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Review: Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane

Title: Pretty Little Wife

Author: Darby Kane

Year Published: 2020

Category: YA fiction
Pages: 416
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2020 Google Reading map)USA (NY)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Lila Ridgefield lives in an idyllic college town, but not everything is what it seems. Lila isn't what she seems.

A student vanished months ago. Now, Lila's husband, Aaron, is also missing. At first these cases are treated as horrible coincidences until it's discovered the student is really the third of three unexplained disappearances over the last few years. The police are desperate to find the connection, if there even is one. Little do they know they might be stumbling over only part of the truth....

With the small town in an uproar, everyone is worried about the whereabouts of their beloved high school teacher. Everyone except Lila, his wife. She's definitely confused about her missing husband but only because she was the last person to see his body, and now it's gone.
Review: I was in the mood for a good thriller so I chose this one that I got through Book of the Month. It has taken me way too long to read and I thought, until yesterday, that it was because I wasn't into it. Nope. Turns out it was because I hadn't sat down for a solid reading session. Once I did, this book flew!

Lila isn't really a likable main character. I don't really trust her or warm to her even though I feel bad for her experiences in childhood and her creepy marriage. Usually that would be a turn off for me, but given the storyline of this novel, it worked. You have to be suspicious of Lila, her husband, and most of the characters in this book because it is really unclear who is to blame for all the things that are happening. And it's way worse than I imagined.

Really, we don't get to know a ton about the characters, this story is more plot-driven than character-centered and I was ok with that. There is a definite creep factor, which is typical in thrillers, but this one goes further than most. Luckily, the icky stuff is told in the past tense, which for me, makes it much easier to handle.

If you're looking for a good thriller, this one won't disappoint.

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