Book Review: The Perfect Husband, by Lisa Gardner

The Perfect Husband, by Lisa Gardner

The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner

Published by Bantam on February 23, 2013

Series: Quincy & Rainie, #1

Genre(s): fiction, crime, suspense, thriller

Format & Length: e-book, 320

Source: library

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What would you do if the man of your dreams hides the soul of a killer?

Jim Beckett was everything she’d ever dreamed of…But two years after Tess married the decorated cop and bore his child, she helped put him behind bars for savagely murdering ten women. Even locked up in a maximum security prison, he vowed he would come after her and make her pay. Now the cunning killer has escaped–and the most dangerous game of all begins….

After a lifetime of fear, Tess will do something she’s never done before. She’s going to learn to protect her daughter and fight back, with the help of a burned-out ex-marine. As the largest manhunt four states have ever seen mobilizes to catch Beckett, the clock winds down to the terrifying reunion between husband and wife. And Tess knows that this time, her only choices are to kill–or be killed.

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Have you ever watched Criminal Minds? Imagine that on steroids. That is The Perfect Husband. Jim Beckett was the ultimate Creepy McCreepster. I actually felt the need to check my closet before going to bed. While I couldn’t fully identify with Tess, I admired her tenacity and was rooting for her the whole way.

This story dragged me in so completely, I couldn’t put it down. The plot was solid, well thought out, and fast paced. The characters were raw and vulnerable and strong. Overall, this was an incredibly well written book that I couldn’t stop thinking about after I finished reading it.

Like other Lisa Gardner books, The Perfect Husband is not for the faint of heart. There is a plethora of depravity, offensive language, excessive drinking, screwed up families, and sexuality. That being said, if you can stomach all of that, give this book a shot. Preferably during the day with all the lights on. Just saying.


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