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29 May 2021

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

I was provided with access to a free copy of The Serial Killer's Wife by Alice Hunter ahead of the blog tour.

It has been a while since I read a thriller that gripped me quite so much, but The Serial Killer's Wife by Alice Hunter was a book I struggled to put down. And it really surprised me.

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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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Source: Review Copy | Blog Tour 

5 Word Review: Family, secrets, betrayal, loyalty, murder.



I didn't know much about The Serial Killer's Wife when I started it - I hadn't read the blurb but I'd been hooked in by the by-lines on the cover. They're saying he's a monster. And they're saying she knew. Like... How intense? And honestly, they're an excellent indicator for the rest of the story.

What I do have to say before I get started is that this book has a whole load of sexual violence and misogyny. It touches on the rough sex defence, there is non-consensual sex, and it can get pretty graphic at times as the narrative switches between the murder and his victims.

The writing in this book is marvellous. Whether it's characters you truly loathe, twists that leave you gasping, or a constant trepidation about what will happen that sets your heart pounding, The Serial Killer's Wife had me on edge and totally gripped at all times. The narrative is fast and switches between characters, you get to see the story from many angles.

The villain of the story, the main antagonist, is phenomenally written. I truly hated him, I hated his casual misogyny, his arrogance, his sheer belief that he was better than everyone else. I half expected to see him lurking on some weird internet red pill forum, if that gives you an idea as to his character. He was honestly vile, and it was shocking how real Tom felt.

The main character had me absolutely wrapped around her finger for most of this book. I felt so sorry for her, my heart ached for Beth and Poppy. Beth is wickedly complex, with so many layers to unravel, and I loved it. She's an unreliable narrator of the best calibre.

The twist? Oh boy, it took me completely by surprise. In hindsight, there were clues, as there always are, but I didn't piece any of them together. It was masterfully done, and I love how many questions it opened up. The Serial Killer's Wife is a book that will keep you on your toes, and you won't be able to stop thinking about it long after you've finished.

The Serial Killer's wife is outstanding, a true page-turner. I can't wait to read more of Alice Hunter's books because if they're even a fraction as good I will be blown away.

I got to marry him. Have his baby. 

I always considered myself the chosen one.

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3 comments:

  1. This sounds like an intense book... definitely intrigues me and makes me wonder about the twist you mentioned that you didn't see coming!

    I don't normally read murder mysteries or crime fiction (or thrillers particularly) but all of the challenging content does make it sound like a worthy one to pick up.

    Great job with your review! :) I've linked to my latest one under my name.

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  2. Oh wow, what an incredible review! I love the sound of this one and how intense it is. One I'll definitely be looking out for! Great review!

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  3. This definitely sounds like the kind of book I'd read! I'd love it as an ITV series too haha

    Katy | www.katystephenson.com | www.thegrownupsclub.com

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