Can you ever really know someone? When Deborah, an unpopular 17-year-old, meets the charming and handsome Larry, he sweeps her off her feet. The trouble is, Larry has a secret. Then a series of grisly murders casts a shadow over everything. As Deborah's world starts to fall apart, she begins to suspect the man she loves of a terrible betrayal. And to keep their marriage alive, sacrifices must be made. The Optician's Wife is a compelling psychological thriller that unpacks what goes on behind closed doors and reminds us that sometimes the worst crimes can take place closer to home than you think.
©2016 Betsy Reavley (P)2016 Tantor
"The Optician's Wife is a stylish, brilliantly crafted thriller which really delivers. A very real sense of creeping dread, combined with intelligent, finely drawn characters, had me turning the pages late into the night." (J. Ross, bestselling author of The DCI Ryan books)
The tone of the story is very monotonous. It started to dip towards chapter 40 and felt drawn out. The story would have been tastier if it was a tad bit more beefy.
I guess the way the narrative unfolds is the key to its appeal. The hints are spread through out the story which point to the twist in the tale. I'm in two minds actually, from one end it is a very interesting read and from the other very simplistic and monotonous.
I guess one can call it an interesting read.
Yes I would recommend this book to my friends. Fantastic I thought, I was so so shocked towards the end, better not say any more, Please read for yourselves. Never.read any Betsy Reavley books, but have just ordered another as I enjoyed so much.
OMG the end
Every one , had me on the edge of my seat loved her reading the book
Yes a few but do not want to spoil it for anybody that reads this book
I, will be seventy in four weeks, and have enjoyed reading all my life, but I get tired of reading, and just found listening is far more exciting.
totally surprised by the end...... good one... narrator did a wonderful job. began kinda regular... then as it continued became quite interesting.. loved the descriptions of the characters... that really helped me to get a great visual of the settings and the people.... I give this book a B +...!
"! Battered wife syndrome with a twist"
Interesting is the word I would use for this book. I found that I kept reading just to see when/if Deborah would ever wake up and take control of her life. My next reaction was the incredulity that some women have when they turn off their common sense when it comes to men. I call that my “50 Shades of Grey” reaction.
Stupid women and their need for any man. There is nothing original in the book. Deborah is able to make any excuse to blame Larry’s sins on someone else, even her own daughter. She was scared in life with a low self-esteem and lack of any caring adult. Larry liberated something in her, therefore, it was very easy for her to relinquish control over to Larry.
He has a temper and lack of respect of women whom he defines as promiscuous. Early in the book you are told that Larry’s father, a teacher, made “improper” advances to a student. So, is being a sexual predator in Larry’s DNA. Is that his secret. The summary is misleading.
“As Deborah's world starts to fall apart, she begins to suspect the man she loves of a terrible betrayal”
That sentence leads you down a path which gives the ending more impact. You have to get to the ending to feel it was worth the credit. Is this book over rate from the reviews yes.
Was it a "psychological thriller" that kept me on the edge of my seat, no.
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