Dear Wife

Dear Wife

From the bestselling author of The Marriage Lie and Three Days Missing comes a riveting new novel of suspense about a woman who, in a fight for survival, must decide just how far she'll go to escape the person she once lovedBeth Murphy is on the run...For nearly a year, Beth has been planning for this day. A day some people might call any other Wednesday, but Beth pref...

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Dear Wife Reviews

  • j e w e l s

    is a juicy, female driven thriller. There are actually a few wives that go missing in this novel and you, the reader, are tasked with the fun work of untangling the knots of which wives go with which husbands or lovers. It is an extremely clever literary ruse that Kimberly Belle has cooked up! I thoroughly enjoyed the uniquely crafted story structure.

    At first, I found the character roster somewhat confusing and I’m not sure this book could translate wel

    is a juicy, female driven thriller. There are actually a few wives that go missing in this novel and you, the reader, are tasked with the fun work of untangling the knots of which wives go with which husbands or lovers. It is an extremely clever literary ruse that Kimberly Belle has cooked up! I thoroughly enjoyed the uniquely crafted story structure.

    At first, I found the character roster somewhat confusing and I’m not sure this book could translate well to audio. However, if you’re as nosy as I am, your curiosity about these fictional lives will overtake you and intense speed reading will commence! The pages fly by and the ending is oh sooooooo satisfying. One fabulous book to read by the pool this summer!

  • marilyn

    Once I started to read Dear Wife, I did not want to put it down. I made it to 2 am and then had to go to bed before I could finish the book but if I could have stayed awake longer I would have finished the book in one read. This was a thriller that had me going, had me wondering what was what and who was who and it all came together so well, in the end.

    The story is told from the points of view of Beth, Jeffrey, and Marcus. Beth is running away from her unnamed abusive husband and she's done a l

    Once I started to read Dear Wife, I did not want to put it down. I made it to 2 am and then had to go to bed before I could finish the book but if I could have stayed awake longer I would have finished the book in one read. This was a thriller that had me going, had me wondering what was what and who was who and it all came together so well, in the end.

    The story is told from the points of view of Beth, Jeffrey, and Marcus. Beth is running away from her unnamed abusive husband and she's done a lot of groundwork and planning to make this happen. Jeffrey is the husband of a missing woman, Sabine, and as the husband he is the main suspect in her disappearance. Marcus is the lead detective investigating Sabine's disappearance and he's working all hours on the case. It's hard to tell how Beth fits in with the other characters, as we follow her on her run from her husband. She's in a new world of fake identities, burner phones, crashing in cheap, run down places, chopping off her hair, changing her hair color, and looking over her shoulder constantly, knowing her husband will be hunting her down, finding her eventually, and that when he finds her, he will kill her.

    I won't say much more because I don't want to ruin any surprises. I went into this book knowing nothing more than what the synopsis said and having read non-spoiler-ish reviews and that was a great way to read this book. Now I'm going to have to put more of Kimberly Belle's books on my To-Be-Read list. Thank you to Park Row/HarperCollins and Edelweiss for this ARC.

  • Kaceey

    Beth Murphy needs to disappear! Leaving an abusive relationship behind. One thing she knows for certain…if he finds her, he will kill her. How far does she need to go before she’s safe? How deeply under cover can she hide? And will it ever be enough?

    A flurry of moving parts taking place. Her husband proclaiming his innocence. Her sister pointing fingers. The detective in charge turning over every rock!

    This is the second book by Kimberly Belle

    Beth Murphy needs to disappear! Leaving an abusive relationship behind. One thing she knows for certain…if he finds her, he will kill her. How far does she need to go before she’s safe? How deeply under cover can she hide? And will it ever be enough?

    A flurry of moving parts taking place. Her husband proclaiming his innocence. Her sister pointing fingers. The detective in charge turning over every rock!

    This is the second book by Kimberly Belle I’ve read, With

    being my first. But as much as I enjoyed that read, this book ramps up the thriller scale to a whole new level!

    Fabulous job, Ms. Belle! You managed to capture all the emotions in every character perfectly! I felt the fear, anger and frustration in all of them.

    The tale flowed effortlessly from multiple POVs and I quickly finished in just a few sittings. I was looking for the perfect distraction from my every day, and this fit the bill perfectly!

    I still have this author’s previous book The Marriage Lie on my shelf, I need to bump that one up quickly!

