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"A dark, powerful tale of nerve-shattering suspense."—Tami Hoag
"A chilling story of revenge and betrayal, with one of the creepiest villains I've ever read."—Iris Johansen, author of The Ugly Duckling
"An unforgettably evil villain and a throat-gripping climax make The Perfect Husband a real page-turner!"—Tess Gerritsen, author of Harvest
"I loved this book! I was up till 2 a.m. finishing it!"—Karen Robards, author of Walking After Midnight and Hunter's Moon
"Nail-biting suspense...a taut roller coaster of a story that kept me up very, very late."—Kay Hooper, author of Amanda and After Caroline
"A superlative read, with vivid characters, faultless procedure, and a villain who will whisper in the dark evertime you turn off the light."—Eileen Dreyer, author of Brain Dead
About the Author
- ASIN : B000FC29HK
- Publisher : Bantam (September 28, 2004)
- Publication date : September 28, 2004
- Language : English
- File size : 1294 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 432 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0593159020
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,227 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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After reading Catch Me, I was impressed with the book, especially with the connection to Gardner's other characters like Pierce & Kimberley Quincy, Roan Griffin, and even J.T Dillon and Tess Williams. So, I decided to read the first book of the FBI Profiler series.
The Perfect Husband is about a young woman named Tess Williams and Marine turned Merc named J.T Dillon. Tess was once married too a man named Jim Beckett, who seemed like "The Perfect Husband" at first. A handsome police officer who never hit her and took her away from her abusive father and married her. But then he started becoming psychologically abusive. He killed at least ten women before being taken down by Tess and going to prison. Now he's out and has set his sights on Tess, to finish off what he started. J.T Dillon is a drunken mess. He is reluctant to help Tess at first but eventually gives in. He and his sister, FBI Agent Marion MacAllister have a lot of unresolved personal baggage, mainly involving their father and somewhat involving J.T's wife, Rachel and adopted son Teddy. Meanwhile Special Agent Pierce Quincy is working with the Massachusetts authorities to help in the manhunt to find Jim Beckett, but will Jim get his revenge, or will Tess and J.T be ready to taken on mad methodical psychopath.
A crucial note: This is book marked a transition of genres for Lisa Gardner, and it is evidently clear in the amount of sex. There is nothing wrong with that, but some of it kind of feels like distraction when it's supposed to character development. Three of the key characters are very traumatized to the point where they act irrationally. It can be annoying, but also understandable. Sometimes victims of trauma aren't rational people.
As for positives, I can honestly say that I did like it when the pace picked up now and then and got exiting. The climax is a memorable one, but some might say that the last line spoken by [SPOILER] might sound a little corny.
Overall, I give it a 3.5. I think that Pierce Quincy was an interesting character (I see Hotch from Criminal Minds) and that Jim Beckett is a memorable villain, but a lot of the times, the pacing feels kind of slow, but there was a lot of really good backstory for many of the principal characters. You might get emotional by the end of this. I know I did.
It's scary, it's real and it could happen to anyone we know. That is what makes it so good. Imagine being raised by a controlling father and a meek mother. Your father approves of your new boyfriend and he is so kind and gentle, that he seems to be an answer to a prayer. He's not! OMG, this book will not let you alone and even after you have finished it, you will come back to it and remember the horror it induced in you. I can't recommend this book enough. It will be a classic one day.
Spoilers from now on.
Ok, shouldn't Tess have moved out of state to really elude her ex instead of moving around from Massachusetts town to Ma town? I mean seriously, the state is not that big. What about Montana or Wyoming? She obviously had plenty of cash....
And Marion's death was totally unnecessary and we are supposed to believe that Tess held Jim off longer than Marion? I guess it's fiction. And somehow the FBI never listened to the prison calls???? Seriously? You have to be joking... The portrayal of women in this book was frustrating and at times infuriating. I'm so glad her writing has improved in her later works, but I would not recommend this book.
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A disappointing read. Murder and kidnap as a background to romantic drivel. Some of the emotional displays are simply unbelievable: a mother who's daughter has been kidnapped by her psychotic serial killer ex-husband finds time to fall in love with a drunk mercenary who happens to be training her to take on said ex-husband. Poor Tess can barely hold and fire a gun at this point in the story. This supposedly hardcore merc then gets injured taking on Mr Husband, after taking poor helpless Tess with him to the scene of the last murder. Poor helpless Tess does nothing and freezes at any and every sound, right until the point she blows her ex-hubby to bits with a shotgun. Bet ya didn't see that coming did ya!?
The storyline was completely predictable. A short way in to the novel I had (correctly) guessed what would happen in the end, the only thing significant plot point I missed was the JT's sister also gets killed by the serial killer.
The best bits were the flashback bits. In fact, the novel should really have been the story in the flashbacks, in which the antagonist really is the "perfect husband" while deceiving everyone that he is a serial killer.
I bought two of LG's books simultaneously and read this one first. The other was written several years later so I guess I shall see if the writing style has improved. To be honest though, if I hadn't happened to pick up two of her books on Kindle sale, and this was the only novel of hers that I had read, I wouldn't bother with a second.