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21 May 2021

Book Beginnings: The Serial Killer's Wife by Alice Hunter *AD gifted

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence.

The Serial Killer's Wife by Alice Hunter book cover

I'm half relieved, half annoyed when I hear the insistent knocking on the front door.

I was sent a free review copy of The Serial Killer's Wife by Alice Hunter by the publisher.

The cover has a gorgeous colour scheme, I like the contrast of the bight yellow against the teal wall and highlighted hair.  I like the way the tagline is displayed, the emphasis on different words with the colour.

I love how this first line really shows the main character. I like how the irritation and worry come through in only a single line. It had me hooked immediately and even though I'd started the first chapter just to get a feel of the book I ended up reading for an hour.

They could turn on me just as quickly if the worst happens and he is charged.

This is from page 56 in my finished copy.

When I first picked this book up I read way past this point. The writing is gripping, and it's a different perspective than any other serial killer thriller I've read.

I love how the story is showing Beth's fear. She's terrified and it comes across in every aspect of her narration. Her future is uncertain and I think this quote really shows that.

About the Book

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.

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What are you reading this week?


  1. This sounds like a really interesting read. This would be my usual book genre of choice and it sounds like you can really get lost in the plot


  2. This book is worth a pickup.

    'They're saying he's a monster and they're saying she knew' This caught my attention too.

    A book I can sink my eyes, teeth and few hours into

  3. I definitely want to read this one! Happy Victoria day weekend!

  4. Well that's certainly got my interest!

    My Friday56 -

  5. The Serial Killer's Wife sounds like a good story. Enjoy your current read!

  6. What an interesting read. I have started to really enjoy reading book reviews as I don't know much about books and what to look for. Thank you for sharing, added to my reading list! :)

  7. This sounds good! I hope you are enjoying it. Have a great week!

  8. This sounds RIGHT up my street. Also the colours on that cover are stunning.


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