Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Julie's Review: Dear Wife

Author: Kimberly Belle
Series: None
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
Publisher: Park Row Books
Pages: 336
Obtained: Great Thoughts for Great Readers Salon
Genre:  Psychological Thriller
Rating: 5/5
Bottom Line:
Grab, Just get it at the library, or Remove from your TBR list? Grab
Summary: 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.

Review: What a ride!! From the moment the books starts, Ms. Belle does an excellent job of crafting the story of Beth and Sabine. What you know is that Beth is on the run from an abusive husband and that she's planned it for months. She knows her husband will keep looking for her until he finds her. So she acts like a scared rabbit to keep herself alive.  Beth’s fear is palpable as is her resilience.

She keeps you on your toes throughout the entire novel wondering if Beth is Sabine and if Sabine is Beth. Is Jeffrey really the abuser that we are given the view of? I mean he did lose his cool and hit Sabine. 

This is a well crafted book of cat and mouse but who is the cat and who is the mouse? 

The men in this book are creeps and have major control issues. In stark contrast to the women who are strong, brave and heroic.

This is a book you won’t want to miss.



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