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The Perfect Wife

(Jessie Hunt #1)

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Criminal profiler in training (and newlywed) Jessie Hunt, 29, discovers that dark secrets lurk in her new suburban town; when a body turns up dead, she finds herself caught in the crosshairs of her newfound friends, her husband’s secrets, her serial killer caseload—and the secrets of her own dark past.

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Kindle Edition, 199 pages
Published November 13th 2018
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daph pink ♡
Apr 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
The book started pretty slow yet intriguing with introduction of Bolton. But I think I was expecting something from the book.
There were lots of twists and turns or I say unnecessary twists and turns.
It is clear that the author tried to portray Jessie genius and smart but what I think was that she was dumb,stupid and naive.
Susanne
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this one a lot more than I thought I would; it was free on Amazon so I was skeptical….
It turned out to be a solid 3-star read (and I mean that in the best possible way!). The plot is fun and twisted and also completely ridiculous, but it still works. The writing is sometimes a bit clunky and could have used some editing (grammar and missing words especially), and the author is a bit too fond of showing off her research in the dialogue, but I still found it very enjoyable and relaxing (an
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Ariel
Well, at least I got it for free.
JenRaye
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
WOW. I REALLY didn't think I'd be posting this review so soon, since I started this read less than 24 hours ago, but I just finished and had to share. A fast, unputdownable read. It does so much of what I want a thriller to do...grabs me by the throat and pulls me in, makes my heart pound in shock and fear, convinces me that anyone can be my worst enemy, and gives me a glimpse into the evil that is around us.

1st in the Jessie Hunt psychological suspense series. Jessie is a master's degree candi
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Linda
For a criminal profiler in training, Jesse Hunt is amazingly clueless . Less than halfway through this book , it was obvious that there was something rotten in Westport Beach, but Jesse has no clue . Her perfect husband is behaving suspiciously and erratically. Her practicum supervisors are breaking all the rules for her , and the infamous serial killer she’s interviewing knows all about Jesse’s life , past and present . This plot is so transparent , and Jesse Is such a hapless protagonist, that ...more
Kirsty
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The perfect wife was such a fun read, the plot drew me in and kept me captivated throughout.
Tan Markovic
Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5

Thoroughly entertaining, would carry on the series
Em*bedded-in-books*
Not a great book.
I had many issues with this, foremost being a very very hollow story line which seemed to be stringed out just for the sake of providing a psycho thriller atmosphere and keeping the readers guessing . In the end it falls flat.
The heroine is not a very clever or intelligent person , perhaps it is because she has suffered so many adversities at a very young age.
A psycho serial killer behind bars - a la Hannibal - adds to the unbelievable plot line , and he behaves more like a kind
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David Brown
May 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is definitely a girl's book. I quickly bored of the descriptions of hair styles, makeup and shoes. About halfway it got moving. The perpetrator was fairly obvious and we were given further circumstantial evidence towards the end but finally it was unequivocal. Nearly all the questions were answered by the end but some curiosities were introduced. A few were convenient for the plot. Some others were left unanswered for the sequel. I wont be bothering to seek their solution. ...more
☮Karen
Book Club read #29, Feb 29 2020

3 stars for the book, 2 stars for the audio narration.

The Perfect Wife is first in the Jessie Hunt series, by a new-to-me author, Blake Pierce. I find no definite indication if Pierce is male or female, so I am very curious about that. I would guess male, and a very busy male at that. About 85 books in what looks to be 5 years, maybe? It reminds me of James Patterson churning out one book after another.

Jessie Hunt is an interesting character, married to an ambitio
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Vandana Sinha
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it
I wanted to read an easy page turner and this fits that slot totally. And because it was available for free on Kindle.
The heroine studying to be a criminal profiler is amazingly clueless, naive to the point of being dumb and incredibly lucky- things just happen in her favour. The twists, some of them needless, pile in thick and fast. Guess that is what makes it a page turner. Her friends, the professor, the 'club' cronies, the asylum authorities are all single dimensional. I don't think I shall
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Wiseask
Jan 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
In The Perfect Wife, Blake Pierce writes with the confidence and skill of a high school student in danger of flunking a class in basic composition and creativity. Imagine The Stepford Wives meet The Silence of the Lambs to make a lousy book longer.

In The Stepford Wives part of the book, yuppie couple Kyle and Jessie move from their LA apartment to an upscale suburb down the California coast. Kyle convinced Jessie the move would be good for his business and a better place to raise the children th
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Pheadra
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book just didn't resonate on any level with me. I wanted to give it marks for depicting a story about how often one knows so little about one's partner/spouse but main character Jessie Hunt came across as stupid and naive. This was further exacerbated by the fact that she is about to get her Masters degree in criminal profiling. The last twist to the story also didn't present as a big reveal but rather as an abrupt conclusion. ...more
Cheryl
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a 4.5 star read.

Oh my gosh ...... that was a dang fine read!! A premise that leaves you gob-smacked with a thrilling conclusion.
Katherine
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Hunt along with her husband Kyle move in Westport Beach mansion which is pretty great considering Kyle's promotion and Jessica's training in becoming a criminal profiler. Friendly neighborhood, a safe society, everything feels like picture perfect close-knit community.

