Monday 29 July 2019

Book ~ "Dear Wife" (2019) Kimberly Belle

From Goodreads ~ 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.

"Beth" is an abused wife.  She's had enough and starts planning on leaving her husband.  She spends a year stashing money away for when she takes off.  She heads to Atlanta and gets some fake ID and is able to get a job cleaning in a church.  Despite the distance, she is always looking over her shoulder, afraid her husband has tracked her down.

Sabine is a successful real estate agent with a bitter angry husband, Jeffrey, and lives in the same town as Beth.  She disappears around the same time as Beth runs away.  Eventually everyone starts looking at Jeffrey, figuring he had something to do with her disappearance.  He looks especially guilty once details of Sabine's secret life start coming out.

Marcus is the police officer in charge of Sabine's disappearance.

This is the second book I've read by this author and I liked it.  It is written in first person perspective in Beth, Jeffrey and Marcus' voices ... the chapters alternate and are marked so you know whose voice it is.  This worked for me because I liked getting to know what was going on in their heads.  As a head's up, there is swearing and violence.

I look forward to checking out other books by this author.

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