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The Killer's Wife

A Novel
Narrated by: Isabel Keating
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Six years after her ex-husband is sentenced to death for a series of gruesome murders, Leigh Wren has almost succeeded in putting her past to rest. But the new life she has created for herself and her young son is shattered when the father of one of her ex-husband's victims begins stalking her and publicly exposes her past. Her assumed identity quickly unravels, and she becomes increasingly isolated, while friends and neighbors leave her to confront the savage history of her prior relationship on her own. As Leigh grapples with memories of her marriage to a man whom she exposed to the world as a deviant serial killer, a more deadly game of cat and mouse begins.

A new killer emerges, one whose methods are frighteningly similar to those used by her ex-husband, who is on death row thousands of miles away. And Leigh and her son appear to be in the stalker's scope. Assisted only by a married couple of private investigators, Leigh delves into the mysteries her ex-husband left behind, the danger multiplying as each new revelation brings the threat closer to home. With the clock ticking down and the victims of a new, unknown killer mounting, Leigh forces herself to probe the dark corridors of her past to save her life and her son's. When the identity of the new killer is finally exposed, the truth turns out to be as twisted as it is devastating.

Psychological suspense and harrowing insights drive this readable, highly entertaining thriller from a major new voice in mystery and suspense.

©2008 Bill Floyd (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Pamela Harvey
  • 15-03-2008

Great Concept

This story line has excellent potential, although I feel the author could have done a little more with the wife's perspective. Perhaps developing a more introspective psychological narrative along the lines of the movie "Sleeping With The Enemy".

The matter-of-fact writing, the lack of character development and the over-developed histrionics of the narrator rendered my rating a three out of five. I simply became tired of listening to her constant sobbing, as I am a reader/listener who prefers a more straightforward reading. I don't read hardcover books with emotion and accents, and I don't like listening to them interpreted that way.

But I must add, though that the narrator did a great job portraying the North Carolina drawl, and how bizarre it must have sounded to a woman from California.

Still an entertaining tale, however, and I would recommend it.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • M. Tetzner
  • 28-04-2008


yep, definately thumbs up. the lady reading the book does an excellent job. she's the kind that likes to act out the character, rather than just reading the book, and maybe once or twice she went over the top. however, I have listened to many horrible female voices, trying to imitated the male characters and all that. this one is a winner.
plot: very very thrilling. there is this one concept that I think I have come across before in a novel by tess-gerittsen, which I won't mention in order not to spoil the experience. let's just say that an exquisite psychopath (if you are a psychopath-conaisseur, like me ;) is being portrayed here, one that will send chills down your spine. everything is explained with psychological detail, depth and wit. the tension never stops, partly because it's quite short (7 hours). totally put it in the bag.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Martha M Holmes
  • 29-03-2008


I needed a good 'read' and actually paid for this instead of using my credits. I am so glad I did!

From beginning to end I felt as though I was inside the protagonist, seeing everything through her eyes and feeling her horror and vulnerability.

I especially liked the way her relationship with her little boy was portrayed.

As the story unfolded I held my breath, figuratively, through the last half of the book. I suspected every single character of sinister intent.

The narrator had just the right mix of triumph and tremor in her telling of this story.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes edge-of-the-seat storytelling.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • cynthia
  • 04-07-2009

An interesting viewpoint

This book starts out with a tense situation for the main character, the ex-wife of a serial killer, when she is dicovered in her new life by the parent of one of the victims. There is a mystery, which develops more towards the end of the book. Alot of the early pages look back at what brought the characters to this point, and give a lot of insight into the makeup of each character.

I found this interesting, but to some it might not be enough action. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book, and would recommend it with this one reservation.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • James
  • 09-04-2008

Literary Hokum

Despite a predictable outcome, this novel really appealed to the voyeur in me. The author has a way with words and the narrator has a way with hysteria. I know, 5 stars seems a tad excessive, but I really enjoyed this listening experience. There are not many books to be enjoyed while scrubbing the bathtub.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Eve
  • 13-01-2009

A Riveting Storyline!

This book was intensely entertaining...I enjoyed it tremendously and would recommend to all thrillers' lover audience. I couldn't stop listening, the creepiness of the storyline became mesmorizing. The narrator did a terrific job capturing all of the personalities while still maintaining the daunting tone of the book. The content was unique and refreshing, well worth purchasing through audible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Whitney Shepherd
  • 14-09-2008

Great Book, Great reading!

This was one of the best books I have gotten so far. There were several times I had to sit in the car to just hear a few more minutes. I ran just an extra mile to listen a few more minutes (everyday!)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Taryn
  • 26-04-2008

Kept my interest

For some reason I have been chosing some really boring books lately - this was an exception.It was fast moving and it was a more original angle on the usual murder story - the perspective of the killer's wife. How one person's illness or evil can harm so many. Some of it was a bit unrealistic and the author could have delved a bit more into the psychology aspect but it was still a worthwhile listen.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Tina
  • 20-04-2008

excellent read!

I throughly enjoyed the book! I hope we hear more from this author.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Julie
  • 18-02-2015

Well writtien and well read!!

After listening to this, I realized it was Bill Floyds for novel and was even more impressed. The story lines flows and you feel like you are a part of it. I do not write many reviews, but this was one book I felt the need to comment about. I only wished it was longer.