Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Five villains who have had about enough of domestic life

Margot Hunt is a USA Today best selling author of Best Friends Forever and For Better And Worse. Her new novel is The Last Affair.

Hunt has also written eight previous books as Whitney Gaskell, and the Young Adult series Geek High under the pen name Piper Banks.

At CrimeReads she tagged five books about "ordinary people who turn villainous," including:
Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

It is a truth of life that no one from the outside knows what happens within a marriage, and Kimberly Bell explores that in this chilling novel. Beth Murphy is on the run, fleeing from her abusive husband. Several hundred miles away, Sabine Hardison has gone missing, her car found abandoned. The book is told from the alternating points of view of Beth, Sabine’s husband Jeffrey, and the detective investigating Sabine’s disappearance. Did Jeffrey kill Sabine? And how is her disappearance connected to Beth? Belle does a masterful job moving the story along at a heart-pounding pace right up the very surprising end.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

My Lovely Wife starts with a disturbing premise—a couple decides to spice up their relationship by abducting and murdering young women together. Millicent and her husband, the narrator who is never named, have been married for fifteen years and live in an upscale suburban neighborhood outside of Orlando. Their marriage has common stressors – money problems, stagnating careers, caring for their children. But their solution to relieving that stress is anything but common. As the book unfolds, however, it becomes clear that the narrator might not be as willing a participant as originally thought. How far would you go to keep your spouse happy?
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: My Lovely Wife.

The Page 69 Test: Dear Wife.

--Marshal Zeringue