And then the problem finally becomes obvious. Every one of them is a member of this lavish club where they mostly spend all their times partying and socializing with insubstantial facts of their trivial life. But Jess from
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Tatiana
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book just isn’t for me. Half way through and I just can’t take it anymore, not enough suspense or thriller. There is no fast paced anything and the main character is incredibly annoying with her constant self doubt... So far, it’s just a story about a girl who chose the wrong husband and has some kind of bad past. I tried to give it time, but I can’t read another chapter.
Pete
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I listened to this as audio book, so am not sure how much the audio affected my perspective, but I thought it was dumb, the main character annoying and contradictory- smart enough to become a criminologist but too dumb to see what was before her eyes.
Maureen
Sep 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was a horrible book made worse by awful narration. I finished it but, wow, it was bad.
Kathi
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, audiobook, 2020
To be honest, I read this book by mistake, thinking it was one with the same title by a different author. Had I looked more carefully before I started, I probably wouldn't have started. It's okay for what it is, a genre thriller, first in a series.

The basic premise is a student, Jessie, on her way to becoming a full-fledged FBI profiler. She's married to up and coming master of the universe, Kyle, who has taken a new job which involves moving them to an exclusive community. Jessie has difficult
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Dianne
A fun read, (yes, I said fun), because it is both a little over the top and pretty twisted with some very interesting characters that are just shy of being completely readable.

Jessie Hunt has just moved into an affluent neighborhood with her husband, his dream, not hers, but wouldn’t it be the perfect environment for children? When strange things begin to happen and everything is clearly not what it seems, Jessie focuses on her criminal profiler training with one of the most twisted murderers of
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Zoey  Hardy
Jun 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
It started out okay, but it was impossible to like the characters. It ended in way that, if it had been a good book, I’d have wanted to read the next one. It was so bad that I couldn’t care less about the second or third one. I’m just shocked at how high the ratings are for this inane book.
A.J.
Apr 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: can-be-better
"But what kind of future is it if I can't even share my secrets with my own husband? And if he seems oblivious to me keeping them?"



Warning : Physical and verbal abuse. A distorted story-line.


**Minor spoilers ahead, which don't make much of a difference**




So, I hated the story and I hated the characters--


The author tried to make Jessica Hunt, the protagonist, look clever and smart. Well the truth is that she is a pathetic bore, definitely not so clever and an over-dramatic sort of a gal'.🙄🙄


Jessica
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Lorraine
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was ok
I love suburban crime set behind pristine gardens, clean cul-de-sacs and Cinnamon-flavoured kitchen but this The Perfect Wife missed the mark.

Not one of my best choices so far and the only consolation was that it was free on Amazon kindle and cover held such promise.

Read at your own peril. Couldn't have been that bad if I was able to read up to the end, right? Maybe I was hoping that the storyline would redeem itself.

Kayle and Jessie were a messed up couple with unlikeable neighbours and the end
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Sophie
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Blake Pierce is an author I just discovered and I’m not disappointed. I read the French version of The Perfect Wife and it was a great suspense. It kept me wanting to know what’s next. I loved the end! I’ll add the other books of the series to my to-read list.
Shawn Callon
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A seemingly happy marriage starts to disintegrate following a move from Downtown LA to the CA coast. The past keeps intruding into Jessie's life bringing back unwanted memories of a traumatic childhood. The book took a long time to fully capture my interest but when it did there was a complex weaving of current and past lives. The detail of the training to be a profiler and the life in a special unit hunting down dangerous criminals was absorbing.
This review was written by Shawn Callon, author o
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Coco.V
Apr 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
🎁 FREE on iBooks today (4/23/2019)! 🎁
TXGAL1
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Oh, my! What a gripping page-turner. If you like psychological thrillers, this is your next read. Twists and turns and the ultimate surprise. Enjoy!
Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
What a fabulous surprise! I have already ordered book 2 in this series....this one was free via Nook/ Barnes and noble. Great story!
Brenda
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Is it bad to say I loved this book?
*spoilery*

I’m not usually one for a 2nd person point of view book but it was very nicely told ( if you can even use nice in this 😂 ) It wasn’t hard to keep track of at all which is what usually happens.

Jessie oh poor Jessie. She finds herself moving to “suburbia” for her husband Kyles job. She hates that she had to move out to the suburbs she was used the city life. She was in school working towards her masters degree in forensic psychology. She finds hersel
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Wendi
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Eh. This book reminded me of a cross between The Stepford Wives and Silence of the Lambs and I felt there was always 2 completely different storylines going on at the same time. I did not realize this would be a series and was disappointed in the ending, or lack of one, I should say; and it's not a series in which I will read the next. I felt the characters were disjointed and shallow. It kept my interest well enough until almost the end when it was just kind of all thrown together quickly. ...more
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Blake Pierce is author of the bestselling RILEY PAGE mystery series, which includes seven books (and counting). Blake Pierce is also the author of the MACKENZIE WHITE mystery series, comprising four books (and counting); of the AVERY BLACK mystery series, comprising four books (and counting); and of the new KERI LOCKE mystery series.

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