Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane
.ePUB, 419 pages
Expected publication: December 29th 2020 by HarperCollins Publishers - William Morrow
About the Book:
Lila Ridgefield lives in an idyllic college town, but not everything is what it seems. Lila isn’t what she seems. A student vanished months ago. Now, Lila’s husband, Aaron, is also missing. At first these cases are treated as horrible coincidences until it’s discovered the student is really the third of three unexplained disappearances over the last few years. The police are desperate to find the connection, if there even is one. Little do they know they might be stumbling over only part of the truth….With the small town in an uproar, everyone is worried about the whereabouts of their beloved high school teacher. Everyone except Lila, his wife. She’s definitely confused about her missing husband but only because she was the last person to see his body, and now it’s gone.
I had to force myself to slow down and really savour this. The story grows with a slow, steady pace as tense as a stretched wire. I found myself walking around worrying about Lila with her secrets and lies, and even though she killed her husband you kinda root for her along the way, I loved how the author made me feel that way. Ms. Kane uses some touchy subject matter in this story...spousal abuse, sexual abuse, infidelity, murder...the list goes on.
Darby Kane has an absolute gift for making her characters spring off the page at you. She is so clever you feel a connection with some characters even though you are getting quite worried they might be evil. This is what enables her to explore complicated issues in a thoughtful way as she humanizes her characters and shows sympathy towards them, despite their flaws... so your response to them is always multi-layered. I highly recommend you check this book out and buckle up for a thriller of a ride. All. The. Stars.
Thank you NetGalley, Darby Kane, HarperCollins Publishers and William Morrow for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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