The Serial Killer’s Wife by Alice Hunter

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 saying he’s a monster. And they’re saying she knew.

Well this was a darker book than expected! It’s a gripping psychological thriller that kept me on edge, not knowing who to trust and with some fabulous twists that I didn’t see coming. Beth and Tom seemed like any normal married couple at the start, living an idyllic village life with toddler daughter Poppy but when Tom returns late home one night, the police are there to arrest him…for murder.

Told by both Beth and Tom, in the present and in the past, we gradually come to understand Tom and his relationships with those around him. But poor Beth is left reeling with both journalists and the police questioning why she didn’t suspect her husband may not be as squeaky clean as he seemed. But haven’t we all thought the same at times? I know it seems almost incomprehensible that a woman can live with someone but be oblivious to their extracurricular activities (so to speak!) but history proves otherwise!

What I enjoyed about The Serial Killers Wife was feeling that I didn’t really know anyone! And that’s not because Alice Hunters characters aren’t very carefully crafted, they are, but she always seemed to keep something back so I didn’t trust anyone and questioned every decision they made or action they took-and I loved that! I was quite jealous of Alice at times-she had a lovely daughter and successful business but also a quiet determination to keep them unaffected by the arrest of her husband. I did become frustrated with her at times though especially during the middle third of the book but thankfully the last third was a thrilling rollercoaster of emotions that made me forget all my frustrations as the shocking truths we’re revealed.

The Serial Killers Wife is an addictive and darkly twisted read. What a debut from Alice Hunter!

After completing a psychology degree, Alice Hunter became an interventions facilitator in a prison. There, she was part of a team offering rehabilitation programmes to men serving sentences for a wide range of offences, often working with prisoners who’d committed serious violent crimes. Previously, Alice had been a nurse, working in the NHS. She now puts her experiences to good use in fiction. THE SERIAL KILLER’S WIFE draws heavily on her knowledge of psychology and the criminal mind.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.