A Killer's Wife
Fourteen years ago, prosecutor Jessica Yardley’s husband went to prison for a series of brutal murders. She’s finally created a life with her daughter and is a well-respected attorney. She’s moving on. ...more
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I'm not usually a fan of legal thrillers, but this one was excellent. An FBI procedural-legal courtroom thriller, the story is set in Las Vegas, where federal prosecutor Jessica Yardley is drawn into a bloody case of a copycat serial killer. Intriguingly, the killer is copying Jessica's ex-husband, a serial killer who's now on death row, setting up a story that is a battle of brains between Jessica and ...more
I won’t be retelling the plot here, I’ll just say what I loved the most about this thriller. The first thing that grabbed me was the synopsis - I mean, the premise of a successful prosecutor having to go through the horror of her past once again was something that intrigued me immensely. But even the synopsis didn’t prepare me for a rollercoaster of a plot that had so many twists and turns, that I just couldn’t stop reading.
I really appreciated how the story was separated into two ...more
A Killer's Wife starts strong. I was intrigued by the concept of a prosecutor having been married to a serial killer and raising a daughter they had together.
This is yet another book in which the female main character is smart and independent in her work life, but is a puddle of emotional goo and bad choices in her personal life. I mean, really bad choices.
The strained relationship Jessica has with her daughter, which should have been a major point of the story, is ...more
I wanted to like ...more
Twists and turns aplenty! Once I started this, I had to read through the entire thing.... so don’t say you weren’t warned! Great characters, plot like a Swiss watch, and a supremely satisfactory ending all have me waiting breathlessly for the next installment in this series.
Three stars because it was at least well edited. The story flow was unusual in that we were told who the criminals were so early in the story and then spent the last quarter of the book in a rather boring naration of the trial. To finally find the two genius psychopathic serial killers framed by the genius psychopathic daughter who steps in and saves the ethical and well meaning other characters who are not equipped to handle such mental giants.
This novel is two stories in one. The first part is an FBI procedural crime story, while the second part is legal courtroom thriller. Set primarily in the Las Vegas area, Jessica Yardley is an up-and-coming Federal prosecutor driven by her job, while struggling with her teenage daughter and her haunting past of once being married to a manipulative serial killer.
A series of home-invasion murders of young couples at night without disturbing sleeping children ...more
I have to confess I am a big fan. Victor Methos continues to write amazing stories. It has been a long time since I read a book in basically one sitting and that is what I did with this one. I feel like I have had a law class every time I read his books. This one was really a nail biter with a great twist at the end. I also appreciate how he tells the stories of the "other victims" the families of the crime victims and the families of the criminal. So many lives destroyed by crime. ...more
I’m typically not interested in this genre. They have a tendency to be trite or just corny.
This was genuinely fantastic. Well written, well paced. It had my heart racing multiple times. After reading the reviews before downloading (first reads choice), I was skeptical, despite it being so well rated. But I decided to go for it and I’m glad. And the ratings make perfect sense. I highly recommend it.
You can tell the author has a lot of knowledge and background in law, but ...more
I chose this book as my Prime Read freebie and it’s well worth it. This was the first time I’ve read anything by this author and I’d certainly choose another book of his to compare progress of his storytelling. He has a great style of writing that sets the tone, creates intrigue from the get go, but then plateaus and doesn’t really pick up again. It was fairly easy to “read between the lines” if you will, to determine the killer. The twist at the end, I ...more
I just finished this free book from Kindle First and I had trouble putting it down so I could charge my kindle! Nicely written, characters are believable, and the tension built to halfway through and I wondered what could happen next. I had guessed at the villain (actually there are two), found I was correct at that half mark, and believed the end should have been soon. Oh, but wait, there's more! The author has much more for the reader, maintaining the tension and building ...more
Jessica Yardley has worked hard to put the past behind her. But suddenly the past impacts the present.
Two couples have been murdered and not only is there a serial killer on the loose, but he has is a copy cat carrying out his crimes the way Jessica's ex husband the serial killer Eddie Cal did.
This is a brilliant book. Great characters and easy to read. Okay I had worked out who the killer was in advance, but I never saw the twist at the end coming.
Methos constructs his novels well, and I will happily try more by this ...more
Literally, the first sentence is about a woman jumping out of a car. I jumped out with her and ran for this story.
It’s easy to guess who the killer is right away but it doesn’t take away from the suspense at all. There’s action packed scenes through out and an emotional connect you can never deny.
I look forward ...more
I chose this book based on reviews. I was not disappointed, but didn't necessarily find it so gripping that I couldn't put it down. Overall the story flowed well and the characters were fully developed, but (for me) some aspects of the story were hard to believe. I tried very hard to like the daughter but had a hard time getting past how she treated her mother. I realize she was a teenager, but I thought her behavior was over the top. I do think the author is gifted and I would ...more
I really thought this book was good. It had some definite plot twists that I liked. It had great detail, and great readability. It flowed from page to page although with it being 70 something chapters it did feel like it was never going to end. I still would recommend it to others who like crime novels, mystery, and being able to read through from crime to conviction.