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The Optician's Wife Audiobook

The Optician's Wife

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Publisher's Summary

Can you ever really know someone? When Deborah, an unpopular 17-year-old, meets the charming and handsome Larry, he sweeps her off her feet. The trouble is, Larry has a secret. Then a series of grisly murders casts a shadow over everything. As Deborah's world starts to fall apart, she begins to suspect the man she loves of a terrible betrayal. And to keep their marriage alive, sacrifices must be made. The Optician's Wife is a compelling psychological thriller that unpacks what goes on behind closed doors and reminds us that sometimes the worst crimes can take place closer to home than you think.

©2016 Betsy Reavley (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"The Optician's Wife is a stylish, brilliantly crafted thriller which really delivers. A very real sense of creeping dread, combined with intelligent, finely drawn characters, had me turning the pages late into the night." (J. Ross, bestselling author of The DCI Ryan books)

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    David 02-12-17
    David 02-12-17
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    "What a Trip!"

    The Optician's Wife kept me enthralled from start to finish. This is a story of a couple- Deborah, a plain girl barely 18 with no expectations that life, or anyone, will treat her kindly, and Larry, a little older, an ambitious opticians apprentice who sweeps her off her feet- marrying, raising kids, and toughing out the hard times in life with, well, questionable entrepreneurial genius. Meanwhile, a creepy serial killer terrorizes the town owner the years, eventually throwing suspicion upon the family.
    I enjoyed this book and it's been a long time since I read a story that is so unique and rather twisted with a plot so unexpected, driven by characters who are not particularly likeable in any sense of the word, but certainly morbidly curious- like you don't want to see something happening but you just can't stop yourself from looking! I particularly liked the couple's ingenuity earning money when Larry gets himself in trouble with a loan shark. You won't believe how Deborah evolves.
    This book made me a big Betsy Reavley fan if only because I love the creativity that goes into writing this book! It's worth the credit and a great read, and I highly recommend it!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Aesha Donald 10-23-16
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    "surprised"

    totally surprised by the end...... good one... narrator did a wonderful job. began kinda regular... then as it continued became quite interesting.. loved the descriptions of the characters... that really helped me to get a great visual of the settings and the people.... I give this book a B +...!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Jacolenne 01-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    Twists and turns galore. I would think I had it figured out and bam! Another twist. Loved it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 11-29-16
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 11-29-16 Member Since 2015

    I ride to LIVE!

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    "! Battered wife syndrome with a twist"

    Interesting is the word I would use for this book. I found that I kept reading just to see when/if Deborah would ever wake up and take control of her life. My next reaction was the incredulity that some women have when they turn off their common sense when it comes to men. I call that my “50 Shades of Grey” reaction.

    Stupid women and their need for any man. There is nothing original in the book. Deborah is able to make any excuse to blame Larry’s sins on someone else, even her own daughter. She was scared in life with a low self-esteem and lack of any caring adult. Larry liberated something in her, therefore, it was very easy for her to relinquish control over to Larry.

    He has a temper and lack of respect of women whom he defines as promiscuous. Early in the book you are told that Larry’s father, a teacher, made “improper” advances to a student. So, is being a sexual predator in Larry’s DNA. Is that his secret. The summary is misleading.

    “As Deborah's world starts to fall apart, she begins to suspect the man she loves of a terrible betrayal”

    That sentence leads you down a path which gives the ending more impact. You have to get to the ending to feel it was worth the credit. Is this book over rate from the reviews yes.

    Was it a "psychological thriller" that kept me on the edge of my seat, no.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    6catz 03-17-17
    6catz 03-17-17 Member Since 2008

    I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.

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    "A Real Wow"

    Excellent, in-depth character study fueled by a tour-de-force reading by Beverly A. Crick. Even guessing the ending didn't put a damper on my enjoyment of this mesmerizing chronicle of the central character's mind. Very very impressive, multilayered, kept me glued to the end. Great read. If I say more I'll have to include spoilers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gina A Curler 02-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awsome Listen!!"

    I could not stop listening! So many twists and turns just when I thought I figured it out BAM! The ending was the best! I can't wait to listen to another one of her books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Soddy Daisy, TN, United States 03-18-17
    Amazon Customer Soddy Daisy, TN, United States 03-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    The narrator of this book was fantastic! The story was scary and unexpected. Recommend highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 03-05-17
    Elizabeth 03-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Depressing"

    Her book Frailty was much better. This book was depressing from the start. I kept hoping it would get better. Kept listening out of curiosity just to see if I was right about the ending. I was.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • sophie
    11/30/16
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    "FANTASTIC"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book to my friends. Fantastic I thought, I was so so shocked towards the end, better not say any more, Please read for yourselves. Never.read any Betsy Reavley books, but have just ordered another as I enjoyed so much.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Optician's Wife?

    OMG the end


    Which character – as performed by Beverley A. Crick – was your favourite?

    Every one , had me on the edge of my seat loved her reading the book


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

    Yes a few but do not want to spoil it for anybody that reads this book


    Any additional comments?

    I, will be seventy in four weeks, and have enjoyed reading all my life, but I get tired of reading, and just found listening is far more exciting.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    2/3/17
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    "Great"

    Enjoyable! I suspected the end but it was only confirmed after some good twists . I was sorry when it ended .

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • marie
    11/25/16
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    "Absolutely brilliant"

    Great story ,wonderful narrator, edge of seat listening, could not put it down
    i highly recommend this book

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • MRS
    BIGGIN HILL WESTERHAM, United Kingdom
    2/15/17
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    "VERY OBVIOUS OUTCOMES"

    I felt that I had wasted my time, reading this book.
    There were no surprises and no suspense at all!. Highly predictable on all accounts.
    The best part of the story was the end ( I felt thankful! ) also a small amount of action and nastiness!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marshal
    2/14/17
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    "Slow burner, read if you have the patience."

    This book is definitely a slow burner, it only gets interesting in the last couple of chapters which is a shame because the first chapters are excruciatingly mundane and drawn out, taking away from the entire experience. If you have the will power to put up with a voice that I can only explain as the worst sound I have ever heard for a couple of hours, you are in for a shock and a nice twisted surprise. I would definitely recommend it, just because of the twist that occurs.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • rohini
    11/5/16
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    "Felt overrated except for the last chapter"

    The tone of the story is very monotonous. It started to dip towards chapter 40 and felt drawn out. The story would have been tastier if it was a tad bit more beefy.
    I guess the way the narrative unfolds is the key to its appeal. The hints are spread through out the story which point to the twist in the tale. I'm in two minds actually, from one end it is a very interesting read and from the other very simplistic and monotonous.
    I guess one can call it an interesting read.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ninecatz
    3/7/17
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    "Meh..."

    I started so I finished! Guessed the killer early on, didn't like narration and thought the characters annoying.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian (Longwait)
    Dublin, Ireland
    7/19/17
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    "Great book!"

    Holy Moly! These two are as bad as Fred and Rosemary West. *shivers*
    Not what I was expecting, but a really good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Forbes
    UK
    7/7/17
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    "Just ok"

    This book is not one of the greatest I've listened to, but it's ok. The narrator sounds like she's holding her nose, so it's annoying but the story itself is easily worked out right from the start. I solved it after the first murder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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