The Wife List by J.A. Schneider
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Available from Amazon
Has a group of men conspired to murder each other’s wives – figuring their perfect alibis will save them? That is what Beth Kemp starts to suspect, but is she losing her mind? Her husband says he fears so…
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I’ll give this marriage one more try, Beth Kemp thinks. She is a successful crime writer in New York City, who regrets that tension has crept into her relationship with her husband, Brad. He too is a writer who, after early success, finds his career fading.
Brad urges that a move to the country would make them happy again – and safe, especially Beth, to avoid the city’s stress that triggers her severe asthma attacks. Beth wavers, until her close friend is murdered and the friend’s husband has a perfect alibi. She finally accepts that the city with its surging crime has become too hard for her.
The Kemps move to beautiful Sheffield, Connecticut, so perfect it seems too good to be true. It is. When one new friend cries in fear about her husband, and another has a bruise under her eye, Brad tells Beth that she’s overimagining. But when she hears of another wife’s unsolved murder and yet another friend dies mysteriously, Beth suspects the husbands of covering for each other. Brad tells her she’s getting crazy, paranoid.
Then Beth stumbles onto the most devastating shock of all, one she never imagined…
The wife list is a new release by the brilliant J. A. Schneider. I do love the books by this author they are different in a very good way so I was excited to see what this book had to offer and I was definitely not disappointed.
Beth Kemp is a successful crime writer living in New York. Her husband is also an author but not as successful and is prone to moods as he struggles to produce books that match his early success. The marriage is struggling when tragedy forces them to consider moving out to the countryside.
They find a dream house in a lovely area life should be a bed of roses but Beth can’t help overthinking things that have happened and becomes convinced there is a ‘Wife List’ a plan to kill off rich wives giving each other alibis. But that is just her overactive imagination isn’t it? Or is it?
Beth doesn’t know who she can trust and the move turns out to be more of a nightmare than a dream.
This is a brilliant book I was grabbed from the beginning I really like Beth she comes accross at times as weak and needy but underneath that is a strong person determined to get out. Her husband’s character is the opposite he is egotistical and likes to think he is hard done to taking his lack of success out on his wife. The other characters bring more to the story with their uniqueness and different personalities.
The book then ends with the ending to beat all endings an absolute shocker.
An absolutely brilliant read with many twists and turns, laughs and tears that had me praying that Beth would find peace and happiness at the end. Did she? You will have to read the book to find out.
Another stunning thriller from the fantastic J. A. Schneider. 5 stars from me.
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