The Serial Killer’s Wife by Alice Hunter, 4 Stars

Can you even imagine if your significant other was accused of murder? How that would make you feel? How your friends and neighbors would react? That’s exactly the situation that Beth Hardcastle is in when one night, her husband is late coming home, and when he arrives, the police are waiting for him.

The author, Alice Hunter, went to school for psychology and worked in a prison as an interventions facilitator, so she seems to know a lot about the inter-workings of the criminal mind and puts them to good use in her debut novel. And I found that info on Amazon. It’s kind of weird, I really can’t find much else about Alice which is always interesting and a bit mysterious.

From the Publisher:

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

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 husband and wife – till death do them part…

My Review:

Poor, poor Beth. She left a corporate job in London to settle in a quaint cottage with her handsome husband Tom and their adorable daughter Poppy where she opened a cute little coffee house with fresh-baked goods. Pretty idyllic, that is until her husband is arrested for murder. Then everything basically falls apart.

Luckily, there’s another attractive single in town, Adam, whose wife died from a nut allergy when she was careless and consumed something with nuts and didn’t have her epi-pen with her. Adam is super supportive and really the perfect guy to have waiting when something like this happens.

And sure, it’s looks bad, but the evidence is starting to stack up against Tom and it turns out that Beth might have known a bit more than she was letting on.

The Serial Killer’s Wife is a fast-paced, surprisingly kind of light, book that I really enjoyed. There were some good twists and turns and the book moves as a steady clip. Alice Hunter is definitely an author I’m putting on my radar! This one releases May 27, so it will be perfect to read poolside Memorial Day Weekend. Special thanks to Netgalley and Avon Books for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. Get your copy.

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