obsession, she slips farther away from the safety of her family and deeper into this nest of vipers.

When the body of a teenage girl is discovered in the woods where the Hunting Wives meet, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and her life spiraling out of control.

©2021 May Cobb (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Perfectly executed and deliciously satisfying. Loaded with rowdy women, smart twists, and refreshing spice, this one hits the bullseye." (Chandler Baker, New York Times best-selling author of Whisper Network)

"[A] sharply observed thriller." (PopSugar) 

"ATTN anyone who loves Big Little Lies, Mean Girls, and Desperate Housewives: [this] suspense novel is for you." (Betches) 

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I’m getting too old for this 👵

If you like a lot of sexual content, girl on girl infatuation, and a narrator that doesn’t annoy the 💩 out of you, this is for you.

*No spoilers*

Typically, I devour this genre, but this one was pretty cringeworthy. These characters are just AWFUL 🤮. Evil, naive, selfish, obsessive, compulsive, idiotic. Every character has at least two of these traits. AT LEAST.

One reason I powered through is that the first few chapters led me to believe there would be witty one-liners and laughable sarcasm throughout, but no. However, around halfway through, it does get more interesting.

I’m not homophobic, but is being bisexual now so popular that it has to be the highlight of every book? I’m only 41, not 71, but this, along with any and every politically charged issue, seem to be all anyone can write about anymore. It’s not even creative or entertaining at this point... feels a little sleazy and cliche.

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Disappointed and let down

The summary and cover looked intriguing, like this was gearing up to be a great story. And the voice actor’s narration and delivery was wonderful. Sadly, that’s the extent of its good qualities.

The main character becomes exceedingly stupid throughout the course of the book, past naivety and into sheer ridiculousness. I’m all for suspending belief in stories but this went beyond frustrating into absurd territory where the entire story no longer becomes tolerable or believable. By the last hour of the book the big ‘twist’ becomes obvious and by that point I was so eager for the story to end that it hardly made an impact. Overall there are many other books to spend your time and money on.

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Worst main character I’ve ever read

I was so mad at the main character I wanted to slap her.
She was beyond week, stupid and naïve.

The first couple of hours are about a group of rich women that cheat on the husbands in bars and also have sex with teenagers.

The main character has a ridiculous lesbian crush on an awful women, loosing her family in the process.

She never gets a lawyer and lies poorly and continuously to the police.

I’m going to see if I can get my credit back for this terrible thing.

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Train wreck sex story disguised as a murder/mystery

This book was advertised as a murder mystery, but honestly it’s a highly sexualized lesbian train wreck masquerading as a murder mystery. It’s difficult to listen to the married narrator be ‘groomed’ by some rich woman who gives her nothing. It just doesn’t ring true and the murder/mystery doesn’t happen until the last couple hours of listening. It’s not a horrible story, but it’s not categorized or advertised correctly.

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🤦🏻‍♀️

I feel bad writing a bad review but come on.... no one. Just no one. Is as dumb as the main character. It’s almost a joke to read because it’s unrealistic that someone could be that stupid... and it makes it worse that she’s the one you’re listening the whole time. I almost returned it with an hour left because i just could barely bare to listed to her continue to be so stupid

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so much cheating on there spouses. I just can't

couldn't even finish it...she is constantly on about how she has such an amazing husband and doesn't want to disappoint him and then constantly does things she knows he would be upset about. treats her closest friend like she's disposable. the summary very much mislead me

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Dont waste the credit

This was so bad I had to bail and I never bail. It reads like a 16 year girl wrote it and it’s plot is so ridiculous it’s hard to believe she would even like it. stay far away from this trash.

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Housewives with death

If The Swap by Robyn Harding and The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins had a baby this would be it.

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Mixed feelings

Mixed feelings about the book. Parts of it didn’t make any sense. It left some loose ends and some of the book made me feel uncomfortable. Overall, it was okay.

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Yes Ma’am! 🔥🔥

I really enjoyed this book. So many plot twist my ear was glued to my EarPod! Having a few East Texas ties it was fun to hear about some familiar locations. The author really draws you in with the character development of each lady and their position in the friend group. The main character is very relatable and easy to connect to. The antagonist could have possibly been given a bit more so that we can really understand her but maybe the stories of each wife can develop into more books that I would definitely read. There are some super steamy parts of this book that are well written and allow the reader to feel as though they are in the moment with each character.
Great job Mary. Keep them coming.

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