The Betrayed Wife Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
THE PERFECT FAMILY
Sheila O'Rourke has always known her husband isn't perfect. Who is? But things have been better since they moved to Seattle to make a fresh start. So much so that when 16-year-old Eden turns up, claiming to be Dylan's child by another woman, Sheila tries to be welcoming.
At first, Sheila feels sympathy for the girl. Eden's mother recently fell to her death in an incident with unsettling parallels to Sheila's past. Still, Eden is a difficult house guest, sowing discord among the family. Sheila has already been on edge for weeks, receiving anonymous texts, noticing odd noises coming from the house next door. And that's just the start.
A PERFECT NIGHTMARE
Sheila wants to trust Dylan. She wants to feel safe in her own home. But no one can hurt you more easily than the ones closest to you...the ones you keep believing until it's too late....
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 20 minutes|
|Narrator||Ann Marie Lee|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 09, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #162,560 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#374 in Domestic Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,084 in Domestic Thrillers (Books)
#3,157 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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I don't even know where to begin. I'll give you a very brief synopsis of the story:
Sheila and Dylan are married with three children. Sheila has been getting stalked by a disheveled young man and his Goth-like girlfriend. Sheila even discovers the pair in her house and finds out that this young lady, Eden, is Dylan's illegitimate daughter that he never knew about. Her mother, Antonia, recently died and having no other family she decides to come home to her Daddy. Surprise!!! 🎈🌟💥
I need to be honest and tell you all that this book pissed me right off.
The death of Antonia was such a huge eye roll for me. I mean COME ON!!! Of course she dies topless while tanning her perfect tight little body with perky breasts on display. (At this point I went to see who the author of this book is and was totally not surprised that this was a man. Sorry, not sorry.) This party animal beds men after men or at least that is how the author describes her. So many men a person could hardly keep track. A real slut, ya know! Oh, and she's a terrible mother because, well, she's a slut that likes to party. Right-o, Mr. O'Brien - we get it!
Dylan, Dylan, Dylan - you sorry sack of s*&t. He has cheated on his wife Sheila about a gazillion times. He can't help it if woman throw themselves at him. He is handsome and charming and women simply can't keep their panties on when he's around. A real curse to be had! Then he meets Brook at the gym and after a 10 minute conversation he thinks he's in LOVE and will now do anything to steal away anytime he can with her including abandoning his wife and children! So irresistible! *swoons*
Sheila, you seem like a nice lady, but it's time to put on your big girl pants and kick this a-hole to the curb. I'm tired of hearing your excuses....well he's a good Dad and he does always come home to me in the end. How immensely satisfying that must be for you. It's not his fault that he is so gorgeous. You're lucky to have him.
So in summation the women in the this book are either sluts, nymphomaniacs, psychotic, or just total sad sacks and, really, isn't it Dylan who we need to feel sorry for here? Poor guy really got himself into a jam this time. Boys will be boys, ya know.
This book was at least 100 pages too long. The ending left much to be desired. Seriously, Sheila, when will you freaking learn?
Pro's: I liked Steve their teenage son. That's it.
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
The book is wholly plot driven with very little character development. It is simply a great plot. A handsome husband with a roving eye, an emotionally fragile wife, and their three children suddenly have their lives upended, when a sixteen year old teenager suddenly turns up on their doorstep,claiming to be the husband’s illegitimate daughter.
Couple this this with a secret from the wife’s murky past, a series of bizarre and potentially dangerous household events, a constantly barking dog from their new next door neighbor, a few murders, and there is never a dull moment. The plot simply thickens. Just what is going on?
If you enjoy a fast paced, plot driven thriller, this may be the book for you. I simply could not put it down, until the very last page was turned!
After some reflection, I attributed it to the fact that I couldn’t stand any of the characters in this moderately lengthy book. The storyline was intriguing but the people were pretty ugly. Indeed, this was likely the author’s intent, and for that I praise his craftsmanship. Except for one lone teenager most of the characters were lacking. The novel was good enough to keep me present and I’m glad I hung in to the end. I admit, the first thing I did when I finished was to look in Amazon to see if he wrote a sequel. Go figure. Readers are tough, right?
I am definitely interested in reading his other books. I sincerely thank the author and publisher for the ARC and apologize for my untimely review.
I’ve decided for fun, I’m going to grade the book covers, this one is a C+.