Title: Dear Wife
Author: Kimberly Belle
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Date of Publication: June 25, 2019
Publisher: Park Row
Dear Wife tells the story of a woman who escapes her abusive husband, changes her look, changes her name, and goes on the run. Now Beth Murphy, she is desperate to be free from the man who made her live in fear for so many years. Back home, Jeffrey returns from a business trip to find that his wife, Sabine, is missing. Dear Wife follows their two stories, as well as the story of the police detective who will do anything to find the missing woman.
Dear Wife is an engaging read from cover to cover. While I predicted the plot twist early on, it didn’t matter. The tension Belle weaves into every page kept me riveted throughout the story.
That said, realizing the twist early on did allow me to spot a few plot holes. The story is told from three points of view, each first person. To not reveal the lies of one character is difficult, since we’re inside their head and we know exactly what they’re thinking. The selective thoughts of one character in particular make for a few plotholes, but I forgive this, since the book is otherwise quite well written.
The three POV’s for the story are:
Beth: A woman on the run from her abusive husband. I particularly enjoyed her chapters, which comprise the majority of the novel, because of the way she narrates what shes’ doing. She refers to her husband in second person, ex. “I’m doing this because of you,” which sent chills up my spine more than once!
Jeffrey: A man who returns home from work one day to discover that his wife has disappeared.
Marcus: A police detective who will do anything to uncover the truth of what has happened.
Despite the fact that the story is told from multiple first-person POVs, it is quite easy to read and follow. The three main characters have unique thinking styles, and the POV scenes don’t jump from one to another too often, making this a quick and easy read.
I recommend this novel to any fan of psychological thrillers. It doesn’t rely on an unlikeable main character as its hook, and has a refreshing take on the genre.
*Thank you to Park Row for the ARC for review*
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