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A Killer's Wife

(Desert Plains #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  8,905 ratings  ·  610 reviews
From the bestselling author of The Neon Lawyer comes a gripping thriller about a prosecutor confronted with the darkest part of her past and the worst fears for her future

Fourteen years ago, prosecutor Jessica Yardleys husband went to prison for a series of brutal murders. Shes finally created a life with her daughter and is a well-respected attorney. Shes moving on. But
Kindle Edition, 361 pages
Published March 1st 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
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Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing discovery! The author achieved to keep me on the edge of my seat all along.

The first half of the book is about the investigation on two double murders. We also learn to know Jessica Yardley, the ex-wife of a serial-killer, now a really good attorney. I liked this character, except for all her predictable changes of mind.

In the middle of my reading, I started to wonder what the second half of the book could possibly be, and then the story became even more enthralling, turning into a
Julie Griffith Buckley
Jessica Yardley was once married to a man who later turned out to be a serial killer. She even had a daughter by him. Now a copycat is reprising his crimes. And Jessica, now a federal prosecutor, is being pulled into the investigation and subsequent trial. Having practiced law for a number of years, I am no great fan of legal thrillers. But this one is a real page-turner. I started it in the morning, and didn't put it down until I finished some hours later. And every time I thought I had it all ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Victor Methos is back with another captivating thriller that mixes crime and the law, with a dash of serial murder. Jessica Yardley is a US Attorney in Nevada with an interesting past. Once married to a sadistic serial killer, Yardley is trying to distance herself from that pastone about which she had no ideaand raise a teenage daughter on her own. When she is approached by the FBI about a set of murders, she is stunned to see they replicate those of her ex, Eddie Cal. After agreeing to serve as ...more
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yes! I needed this!! This book was so good!! Ive never heard of this author before either so what a surprise! First the characters.. Jess is maybe my favorite female main character EVER, and her daughter is absolutely extraordinary. I loved her! Then theres her ex husband, the eerily charming serial killer. But thats really just the beginning..! Going by the description the book couldve been over about half way through, & I wondered where we could possibly be going.. But honestly imo it only ...more
Jenny Winter
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Didn't know this was going to be series. Can't wait for book number two to come out!!!!
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Let me get what I didn't like so much about this book - which I read as part of Amazon's First Reads program - out of the way up front. Although prosecuting attorney Jessica Yardley is a woman made stronger in large part by her less-then-perfect life choices, those choices don't quite line up with her strengths (put another way, it's hard to believe she's really that clueless when it comes to love). Also straining credulity is another prosecutor in her office - one who becomes charged with a ...more
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Addictive, suspenseful, and twisty!

In this absorbing first installment in the Desert Plains series, A Killers Wife, Methos has written a sharp, sinister thrill ride featuring the resilient and tough prosecutor, Jessica and the dependable FBI Agent, Baldwin as they join forces to hunt a cold, calculating serial killer with a penchant for reenacting the most heinous of crimes.

The writing is taut and intense. The characters are meticulous, persistent, and tormented. And the plot is an engrossing,
Christina McDonald
A twisty, riveting delight! A Killer's Wife is seductively vivid and an incredibly fun read.

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
Darcia Helle
Do you hear me groaning?

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
Emma Garland
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jessica Yardley is a legal prosecutor for the US attorneys office and ex wife to serial killer Eddie Cal. He was convicted 14 years ago whilst she was pregnant with their first child. Jessica never suspected a thing. She never imagined that her mild mannered husband, who had never even raised his voice to her, went on killing sprees while she was at home eating snacks. As a result of his crimes Yardley returned to school and studied to be a prosecutor, helping mainly victims of sexual crimes.

Ellie Midwood
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, dark-read

I wont be retelling the plot here, Ill 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 didnt prepare me for a rollercoaster of a plot that had so many twists and turns, that I just couldnt stop reading.