    A fabulous buddy read with Susanne that we both loved!❤️

    Thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin- Trade Publishing and Kimberley Belle for an ARC to read and review.

  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    Oh my goodness what did I just read? An absolutely fabulous thriller that’s what! This book was incredible and I am so thrilled to say that this book is my new favourite!!!

    DEAR WIFE by KIMBERLY BELLE is a gripping, suspenseful, dark, brisk, and twisty thriller that was absolutely unputdownable. I was immediately sucked in and devoured every single page of this spellbinding entertaining book. Once I started reading it I

    Oh my goodness what did I just read? An absolutely fabulous thriller that’s what! This book was incredible and I am so thrilled to say that this book is my new favourite!!!

    DEAR WIFE by KIMBERLY BELLE is a gripping, suspenseful, dark, brisk, and twisty thriller that was absolutely unputdownable. I was immediately sucked in and devoured every single page of this spellbinding entertaining book. Once I started reading it I was hooked and so absorbed in the storyline that I was flipping those pages as fast as I possibly could.

    KIMBERLY BELLE delivers quite the impressive, clever, intriguing, tension-filled and well-written read here that was extremely well-plotted and flowed effortlessly. I was feeling every emotion possible while I was reading this book. These characters were brilliantly written and those subtle clues were perfectly interspersed to make this such a satisfying and fulfilling read.

    Happy Pub Day to Kimberly Belle!! (June 25/19)

    * Traveling Sisters read *

    Norma’s Stats:

    Cover: Love this simplistic and classy cover. It is such a fabulous and fitting representation to storyline.

    Title: Appealing, clever, suspenseful, intriguing and absolutely loved how the title played so brilliantly into storyline. I might have squealed a little bit when the meaning behind the title was revealed to us.

    Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, enthralling, fluid, efficient and effortless.

    Plot: Clever, intriguing, dark, twisty, intense, suspenseful, riveting, fast-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and entertaining. An absolutely fabulous storyline!!!!

    Ending: An explosive ending that left me feeling totally fulfilled and satisfied! Fabulous!!

    Overall: It was such an irresistible, enjoyable, fun and thrilling book to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience!!! Would definitely recommend!

    Thank you so much to HarperCollins Canada / Park Row Books and Kimberly Belle for my complimentary copy. It was an absolute pleasure reading this novel!!

    Review can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog:

  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books

    I am a big fan of Kimberly Belle—I’ve read all of her books. I have to say that this one is the best yet!

    Beth Murphy is on the run… Of course, that isn’t Beth’s real name—that’s something she will take with her—she has to if she wants to stay alive. Beth has been planning this for months—her escape. It’s the only way to get away from her husband and his abuse.

    I am a big fan of Kimberly Belle—I’ve read all of her books. I have to say that this one is the best yet!

    Beth Murphy is on the run… Of course, that isn’t Beth’s real name—that’s something she will take with her—she has to if she wants to stay alive. Beth has been planning this for months—her escape. It’s the only way to get away from her husband and his abuse. And Beth knows if he wants to, he’ll be able to find her. Sitting in a McDonalds meeting a stranger, Beth begins to set her trap. A false trail—enough to distract her husband and allow her to get away.

    Hundreds of miles away, Jeffrey Hardison returns home from a business trip to find his wife missing. He doesn’t think much of it at first, he is more annoyed with the state she left the house in and that she booked a late work appointment without telling him. Or did she tell him? Jeffrey is the first to admit he hasn’t been a great husband to Sabine. His irritation mounts as he realizes that Sabine has vanished, leaving him as the prime suspect. Now, with all fingers pointed at him, he can’t believe Sabine got one over on him.

    And then the police become involved. Jeffrey isn’t telling the truth about his marriage, and they are onto him. Meanwhile Beth continues to run. But all hope isn’t lost, Beth finds some unlikely allies and may be able to hide in plain site. That is, until Sabine’s story makes national headlines…

    A woman on the run, a man with something to hide, and a police officer who will uncover the truth.

    I can’t say too much about this book because the twists are THAT GOOD. You may think you know this story. You may think you have it figured out. You would be wrong. If there is one thing I’ve come to love about Kimberly Belle’s books, it is that she always has another ace up her sleeve. There’s always more to the story, and you’ll just have to read and find out.

