On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the twisty thriller by Alice Hunter, The Serial Killer’s Wife.
Every marriage has its secrets…
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.
The Serial Killer’s Wife is a pacy and an utterly gripping thriller by Alice Hunter. Whenever serial killers are reported on in the news, people often think about the killer’s family. How is it possible that they didn’t know what was going on right under their nose? If they did know, why didn’t they have the courage to come forward and tell the police? It’s what Alice Hunter explores in her novel as she tells it from the point of view of Beth, the wife of the killer, Tom Hardcastle. Beth and their daughter mean everything to Tom. At one time, Tom meant everything to Beth. But when the police arrest him following the discovery of new evidence in an old murder case, she begins to question everything she thought she knew. It also puts her in a very uncomfortable position as people begin to look at her in a different light than they did before. Can she ever move on from this?
I really wanted to know what the bigger picture was here. As more cases that are linked to Tom come to light, I wanted to know if Beth played any involvement at all in what happened. It made for really gripping reading as Alice explored her character further. I felt as though I couldn’t quite trust her as the story developed.
Tom is a really intriguing character as well. As the police come closer to uncovering the truth about him, we begin to see his true colours emerge. I thought Alice Hunter developed his character really well and Beth’s character too, as she comes to terms with what is happening around her. It makes for really tense reading as the narrative flicks between their viewpoints.
The tension in the book really turns up a notch as Alice Hunter reveals what is really going on. The characters kept me gripped and turning the pages faster and faster as I raced towards the end. Alice Hunter made me think about how I would react if I was in the same position as them.
The Serial Killer’s Wife is an addictive psychological thriller, and I was desperate to find out how things were going to pan out in the end. If you’re looking for a twisty read that will grip you right from the first page, I highly recommend it.
Publication date: 27th May 2021
Print length: 384 pages
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