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The Hunting Wives share more than target practice, martinis, and bad behavior in this novel of obsession, seduction, and murder.

Sophie O’Neill left behind an envy-inspiring career and the stressful, competitive life of big-city Chicago to settle down with her husband and young son in a small Texas town. It seems like the perfect life with a beautiful home in an idyllic rur
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Hardcover, 356 pages
Published May 18th 2021 by Berkley
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Chessie Loewen
Apr 09, 2021 rated it did not like it
This book was a page turner, but I hated every character so much. If you want to read a book about a bunch of horrible people getting wasted, cheating on their spouses, and driving while intoxicated, this book is for you. Also, I should mention that this book had 40 year old women sleeping with high school boys with no conversation about why it was wrong.
Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Woaahh! I’m blushing, hyperventilating, chanting for those black wives ( they didn’t kill their husbands yet to be exonerated as black widows but I can see their smoky dark soul at each chapter! ) !

This is ballistic, explosive, scandalous, extremely naughty, mind blowing and entertaining! I’m warning you guys, get ready to collect your jaws which will be dropped,keep your eyes safe which will be popped out and keep your mouth shut which will stay open in awe at several times during your reading
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Lisa of Troy
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Bring out the hose because this book is STEAMY! Who-eeeee!

This is the tale of a group of socialites who gather occasionally to drink mass amounts of alcohol and behave badly while calling themselves The Hunting Wives. Sophie who recently relocated to Texas is the newest addition to The Hunting Wives. However, the body of a teenage girl is found on the land where the Hunting Wives gather. Whodunnit?

This was a quick read, and the writing was very easy to read and not awkward. The chapters are shor
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megs_bookrack
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
The Hunting Wives is a darkly provocative Domestic Thriller that kept me up way past my bedtime! 💙💄



Sophie O'Neill, a 30-something lifestyle blogger, has recently moved with her husband and young son from Chicago to a small Texas town.

A town overflowing with rich people and their drama.



Sophie actually lived in this town for a few years in high school. Her Mom moved them a lot and this was one of their many stops.

Fortunately, she still has a good friend from that time, Erin, so at least when she,
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Gabby
I’m obsessed with this book. I love the small town summer lake suburban moms murder vibes. This reminded me so much of mean girls, but with characters in their thirties instead of high school. Margot Banks is a total Regina George type. And I love the fact that our main character Sophie is basically a stalker and kind of obsessed with Margot and very untrustworthy. The most fun I’ve had with a thriller in a while.

Here’s the reading vlog where I read this book: https://youtu.be/QByD-7NKM_8
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I’m a minority and I don’t give a rats @ss! These women were a bunch of twats!!



Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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Kaceey
The Hunting wives…. so what exactly are they hunting?🤷🏻‍♀️ Definitely not what I thought!😱

Sophie and Graham have moved to small town Texas from Chicago. A nice place to raise their son. Get out of the big city life and relax into a completely different lifestyle. Sophie grew up here, though she’s finding it very different than the town she left behind.

Sophie is instantly drawn to Margot the alpha female of the community. Sophie wants to be a part of Margot’s circle no matter the consequences.

So
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Y.
Apr 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2021
What the hell are all these reviews raving about?

The characters sucked. The storyline sucked - I mean, unless you're into the whole adult women having relations with underage boys thing (WHY is that even part of the plot?), which I'm sure some deranged people are.

The writing wasn't even as great as some people praise it to be - while I tend to go on about some books doing more telling than showing, this one showed, but EXCESSIVELY so. It almost seemed like I was reading a script, with all the
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JanB
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I had such fun with this one! This book scratched the itch that I’ve had since Desperate Housewives ended. I envisioned these ladies all living on Wisteria Lane.

Was it over-the-top? Yes. And I loved it.

Sophie, her husband Graham, and their young son have recently moved from Chicago to a small Texas town, to enjoy a quieter lifestyle. Sophie’s husband is perfect (seriously!), and she has a lifestyle blog that features gardening and food/recipes. But she’s bored and becomes completely enamored wit
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Emilie
Dec 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
I received an ARC of this book.
Nope. I did not enjoy this book at all. I kept trying, because the summary of the book sounded so interesting. But as I read, I kept thinking the main character Sophie would develop some kind of self-awareness and stop her destructive behavior. I have read plenty of books with characters who do questionable things, or who are just unlikeable. Yet, in a good book, these unlikeable characters have something about them that is relatable, or something that makes them c
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Michael David (on hiatus)
HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!