    Onto less spoiler-y topics, I have to say Beth’s chapters in particular had me glued to the book. She is truly a woman desperate to escape, and she’ll do anything she can to get away. I really was on pins and needles as Beth ran, and I was fascinated by the characters she interacts with along the way. I won’t say who they are, but there are some really fascinating people that Beth encounters—both good and bad! I think readers will be captivated by Beth’s story.

    Jeffrey is also a bit of a puzzle! He’s that rare husband who admits he treated his wife poorly, but also you can’t help but feel a bit for him. Sabine really pulled one over on him, and her sister is there to rub it in at every turn. Jeffrey is guilty of a lot, but how much did he know about Sabine’s disappearance? And what lengths will he go to in order to find her?

    Twisty and delightful—I won’t say any more because I refuse to spoil even a moment of this book!!!

    Thank you Park Row for my copy. Opinions are my own.

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    4.25 I cannot put it down, it is glued to my hands, imprinted on my mind, this book is sooo good stars!!!

    It was one of the most enjoyable time I`ve had by reading this fast-paced , mind-bending, gripping, fascinating book. You know the feeling, you had work to do but you want to grip your book and read it in one night! Unfortunately you have obligations but in the meantime you cannot concentrate on your work because your mind is stuck on the book’s story, you ask yourself “what’s gonna happen ne

    4.25 I cannot put it down, it is glued to my hands, imprinted on my mind, this book is sooo good stars!!!

    It was one of the most enjoyable time I`ve had by reading this fast-paced , mind-bending, gripping, fascinating book. You know the feeling, you had work to do but you want to grip your book and read it in one night! Unfortunately you have obligations but in the meantime you cannot concentrate on your work because your mind is stuck on the book’s story, you ask yourself “what’s gonna happen next?”,” Whodunit oh dammit” kind of frustrating questions! Yeap, that what I felt because I had to finish it in 2 nights!!!

    The story is told through 3 POVs.

    Jeffrey, is a prime suspect of his wife Sabine’s disappearance! They have marriage issues. They can’t have children. Jeffrey has hard times to financially support them. They had fight. She pushed him and he slapped him. They were estranged for a long time. And guess what, Sabine had a relationship with a doctor and she was about to talk to him she wanted divorce before she disappeared. So Jeffrey really needs a lawyer!!!

    Marcus is police officer who investigates Sabine’s disappearance. He thinks she’s dead! She tries to nail the husband. He seems like a good guy, having a great connection with children, so doing a good job to find the leads about the investigation.

    And Beth, runaway, abused wife, changing her appearance, getting a fake ID and moving to another city for fresh start, suffering from nightmares because of things her husband did to her. She was agitated, tense, waiting for the shoe drop and somebody could find out her secret.

    As we continue to flip the pages, learn more about the characters ,we realize nothing is as it seems. The good characters may be the evils, the worst ones may have some noble, live saving purposes, the weakest one may be the wicked and smartest one! Because our three characters aren’t telling the whole truth about themselves!!!

    Get ready for twists, `Oh Nooo!`, `WTH`, `Really!`, `Wow didn`t see it coming` moments!

    I loved the ending so much. I cheered up and finally put down the book which was glued to my hands for hours to give a big applause!! Yayyy!

    This was one of the best thriller books I’ve read on 2019. Smart, entertaining, unputdownable and highly recommended!

    Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me ARC copy for exchange of my honest review.

  • Meredith

    “Beth” is on the run from her abusive husband. She has a plan and must not veer off course or else she will become her husband's prey.

    Sabine, a prominent realtor in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, has gone missing. Her deadbeat husband, Jeffery, is the number one suspect in her disappearance.

    Jeffery, well, he has so

    “Beth” is on the run from her abusive husband. She has a plan and must not veer off course or else she will become her husband's prey.

    Sabine, a prominent realtor in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, has gone missing. Her deadbeat husband, Jeffery, is the number one suspect in her disappearance.

    Jeffery, well, he has some issues.

    Marcus, the cop investigating Sabine’s disappearance, is on a mission. He has a lead and won’t let it go.

    Told through three POV’s,

    enthralled me from the start. There are some huge twists and turns, and even though I figured one out early on, I was surprised by some others. This is a gripping thriller that hooked me from the first page to the very end. The chapters are short and the story is entertaining. There are secrets to be uncovered, lies to unravel, and drama to play out.

