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Jessie Hunt #1

The Perfect Wife

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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.

In THE PERFECT WIFE (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book One), Criminal profiler-in-training Jessie Hunt is sure she's finally put the darkness of her childhood behind her. She and her husband, Kyle, just moved from a cramped downtown Los Angeles apartment into a Westport Beach mansion. Kyle's promotion has them swimming in money. And Jessie is on the verge of getting her Master's degree in forensic psychology, the last step in her dream of becoming a criminal profiler.

But soon after their arrival, Jessie begins to notice a series of strange developments. The neighbors—and their au pairs—all seem to be hiding secrets. The mysterious yacht club Kyle is desperate to join is rife with cheating spouses, and with troubling rules of its own. And the notorious serial killer being held at the psychiatric hospital where Jessie is completing her degree seems to know more about her life than is normal—or safe.

As her world starts to unravel, Jessie begins to question everything around her—including her own sanity. Has she truly uncovered a disturbing conspiracy buried within a sunny, wealthy Southern California beach town? Does the mass murderer she's studying really somehow know the origin of her private nightmares?

Or has her tortured past finally come back to claim her?

Book #2--THE PERFECT BLOCK--is also now available!

A fast-paced psychological suspense thriller with unforgettable characters and heart-pounding suspense, THE PERFECT WIFE is book #1 in a riveting new series that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

199 pages, Kindle Edition

First published November 13, 2018

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Blake Pierce

599 books3,502 followers
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.

An avid reader and lifelong fan of the mystery and thriller genres, Blake loves to hear from you, so please feel free to visit www.blakepierceauthor.com to learn more and stay in touch.

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Profile Image for daph pink ♡ .
921 reviews3,027 followers
November 22, 2020
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.
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222 reviews9 followers
April 25, 2019
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 (and who doesn't like to relax in the company of sociopaths and serial killers!)
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1,316 reviews42 followers
August 8, 2019
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 I couldn’t finish The Perfect Wife .
Profile Image for JenRaye.
218 reviews45 followers
May 20, 2019
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 candidate in the field of forensics psychology. She seems to have an unusual feel for the job, but will that help...or hurt her?

The Perfect Wife was the perfect end to my weekend. I will be picking up the next in the series.
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250 reviews17 followers
September 28, 2019
The perfect wife was such a fun read, the plot drew me in and kept me captivated throughout.
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132 reviews12 followers
January 21, 2020
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 they both wanted. Jessie was not quite as enthusiastic, especially when she saw that the wives in their new town were all complacent conformists. Everyone’s life centered around a sinister country club with strange initiation rites. In The Silence of the Lambs part, Jessie was training to be a forensic psychologist and her interviews with a brilliant serial killer led her to unlock her own dark past and confront her suffocating present.

There are so many reasons not to read this book. First, the author’s manuscript was missing words in multiple places, showing a careless disregard for her work product and her readers. Second, she uses dialogue tags to excess, the sure sign of an amateur unable to convey what her characters are feeling or thinking without spelling it out — or of a writer with the ability but too lazy to write better. Third, The Stepford Wives part of her story was unbelievable, unoriginal, and unnecessary, except to extend the length of her book. The Silence of the Lambs part was uninspired and also unoriginal. Jessie and Crutchfield could not hold a candle to Clarice and Hannibal.

And finally, a spoiler alert: Anyone who has ever seen a movie on the Lifetime channel will be able to identify the book’s villain without even finishing the first page.
1,453 reviews126 followers
September 18, 2019
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 uncle rather than the scary person he is supposed to be.
Adding to all this is the Stepford like society Jessica had moved to... And there are certain mysteries in her life still waiting to be solved at the end of the book.

Will continue with this ludicrous series because I am sort of slightly hooked to the impossible life of Jessie . And I am sure a physical attraction is inevitably creeping up between her and Ryan Hernandez .

Plus I want to know why she whines this much ...

