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A Killer's Wife

(Desert Plains #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  25,354 ratings  ·  1,503 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 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. B
Kindle Edition, 358 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 tru
A Killer’s Wife by Victor Methos brings murder, suspense, police investigations, and courtroom drama to a well-written legal thriller mainly set in and around Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the first book in the Desert Plains series and my first book by this author.

Our protagonist, Jessica Yardley, is a federal prosecutor, whose husband went to prison fourteen years ago for multiple murders. When some new homicides appear to be similar to those of her ex-husband, Eddie Cal, the FBI asks for Jess
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 past—one about which she had no idea—and 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 ...more
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
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yes! I needed this!! This book was so good!! I’ve 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 there’s her ex husband, the eerily charming serial killer. But that’s really just the beginning..! Going by the description the book could’ve been over about half way through, & I wondered where we could possibly be going.. But honestly imo it only ...more
Jessica Yardley is a US attorney in Las Vegas and the mother of 15-year old daughter, Tara. FBI Agent Cason Baldwin approaches her for help with two brutal murder cases. Once she sees pictures of the murder scenes, she understands why he’s singled her out. They look identical to others she’s seen before that were committed by the serial killer called the Dark Casanova...and who is her ex-husband Eddie Cal.

I admit that the premise of this story lured me in immediately, hoping it would payoff and
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 cas ...more
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 o
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 Killer’s 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,
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!!!! ...more
Lisa-Books Smiles
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
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 th
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read Victor Methos other books but this one is something special. It is so carefully crafted that it feels casual; right up until the twists and turns had me shaking my head wondering if I’d fallen asleep and imagined the last 50 pages...and when I got to the ending? I had to go back and read it again; just HAD to.

The protagonist in the book, Jessica Yardley, is an amazing woman that has survived horrors we could truly not imagine. She’s intimately tied to the title of this psychological
Anne OK
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
Jeepers Creepers! -- I just finished my first book by Victor Methos, but I can assure you that it won't be my last! In fact, I’ve already added three more of his books to my TBR stash. His character development and plotting is mesmerizing. I was completely spellbound by this all-consuming page-turner. It shook me to my core. For me, the suspense was off-the-charts. I simply couldn’t read fast enough. With the perfect trifecta of characters, emotions and plotting, Methos’s writing is absolutely s ...more
First Sentence: Jordan Russo swung the passenger door open and leapt from the moving car.

Some time ago, I gave up writing negative reviews of books as it was just too frustrating. But now and then, there is a book that really needs to be addressed.

I have read two of Victor Methos' standalone legal mysteries and loved them. In fact, I started to bore people by talking about and recommending them. Therefore, writing this is painful in the extreme.

My first issue was the constant referral of the pr
Ellie Midwood
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, dark-read

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
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an ending!

A really clever lawyer story with so many twists, that you go from despair that the bad guys are really going to get away with multiple murders to hoping that at least something will happen to afford some justice for the victims' families! Don't miss this one, but I can't say more because I will spoil it for you!
Laura Peden
RE-LISTEN - started 2/20, finished 2/21

I can’t give it 5 stars but 4 doesn’t 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 doesn’t run, she becomes a lawyer. And I’m 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.
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. ...more
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.

Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
The FBI approaches U.S. Attorney Jessica Yardley and asks for her help. They show her pictures of two couples who have been found murdered, their throats slit while they were sleeping. As soon as she looks at the pictures, Jessica realizes why they want her help. Fifteen years ago, Jessica's husband, Eddie Cal, was arrested, tried, and convicted for being a serial killer. These murders look just like a copycat of Eddie's murders. The FBI wants Jessica to talk to her ex-husband, who is sitting on ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
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 th
Dion Lim
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this title! It's like a James Patterson psychologic/thrill/crime novel but BETTER because of the more developed characters and the plot twists that you don't see coming! I can totally see this becoming a movie or a hit Netflix series. ...more
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 ...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!
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 line ...more
May 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Initially I thought this writer just failed to do basic research before penning a book on topics he knows nothing about. But as this author practiced law, I think he simply doesn’t care. He definitely doesn’t care about good writing. At best he is sloppy. But let us put aside his sentence fragments posing as sentences, and bizarre style issues, including weird capitalization of non-proper words like "realtor." What is really amiss is that this book purports to be about the criminal justice syste ...more
I'm a legal thriller fan from way back and having just recently rediscovered my love for them, I was excited to get started on this as soon as it became available. Serial killer--check! Courtroom drama--I'm in! I was completely enthralled from start to finish with an interesting, thrilling plot that kept me on my toes; I loved the characters of Jess, her daughter, and even her Jess's ex-hubs; and although I did partially guess one part of the mystery, I had no idea how deep it went and the intri ...more
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.
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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.

Other books in the series

Desert Plains (3 books)
  • Crimson Lake Road (Desert Plains, #2)
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