Criminal profiler in training (and newlywed) Jessie Hunt, 29, discovers that dark secrets lurk in her new suburban town; when a body turns up dead, she finds herself caught in the crosshairs of her newfound friends, her husband’s secrets, her serial killer caseload—and the secrets of her own dark past.
In THE PERFECT WIFE (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book One), Criminal profiler-in-training Jessie Hunt is sure she’s finally put the darkness of her childhood behind her. She and her husband, Kyle, just moved from a cramped downtown Los Angeles apartment into a Westport Beach mansion. Kyle’s promotion has them swimming in money. And Jessie is on the verge of getting her Master’s degree in forensic psychology, the last step in her dream of becoming a criminal profiler.
But soon after their arrival, Jessie begins to notice a series of strange developments. The neighbors—and their au pairs—all seem to be hiding secrets. The mysterious yacht club Kyle is desperate to join is rife with cheating spouses, and with troubling rules of its own. And the notorious serial killer being held at the psychiatric hospital where Jessie is completing her degree seems to know more about her life than is normal—or safe.
As her world starts to unravel, Jessie begins to question everything around her—including her own sanity. Has she truly uncovered a disturbing conspiracy buried within a sunny, wealthy Southern California beach town? Does the mass murderer she’s studying really somehow know the origin of her private nightmares?
Or has her tortured past finally come back to claim her?
I’m sorry, but this review is not going to be a positive one. I got very disappointed in this book. Predictable and borderline ridiculous premise that failed to hook me. I felt very tempted to stop reading, because I didn’t feel invested in the story. I continued reading because I kept hoping there would be some sort of turning point where it would improve and make me gasp in awe. It didn’t.
It didn’t help that it contains lots of editorial mistakes (typos, grammar errors, and even missing words). Because of my job, that really irritates me.
I really don’t have a lot more to say about this book. I will just add this. I don’t think thrillers should end in a sort of cliffhanger with unresolved questions. It’s a poor device to make the reader buy the next book in the series. Well, I won’t be reading it. I’d rather be wowed by an amazing story than be baited with a cliffhanger.
Overall, I cannot recommend this book. At all.
Anyhow, for all of that, I give this book… 2 TEA CUPS!