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Dear Wife

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From the best-selling author of The Marriage Lie and Three Days Missing comes a riveting new novel of suspense about a woman who, in a fight for survival, must decide just how far she’ll go to escape the person she once loved

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.

©2019 Kimberly Belle (P)2019 Harlequin Audio

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GREAT THRILLER THAT KEPT ME UP ALL NIGHT

I love Kimberly Belle's writing and much enjoyed "The Marriage Lie" and also "The Last Breath" so I was fairly sure I would love this one too despite a few negative reviews. I usually prefer UK or Irish narration for audio books which is funny as I really enjoy US TV and Film with no such reservations - but there is something about Kimberley Belle's books as they swelter and steam in the deep south that means the accents adds to the atmosphere.
I thought all the narrators did a great job loved the accent of one of the guys who talked about pillaaas and windaaas as opposed to pillows and windows however it was very annoying the way that Vivienne Leheny made what was described as a southern drawl which could not conceal a Mexican accent as to me it sounded IRISH! Sometimes slightly Northern Irish but never Mexican and not a trace of a Southern Drawl either which was odd as being American I would have thought these accents would be far more familiar to her than a stage Irish accent ... but luckily the character with the dodgy accent did not play a huge part so it did not spoil my overall enjoyment of the book.
Those who enjoyed "Sleeping With The Enemy", "Gone Girl" , "Big Little Lies" and "A Simple Favor" will really enjoy this and although there is some violence it is not too dark or disturbing, not gory and although it is a serious subject the story focuses on the thriller aspect of the building suspense and of course there are some great twists and I did not guess one of the biggest ones until just before the reveal.
I read it in two chunks and took it with me to do work about the house which I only tend to do if it is a really gripping and intriguing read. I then was up all night finishing it and think I must have listened to it for 5 hours straight which I seldom do.
I think "The Marriage Lie" remains my favourite of her books but "Dear Wife" comes a close second and the descriptions of the locations really made me feel like I had spent a sizzling steamy night in the sultry South.
It had me hooked from the start and just kept cracking along as the suspense built and the twists and turns just kept going until the dramatic climax which was a very satisfying ending.
Highly recommended and looking forward to the next Kimberly Belle thriller.

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  • Tawny Hurst
  • 24-07-19

Entertaining.. but could’ve skipped some & added some

I really did like this book, but I felt a little cheated. Some books drag on and on, but for me, this one kind of failed to dig in the claws and fully develop the characters, and then dragged on in other areas. It did, however, keep me listening and had a good twist that I didn’t see coming. If you like a somewhat short & “to the point” thriller, this is perfect for you.

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  • Jane Smith
  • 05-07-19

Wow

This book is a combination of Sleeping with the Enemy and Rose Madder by Stephen King. Great book. The narrators were fabulous! The voice of Jeff made me laugh out loud more than once—-well written book!

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  • Angela M. Dokos
  • 03-07-19

Freaking awesome!

So the big surprise didn’t surprise me, I guess that’s the writer in me. But it doesn’t matter if you know it or not, it’s still a freaking awesome book!!!! Gripping and intense from the beginning. Great all the way through. Perfection. I hope to one day write a book at least half this good.

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  • Anne
  • 24-07-19

I guess it passed the time. That’s about it.

No surprises. No character development, the Mexican accent was laughable. The overly breathy voice of “Beth “. Someone send me a recommendation for a good book. I feel like so many authors are trying to be tricky or have a twist but don’t really have a good story or characters.

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  • KBrooks
  • 26-06-19

Wow

So glad I got this book. I’ve had trouble finding things that will hold my attention but this did it. Thank you to the author!! I enjoyed this so much. It kept me guessing right up until the twist was given to me. After it was revealed it still kept me going. You can’t go wrong with this.

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  • NisT
  • 28-06-19

Fantastic

This book captured my attention throughout. Amazing twists, absolutely love it and loves what Emma represents quiet and determined strength. Great book.

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  • all smiles
  • 06-07-19

Dear Wife<br />

This is my first book by this author. I will definitely get another one. Interesting and I never got bored or skipped further along. This is a credit worthy book.

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  • KykyD303
  • 28-06-19

GREAT!!!!

it's been a while since a book has had me wanting to listen non-stop. awesome narrator and a truck plot. I loved it.

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  • Sheila S
  • 01-07-19

Pretty good thriller

On the plus side, this was a fast-past and fairly entertaining read. Unfortunately, I found the storyline a little silly and a tad contrived. Overall rating: 3.5 stars rounded up.

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  • Pamela
  • 28-06-19

Great book

The story was fantastic, but I was disappointed at the performance. Her "Latina" accent sounded more Irish than Mexican. It pulled me out of the story a bit, which the narration should never do. Otherwise, great listen.

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