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Summary

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. 

©2021 Alice Hunter (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Twisty and suspenseful" (Jane Corry)

"A one-sitting read that absolutely gripped me from the first page." (C S Green)

"Smart, assured and wickedly twisty." (Jenny Blackhurst)

"A stunning debut.... It richly deserves to be a hit." (Daily Mail)

"Hooks you in to the drama straight away and does not let you go, even on the last page." (The Sun)

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Bit if a yawn

The narrator's children's voice was uncomfortably loud and intensely irritating. The story was a one trick pony and became a big yawn. What wife knew and didn't know didn't rescue this ...still a disappointing story over egged!

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All a bit silly

I liked the idea of this book and it started off well, however it sadly then deteriorated into a bit of a cliche. Tension for the sake of tension, inconsistency in the storyline and a wholly predictable twist. Female narration was ok, not great but ok, apart from the narrator that voiced Alexander Robertson, possibly the worst Scottish accent I have ever heard. James McNaughton was outstanding! He made Tom completely believable and frankly terrifying! However the book, in my opinion, was not great and I wouldn’t recommend

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Good story but annoying narration

A couple of the narrators were fab but unfortunately the main one was very poor. Accents were awful and all the characters sounded the same.
I enjoyed the story and would definitely recommend the book!

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Slowly burning towards the TNT barrel...

Unfortunately the justice system is often long and slow. I’m guessing that there are a few people who will listen to this book hoping for the gore, the grit and the urgency of the police chasing a serial killer. This story is told from the perspective of the serial killer’s wife and it shows how slowly the justice system really moves, especially for those who are one step removed from the action.

The devil is indeed in the detail. It would be too easy to read this novel quickly, assuming that the wife is naive, even stupid but that would be to miss the point, and the detail, entirely.

It’s still there, maybe not the gore, but the menace certainly is.

There is a twist, though I wasn’t fussed about it, I felt that it was too obvious and unnecessary though I suppose that it will appeal to those who are hungry for definitive answers.

Aside from the twist (or lack of), this was good to listen to and yes, gripping, even though it was a slow burn.

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Good page Turner

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kept me listening constantly, told from killer’s, wife’s and victims’ point of view, was absorbing with a twist towards the end.

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Fantastic.

I was hooked from the first chapter getting engrossed in the characters and the storyline. Absolutely loved this book!!!

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A compelling listen

Couldn’t stop listening to this once I started. Great narration. The end slightly disappointed in comparison to the rest though.

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A mixed bag for me..

I found the narration of Beth's character bland and lacking the emotion her character might have portrayed in those actual circumstances. Too heavily enunciated words diminished the emotional content. Beth's ability to transfer her emotions so quickly from her husband to the new partner also felt a little unrealistic but perhaps that was intentional given the ending. it was however a tale that kept me listening and provided entertainment for a good few car journeys. Definitely worth a listen 🙃