Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle, 3.5 Stars

I haven’t had the chance to do a lot of reading lately. And for me, that means I’ve been averaging about a book and a half a week. So last Saturday morning, I felt like I seriously needed to do some damage on my Netgalley shelf. I sat down, opened Dear Wife (on my kindle to be fair), and finished it about 3 hours later.

It was a great, fast read! And sometimes, what I need to feel accomplished in a weekend is to get a book under my belt early on. My husband finds me ridiculous. But that subject is for another time. He’s just jealous I’m a fast reader!

What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning?

From the Publisher:

Beth Murphy is on the run…

For nearly a year, Beth has been planning for this day. A day some people might call any other Wednesday, but Beth prefers to see it as her new beginning—one with a new look, new name and new city. Beth has given her plan significant thought, because one small slip and her violent husband will find her.

Sabine Hardison is missing…

A couple hundred miles away, Jeffrey returns home from a work trip to find his wife, Sabine, is missing. Wherever she is, she’s taken almost nothing with her. Her abandoned car is the only evidence the police have, and all signs point to foul play.

As the police search for leads, the case becomes more and more convoluted. Sabine’s carefully laid plans for her future indicate trouble at home, and a husband who would be better off with her gone. The detective on the case will stop at nothing to find out what happened and bring this missing woman home. Where is Sabine? And who is Beth? The only thing that’s certain is that someone is lying and the truth won’t stay buried for long.

My Review:

Right off the bat, we meet “Beth.” She is running from her abusive husband and has no plans to look back. The stakes are high. If she fails and he finds her, he will kill her.

Next we meet Jeffrey, who doesn’t seem like a terrible guy on the surface, but looks can be deceiving. He returns home from a trip to find his dazzling, likeable and successful wife, Sabine, missing. They have some issues in their marriage–she started working as a real estate agent a couple years before and quickly overtook Jeffrey as the primary breadwinner, but nothing that seems to raise a red flag.

Finally, we meet Marcus, the dedicated, hard-working detective who is working around the clock to locate Sabine. He’s a little rough around the edges, but has a heart of gold, even helping out his old partner’s widow with her kids when she needs him.

Of course, Dear Wife is psychological suspense. And what do we know about the genre? Nothing is as it seems. I found this one to be a satisfying, fast-read with some twists and turns I didn’t see coming. Well, maybe I saw them coming a little bit–but not from a mile away. And I found the twists to be fresh, not your average run-of-the-mill twists.

Special thanks to Harlequin and Netgalley for an e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out June 25, just in time to bring to a pool or beach near you! Pre-order your copy!


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