A mixed review... Would have been 1 to 2 stars , but for the fact that this book kept me hooked despite its flimsy storyline .
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52 reviews13 followers
May 2, 2021
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 remember the characters or the story 6 months down the line. Or even why I read it.
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41 reviews
November 15, 2021
"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's husband, Kyle is another dumbass who left a mark of 'an imbecile fool' in the story.😬

The only person that interested me was Bolton Crutchhfield.
A psycho serial killer who seems to be a part of Miss. Hunt's terrible past.

The book showed two different cases.

1. The mystery of the Desseo Club

2. The mystery of Bolton Crutchfield and his link with Jessica.

I'm not gonna elaborate either of the cases as it will consume everyone's time which is so not necessary as the ending ruined all the fun that was present in the first few chapters.

I would say that the book was extremely stretchy and that the author could have worked a bit more hard for the ending.😪

In chapter 22 we find out a Ukrainian waitress murdered or rather chocked in the cabin where Jessica was sleeping, ((she had passed out the previous night))
Jessica called Kyle, after which it was somewhat clear where the story would take us..

Kyle, who first indirectly blamed Jessica of murder made an alternative proposal to cover this all up, after which it was all very clear that Kyle was the evil mastermind behind all this, framing his wife of murder-- and yes, the dumb Jessica Hunt follows suit to her husband's decision.😩

In short, this is one of the most pathetic storyline I've ever read--
The ending was terrible, not exciting at ALL and yes, quite predictable.

I gave it three stars mostly because of the other part if the book.
Yes, for Bolton.

Bolton's part was exciting, and sent some shivers when he started revealing his self little by little.

We also get an in-depth of Jessica's past which is horrifying and how Bolton, has a secret link with it.

Being mentioned already-- the ending was pathetic.
A complete nonsense theory.
Dumb characters.
And no excitement at all..🤷🏻‍♀️

The thing that got me going and preventing me to DNF this book was the craving to see the end, even though it was predictable.🤡

There were many unwanted twists which consumed my time and yes, so many things happening at the same time surely confused the hell out of me.

No more words.🙅‍♀️
No emotions.🙅‍♀️

Three stars for Bolton Crutchfield and Jessica's past.

Not recommended unless you want a short read.
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238 reviews3 followers
May 2, 2019
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.
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1,465 reviews9 followers
November 30, 2020
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 ambitious guy named Kyle. They have a new home in a new suburb, and she is studying to become a criminal profiler. Profiling is a favorite topic of mine so I was intrigued by where this led. Kyle is keen on joining a social club but Jessie, not so much. The wives all remind her of Stepford Wives. Turns out to be quite a side story there, but her marriage and her class assignment interviewing a serial killer are the main focus. I don't know if the loose ends and unanswered questions will be answered in book #2 or not, but I doubt I will try to find out.

I had both the free Kindle ebook and the audio from Hoopla, and listened to most of it. The narrator is horribly annoying with her Valley girl pronunciations. (And strange since Jessie did not grow up in California.) You didn't know Kyle, smile, and while were 2-syllable words until you hear her mangle them. Ky-ull, she says, whenever she is upset that he didn't call to say he'd be late. Or Ky-ull, I'm really not in the mood for that. Ugh.
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432 reviews146 followers
February 23, 2021
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 will have you at "WTF was that?".
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645 reviews23 followers
July 29, 2019
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.
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1,850 reviews60 followers
December 30, 2019
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.
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478 reviews129 followers
September 18, 2019
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 the very beginning suspected foul play, this club is surely much more than what was initially advertising so enthusiastically and it turns out that this place was a tomb of secrets where everyone knows the ropes except for her.

This book focuses other topics such as open marriages, depression and traumatic experiences, etc. Jessica Hunt is a sort of heroine that I personally admire. She is smart, wise beyond her age and perceptive of surrounding dangers, definitely a quick thinker when the push comes to shove. Apart from all the jazz about the club and its insane workings, Jess also interviews a serial killer who apparently knows everything tiny detail of her past something that she isn't allowed to discuss with anyone.

