Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

Dear Wife

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.

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This story isn’t new – wife goes missing and the blame goes right to the husband. Dear Wife, highlights two female and two male characters. Beth has run away from her home and her husband. She has to try to outsmart her husband, who she believe has one step on her. Sabine is missing and her husband, Jeffrey, is slowly finding out new things about his wife that marks him as the prime suspect. Marcus is the detective trying to figure out what happened to Sabine.

I enjoyed Dear Wife and I just wanted to keep reading. I did uncover the “twist” early on in the novel, but was curious to see how the novel would unfold. One negative I had was the lack of connection that I had with all of the characters. The male characters were just awful and Beth just rubbed me the wrong way. It was hard to feel for them when I just didn’t care about them.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. I think this was released at the perfect time as it would make a great summertime read!

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Broken Bones (D.I. Kim Stone #7) by Angela Marsons

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They thought they were safe. They were wrong. 

The murder of a young prostitute and a baby found abandoned on the same winter night signals the start of a disturbing investigation for Detective Kim Stone – one which brings her face to face with someone from her own horrific childhood. 

As three more sex workers are murdered in quick succession, each death more violent than the last, Kim and her team realise that the initial killing was no one-off frenzied attack, but a twisted serial killer preying on the vulnerable. 

At the same time, the search begins for the desperate woman who left her newborn baby at the station – but what looks like a tragic abandonment turns even more sinister when a case of modern slavery is uncovered. 

The two investigations bring the team into a terrifying world of human exploitation and cruelty – and a showdown that puts Kim’s life at risk as shocking secrets from her own past come to light. 

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This is another series that you need to check out if you love mysteries and thrillers! Kim Stone is one of my favourite literary characters!

Broken Bones follows 2 different stories. The first one is about an abandoned baby at the police station. There are many women coming to claim the baby, but none of their stories are aligning. The second story is about prostitutes getting killed. The sad part is that there aren’t too many people that care about these killings and there aren’t many leads that can be followed.

This series has no signs of slowing down, with the 7th novel being just as great as the earlier novels. I love catching up with Kim, Bryant, Stacey and Dawson. I love seeing them work together especially when past events haven’t been too kind to them. The mysteries were excellent and I really enjoyed that things weren’t as they seemed.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. Another great novel to one of my favourite series. Can’t wait for the next novel!

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I can’t wait for … A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell (Can’t-Wait Wednesday)

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we are excited about that we have yet to read. The book I can’t wait to read is this week is:

A Stranger on the Beach

There is a stranger outside Caroline’s house.

Her spectacular new beach house, built for hosting expensive parties and vacationing with the family she thought she’d have. But her husband is lying to her and everything in her life is upside down, so when the stranger, Aiden, shows up as a bartender at the same party where Caroline and her husband have a very public fight, it doesn’t seem like anything out of the ordinary.

As her marriage collapses around her and the lavish lifestyle she’s built for herself starts to crumble, Caroline turns to Aiden for comfort…and revenge. After a brief and desperate fling that means nothing to Caroline and everything to him, Aiden’s obsession with Caroline, her family, and her house grows more and more disturbing. And when Caroline’s husband goes missing, her life descends into a nightmare that leaves her accused of her own husband’s murder.

What novel are you excited to read? Let me know in the comments below!

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I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie

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What happened to Amanda Holmes?

Twenty years ago, she was found bludgeoned in a rowboat at the MacAllister family’s Camp Macaw. No one was ever charged with the crime.

Now, after their parents’ sudden deaths, the MacAllister siblings return to camp to read the will and decide what to do with the prime real estate the camp occupies. Ryan needs to sell. Margaux hasn’t made up her mind. Mary believes in leaving well enough alone. Kate and Liddie—the twins—have opposing views. And Sean Booth, the groundskeeper, just hopes he still has a home when all is said and done.

But it’s more complicated than a simple vote. The will stipulates that until they unravel the mystery of what happened to Amanda, they can’t settle the estate. Any one of them could have done it, and each one is holding a piece of the puzzle. Will they work together to finally discover the truth, or will their secrets finally tear the family apart?

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I think one of my favourite things to read about is when someone wealthy passing away and their family is left to deal with dividing the estate, in which the deceased has added in some special clause to throw the family through a loop. I love reading about the drama and how the family reacts.

This is what happens in I’ll Never Tell, but there is also so much more! 20 years ago, Amanda was found left for dead at summer camp. The case was never solved and everyone has their own thoughts on who is the prime suspect. In current day, siblings Ryan, Margaux, Mary, Kate and Liddie, meet at their family’s summer camp to go over their father’s will.

This was such an unique read because you got to read hour by hour what Amanda was doing the night before she was found and seeing where everyone was at that time. Today, the siblings are going crazy because they believe one of them is guilty. Turns out they are all guilty of keeping secrets, which of course get unveiled.

My only negative and the reason I’m not giving this a 5, is because with the four female siblings, I found them to be very confusing and hard to tell apart. There was a few times where I had to go back to the beginning chapters to see which female they were talking about. I probably missed some of the background of the characters because I thought Mary was Kate or visa versa.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. I’ve read Catherine McKenzie’s previous novel, The Good Liar, but I’ll Never Tell just blows it out of the water. I would highly recommend this one and especially during the summertime!

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