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Publisher's Summary

Darby Kane thrills with this twisty domestic suspense novel that asks one central question: Shouldn’t a dead husband stay dead?

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. 

©2021 Darby Kane (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • 01-07-21

Disappointed.

I am an avid audible reader and rarely write reviews. But I am surprised by the high rating this book has received. I waited for months for it to come out. Xe Sands is one of my favorite narrators. But not with this story. I found the narration flat and i was often lost trying to figure out which character was speaking. The story just never captured me and I tried hard to get into it. Just not worth the credit for me. Sorry I wish it had been as great as was hyped.

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I hate the narration SO MUCH

I'm only a few chapters in and I can not even tell if the book would be good with another narrator or read instead of audio because the I CAN NOT STAND THIS WOMAN'S VOICE. She sounds like she's on drugs.. doesn't change her tone AT ALL between characters or thoughts... nothing. just monotonous droning that all blends together. SO BAD. I've literally never heard someone this bad, ever. I'm going to keep listening to see if I can get into it regardless but It's not looking possible at this rate. So bad. I feel sorry for thr Author.

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So Good!!!!

I did not want this book to end. From the first sentence to the last word I was hooked. There is a book to savor. The characters are compelling, the prose is perfection - and the twists and turns were eye-popping. Pretty Little Wife is such a very good book. I can’t wait to see what Darby Kane does next.
Also - Xe Sands’ performance was enthralling. The perfect narrator for this thriller.

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Excellent Book

I pick a lot of books (usually without putting too much effort into selection) as something to listen to and keep me focused during my workday. My job is tedious and detailed and audio books allow me to listen to a good story but also stay more in tuned to my work. I was pleasantly surprised with this book, it kept me very engaged while fitting the pieces together up until the end. I actually grew to like the main character whom I had no real opinions of initially. Definitely recommend this book and I look forward to more by the author.

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If you are a trauma survivor,

the book may have some trigger points. It isn't gory-graphic, but it does nail the emotional savageness that comes with being in a realtionship that has a menacing lop-sided M/F power balance. The author has a good handle on women dealing with/surviving/thriving male egos and narcissists.

I had a hard time staying with it at times, it's too wordy. The story could have been wrapped up in six hours.
If you read this genre often, the end won't come as a surprise since it does stick with the S.O.P. formula for the genre. I wasn't surprised by the ending tho it did have some twists and turns that I didn't anticipate.

I'm not a huge fan of Xe Sands since she has a narrow range when it comes to inflection and tones, can be confusing to know which character she is narrating in dialogue sections. I was intrigued enough by the plot blurb to power thru with her as the narrator but at times it wasn't easy. In this case, she nails the lead character's need for the "Am I crazy?"angst-y tone, but the rest of the narration is bland, almost sleep inducing at times.

On the plus side, all the characters are fleshed out well, you end the listen feeling like you did get to know them and wish you knew more about them.

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Holy Shit that was good

What a great book! It had me on the edge of my seat the entire book! This is a must read/listen too!!!! And the narrator was fabulous!

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FINALLY.....

a mystery that the listener won't solve half way through!!!! Loved this. I also really like Xe's narrations, it was by looking for more books read by her that led me to this gem.

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okay story, narration not so good!

The story was fine, but dragged on, and on. The narrator's voice was annoying and all the other characters sounded, exactly the same. And after a while she even sounded bored. I thought it would NEVER end, and I endured to the end, just for an implausible end. waste of credit!

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Very entertaining

The book is unique and full of twists with a fabulous narrator. Best audiobook I heard in a long time.

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very interesting

I will say I never grew to like the main character but I will say the story was great! it weaved nicely and kept you guessing. I just wanted different characters

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  • Sarah Morley
  • 01-07-21

Highly recommend!

This highly anticipated thriller by Darby Kane did not disappoint.

From the start you are invested after finding out the lead character Lila has left her husband Aarons dead body to be discovered, in his car. And that Lila is the one that killed him.
How can the story prove to prevail the exciting beginning to the plot......?
Maybe for Aarons body and his car to completely disappear without a trace. Leaving Lila wondering if Aaron is dead after all, did she make a mistake??? And if so is her life in danger.

This is one of those books that you lose sleep over as you just want to read to the end of the chapter, then one more page won't hurt will it. Before you know it it's 3am and well...you might as well just finish it now, as your eyes are stinging 👀

I'm rating it a 4 because it's not quite up there with my favourite thrillers of all time.
But I can highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.
It's full of plot twists and a surprise ending. It also ties everything up nicely at the end so you aren't left frustrated, wishing you knew what happened with different avenues you've been led down.

I hope Darby Kane is penciling (typing) another suspense filled thriller as we speak because l for one will be pre ordering the next release!

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  • Noha
  • 04-04-21

I did Not Expect it to be THAT GOOD?

Loved it. the heroine, Lila, was so unique for me, so easy to love & root for throughout the whole book. What a ride this book was! The main twist of the story, I did NOT see coming: added value to an already-great story. I would love to see a part 2 to this novel. I still think about Jenny, about her boss, about Ryan, about -of course- Lila. Because Im sure she's not done yet ❤️ Thank you to the author, publishers, and audible 🙏🏻💫

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  • beaker12
  • 02-27-21

Suspense thriller

Good twisty story. At first I thought the narrator was a bit drawly (sorry!) but actually fitted with the story very well! Enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-21

great

I enjoyed this novel greatly with a good storyline.. loved the twist and well narrated