I really appreciated how the story was separated into two
Laura Peden
I cant give it 5 stars but 4 doesnt feel right either so 4.5. This reminded me a bit of Stillhouse Lake but way better in my opinion. The role of serial killers wife who had no idea he was a monster. And their children are involved. In this one the wife doesnt run, she becomes a lawyer. And Im not saying anything else 🤐 Kindle Unlimited is my jam lately (original Kindle First Reads mostly) and Brittany Pressley is always a pleasure to listen to. ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kept the string alive another good book. This was not the easiest book in the world to rate. I gave it 4.0 stars on the it just got by the 3 star ranking. it was well written the main characters were good , the dialogue was good and the story moved at a good pace. It was not your normal killer book I guess you could say. It had a couple of bold turns to it which I really had to think about -they were on the borderline of almost over the top but just fell short of that lol-it walked a fine ...more
Kristina Hicks
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely a page turner!

Maybe I've read to many crime books, but I had figured out who the copycat was about a 1/4 of the way into the book. But that did not change the hold this book had on me.

Now the ending, I didn't see that coming!
Patricia Bowen
Mar 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
I got about 60 pages in, and what started as tension-building became too predictable as the protagonist said she shouldn't do something, then did it and got in deep, said she shouldn't do something else, then did it and got in deeper, again, again. It was easy to see where this was going, so I've moved on. It was a free book, so I got what I paid for.
Lady Delacour
Thank you
Victor Methos
for not using
cop book banter.
Story would make
an interesting movie
or a good TV Series.
3.5 Enjoyable Stars.
Mild Foul Language.
Tracy Fleming-Swehla
This sounded so interesting, and I am considering reading book #2. The main character is an attorney, and her ex husband, the father of her daughter, ended up being a serial killer who is now on death row. A copy-cat killer has her reaching out to her crazy-ex for help. That part of the story was interesting. But the entire last half of the book is very boring courtroom drama that rehashes stuff we already went through. I admit that I speed-read all the courtroom blahdeeblah.

I wanted to like
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This was dark and twisted and just amazing. What a ride!
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First half five stars. Second half stupidest thing I've read. So much stupidity. Ridiculous
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great Storyline.

What a gift. Download this as my February freebie from Amazon Prime. I read it in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. Most certainly a thrilling thriller !!
Donna Hines
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Could their be a copycat killer? Could Jessica be the only one to stop him?
These are the questions but the answers are more complex as Jessica has moved on with their daughter and wants to put the previous murders of her ex husband behind her.
The FBI needs her expertise and assistance in bringing in the killer and getting justice.
No small feat as she must visit her ex in prison and stir up the horrible memories.
With cut throat precision and disturbing dark days this new thriller takes on a life
3.8 stars
A killer's Wife is a good book but there's something that kept nagging me through my reading.
First, it was how Yardley treats her teen daughter. She's hard and harsh with Tara considered she has a psychology degree (even it's criminal) and works as a's didn't feel right and pretty obvious their relationship must be a part of the plot. Then other characters' actions struck me with the same feeling......too scripted and too cliche. So far the story, the plot and the
3.5. A quick listen/read from Kindle Unlimited. Ive liked this author in the past. This one strained credulity but pulled me in. (A dark topic, serial killer.) ...more
I've read several of this author's book and enjoyed them so was anxious to get hold of this one. I didn't devour this one like I thought I would. This just didn't seem to excite me like his other books. Fourteen years ago, prosecutor Jessica Yardleys husband went to prison for a series of brutal murders. Shes finally created a life with her daughter and is a well-respected attorney. Shes moving on. But when a new rash of homicides has her ex-husband, Eddie, written all over themthe nightmares of ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I did not see that coming ahead of time. That was such an amazing story.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2020
*received for free from netgalley for honest review* So I got this from netgalley and right after I started it I saw it on kindle unlimited and listened to the audiobook. I really didn't care much for the characters? I really hate the whole *oh no. we have to do what this evil person wants us to do because .reasons* which just really annoys me and this pretty much this whole book. I did like the ending tho, like wow. like wow all I gotta say is, that was bad a** ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The storyline is good, some part was a bit predictable but there are also twists that are good and unexpected.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Jessica F
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was labeled as a psychological thriller, but I think itd be more appropriately called a legal thriller. The second half was almost all back and forth in a courtroom, which I dont love, but there were enough good twists to keep me sucked in! ...more
M.M. Schreier
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Victor Methos is the Edgar Award nominated bestselling author of over forty novels. He has been a criminal and civil rights lawyer in the Mountain West, conducting over 100 trials, and produces two books a year with his dog Fraiser by his side.

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