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The Perfect Widow

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Louise Bridges has the perfect life.

A loving husband, Patrick. Two adorable children. A comfortable home.

So when PC Becca Holt arrives to break the news that Patrick has been killed in an accident, she thinks Louise’s perfect world is about to collapse around her.

But Louise doesn’t react in the way Becca would expect her to on hearing of her husband’s death. And there are only three plates set out for dinner, as if Louise already knew Patrick wouldn’t be home that night....

The more Becca digs, the more secrets she uncovers in the Bridges’ marriage - and the more she wonders just how far Louise would go to get what she wants....

Is Louise a loving wife - or a cold-hearted killer?

©2019 A.M. Castle (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Carole Pucci Goodwin
  • 08-02-2020

Imogen Church delivers an award winning performanc

This is the exact kind of story I love to engrossed myself in. Perfectly delivered suspense. Absolute perfection beginning to end!

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  • Liliana E. Shannon
  • 27-01-2020

Overly long story tolerable by excellent narration

The story was initially gripping, but then, it became repetitive, and it droned on and on. The excellent narration kept me interested but barely.

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  • Barbara Lemon
  • 06-04-2020

Psychological Perfection

While this book may not be a fit for everyone, I especially enjoy psychological thrillers. It is a true challenge for a writer to get into the minds of his or her characters. Why do people behave as they do?. I don't want to just read a decent murder mystery. I want to know why there are murderers and what makes a person a victim. I think the narrator has the perfect voice as she narrates what is going on in the psychopath's mind. I recommend this Audible book!

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  • Mom3
  • 25-02-2020

A while to get there...

Seemed like the first 80% of the book was one repetitive (SUPER repetitive) prose, and then finally toward the end there was some action. It was decent, but if you’re expecting a thriller, this is not it. Long, redundant story only to arrive at a mediocre closing of the story.

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  • Rinnie
  • 25-03-2020

Fantastic Narration

I listen to a lot of audio books, this was one that the narration made the story. Powerful acting, yes acting. The women who played the main character should certainly win an Academy award for best actress. No kidding. I would definitely recommend this book.

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  • Kevin
  • 07-03-2020

The book is pretty good, the one narrator amazing

As the title says the story is pretty good... a bit slow at times but you get curious by the middle. The narration of Louise however, was SO GOOD!! I’m going to try & find other books she’s done. I’ve listen to loads of books and she was the best yet by far

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  • Denise
  • 04-03-2020

Wow!

Great plot twists & I love the narration by Imogen Church! I highly recommend, you won’t be sorry!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-02-2020

Delivers! Fantastic book.

Great story. Great narrator. Just simply loved this story. Highly recommend. Story moves along nicely with wonderful narration. Characters are likable.

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  • Karen
  • 05-02-2020

PerfectWidow

The Perfect widow has some very slow spots but has a surprise ending. Psychological mystery.

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  • Sylvia
  • 28-05-2020

Extremely slow start

This story took about 2/3’s of the way through the book to get interesting. I think the only reason I stuck with it is because I identify with the main character (probably the only reason I was rooting for her too).

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  • Tiger Massey
  • 25-01-2020

Not really a pyschological thriller!

I find this book very disjointed and not a lot happens at all in it, apart from the 'big twist'. The characters are based only on one being a narcissist and the other being fat. If this was marked as a family drama, then fair enough. The synopsis just sounds so thrilling, however that is nothing more than a brilliant publishing house sales pitch. Naration is very good though with lots of effort to try and save this flat Turkey.

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  • Murder Mystery Thriller Fan
  • 12-06-2020

OH DEAR ... this is just the opposite of thrilling

Imogen Church so often gets given the plum narration jobs and though I often find her best listened to at 1.25 speed as she so often over performs, over eggs and overwhelms great thrillers with the boundless enthusiasm and energy of a bouncy puppy - seeing her name on a thriller is usually a very good sign. This time I found it a much more nuanced read with a lighter touch which was a lovely surprise ... however this was about the only exciting twist that I encountered. It all sounded so intriguing and alluring and different but all I heard was an oddbod who had been scarred by an overbearing and uninvolved mother who chose to focus on her love life to such an extent she neglected her daughter. On and on and on and on Imogen's character moaned and whined and droned on about her mother. I get it, many people carry their child hood with them and it shapes their adult life but really ... YAWN! Then the Fat Police Officer ............. or should I say the woman who was obsessed with her weight as being a police woman seemed to come a poor second to her body image woes. It started so well, glam wife, gorgeous house - did she know her husband would not be coming home for dinner as he was dead ................. but the backstory was just agony listening to. Should have been great - could have been great .... maybe it did get great later on - but as I am in lockdown with my mother, hearing someone endlessly referencing their mother in what seemed like every sentence, I just could take no more. I gave up about a week ago when one of my pre-orders was released and just have not got the heart to go back to it plus it seems to have all just not left much of an impression - except that I am glad I gave up when I did. So many great thrillers out on Audible right now I feel spoiled for choice so no regrets.

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