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The Drive-By Wife | [Mike Wells]

The Drive-By Wife

In this explosive psychological thriller, Allen and Cynthia Hunt are a well-educated, upper middle-class San Francisco couple who experience the ultimate domestic nightmare. A deranged, seedy truck driver barges into their lives, blackmailing Cynthia into becoming his "drive-by" wife. Billy has led a lonely, bleak existence on the road and has always dreamed of "having him a beautiful, lovin' woman to come home to". Unable to go to the police, Allen and Cynthia desperately try to fight off the twisted stalker, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
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In this explosive psychological thriller, Allen and Cynthia Hunt are a well-educated, upper middle-class San Francisco couple who experience the ultimate domestic nightmare. A deranged, seedy truck driver barges into their lives, blackmailing Cynthia into becoming his "drive-by" wife. Billy has led a lonely, bleak existence on the road and has always dreamed of "having him a beautiful, lovin' woman to come home to". Unable to go to the police, Allen and Cynthia desperately try to fight off the twisted stalker, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. But the two have serious problems of their own. The story spirals into a tangle of deceit, deception, and murder. Can Allen and Cynthia unite and defeat the diabolical maniac from the hills, or will he destroy them both?

©2013 Mike Wells (P)2014 Mike Wells

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    Gypsy Wife Back on Boogie Street 09-03-14
    Gypsy Wife Back on Boogie Street 09-03-14 Member Since 2007

    Gypsy Wife

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    "Good Try, Misses the Mark"
    What disappointed you about The Drive-By Wife?

    I wanted to like it because the author seems like a nice guy and is trying hard with his marketing, but this book missed the mark. One-dimensional, uninteresting characters I didn't care about, ridiculous, unbelievable situations, too much exposition, too formulaic. I just didn't like anything about it and only finished it in an attempt to be fair to Mr. Wells.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I've downloaded the latest Jack Reacher novel by Lee Childs.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Torres?

    Mr. Torres did the best he could with the material.


    What character would you cut from The Drive-By Wife?

    All of them!


    Any additional comments?

    Please, no more stories about privileged, boring, narcissistic yuppies making stupid mistakes.

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    J. David Core Ohio 09-02-14
    J. David Core Ohio 09-02-14

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    "Time well spent"
    Would you listen to The Drive-By Wife again? Why?

    The narration was understated and riveting. The story was unique, and original. The writing was slick and believable. It kept me guessing and awed at the twists.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all of the characters, so I don't have a favorite. If anything I have a least favorite, and that's the wife, Cynthia. Throughout most of the story she's a little self-involved and doesn't really seem to appreciate the risks and personal liability her husband has been exposed to - even AFTER she planned to be unfaithful to him. But that's really just a nit-pick. She's a well-developed fully-realized personality with flaws, so - bottom line - she is who she's supposed to be.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The most fascinating scene for me was the scene where the trucker comes over for the first date. I don't want to give spoilers, but the scene touched perfectly on each characters motives and reactions to each other.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It wasn't that kind of book.


    Any additional comments?

    The descriptions of the settings and the personalities of the characters were fleshed out in a perfect complimented pairing of narrator and author.

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    Chene Port Elizabeth, South Africa 06-28-14
    Chene Port Elizabeth, South Africa 06-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A great suspense read"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The Drive-by wife was a great listen. Mike starts off with an intriguing captivating scene that gets you intrigued and keeps you listening from the word go. As I have come to expect from Mike, he starts off with a great hook to kick off the book. The characters are well rounded, each with their own ways which makes them interesting. I enjoyed the character development throughout the book, as Mike peeled away the layers of each character in different ways


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Drive-By Wife?

    I enjoyed the chapter where we learn were it all went wrong for Billy


    What three words best describe Mark Torres’s voice?

    Smooth, enjoyable, steady


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes I would. It would make a great movie


    Any additional comments?

    The Drive-by Wife was an enjoyable listen, although I preferred Lust, Money & Murder. This is a great book for people who enjoy suspense with a dash of romance.

