Dear Wife

Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sabine, a successful real estate broker, has disappeared without a trace and her sister suspects Sabine’s husband is to blame. Sabine’s marriage was in shambles and she had tried to escape Jeffrey’s abuse before. Once the police get involved, it looks like Jeffrey may have killed his wife.

Beth is on the run from her abusive husband. She has devised an intricate plan to throw her husband off her scent and it seems to be working, at least for a while. However, Beth can’t run forever. She has to eventually interact with other people, and new people present new problems. As soon as she rests in one spot, it looks like the past may catch up with her.

Dear Wife is my favorite Kimberly Belle novel so far. All her novels are great, but this one really grabbed me by the throat and kept me guessing. I’ve read bookshelves of psychological thrillers and mysteries over the years, so I can usually pick up on the clues, but Kimberly Belle managed to subtly drop bread crumbs that made sense in the end without giving anything away. For a large section of the novel, Belle leads you down the primrose path to what looks like a happy ending for dear Beth, then spins you around until you’re dizzy.

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