Book Title and Author: Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle
Publication Date and Publisher: June 25, 2019 by Park Row
Pages: 384 pages
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Date Read: June 17, 2019 (papercopy from the publisher)
Beth Murphy is on the run…
For nearly a year, Beth has been planning for this day. A day some people might call any other Wednesday, but Beth prefers to see it as her new beginning–one with a new look, new name and new city. Beth has given her plan significant thought, because one small slip and her violent husband will find her.
Sabine Hardison is missing…
A couple hundred miles away, Jeffrey returns home from a work trip to find his wife, Sabine, is missing. Wherever she is, she’s taken almost nothing with her. Her abandoned car is the only evidence the police have, and all signs point to foul play.
As the police search for leads, the case becomes more and more convoluted. Sabine’s carefully laid plans for her future indicate trouble at home, and a husband who would be better off with her gone. The detective on the case will stop at nothing to find out what happened and bring this missing woman home. Where is Sabine? And who is Beth? The only thing that’s certain is that someone is lying and the truth won’t stay buried for long.
Three Days Missing made me a fan of Kimberly Belle but Dear Wife propelled her into auto-buy status. Y’all, I read this book as a buddy read with Tamara over at Traveling With T blog and we both think this is a juicy, delicious, twisted read!
Beth is on the run from her abusive husband―she’s made one thing very clear: if he finds her, he’s going to kill her. She’s gone to a lot of trouble over the past year carefully planning her escape down to the very last detail by making sure she’s saved lots of cash, grabbed a burner phone, and laid a fake trail. But will that be enough to keep him finding her?
Sabine is a successful realtor who has suddenly gone missing. As the police begin to investigate, they uncover many hidden secrets between Sabine and her husband Jeffrey that make him a suspect in her disappearance. Clearly, this was not a happy marriage.
The story is told through the three POVs of Beth, Jeffrey, and Marcus, the detective determined to find the missing woman. Is Beth really Sabine? Or is there more than one missing wife in this story? What is really going on?!
All the characters are keeping secrets (some super dark) and you’ll have to be clever to figure out this smart, twisty novel! Trust me, nothing is what it seems in Belle’s latest, uniquely structured book! Tamara and I tossed around theories about what was going on until we finally hit the nail on the head. Whew, Kimberly Belle, you blew our minds!
Dear Wife is a book with so many shocking surprises without being over the top twisted (thank goodness)! If you’re looking for a quick, unputdownable, brilliantly written read with an unexpected yet plausible ending then here you go! It’s also got a strong female lead determined to overcome abuse―win-win!
Tamara and I both recommend this one and think it’s going to be a HUGE hit this year; we also plan on buddy reading every book Belle writes since we had so much fun reading this one together! It’s got a Gone Girl vibe without really being like it if that makes sense: the clever writing, propulsive plot, and uniqueness make this a sure hit! A perfect summer suspense read (triggers for domestic abuse).
**Thank you Park Row-Harlequin Books and Kimberly Belle for the gifted copy. All opinions are my own. **