* Alternate review to be published on mysteryandsuspense.com on 1/2/2021. https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/au...

Ever hear that saying, Keep your friends close and your enemies closer?

I think that should apply to every member of the Hunting Wives, a group of “friends” who like to drink and shoot skeet every Friday evening. Skeet shooting is not the only thing these women like to hunt. They’re always on the prowl.

When Sophie, new to a small town in Texas, finds herself bor
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Kerry
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was ok


This book should be called Sophie's Choice: Making All the Wrong Ones. I have no problem with an unreliable or flawed narrator, but give me something to work with, my god.
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
So hard to rate. Actually kind of hated this story but well written and definitely different. 3.5 stars for now
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This book kind of bothered me from the beginning. I really wanted to stop reading it. However, I honestly try to read every book because I know things change as you go through the story.

I never truly connected with the main character and when she started with some seriously questionable actions I wanted to close the book right then.

I know there is a lot of peopl
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Holly  B
Feb 16, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 STARS

A new to me author, May Cobb, has written a fast paced and entertaining thriller. It was well written and reminded me of a mix of Desperate House Wives and Big Little Lies. Same type of self absorbed characters making bad choices( underage/inappropriate matchups) and hurting anyone in their path.

This little clique of ladies like to gossip, drink and shoot! Probably not a good situation. Could lead to murder and it does. I felt parts had a little of a satirical tone, but I hated most of
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Sophia Judice
*4.5/5 The Hunting Wives delves into the world of a wealthy suburban community in the most riveting way, sure to have you at the edge of your seat. I love psychological thrillers more than life itself, and this was such a fun and surprisingly steamy book. In the first half of the story, nothing super crazy happens, but once the plot reaches the climax, the twists keep coming and don't stop. My heart was beating so fast, I was stressed out LOL. I had so many theories, and the major twist was some ...more
Susanne
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
Review posted on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend...

Salacious and Sinful! Just Color me Bashful! The premise of this was nothing like I expected it to be (and that my friends is a good thing!).

A small town in Texas has a lot more going on inside of it than meets the eye. Just ask new resident Sophie O’Neill. Upon meeting some new women in town Sophie gets invited to what she thinks is a Friday, girl’s night out.

Little does she know..

When “The Hunting Wives” get together, they have m
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Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: botm
Wow! This book was off the chain crazy!! The characters are so vile that I honestly wanted to hate it...but I couldn't! It was just that good! It was so addictive!

First off...I was so worried that they were going to harm an animal..Silly me!! These girls are on quite a different hunt! Rich, bored housewives that are always up for a girls night out. This means lots of trouble for them, but a scandalous read that I couldn't put down.

I did have a feeling of nooooo...Sophie don't go in the abandoned
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Brandice
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Drama with a capital D for The Hunting Wives — A story about a group of suburban moms behaving badly, with lies, secrets, and obsession in full force.

Sophie left city life in Chicago to move back to her small hometown in Texas with her husband Graham and their young son. She wants what’s best for her family but grows somewhat bored in the quiet town, until she meets Margot Banks, an elite socialite and the queen bee in the group of local moms. Margot invites Sophie to join her and some of her f
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Tonya
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Hunting Wives is a fast paced, wickedly entertaining thriller. It reads like Desperate Housewives combined with Big Little Lies and a splash of Mean Girls. Obsession can be deadly especially mixed with peer pressure, desperation, and deception. Rich women behaving badly is an understatement. Get your guns up and get ready for this twisted tale. I will definitely never think of hunting the same way again. This is the perfect addictive summer read.
Thank you NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Gr
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Allison Faught
Aug 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, 4-star
3.5 ⭐️ rounding up!
This was a fun one! Catty women and WAY too much alcohol consumption always makes an interesting read!
There were a lot of twists and turns that I appreciated and some things really unexpected! I did like that the author put very minor hints and details that I thought only I picked up on to throw the reader off the scent.
I’m not one who minds awful main characters so long as they don’t get a happy ending. I’m so horrible, I know… but Oh My Lanta! Sophie was the worst!! I kept
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Ceecee
May 01, 2022 rated it really liked it
4+

