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Alyssa’s Reviews – Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

Welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

I have been on a HUGE Mystery/Thriller kick recently, and I hope you are ready for all of the crazy, thrilling reviews (see what I did there?)! A while ago, I posted an Indigo book haul, where I purchased a copy of DEAR WIFE by Kimberly Belle. It had been sitting on my shelves ever since I posted that haul, but a couple of weeks ago I decided to read pick it up and read the first few chapters. Instead of reading a couple of chapters, I devoured it in just over a day!

Synopsis (Goodreads.com):

From the bestselling author of The Marriage Lie and Three Days Missing comes a riveting new novel of suspense about a woman who, in a fight for survival, must decide just how far she’ll go to escape the person she once loved.
Beth Murphy is on the run…
For nearly a year, Beth has been planning for this day. A day some people might call any other Wednesday, but Beth prefers to see it as her new beginning–one with a new look, new name and new city. Beth has given her plan significant thought, because one small slip and her violent husband will find her.
Sabine Hardison is missing…
A couple hundred miles away, Jeffrey returns home from a work trip to find his wife, Sabine, is missing. Wherever she is, she’s taken almost nothing with her. Her abandoned car is the only evidence the police have, and all signs point to foul play.
As the police search for leads, the case becomes more and more convoluted. Sabine’s carefully laid plans for her future indicate trouble at home, and a husband who would be better off with her gone. The detective on the case will stop at nothing to find out what happened and bring this missing woman home. Where is Sabine? And who is Beth? The only thing that’s certain is that someone is lying and the truth won’t stay buried for long.

This book was so insanely, unbelievable, GREAT. Honestly, it is one of the best thrillers I have ever read, and will certainly be in my Top 10 books of 2019. As I wrote in my Goodreads review at midnight over a week ago, “This is EVERYTHING I love in a thriller all (w)rapped into one book! Domestic suspense, accused husband, detective that’s a main focus in the story, a small but mighty cast of characters and a SHOCKING plot twist at the end!”

The characters in this book are so well-written and developed. They all had really interesting and intriguing back stories, which contributed to their well written stories. My favourite character by far was Marcus. I usually don’t enjoy reading from the perspective of a detective, but there was something about his character that was really interesting to me.

I absolutely adored the writing in this novel. The novel is written in three perspectives, but Beth’s perspective is written in second-person narrative, but Jefferey and Marcus’s perspectives were both written in first-person perspective. The difference in narrative writing styles was minimal but still very impactful. It wasn’t confusing at all, and it made it easier to understand which perspective I was reading from.

This book will keep you guessing at every moment. You never really know who is who, who is really a good person, and who is telling the truth. The plot twist in this novel was INSANE, and while I predicted it just a few pages before it was revealed, I thought it was SO smart, and not something I would have guessed at the beginning of the novel.

Overall, I absolutely loved this thriller and rated it 5/5 stars. If you enjoy crazy domestic thrillers, I highly recommend this one!

Good Night Book Owls!

10 thoughts on “Alyssa’s Reviews – Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

  1. I don’t normally read thrillers, but this one sounds really interesting. I mostly stick to pretty tame mysteries like Agatha Christie.

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