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His Perfect Wife

A Novel
Narrated by: Katharine Lee McEwan
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
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His Perfect Wife proves how unknowable those closest to us can be.

"This smart, mirror maze of a thriller bristles with sharp edges, twisting familiar Gone Girl themes into Bell’s own intense creation." (Kirkus Reviews)

Before she disappeared, Alexandra Southwood lived an average, happy life: devoted to the care and upkeep of her husband, Marc, and their two beautiful daughters. But now, held in a room against her will, Alexandra is forced to imagine how her family is coping in the wake of her disappearance. She finds solace in memories of their past, recalling her courtship with Marc and their marriage - all that he saved her from, all that she’s lost.

Marc’s pain is visceral. He thinks of nothing but Alexandra. Even when the police discover her bloody belongings, he cannot accept that she is gone. Marc is the only one who believes she’s still alive, and he channels his pain into action, embarking on his own journey to find his wife, one that will lead him to discover answers to questions he never wanted to ask.

Previously published as Exhibit Alexandra

"An astutely written, complex debut." (The Guardian)

"Beautifully insidious, a novel that outwits expectation at every turn." (Francis Spufford, author of Golden Hill)

"[A] provocative debut thriller.... Bell’s daring performance can’t be ignored." (Publishers Weekly starred review)

©2018 Natasha Bell (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Absurd

Mark, the husband , used the words absurd
And crazy In the last chapter . I will add the words stupid , illogical, dumb and ridiculous.
These are the words I use to describe this book. I am so sorry that I wasted my time.


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Couldn't figure it out!

I was tethered to this book from beginning to end. I could not stop listening and I was shocked at the ending. It is nothing that I saw coming. A must read for avid thrill seekers!

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Excellent

I couldn’t stop listening to this book. So real that I found myself questioning the possibility of this being a biography or a piece of fiction at times. I must read! (Especially for female artists like myself.)

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 01-06-19

long and drawn out melodrama

His Perfect Wife is far from being perfect. The pacing is slow and bounces between past and present. It also has commentary from the wife that adds to the confusion. The slow pace and the confusing plot put me off the book. I finally skipped to end only to be left unsatisfied and disappointed. The narrator does a good job but she can't save this mess.

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Good One!

It’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed a book. This is definitely in the vein of Gone Girl and has a really interesting background. You won’t waste your credit on this if you liked Gone Girl.