Today, I am excited to be sharing my review of The Serial Killer’s Wife by Alice Hunter with you all.
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…
From the synopsis alone, The Serial Killer’s Wife sounds like a thrilling ride, and I was excited to jump on board. It wasn’t the exciting rollercoaster I had been expecting, but I did still enjoy this book.
With the opening scenes, we jump straight in to the story with the police knocking on the door of the Hardcastle family home in search of Tom Hardcastle, but Tom isn’t there, and Beth has no idea where he is, or why the police could possibly want to talk to her husband. This leaves Beth with so many questions, questions that you as a reader are also asking and trying to figure out the answers to.
Throughout the story, the time switches between then and now, and we get to experience it from multiple POV. Those POV include Beth, Tom, and the victims. The chapters from the victims POV were particularly interesting, and at times a little hard to read.
From the very start, I didn’t trust Tom, there was just something off about him, and it was clear that despite him being her husband, Beth was beginning to feel exactly the same way. I felt so sorry for Beth, and what she was going through, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the way she so quickly jumped on to Adam as soon as Tom was out of the picture. It just didn’t sit right with me. Adam seemed like such a genuine, nice guy, who had been through an awful time, and I think he deserved better.
The last chapter before the epilogue was a complete shock, which I never saw coming, and if I’m honest, it was the most exciting part of the whole book! I am glad that it was left right to the end though, as it made the revelation have an even bigger impact.
Overall, this was a nice slow burn thriller, with a huge twist at the end that made my jaw drop. It wasn’t action packed, but that didn’t make it unenjoyable. I do feel that there was something missing though, and I still can’t quite put my finger on exactly what that is.
I give The Serial Killer’s Wife a 3.5 star rating.
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