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Beautiful Bad

Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
4 out of 5 stars (58 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A devoted wife, a loving husband, and a chilling murder that no one saw coming.

Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement. ISIS. When Ian gets angry.... That something is really, really wrong with me.

Maddie and Ian’s love story began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army, and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now, almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian’s PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.

From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, 16 years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in the day of the killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

©2019 Annie Ward (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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WHOA!! Bad people but an amazing book.

First book I've read by this author and I'm thrilled to have found her. This book is so well done with multiple view points and time jumps. It grabs you immediately and doesn't let go. You won't be disappointed.

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Don’t Hesitate

This was one of the best books I’ve listened to in awhile. I’d say about 4 a year out of the 100 or so I consume I consider great. This was one of them. The characters were unique and developed. The story line was great. 100 percent recommend.

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A uniquely twisted thriller

BEAUTIFUL BAD is a smart and well-plotted psychological thriller showing the duality of human nature and of all the personalities involved. Ward explores the intricacies of who a person is and what makes them become who they are.

Let’s be honest. There is not much in the psychological thriller genre that has not been done before. Many times, I can see the ending long before I read it. However, for me, it is how the author uses the tropes and their particular story which keeps me reading. Ward expertly gave me characters and a tale I wanted to learn more about.

Living in the past and the present with Maddie, Ian, and Jo was addictive. Their lives were not only complicated by circumstances and careers, but also by their emotions and bonds with each other. If that isn’t enough to make the reader keep flipping, you add to that the twists, turns, and duplicity carefully placed within these pages all leading to that ending! I was spellbound by it all.

I cannot wait to read what Annie Ward gives us next. I hope it is just as dark and twisty as BEAUTIFUL BAD!!!

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FROM KC & LOVED IT!

As someone from Kansas City I loved all the references! All 3 main characters were bad people although I was rooting for Ian. I’d love a sequel to this!

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Not what I expected, but a good listen!

I was expecting more of a “true crime” type book, which this is not. However the story was good and I finished listening in 3 days. It does get confusing with jumping around between people and timelines, but overall it’s a good one.

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First Audible book I could not finish

Of the 84 books I have downloaded this is the first one I didn't finish. Drags on, meanders terribly. Just did not hold my interest.

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goox

I did enjoy the book. although I knew what was going on so I wad disjointed that I figured out out early.

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Could not finish

Very long winded without much information. The everyday life of these people weren’t enough to listen to almost 11 hours. I stopped with 54 minutes left on 1.75 speed. Very surprised, the background seemed great just boring.

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Good twist I didn’t see coming!

This was a good story that is easily binged and keeps your attention. The performance was over acted and made it, at times hard to listen to.

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