    I recommend to those who are looking for an entertaining psychological thriller!

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.

  • Susanne  Strong

    Marriage: It’s not that bad (Really!).. at least not according to Jeffrey. Ask his wife Sabine and you might get a different answer. The problem of course, is that you can’t ask Sabine. She’s missing and well, you know how it works, once Jeffrey discovers it and reports his wife missing, his sister-in-law Ingrid and the police suspect Jeffrey of murder. After all, he and Sabine had a few tense moments and well, it’

    Marriage: It’s not that bad (Really!).. at least not according to Jeffrey. Ask his wife Sabine and you might get a different answer. The problem of course, is that you can’t ask Sabine. She’s missing and well, you know how it works, once Jeffrey discovers it and reports his wife missing, his sister-in-law Ingrid and the police suspect Jeffrey of murder. After all, he and Sabine had a few tense moments and well, it’s always the husband, right?

    If only it were that easy to solve! Baah!!

    This is the kind of read you tear through in less than a day. I love those! Admittedly, I had a few guesses early on and some were very close to being right on (I might even have danced a little jig over that (or my version of one, lol)!

    This was another great read with Kaceey! Thank you for sharing this with me Kace!

    Thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin - Park Row and Kimberly Belle for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    Published on Goodread and NetGalley on 4.14.19.

    Will be published on Amazon and Twitter on 6.25.19.

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)

    ***NOW AVAILABLE, MY #1 THRILLER FOR THIS YEAR***

    I was looking for a thriller to get me through yet another miserable, cold and rainy weekend. This one did the job, I didn’t do anything else but read this yesterday. This is that compulsive read that so many thrillers say they are but few deliver.

    From the blurb you know that Beth is on the run from her abusive husband, that Sabine is missing and that the police, in particular Marcus, are increasingly distraught at not having any substantial clu

    ***NOW AVAILABLE, MY #1 THRILLER FOR THIS YEAR***

    I was looking for a thriller to get me through yet another miserable, cold and rainy weekend. This one did the job, I didn’t do anything else but read this yesterday. This is that compulsive read that so many thrillers say they are but few deliver.

    From the blurb you know that Beth is on the run from her abusive husband, that Sabine is missing and that the police, in particular Marcus, are increasingly distraught at not having any substantial clues to solve the case. There are a multitude of well developed characters in this book and it is told from several points of view, which I always feel keep a book moving along quickly and keeps my interest peaked. Sabine’s sister Ingrid is quite a character, convinced that Sabine wouldn’t leave town without telling her, they share EVERYTHING! She has a lover, Trevor, who is beside himself with grief, they were planning on divorcing their spouses and proclaiming their intention to marry. Beth we know little about, who is she anyway and how does she fit in this story???? Sabine's husband supposedly has an alibi, but it’s always the husband isn’t it??? Jeffrey will stop at nothing to find his wife, how dare she leave him!!!!

    While on the run Beth meets and finally befriends several people at a boarding house where she is living and then a job at a large, TV and community based faith community. The Reverend is one heck of a character that certainly seems too good to be true, is he hiding something??? There is a former prostitute, a thief and a forger whom most at this boarding house have used from time to time. These are characters that are described well enough that I found myself caring about them. I find this quite unusual in a thriller and that kept me enjoying this book.

    With a thriller there isn’t much you can tell without spoiling the plot so I will just say that it is extremely clever, twisted, touches on extreme physical domestic abuse but somehow in the end is still satisfying and hopeful.

    This is one thriller that I can endorse but be prepared to put away anything else you had planned to do.

    I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.

    This book is set for publication on June 25, 2019.

  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)

    Beth Murphy is on the run from her abusive husband. She knows he's coming after her, it's simply a matter of time before he finds her.

    Sabine Hardison is missing. Her life is anything but what it seemed. Is she on the run or has she met with a more sinister end?

    Marcus, the investigating Detective will stop at nothing, tracking down leads, determined to bring the missing woman home.

    Told i

    Beth Murphy is on the run from her abusive husband. She knows he's coming after her, it's simply a matter of time before he finds her.

    Sabine Hardison is missing. Her life is anything but what it seemed. Is she on the run or has she met with a more sinister end?

    Marcus, the investigating Detective will stop at nothing, tracking down leads, determined to bring the missing woman home.

    Told in 3 district POVs

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