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Six years after her courageous testimony helped put her husband on death row for a string of gruesome murders, Leigh Wren has almost succeeded in putting her past to rest. She has moved from the West Coast to North Carolina with her young son, adopting a new name and a new life. But the world that she has created for herself is shattered when the father of one of her ex-hu ...more
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Published March 4th 2008 by Minotaur Books (first published 2008)
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April
Mar 30, 2008 April rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like suspense, people who like to read about serial killers
I haven't read a suspense novel since I was in high school I think. As a children's librarian I have this list of books I feel I "should" be reading...included on that list are children's and teen titles of course...old and new alike but also I feel like I "should" read the books I checked out from the library weeks ago, or the books I own but have never read, review books etc. So anyway, I picked up this book for my mom (her request) and it just looked intriguing so I thought I would try it bef ...more
Carol
I love reading a debut novel. I'm always hoping to find a new voice that I want to follow or a new author I can recommend to someone. Bill Floyd wrote Killer's Wife with the BTK Killer, Dennis Rader in mind. Floyd, like many others, pondered the question of how a person who appears to be an upright citizen, community member, and family man, turns out to be a serial killer who leaves death, despair and broken lives in his wake. Floyd's story gives us an inside look at what it would be like to be ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
This book started out so good, it just sucks you in.
Then the end happens. I felt like the author rushed an ending. Throw in a few surprises then predictable ones. I like it. But wished it had been better.
Jodie
Leigh Wren (aka Nina Mosley) and her son Hayden are living peacefully in a new town, across the country from where her ex-husband, Randy, sits on death row. That is until one night when Leigh bumps into Charles Pritchett, the father of one of Randy's victims. Charles always suspected Nina had more of an involvment in the deaths caused by her ex husband and now he's tracked her down and confronted her. Leigh/Nina is scared for herself and the safety of her son.

Flashbacks of her previous life with
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Michelle
There were a few times where Floyd's writing made me pause b/c I had problems with it...Moments that weren't right or natural, places where I thought he was trying too hard with his sentences or vocabulary, BUT I thought the story was very interesting and it was a fast, exciting read. I read it in one sitting, which doesn't happen too often anymore. I thought Floyd could have gone deeper into the characters, but it was meant to be a thriller, so I can understand some of the glossing over. It was ...more
Juliet Davis
Six years have passed since Nina Mosley found proof that her husband, Randy, was a nationwide serial killer. After he was convicted in California and put on death row, she quietly divorced him and moved to the coast with their pre adolescent son, Hayden. She changed her name to Leigh Wren and settled in Cary, North Carolina. Things seem fine for Nina and Hayden until an angry father of a victim finds her in Cary and informs everyone that she is the wife of a killing demon who sired her son. Frie ...more
Diane Dachota
Interesting debut novel about a woman who survived a marriage to a serial killer. Nina Mosely lived for four years with her husband Randy, before her suspicions played out and he was identified as a sadistic serial killer. Nina goes into hiding with her young son Hayden and starts a new life.

Nina's life begins to unravel again when one of Randy's victims father finds Nina and bring back all of the memories and new threats.

The book shifted back and forth in time and we never really got to know Ni
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Derrick
I tend to try to read debut authors in the hope of finding a unique book that differs from the "James Patterson" type of novels that get a lot of hype, but usually fall short when you invest the time to read them. This book is great from page 1. Just like the previous reviewer, I started the book and was finished before I knew it. The concept is original and the writing is very well done. Everyone I have shared the synopsis with has been interested in the book and several have since gotten a cop ...more
Paul Pessolano
This is a very unusual story in that it tells of a serial killer's wife and the life she leads after he has been apprehended. Leigh Wren is haunted by the dual life led hy her husband. Her husband, while seeming to be the perfect husband, father, and ciitzen, has been sentenced to death for the serial killing of a dozen people over the past ten years. Leigh also hs to come to terms with her own ghosts. She, and the world, are trying to figure out how she could have lived him for ten years and ne ...more
Kathleen Hagen
The Killer’s Wife, by Bill Floyd, A. Narrated by Isabel Keating, produced by Macmillan Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

This was an amazing book from start to finish. I could hardly turn off the MP3 player to go to work-to sleep-to eat-well you get the picture. This is the story of a woman who unknowingly married a serial killer. When she found evidence and eventually realized that her husband was a killer, she turned him in to the police and he was convicted and placed on death row. Six years
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Michael
May 05, 2013 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gillian Flynn fans
Shelves: audio
I liked this novel just fine. I'd never heard of this author or of this title before; it just stuck out at me among the others on the audiobook shelves at the library. Definitely will have a vague remembrance of this book later.

I dont have much success enjoying "So-and-So's Wife" works. Like the film The Preacher's Wife or that horrible excuse for a book The Time Traveler's Wife .... snoozefest. Here, we take on the perspective of an unsuspecting serial killer's wife.

Not just any serial killer.
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Angeld01
Fantastic! I got this book from Audible...and used every excuse I could to continue listening to it. Clean the house; take a bike ride, take a bath, lye in bed - ANYTHING. I could not "put it down."

The idea was so interesting. What happens to the family of evil people. How are they affected?

Leigh/Nina was married to Randy, who turned out to be a killer. And not just a one-time thing. Randy was a sadistic, evil serial killer. Nina discovered his horrible secret shortly after the birth of their so
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KarenC

An excellent debut novel; I will watch for & read more from this author. While most other crime & suspense novels I've read focus on finding the killer, this one presents a different perspective. We are eventually told how the wife figured out what was going on and what she did. The novel focused on her efforts to move on with her life and a period during which those efforts were jeopardized by a victim's father seeking revenge.

