Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane, 3 Stars

As an avid reader, I have totally re-read almost entire books without realizing it. Then maybe 2/3 of the way through the book I think, hey, this is really reminding me of another book I read once….and turns out…

It’s actually why I started writing a blog and keeping a record of all the books I read on Goodreads. At first it was kind of a flexing thing. Like, oh, look at how many books I’ve read this year. But now? I’ve met so many people that read so much more than me that has been humbled.

Now there are books that of course are unforgettable. But they are few and far between. Your garden variety book is actually quite forgettable. I hate that, but they are. Especially when you read more than one a week (or like 4 a week like one friend I have.)

And I learned, when I ordered Pretty Little Wife from Book of the Month that my system is not foolproof. Because I thought it sounded familiar, but I checked and I hadn’t read it. What I didn’t check was my Netgalley shelf. Oh well! Never hurts to buy a book and help an author out!

From the Publisher:

Lila Ridgefield lives in an idyllic college town, but not everything is what it seems. Lila isn’t what she seems.

A student vanishedmonths ago. NowLila’s husband, Aaron, is also missing. At first these cases are treated as horrible coincidences until it’s discovered the student is really the third of three unexplained disappearances over the last few years. The police are desperate to find the connection, if there even is one. Little do they know they might be stumbling over only part of the truth….

With the small town in an uproar, everyone is worried about the whereabouts of their beloved high school teacher. Everyone except Lilahis wife. She’s definitely confused about her missing husband but only because she was the last person to see his body, and now it’s gone.

My Review

I think Lila for sure has RBF. She’s so hard to read. From the beginning, we know that she had something to do with the fact that her husband is missing. It’s pretty clear. Not crystal, but you don’t have to be a rocket scientist. She is pretty confused about one thing though–her body isn’t where she left it.

Is he a zombie? Is he alive? And honestly, those seem like the better answers. How does a dead body just go missing?

Great premise, right? In Pretty Little Wife, the reader gets a front row seat to the relentless interrogations and everything that Lila is up to in the days following her husbands, ahem, disappearance. The detectives think they have it figured out, but Lila knows, that even she has no idea what is going on.

I really wanted to love this one more. I just never truly got into it. You know, that tipping point when you stop noticing that you are reading and turning pages and you just lose yourself in the story? Still, I kept going, for almost 400 pages. I did check Goodreads when I was done, and many people did not agree with me so who knows!

Special thanks to Netgalley and William Morrow for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out December 30. Get your copy!


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