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He married me despite my darkest secret. But am I safe, now that I know his?

From the outside, my marriage to Zach was perfect: dream home, a perfect baby girl, and passionate, all-consuming love. When we met, I confessed my darkest secret to him, and he never judged me for it. Instead, he vowed to always protect me - whatever the cost.

But as I cradle my gorgeous baby, I have to accept that the husband who used to be my everything has changed. At first, it was little things: expecting me to keep to a strict schedule, picking out my clothes for me. Now, he controls every aspect of my life: from how much money I have, to when I leave the house and whom I can see.

One fateful night, a young woman is found murdered, and Zach is a potential suspect. Turning toward me, a look of warmth returning to his eyes, he swears he’s innocent - and I realize there is only one solution. If I agree to be his alibi, he will keep my secret, and our daughter can grow up in a loving home. In that moment, I do what any faithful wife would do: I stand by him.

But I know deep down, only one of us will make it out of this marriage alive.

A twist-filled psychological thriller from USA Today best-selling author Carey Baldwin. Fans of The Wife Between Us, The Marriage, and Gone Girl will be totally addicted to The Marriage Secret.

©2022 Carey Baldwin (P)2022 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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  • Janice Cox
  • 17-03-2022

This will definitely keep you guessing until the very end…and do NOT miss the prologue.

Although I have listened to many, many dozens of books, this is the first review I’ve felt compelled to write. My library is mixed with a lot of nonfiction, but for escape I especially enjoy this genre. This is my first Carey Baldwin book, but her writing is so good, it definitely won’t be my last. I have to say this book is one of my favorites of late, although I do have a few caveats. The entire story arc was really well developed, but it took me awhile to start caring about the main character because I was afraid she was only going to be weak. It’s really painful to hear a woman be psychologically punished or bullied by her husband or to have her mental faculties constantly questioned, and I almost considered stopping listening. But I’m so glad I didn’t. Slowly she became a protagonist I could admire and worry about, albeit the handful of times where I had to roll my eyes when she made what seemed like foolishly dangerous choices for a protective, determined young mother. I do really enjoy a book that is long and involved as long as it is not filled with superfluous meanderings. And this one is not. All the relationships and subplots are there for good reason. And the main character did not disappoint.

If I have a real complaint it is with the narrator. Although she did a very good job of portraying Holly, her renderings of almost every other character were painful to endure. The reading of Zach made him seem smarmy almost all of the time, and I’m not sure that was the author’s intent. For the other men it was pretty tolerable, but the voice for her one friend was excruciating. This was a character who was supposed to be in her late 20s, but the narrator’s voice made her sound like a much older woman with a boozy-sort of voice that, IMHO, didn’t fit with this character at all. However, after awhile, those *flaws* eventually became tolerable enough to not let it spoil the storyline. I went on to really enjoy this book, and despite my few criticisms, I would definitely recommended it. Just remember to stay until the prologue!

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  • Lisa Pepin-Robtoy
  • 26-03-2022

Not worth a credit

I'm not sure why all of the high reviews. So there were a couple of twists at the end, it was pretty predictable just the same.

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  • F. Keith Coston
  • 07-03-2022

From excitement to confusion

The story started off captivating but somehow in the middle it lost steam and didn't make sense. The main characters natively was disturbing and all the characters had inconsistent behaviors. At least there was a Decent ending.

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  • JenniferLOVESThrillers
  • 17-02-2022

Lots of Twists!

NO SPOILERS! This was a good book. The story caught my attention early on and held it until the very end. I recommend this to anyone that likes psychological or domestic thrillers.

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  • lisa
  • 16-02-2022

Different spin

I really enjoyed this story. At the start I thought it was going to be the same dumb wife bad husband book,but it started getting better. Nothing breathtaking, but a nice time passer.

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  • jessi ayers
  • 29-06-2022

Not for me

I returned for a credit refund. It was pretty obvious what was really happening and the whole time I just wanted to scream at the main character.

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  • Pamela, Iowa
  • 24-06-2022

Disturbing, All-Over-the-Place, Well-Woven Story

This story will have you going this way and that, good way and bad. Dysfunctional relationships, psychopaths, betrayal, deceit, indecency, sexually explicit language and scenarios.

Pay attention to small details and the timeline of those details so it all falls together neatly at the end and you don’t have to listen to it again. I went back after finishing the book and searched for some particular dialog and passages, but the story excerpts I heard a second time started sounding raunchier than when I first listened.

I wanted to listen again to some parts because after the conclusion of the epilogue, I realized there were some subtleties or underlying motives in the story’s trajectory that I didn’t notice or recall where the clues were given. I wondered, at what point in the timeline did that happen? And what was actually said and done at that part of the story that I missed?

Additionally, if you’re unsure or confused as to what really is the truth of what happened at the end of the story, the epilogue will confirm any details you questioned, as the final wrap up is reserved for there. However, the most disturbing sexually explicit detailed scene is in the epilogue.

This story could make a good movie if all those sexually explicit scenes and verbiage were edited out. The story could be told with implied scenarios vs as now described. Bad enough listening to the descriptions and language, no desire to see it on display.

I found the narration delivered well enough, not perfect, and without many complaints, except for the creepy voice of the husband. Likely intentional, the evil in his voice never let up.

I do think, that though there’s plenty of “been-there, done-that, heard-that-before, give-me-a-break, seriously” parts in the book, that there are some unique plot lines as well. At one point I gasped.

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  • AuntieChell
  • 03-06-2022

Good Story, Great Twist.

I really liked the story and the twist at the end, The drawn out narration was awful imo.

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  • Kami
  • 14-02-2022

Surprising Story

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Surprising Twists and suspense kept my interest.

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  • AP
  • 14-02-2022

Never saw it coming!

Definitely 5 stars! I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes psychological thrillers.

I listened to the audiobook and could not wait to get back to the book.Just loved it!

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  • mary
  • 03-03-2022

Drivel

I gave up when wife trotted home with husband and new baby after husband had tried to murder her when she was in labour. Very believable!! And she had honours degree! PLEEESE

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