This book was a good example of the criteria for the Mary H

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Joy
Six years after her courageous testimony helped put her husband on death row for a string of gruesome murders, Leigh Wren has almost succeeded in putting her past to rest. She has moved from the West Coast to North Carolina with her young son, adopting a new name and a new life. But the world that she has created for herself is shattered when the father of one of her ex-husband’s victims begins stalking her, then confronts her late one night. In the days that follow, he exposes Leigh, in newspap ...more
Marilu
Great read although I'm not that much into this genre anymore.. Something to do with an over active imagination and having a child of my own.. And this book certainly will play on my mind for a while... Who knows how they'd be in the same situation!!.. I kept waiting for the twist at the end.. Like the private eyes were really related to her ex husband's victims as well and managed to fool the cops so that at the end the couple are in cahoots with CB but somehow she manages to save her son and g ...more
Michael
Jun 11, 2009 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery fans, fans of Dennis Lehane
Recommended to Michael by: Saw review in mystery magazine
Shelves: mystery
This novel was picked as one of the best first novels of the year by "Deadly Pleasures."
Leigh Wren's husband is a serial killer. Her testimony helps send him to death row. To get on with her life, she moves across country, changes name and appearance.
However, the father of one of her husband's victims begins stalking her. Charles Pritchett is a wealthy man and once he finds Leigh he makes her life miserable.
The detectives who found Leigh for Pritchett she the evil he is doing and apologize to Le
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Shonna Froebel
This story has a very different scenario from any I've read before. The main character, Leigh, is the ex-wife of a man who is a convicted serial killer. After she gave him up to the police, she got a divorce, changed her name and moved across the country. Now, a member of one of the victim's families has tracked her down and made her identity known.
As Leigh struggles with her past come back to haunt her, she reflects on life with her husband and the guilt she feels about his deeds.
She must also
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Amber Jones
As odd as this may sound, I really liked this book.

The storyline was fascinating. Seriously, how does the family/spouse of a serial killer pick up the pieces and move on?

This book really sucked me in and I didn't want to stop listening.

The only disappointment was the fallout with Duane and Caroline after Caroline gets shot. I was a little disappointed in their actions, but in the same breath, I could understand why it was easier to cut ties with Nina. She did make a pretty piss poor decision t
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MissSusie
The Killer's Wife by,Bill Floyd.What if the person you were married to and having a child with turned out to be a cold-blooded serial killer?What do you say to the victim's families?What do you say when they ask how you could not know?
That is the main concept of this book;the story starts 6 years after her husbands conviction where he has been sentenced to death.Nina has changed her name moved across the country and tried to forget the awful past and raise her son to be a good person.But the pas
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Katie Kenig
Fascinating look into the life of a woman who was married to a serial killer. Even though she turned in her husband when his crimes came to light, she lives with guilt in her heart because she didn't do so sooner, and with blame from some of the victims' families. When one particular angry father makes his way back into the new life she's made for herself and her son - who believes his father was a petty criminal who died long ago - it turns her world upside down.

This is a well-crafted book with
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Keith Bowden
This was a solid first book from Bil Floyd, definitely someone to keep an eye on. The characters were engaging, and the situations surrounding Leigh Wren and her son put this in the "can't put it down" category. It's less about how she rebuilt her life after realizing her husband was a serial killer than what happens when her restructured life falls apart when the father of one of his victims tracks her down. Leigh's life with her husband is effectively told through flashbacks, piecing together ...more
Belinda
4.7ish is my rating.
I was on the edge of my seat for the second half of the book.
At times the writing style bordered on what sounded like biography to me, which amped up the chill factor just enough.
Kmixon
Loved this book! As soon as I was finished reading it, I looked to see if the author had others. I can't wait till he finishes another one.
Karen
Bill Floyd's story leads us into a story written from the wife of a serial killer's perspective.

Which makes us wonder if we really know our spouses, significant others, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. How many times on the news reports do we see neighbors and friends saying, "we lived right next door, and we didn't suspect a thing." Isn't love blissfully blind, and the human spirit full of denial and forgiveness? Would we want it any other way?

Mr. Floyd's writing keeps the reader interested
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Ginny
I enjoyed this suspenseful, creepy read. I hate to admit I have found find the abnormal psychology of a psychopath chilling and fascinating, especially after reading Ann Rule's true crime books on Ted Bundy and Diane Downs. Imagine unknowingly being married to a serial killer with only nagging questions of some of his actions and then having him expose his deadly pastime. Later, after she has started a new life in a faraway state she is hounded by the father of one of his victims and terrorized ...more
Vanessa
Read this book in less than 36 hours. It was an amazing read that I literally could not put down.
Angela Demott
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed The Killer's Wife. It wasn't as psychological as I'd hoped, but was more along the lines of a TNT detective drama.

I'm not sure how much I bought the serial killer or the copycat killer, but for some reason that didn't frustrate me. I could have used more of an explanation about the killer's fascination with eyes, though. That definitely needed more fleshing out.

This was not a literary read, and it wasn't even very thought-provoking (don't expect something li
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Monica
Super interesting read from the perspective of a woman who found out her husband was a serial killer how this is still haunting her years later.
Ashley
I enjoyed this book. I liked that you sort of got two stories - the story of the wife, which almost felt like a sequel, and the story of the husband/killer. I also really enjoyed the private detectives and wish they were in more of the story! My only complaint is that it almost felt too simple. There wasn't really any suspense - you know from the beginning who the killer is, you hear the story, boy gets abducted, you immediately find out who took him, story ends. The narrator of the audiobook wa ...more
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