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Lisa Gardner
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The Perfect Husband (Quincy & Rainie #1)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  26,994 Ratings  ·  1,093 Reviews
Jim Beckett was everything Tess had ever dreamed of...But two years after Tess married Jim, she helped put him behind bars for savagely murdering ten women. Even locked up in a maximum security prison, he vowed he would come after her and make her pay. As the clock ticks, counting down to their reunion, Tess has got to change the ways of a lifetime. She's got to stop being ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 16th 1998 by Orion Publishing Co (first published December 1st 1997)
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Jessica [Possible spoiler in this answer, but the html spoiler tag thingy doesn't work I guess]

I don't know, it seemed very Robert Durst to me
Dair Quincy definitely was. Don't think Rainie was though.

This page (for the series) says Rainie is introduced in book 2 …more
Quincy definitely was. Don't think Rainie was though.

This page (for the series) says Rainie is introduced in book 2
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Sep 26, 2016 Alp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“Jim Beckett is a pure psychopath. Most of you out there probably think you know what that means. I'm here to tell you that you don't.”

Oh my God! What did I just read?

Lisa Gardner is a genius! This was such an intense and gripping suspense/thriller story with a touch of romance. It left me exhausted as if it drained all my energy away after I finished it. The Perfect Husband gave me chills from the very start and I felt more and more terrified of what would happen to Tess and her daughter
May 07, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tess Williams thought she was marrying the man of her dreams. Jim Beckett a police officer who did he's job well and was well thought of by his colleagues. Tess believed he was a loving and caring person unlike her father who was an abusive man. Being a young bride at the age of eighteen, Tess was eager to please her husband. It was only a couple of weeks after they'd been married that Tess noticed her husband change. He no longer was the sweet loving man that she'd first met. If things around t ...more
Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
This Review reminded me of this book's existence!

I read this book two times, my best friend says I'm disturbed for this, and thought it was wonderful both times.

I haven't read it in a few years now so my feelings are not as crystal clear and precise as they would be were they all fresh and new, so bear with me!

Tess had the perfect life: She was young, in love and married to one of the handsomest men she had ever seen.... what more could a woman want?!

Life isn't as fucking perfect as all this
Apr 24, 2012 Oriboaz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: This is the second Lisa Gardner book I have read. The previous book of hers I've read was written much later, and I enjoyed that book. This review is about this book only, not about Gardner's ability as a writer.

Unfortunately, I can't say that I liked or enjoyed this book much. The premise, a woman on the run from an insane serial killer, sounded intriguing, but the execution wasn't good.

Usually in a mystery, there is a puzzle, something unknown (such as the identity of the killer)
*Rating* 4 Creme Filled Donuts
*Genre* Mystery/Thriller/Romance


The Perfect Husband is the first book in what is supposed to be the Quincy/Raine series by Lisa Gardner. FBI profiler Pierce Quincy does play a small part in this series, but it is Theresa (Tess) Williams and J.T. Dillon that the storyline follow throughout the book.

The Perfect Husband is an intense drama with a sick, evil, twisted, and sadistic serial killer named Jim Beckett. Beckett, was once a cop, decides that he needs t
Jill Manske
Jul 07, 2013 Jill Manske rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, if this had been my first Lisa Gardner book, I guarantee it would have been my last. It fulfilled my worst suspicions about a much more recent book, which actually was pretty good. But this one - groan! It's basically a romance novel with a thin veneer of murder mystery/thriller. If you like Mary Higgins Clark, this is the book for you. If you're a fan of more recent Gardner books, don't read this one! The plot is weak, the characters are shallow and predictable, the dialog is trite, and t ...more
This is my first shot at a "suspense/thriller" novel. I am a sucker for romance and also for serial killers...strange but true. My ideal movie night would be "Pretty Woman" followed by "Silence of the Lambs". This little ideosincrasy of mine set me up perfectly to love this book....only I really didn't. Here's why....

1. Tess has been through hell. An physically abusive father and an emotionally abusive and controlling psychopath for a husband. Why couldn't this author have made J.T. Dillon a "h
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Is this supposed to be a suspense thriller? Okay. Technically it was. But for me it was an awesome romance story and a female empowerment story to boot. Loved JT and Tess. Loved them together. I loved how Tess went from mild and meek to kickbutt heroine. Did not love psychopathic ex-husband. But it was worth reading for the fantastic love story (okay I guess I missed the point of this book, didn't I?).
Scott Rhee
I preface this review by divulging two pieces of information: 1) I hate romance novels. (To be fair, I’ve only actually ever read three romance novels in my life, so I understand that my assessment is based on a very small study sample.) 2) While I don’t think of myself as sexist, some of what I may say in this review may sound sexist. It’s unintentional, I swear, but I am aware that I may say things about men and women that, to some people, may be offensive, such as the fact that men and women ...more
Jul 29, 2008 Jen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, gardner
This was one of the first books that Gardner wrote... she has definately become a much better writer. I have loved the other books by her (alone, gone, killing hour), but i really didn't like this one.

