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Publisher's Summary

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. 

©2021 Alice Hunter (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A one-sitting read that absolutely gripped me from the first page." (C S Green)

"Smart, assured and wickedly twisty." (Jenny Blackhurst)

"Top end crime fiction, beautifully written and totally mesmerising." (Amanda Robson)

"A stunning debut.... It richly deserves to be a hit." (Daily Mail)

"The final double twist is well worth waiting for." (My Weekly

"Hooks you in to the drama straight away and does not let you go, even on the last page." (The Sun)

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Serially sensational!

If this serial thriller were a cereal, it would be Captain Crunch 🥣... tantalizing, crackling, satisfying, but so horrendously bad for you 🤤☠️😍.

Love the story, love the narrators, love the ending!! 👏 to Alice Hunter for keeping me listening until the very last minute because that almost NEVER happens! Not much more to say other than that this book is absolutely delicious. I hope it gets the interest it deserves!

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Not Too Bad, but There Are Better Books with This General Storyline

The Serial Killer’s Wife is pretty much what you’d expect from a book described as a “domestic psychological thriller.” That is to say: the main characters are within an immediate family; everyone lies; the female lead is no intellectual powerhouse and spends much of the book belly-gazing; and — most of all, nothing thrilling or suspenseful ever occurs.

But never fear — I’m not knocking the ultra popular sub-genre that has taken the world by storm.
After all, we know exactly what we’re in for with these books. Once you’ve read 5-10, you’ve read ‘em all. And I, along with countless others, keep on reading them.

Here’s the bottom line: if you’re going to indulge in some domestic, less-than-thrilling, mildly entertaining listening, you have hundreds of options from which to choose. If you want to accurately predict everything within the first hour, try The Serial Killer’s Wife. If you want something a bit less like watching paint dry, go with, say, The Breakdown by B.A. Paris. Neither is literary gold, but sometimes one just craves an easy, no-effort-required domestic “thriller”. Own it, don’t expect too much, and enjoy.

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Must Listen!!!

It takes me FOREVER to listen to audiobooks, but I finished this in 3 days! It was so good. The story was twisty and suspenseful! I don’t want to go into too much detail as I don’t want to spoil it for you! The narration was good, and having 3 voices for some of the main characters was a nice touch.

Seriously, get this book.

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Just ok..

I like the story, and I did like both narrators, but the female one got on my nerves a bit. There were a bunch of unnecessary pauses that went on WAY too long, stumbling of words, and too much saliva sounds. Many times I thought something happened, and the recording stopped because of the pauses, and when it came to the saliva sounds, it’s was almost like she had just eaten something and was still clearing it out of her teeth, or needed a drink. It’s hard to explain, but it was SO distracting. I was surprised that the few stumbling of words, or even the bad flow of the sentence wasn’t edited out and redone. Again, I didn’t mind the story, and she wasn’t the worst narrator, but definitely not the best.

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Not a fan of the first narrator.

It is very difficult for me to listen to the first narrator. She seems to have too much saliva in her mouth. There are so many clicks and smacks.
Overall, the story is great! The saliva is disgusting.

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Narration, plot, and characters: A+

I’m pretty picky about thrillers, so i don’t write reviews unless I was obsessed. The story had a good pace, hints were dropped along the way but nothing too obvious. Would recommend it

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Farfetched storyline

The beginning gave this book so much potential but as the story played out it became just ridiculous.

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best book ever

this is a real edge of your seat shocking awesome book. this is a must have!!

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Disappointingly Dull

The “twist” goes from nonexistent to just silly and predictable. Way too much foreshadowing. This should be a short story instead of a novel. The character backgrounds and motivations are overly contrived. The main character functions as an unreliable narrator.

The audio recording is weird. Strange transitions. The readers sound dehydrated.

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Great twist at the end.

Narrators made this book come to life. Great twist at the end. Even without the twist, this would have been a decent book. But with the twist....wow!