Title: The Serial Killer’s Wife
Author: Alice Hunter/ Narrated by Sarah Paul, James Macnaughton & Kristin Atherton
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Goodreads Rating: 3.78
They’re saying he’s a monster. And they’re saying she knew.
Beth and Tom Hardcastle are the envy of their neighbourhood – they have the perfect marriage, the perfect house, the perfect family.
When the police knock on their door one evening, Beth panics. Tom should be back from work by now – what if he’s crashed his car? She fears the worst.
But the worst is beyond imagining.
As the interrogation begins, Beth will find herself questioning everything she believed about her husband.
They’re husband and wife – till death do them part…
I’d like to thank NetGalley, Harper Collins UK and Avon Books for approving me for an ARC of this book.
I always enjoy an audio when there is more than one narrator, it makes it more dramatic and as a listener it has more of a play feel to it. All three narrators had distinct voices which made it easier to follow the different stories. They all did a fantastic job.
We start the story being thrown into the action and by the end of the chapter one Tom has been taken away for questioning. I love it when a mystery/thriller gets stuck straight in and builds the back story as we go along. It ups the tension and makes me want to keep going.
As a main character Beth was likeable and being a mum myself I immediately felt for the situation she was in. Can you imagine trying to keep a three year olds routine the same whilst dealing with your husband being arrested for murder? I applauded her handling of everything and felt she really had Poppy’s best interest at heart. As the story progressed I started to wonder what she was hiding. There was something about her that didn’t quite fit and whilst I had sympathy for her situation I did start to wonder how much she knew.
Tom’s chapters were the most haunting. They were well written, short and snappy chapters that left me with an uneasy feeling in my stomach. He was twisted, dark and calculating in what he said or did. What was the worst was he reasoning and how he saw his justification in his actions. If you then add Katie’s chapters to the mix you can see the fear and even though I knew where it was heading I wanted to save Katie in some way.
The story continues to progress in a pacey way and the big reveals keep on coming. Whilst I had figured one or two of the reveals out, it didn’t take away from the read at all. What stuck with me most was how rational our main characters had been in their decisions. Ultimately if they felt it was for the best then what could possibly be wrong with what they were doing?
This story left me questioning everything and trusting no one. It was packed with memorable characters, quick revelations and manipulations like you’ve never seen!