The story line is very unrealistic and the characters are not likable.

The story centers around "tess" Her husband, is a psychopath who kills many people, he gets arrested, breaks out of prison, and comes back for her and her daughter.

That plot sounds great, but the storyline was very bad.

Tess goes
Aug 10, 2008 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holy CRAP! Pretty much my thoughts as I read this book. It spooked the hell out of me. I liked it...but really had to sleep with the lights on afterward. Yes I am a bit of a chicken but yeah good book, I thought the story behind it was very creepy but it held my attention like no other. I had to keep going to find out what would happen next scared or not! If you like a good suspenseful book with psychos and ghosts and all things just creepy this is it!
Mar 23, 2009 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A true thiller....just when you think you have it figured out....wham! I love her books for great suspense and awesome stories. The twists are crazy! I can usually figure out suspense novels pretty quickly...but hers -- not so much. Love it.
Taryn at My Secret Romance

My first Lisa Gardner novel-- and I'm hooked on her writing! Loved every page!
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Nov 04, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tess is a woman on the edge. Having put away in prison her abusive husband Jim who had killed 10 women she was now faced with the knowledge he had escaped and was looking for her. With her daughter Samantha in a safe house Tess convinced the police will not be the best option for protection goes to ex marine J.T. to help her face her fears by teaching her how to defend herself.

J.T. has demons of his own to contend with with the death of his abusive father and the denial from his little sis Mario
Nov 01, 2014 Paula rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointing book. This is because the book tends to focus more on J.T., the mercenary who Tess goes to for self-defense training, than it does on Tess and her recently escaped serial killer ex-husband.

J.T. is crude, rude, and a very unlikable character. He’s tortured by his past and full of self-pity and he’s constantly thinking of - his abusive father, the colonel - his sister Marion, who he feels he didn’t protect from the colonel - his dead wife and kid. When he’s not thinking about th
Gwynne Andal
Aug 11, 2012 Gwynne Andal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another favorite from Lisa Gardner. It was perfect because the characters were so complicated and bears emotional scars that made them more important or vital to this book. It was fast-paced and in a sense just a simple chase story. The characters were really the gem of this novel.

I love how Tess was the typical victim, meaning that her past made her the perfect bride for a psychopath like Jim. Abused emotionally and physically, she wanted to love and be loved. Typical? Yes, but the difference
Aug 16, 2012 Cata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca, 2012
4,5 estrelas

Minha até à Morte é o primeiro livro que leio de Lisa Gardner. Ouvi falar desta autora e fiquei curiosa. Depois encontrei por acaso este livro na biblioteca e a sinopse deixou-me obcecada. Tinha de o trazer, tinha de o ler!

Originalmente pensei que se tratasse de um Thriller, baseado no casamento de Jim e Tess Becket, na descoberta do verdadeiro carácter do marido, do papel de Tess na sua captura e depois da fuga deste da cadeia e subsequente medo que Tess sentiria por saber que o ex-
Nov 20, 2013 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read The Perfect Husband because it's apparently first in a series in which I want to read the last book. From what I gather, I really doubt that I actually *have* to read them all, but I'm anal retentive like that, and TPH wasn't impossible to get through. It actually turns out that I'd read this book a few years ago. It's not bad at all, but I think it would have been better as a straight up crime novel without the romantic elements, which felt contrived and a little too Harlequinn/borderlin ...more
This was awful. Plastic and inconsistent characters, disjointed plot, and the most AWFUL audio narration. That audio narration was simply painful and made a poorly written story even worse. The narrators ridiculous attempt to speak with some kind of accent, I really hope it wasn't Boston, was torturous to listen to. I wanted to give this book a chance because I really like this authors other books but it seems like this one had all of the flaws of her other books with NONE of the positives. I ca ...more
Theresa Alan
Aug 31, 2015 Theresa Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite Lisa Gardner book from the beginning of her suspense writing career. There are a few things that are difficult to believe (and I won’t mention specifically to avoid giving any spoilers), but if you ignore the unrealistic bits, it’s a funny, fast-paced book. There are some parts I had to speed read because I was so concerned with what was going to happen—the mark of a good suspense novel!
J.T. and Tess

