Thursday 22 April 2021

Book ~ "Pretty Little Wife" (2020) Darby Kane

From Goodreads ~ Lila Ridgefield lives in an idyllic college town but not everything is what it seems. Lila isn’t what she seems. A student vanished months ago. Now, Lila’s husband, Aaron, is also missing. At first these cases are treated as horrible coincidences until it’s discovered the student is really the third of three unexplained disappearances over the last few years. The police are desperate to find the connection, if there even is one. Little do they know they might be stumbling over only part of the truth.

With the small town in an uproar, everyone is worried about the whereabouts of their beloved high school teacher. Everyone except Lila, his wife. She’s definitely confused about her missing husband but only because she was the last person to see his body and now it’s gone. 

Lila is a former lawyer, now a real estate agent, who is married to Aaron, a school teacher, living in a small town near where Aaron grew up.  Aaron doesn't treat her very well and something she discovers pushes her over the edge.  Aaron has to go.  She plans it well ... but then Aaron's body isn't found as she'd planned.  Is he still alive and taunting her?

As the police get involved in Aaron's disappearance, they notice that Lila doesn't seem overly concerned that her husband is missing.  In fact, it wasn't even her who reported him missing but his friend and boss did.  As the police investigate, they discover that Lila has a hidden past and no one has anything bad to say about Aaron.  Needless to say, Lila becomes their number one suspect which isn't good because Lila actually thought she had killed him.

I liked this book.  I liked the writing style and there were lots of twists and turns that are revealed as the story goes on.  It is written in third person perspective from Lila's point of view and the lead police officer.  As a head's up, there is swearing and violence.

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