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    Sandi J Wilson Houston TX 05-19-14
    Sandi J Wilson Houston TX 05-19-14 Member Since 2001

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    "THRILLER TO THE END!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Drive-By Wife the most enjoyable?

    The narrator. This narrator made you feel like you were right there eavesdropping.


    What other book might you compare The Drive-By Wife to and why?

    The plot of this book was so unusual and fascinating, it is in a class of its own and not comparable to another book.


    What about Mark Torres’s performance did you like?

    As I said in my first comment, his narration is outstanding. I hope he narrates more of Mike's books.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Get set for the RIDE of your life.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a totally devoted fan of Mike Wells. I can't wait for his next book to be on Audible. If you haven't listened to any of his books, definitely try this one first. I guarantee you will want them all like me.

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    AP pa 04-28-14
    AP pa 04-28-14 Member Since 2011

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    "My new favorite author!"


    Another excellent book! Mike Wells has outdone himself with "Drive By Wife". I love all of the plot twists, which keep you listening...Mike provided me with a free copy of the audiobook. I think I have a new favorite author. First time in quite a while I didn't have the ending figured out. Loved this book! Highly recommended!

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    C.A.S Escondido, Ca 04-22-14
    C.A.S Escondido, Ca 04-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A thrill a minute!"
    Any additional comments?

    The Drive-By Wife by Mike Wells is an instant thrill ride from start to finish and will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end.
    When wife, Cynthia decides she’s tired of being neglected by her workaholic husband, an idea to start an affair with a fellow student starts to look very appealing. Before the affair even begins, Cynthia is accosted by a would-be rapist but guess who comes to her rescue……her husband?!?! Unfortunately the couple’s luck turns from bad to worse. The couple is plagued with consequences from rash discussions and stalked by a trucker whom wants Cynthia for his very own. From blackmail to murder, will the couple survive or will this ultimately destroy them?
    Filled with colorful characters and a series of unfortunate events, we follow the decline of a fledgling marriage and the hunt for a mysterious trucker as the story plows towards a climatic ending.
    The author brings to life the spiraling decline of a loveless marriage but then throws in the twist of how one bad decision can completely change many lives in a moment then mix in the horror of a creepy stalker, it makes for a real awesome ride. I listened to this on audio book as a gift from the author and I must say, I absolutely loved the reading of it. The voice actor does a fabulous job of distinguishing the characters with wonderful voices and bringing life to the various characters as well as slowly building the suspense. If you’re looking for a story full of mystery, suspense and just great storytelling, give this book a try!

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    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 04-18-14
    Gilmara Lima Mendes Piscataway, New Jersey 04-18-14 Member Since 2012

    Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.

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    "Lite horror w a touch of psychological thriller"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. It is a mixture of horror story with a touch of psychological thriller. The author keeps you hooked until the very end. I listened to it in only two sittings!
    Mike is a top notch writer, and Mark narrates this book awesomely!

    Allan and Cynthia are this ordinary couple living their ordinary lives, until Cynthia is almost raped by a hiker, and that is when this supposedly uneventful story takes a very unexpected turn, and their lives start being psychologically tortured and tormented!
    What would happen if you committed a crime, and became slave of behaviors in order to hide this crime from society? Well, this is what happened to Allan and Cynthia's lives.
    Want to know more? I am sure you will enjoy this book as much as I have. I highly recommend it!

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    BC Floridam, USA 04-18-14
    BC Floridam, USA 04-18-14
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    "The Drive-By Wife"
    What made the experience of listening to The Drive-By Wife the most enjoyable?

    Listening to this book was similar to listening to Mike's other books as well. I find a number of audiobooks too slow with the narrations, so much so that I play them at 2x, sometimes even 3x their recorded speeds just to get the listening satisfaction. With Mike's audiobooks, the pacing seems more reader friendly for me, they aren't too slow but they aren't too fast, either. Mark Torres is a perfect example of this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It painted a lot of pictures in my head when I was reading. The characters are SO deep and well-developed that you really truly care about the characters and what happens to them, as opposed to a number of books being produced today. Mike has written a number of books now, and it's obvious that he loves writing the stories, he has a lot of fun with the work, and these stories are the ones that will get bigger by word-of-mouth and eventually earn Mike a spot with the best authors ever.