Read May 2014
I enjoyed THE PERFECT HUSBAND, but didn't love. The suspense was done better than the romance. I didn't really connect to J.T. and Tess being together. Their interaction wasn't the best. I did like the suspense storyline. The villain was pretty terrible. I will continue with series ~~
I really struggled to finish this. I would have put it down but I am not one to start a book and not finish it. I'm not sure that I will buy any more of her books new. I guess I was just disappointed with it.
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
I read these as a teenager and remember i loved it but don't remember a thing about it lol
Lynne White
Sep 27, 2016 Lynne White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked t. It was enteraining. A little far fetched at times...Jim Beckett literally got away with murder numerous times...things worked out a bit too perfectly for him at times, but alas, this is fiction. A good, fun read.
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
A Lisa Gardner tale is always worth the all-nighter I pull to finish the book! Gardner knows how suspense works-taut pacing makes a thriller. Titled the PERFECT HUSBAND because Jim Beckett thinks he is. As a handsome charming Police Officer, Theresa (Tess) can't believe he's interested in her. For years, she lives with an abusive father and unwitting leaps into the marriage bed of the worst sociopath, she can imagine. Jim swore he'd kill his 'perfect wife' for helping the police putting him, Jim ...more
Mar 07, 2012 Jonetta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tess Williams, after a dismal childhood, found herself married to the "perfect husband" who turned out to be her biggest nightmare. After discovering he was responsible for the murder of at least ten women, Tess helped in his capture. Now he's escaped from prison and she knows his ultimate goal is to find her and her daughter and kill her. She decides to go on her own and prepare herself physically and mentally for the inevitable confrontation by hiring a mercenary to train her. J. T. Dillon is ...more
Nov 09, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspense thriller lovers
What an unbelievably powerful, nerve wracking and thrilling suspense novel!

Tess married the man of her dreams. He was good, kind and loving, and that meant so much to her after the abuse of her father. But within weeks of their marriage, things began to change, subtly, but scarily! She could never do anything right, and if the dinner wasn't on the table at exactly the minute he wanted, she was beaten. If the bathroom wasn't cleaned to his specifications, she was beaten. She was an 18 year old ne
Apr 16, 2016 ♥Sharon♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Quick review..... First time author.

As my reading preferences have changed over this last year, one of the genres that I have come to love is Romantic Suspense. I enjoy the uncertainty and suspicion that comes from these stories.

The Perfect Husband for me was more of a Romantic Suspense/Thriller. You know who the bad guy was you just didn't how the hell he would be caught and what his mind was thinking. The guy was a psychopath. A sick and cruel son of a bitch.

The main characters J.T. & Tes
Jun 14, 2013 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Going to make this quick! I grabbed this to read on the plane on my trip to Booktopia Bellingham as I wanted a book that was "light". It was certainly light in regards to weight but not "light" reading in the typical sense.

I don't know if I've read any other Gardner books but found both the violence and sex more graphic than I was expecting. This is a comment, not a criticism.

Good edge of your seat thriller, with great character development and a plot about domestic violence and control that i
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New York Times bestselling crime novelist Lisa Gardner began her career in food service, but after catching her hair on fire numerous times, she took the hint and focused on writing instead. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in po
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Other Books in the Series

Quincy & Rainie (7 books)
  • The Third Victim (Quincy & Rainie, #2)
  • The Next Accident (Quincy & Rainie, #3)
  • The Killing Hour (Quincy & Rainie, #4)
  • Gone (Quincy & Rainie, #5)
  • Say Goodbye (Quincy & Rainie, #6)
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“You swim and you keep swimming without a thought in your head because that’s what you have to do. And you do the push-ups and you jog and you do all the things beyond exhaustion because you have to. Then one day you’ll discover you’re in the zone and you don’t feel your legs anymore, you don’t feel your arms anymore. You exist just as motion. That’s the zone. Then you can do anything.” 3 likes
“Once, when she’d taken the initiative to rub down the window casings with ammonia, Jim had even complimented her. She’d beamed at him, married one year, already eight months pregnant and as eager as a lapdog for his sparing praise. Later, Lieutenant Difford had explained to her how ammonia was one of the few substances that rid surfaces of fingerprints.” 0 likes
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