'I put a spell on you' .. is certainly true of the effect wealthy Margot Banks has on Sophie O'Neill who becomes fixated and obsessed with Margot. They meet at a party where Sophie is introduced to The Hunting Wives, a secret shooting club ( and a whole bunch else) where they blow off steam. Although Sophie is very happy with her lovely husband Graham and edibly cute son Jack, why isn't that enough? This is definitely a case of be careful what you wish for and one thing is for certain Sophie s
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Sumit RK
Jan 14, 2022 rated it really liked it

The Hunting Wives is like an episode of Desperate Housewives with a sinister twist. It’s a story about a group of rich, suburban housewives living recklessly, with lies, wines, and guns.

Sophie left behind an envy-inspiring career and the stressful, competitive life of big-city Chicago to settle down with her husband and young son in a small Texas town. It seems like the perfect life with a beautiful home in an idyllic rural community. Then she meets Margot Banks, an alluring socialite who is par
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Hannah
Apr 12, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Float for this book's berfday today. I dug it, maybe you will too?????

What if this . . . .



Had a little bit of this . . . .



And then about halfway through this got added in to the mix . . . .



Well??????



The story here is about Sophie. She used to be some sort of big muckity muck in the fashion magazine biz up in Chicago, but after she and her husband had their son they decided to slow it down and move to Texas. Sophie has plans of becoming some sort of blogger, but is pretty okay f
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Denise
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was my April BOTM, and it did not disappoint! I have to start off by saying that I adore this cover, and it's a perfect fit with the plot - double bonus! Not to mention, it's a naughty, spicy little read that kept me guessing until the last page.

I was hooked from page one. Sophie O’Neill and her husband Graham leave behind their stressful lives in Chicago to raise their young son in a small Texas town that Sophie had lived in previously when she was in high school. Now that Sophie is a sta
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Bridgett
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This was certainly a spicy little number.

The Hunting Wives was full of nothing but thirty+ year old women behaving very, very badly. And I loved every minute.

If I had one complaint, it was the main character, Sophie. She came across as very wishy-washy and perhaps a bit pathetic. Overall, though, this was tons of fun and I had a hard time putting it down.

If you're looking for something a little sexy and a whole lotta naughty, this book will totally be your jam. And how about that totally f
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LMichelleReads
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
I’m wondering if people actually drink this much in real life as they do in this book?? 1 star for getting published and 1 star because of how impressive the main character’s bladder is.
Frank Phillips
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
My, my my...This was a very impressive mystery/suspense/thriller, and while it might have been my first read of Cobb's, it definitely won't be my last! I found myself almost immediately intrigued with this group of high society, overly-indulged, spoiled and snooty housewives, known as The Hunting Wives. I mean, imagine a group of rich, married, white cougars that get blindingly drunk and skeet shoot at dusk, then go out on the prowl for young men to cheat on their neglectful husbands with?! Coun ...more
Debra
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

With friends like these....

Sophie and Graham O'Neill and their young song move from Chicago to a small town in Texas. Hoping to get away from busy city life, they settle into their beautiful home in quiet community. But there is quiet and then there is too quiet. Sophie soon begins to feel bored; she is used the hustle and bustle of the city. To cure her boredom and quest for excitement, she finds herself drawn to Margot, a glamorous socialite and ringleader of her tight nit clique know
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Katie Colson
Aug 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Reading Vlog: https://youtu.be/crmVqgezLMs

⭐4.5⭐

Bisexual Femme Fatale? Sign me up. I love a trope turned on it's head.
We have a sexy bad bitch seducing men to get what she wants but she takes a step forward and is ALSO seducing all the women in the town to do what she wants. I'm deceased. We support a true bi legend. Especially in such a rich suburban Texas atmosphere.

The chapters are short. Loads of plot twists. So much fun.
It isn't perfect and the ending lacked a lil luster but it was such a g
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May Cobb is a freelance writer from Austin, TX who won the 2015 Writer’s League of Texas Manuscript Contest. Her writing has appeared in Austin Monthly and the online edition of JazzTimes. Big Woods is her debut novel.

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