Now she has two different kinds of mysteries to solve. First finding out more about the yacht club and second how does a serial killer locked up in highly secured psychiatric hospital for many years knows about her macabre past?

Finding answers to both of these won't be easy because lines between trust and disloyalty is becoming obscure and she has more to loose than to gain.

The perfect wife is the first book in A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller series and I cannot wait to continue her journey as the ending in this book disclosed a detail of the past that will be the element of interest in the second book.
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6,765 reviews583 followers
August 12, 2019
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 all time. How does this monster know so much about her?

Secrets are revealed, innocents will die and all roads connect Jessie, one way or another.

Prepare to have your mind messed with in Blake Pierce’s THE PERFECT WIFE, a relatively quick read with just enough strangeness to be believable and pretty creepy.

Series: Jessie Hunt - Book 1
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Blake Pierce
Genre: Psychological suspense
Print Length: 211 pages
Available from: Amazon
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Author 3 books39 followers
September 26, 2020
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 of The Diplomatic Spy.
Profile Image for Tatiana.
14 reviews
August 7, 2019
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.
174 reviews
August 24, 2019
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.
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176 reviews2 followers
June 27, 2019
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.
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152 reviews10 followers
January 25, 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 time fitting in with the local wives, who are all subservient and focused solely on their homes and families. Kyle begins spending most of his time at the local yacht club, networking and schmoozing potential clients. Jessie begins to have suspicions that all is not quite right at this club, or in this community. The action and suspense builds from there to the unfortunately predictable conclusion.

The book is written well enough for the genre, I suppose. Too many ends left dangling, vague hints of a backstory never fully related, the author trying too hard to build a relationship with the reader without giving away too much of the character who will be recurring in future books, in order to lure the reader into continuing to read the series, all downfalls of serial books (one of the main reasons I dislike them).

All through the book I kept feeling as if something was off about the main character. After finishing, I realized what it was: Pierce writes women like a man writing a woman. Under his pen, Jessie alternates between being emotionally shallow like a stereotypical man and logically deficient, like a stereotypical woman in trouble. This is never more obvious than at the end, when Jessie stumbles her way into the inevitable trap, like all those movie heroines who go down the basement stairs despite knowing the knife-wielding killer is down there. Not a good quality in a future criminal profiler. Of course, it's partly the fault of the genre formula, but mainly the author is trying to pull off a story made up of a mish-mash of other stories. If "The Stepford Wives" met "Gone Girl" you'd have a story like this.

If you like serial formula thrillers, you will likely enjoy this book. For myself, I won't be reading any more of the series.
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206 reviews20 followers
August 6, 2022
This was one of those audio books where I was desperate for a book but limited by the "available now" selection from my online library. I took a chance. Glad I did.

The premise is wife/student/former victim Jesse Hunt is married to a controlling gem who relocates them for his job, but actually it was for a far more sinister reason. The second/intertwined story is about Jesse completing studies for her Masters in criminal psychology and doing a Clarice Starling prison interview with a quiet killer.

Honestly I preferred the story line with her husband and his club which, fyi ladies, if your husband wants to join a private club that gives you Stepford Wives vibes, run.

The way this audio downloaded from the Libby app, it actually gave me three Jessie Hunt books and after book 1 finished, Jessie Hunt #2 began. Okay, I'm cool with a trilogy. Then I went to log the book here and learned THERE ARE 24 BOOKS IN THIS SERIES. Um, I'm not sure I have 23 more books left in me. I'm listening to 2 and will be back to let you know if I can keep going.

75 reviews1 follower
November 15, 2018

I couldn't even finish it, it was so ridiculous!! I'm not one of those bra burning women, but I can't stand it when women are made out to be dumb as stumps either!! I won't read another of the Jessie Hunt books, that's for sure.
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271 reviews71 followers
November 26, 2020
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.
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37 reviews
September 9, 2019
This was a horrible book made worse by awful narration. I finished it but, wow, it was bad.
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