    What does Mark Torres bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It is evident by listening to this story that Mr. Torres enjoyed himself when he was reading the book. There's a kind of excitement (if I can call it that) in his voice that was appealing to me as a reader. He did an A+ job of telling the story, and doing the voices of the characters. It only took me a short time to fall in love with his narration, and he handled the character of Billy [the antagonist of the story] absolutely perfectly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really, because the whole thing was amazing in my opinion. It held my opinion for the entire novel and left me wanting a sequel, which I still hope Mike one day returns to. The whole story kept me on the edge of my seat, and I sometimes still go back to think of Billy, Allen and Cynthia and wonder where they would be at this very moment.


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of this review has been taken from my book blog, although I have written a few extra things in. You can check out my book blog at baileycrawly.blogspot.ca

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    Sandy Penny Houston, TX 04-10-14
    Sandy Penny Houston, TX 04-10-14

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    "Terrifying, Menacing, Traumatic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Mike Wells is truly a master of the psychological thriller. He gets into the heads of the victims, the killers and the readers. He tells a gripping story of being stalked by a brutal gun-toting stranger who knows a terrible family secret and uses it to terrorize and have his way with an innocent woman. Lots of twists and turns with hope repeatedly melting into despair as one devastating mistake transforms a once-happy couple's life into a nightmare. How easy it would be to end up in this rat's maze of a predicament. Lots of breath-holding moments and heart thumping action. I could not stop listening to this gripping tale of being terrorized in your own home.


    What other book might you compare The Drive-By Wife to and why?

    Reminded me of the movies, The Talented Mr. Ripley meets Pacific Heights. Mr. Ripley takes over the life of someone who he envies and sets out to become that person. In Pacific Heights, a man who rents a couple's house proceeds to destroy it, similar to how the perpetrator in The Drive By Wife tries to take over the lives of the couple he targets and intends to destroy their marriage.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Torres – was your favorite?

    Billy, the bad guy, for sure. Great voice and acting. Mark was a great reader for this book. His voice brought all the action to life with enough variety and emotion in the reading to keep it interesting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made my stomach tighten up in knots while I checked all my doors and windows before bed. If you like psychological thrillers, this is a really good one. Five stars all the way around. I'll read anything Mike Wells writes. As I've said before, the next Stephen King.


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    kristen Excel, Alabama, United States 04-07-14
    kristen Excel, Alabama, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2014

    I am a book fanatic! I love to read. I love to write about books, talk about books....I even work in a bookstore!

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    "A fantastic, nail-biting thriller!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Drive-By Wife to be better than the print version?

    Its such a good story, that I think they would be equal. But, the audio does have a slight advantage because I truly believe hearing the story helps to experience the feelings and emotions of the characters in a way that you don't get from just reading it.


    What other book might you compare The Drive-By Wife to and why?

    I can't really think of a book that I've read that I could compare The Drive-By Wife to. However, the movie Joy Ride (with Paul Walker, where he goes on a road trip with his brother to see a girl and they cross paths with a crazy truck driver) did come to mind. Not so much the same concept.....BUT they did have the whole psycho truck driver thing in common.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say what my absolute favorite scene is because I'm afraid it would be too much of a spoiler!! But my second favorite scene would have to be when Allen and Cindy awoke to noises in their house, and Allen went downstairs to find Billy sitting in their kitchen. It was creepy and comical all at the same time.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Aside from getting a few hours of sleep, I pretty much did. And I liked it so much, I listened to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Torres was brilliant narrating this book! I live in Alabama, and Mark's portrayal of "redneck" Billy was perfect. And he went back and forth easily in dialogue between the Hunts and Billy. It was not confusing, and I actually could distinguish the differences between each person as he read. Thumbs up to Mike on an excellent story and Mark on an excellent job of telling it!

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