Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Pretty Little Wife” as Want to Read:
Pretty Little Wife
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Pretty Little Wife

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  10,744 ratings  ·  1,656 reviews
Debut author Darby Kane thrills with this twisty domestic suspense novel that asks one central question: shouldn’t a dead husband stay dead?

Lila Ridgefield lives in an idyllic college town, but not everything is what it seems. Lila isn’t what she seems. A student vanished months ago. Now, Lila’s husband, Aaron, is also missing. At first these cases are treated as horrible
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 29th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Pretty Little Wife, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.05  · 
Rating details
 ·  10,744 ratings  ·  1,656 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Pretty Little Wife
Dita is taking a break from GR.
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dita is taking a break from GR. by: Crystal Hiatt
Shelves: netgalley
Buckle in, my friends!

Lila offs her jackwagon of a husband and then she puts him in his car, drives him to his job, and leaves him there.

But he and his car disappear before he is discovered and now he has been reported missing. Is he out there waiting, stalking, and looking for revenge or is something much, much worse happening?

I lost much of yesterday to this dazzling thriller and I have no regrets whatsoever. It was so well-written and it zinged to such a satisfying conclusion.

One of the bett
Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such a brilliant, mind crushing, moving, surprising debut!

Characters are flawed, inaccurate, complex, realistically portrayed and eventually you may find a way to connect with them. Especially the quirky, unique but also stone-faced, tough, determined heroine Lila Ridgefield. She seems like small college town resident, ex lawyer, a brand new, competitive real estate agent, always stylish, looking good, happily married with her charming teacher husband Aaron.

But as you may guess, nothin
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane

Books with an unlikeable main character aren't my favorite but this story did a great job of grabbing and hanging on to my interest. Lila Ridgefield, with great preparation and planning, has killed her husband, Aaron, and parked his body and SUV in a field near the school where he taught. She planted his vile sexual videos in the car so people will know that her well liked husband was a horrible predator. But, no one finds the car and the body because both have go
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
She was the perfect wife....pretty, perfect and smart. She did everything that her equally handsome husband Aaron asked of her. She quit her job as a lawyer, she rarely worked her real estate deals, so she could stay home and be the perfect little pretty wife..she always did what Aaron told her to do..except the day she murdered him....😳

Lila was a clever girl, with an ice cold demeanor, she could pull off most anything, probably even murder. 😬That is what she thought, until her husband's body di
Michael David
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY to one of my favorite books of 2020!!

5 stars for this perfectly-plotted, unputdownable thriller!

Lila Ridgefield seems to have it all. She’s married to Aaron, a high school teacher, works whenever she wants as a real estate agent, and is always impeccably dressed.

Things are definitely not always as they seem. Beneath the facade of a perfect life, Lila learns something very disturbing about Aaron. Things take a turn for the worse when he goes missing...but how is that poss
Melissa ~ Bantering Books
Be sure to visit Bantering Books to read all my latest reviews.

4.5 stars

Holy smokes, that was good!

Pretty Little Wife, Darby Kane’s thrilling novel of domestic suspense, has kicked off my 2021 with a bang. A very loud, kick-the-door-down kind of bang. A bang that will be ringing in my ears for quite some time, unable to be forgotten.

Lila Ridgefield is the quintessential pretty little wife. Married to Aaron, a beloved high school teacher in Ithaca, her life is enviable to those on the outside. Bu
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone in the small town of Ithaca, New York is worried about the whereabouts of beloved high school teacher, Aaron Payne.

For most people, it's because Nia Simms podcast, Gone Missing, has speculated that his disappearance could be linked to the three students who had “gone missing”from the area, in recent years-Karen Blue-Julie Levin-and Lara James.

But, for his wife, Lila Ridgefield, it's because she killed him and left him for dead in his car, in the school parking lot, and both have vanish
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
Lila is a lucky lady. She has the perfect marriage. Until she discovers a shocking secret her husband was keeping. What’s a wife to do?💁🏻‍♀️

When her husband mysteriously vanishes, suspicious eyes turn toward her. But Lila knows she isn’t responsible for his disappearance…even though she was the last to see him. Well that doesn’t look good!

This is a debut thriller from a new talent that I’m sure will be rocking the thriller world over the next many years.
The characters were colorfully brought to
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
The Pretty Little Wife here has had enough, and she is not to be underestimated. When she finds out what her husband has been hiding, she takes matters into her own hands. Things get complicated for her and us in more ways than one.

When Lila's husband goes missing, she is under suspicion, of course. Lila is one smart woman, and so is the detective on the case, Ginny. They are not going to let the other one outsmart them. This added some fun dynamics and banter between the characters, and I had t
Happy publication day Darby Kane! Now available (29/12/20)

A dark, twisty, addictive thriller, where nothing is as it seems!

Lila is confused because her husband has gone missing, but she's sure that she definitely killed him, and left him somewhere where he could easily be found! So where on earth is his body?!


Wow! I really enjoyed Pretty Little Wife, and couldn't stop reading so that I could find out what happened! Did Lila really kill Aaron, or did she not manage to finish the job? I was sucked
Frank Phillips
Hmmm. How this was November's BOTM selection is kind of baffling to me. It was an average suspense/thriller, at best. Nothing bad about it don't get me wrong.. but, nothing stood out and made me love it either. Maybe it was the writing style (not written in first person), which made it hard for me to connect with our protagonists, and I also found it hard to keep the characters straight at times, and there weren't even that many!!
At the beginning of this story we meet Lila Ridgefield, who is unh
Susanne  Strong
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
Marriage. It’s so idyllic isn’t it? Then again, I guess that depends on who your spouse is.

When Lila Ridgefield’s husband Aaron goes missing she is the prime suspect. Of course, she’s guilty as charged.

The problem is that she thought she planned the perfect murder until his body disappears from where she dumped it and now she’s up a creek without a paddle.

That, of course, is not the only problem.

Oh boy. Lila is in deep doo doo! Luckily for her, she’s not the only one!

Hang tight my friends,
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, edelweiss
Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane is a twisted domestic thriller.

Pretty Little Wife had so many twists, I could not figure out what actually happened. All of the characters are very complex. Ginny is the lead detective on the case and Lila’s only concern. Lila thinks she knows what happened to Aaron. Is she wrong? The story is told from the perspective of Lila and Ginny. There is also a True Crime Podcast featuring Aaron’s disappearance. Lila’s point of view switches between past and present.

I li
Karma has no menu. You get served what you deserve.

And the universe is filled with evil, bad deeds, animosity, and just plain murder and mayhem. We humans can shake the dirt out of any situation and breathe it all in. Again and again....

Lila Ridgefield, from all indications, is the exquisite wife without a hair out of place. She's a lawyer and successful realtor in the beautiful background of Ithaca, New York. Her husband, Aaron, is a well-loved high school math teacher. But there's a chill in L
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
"My taste in men sucks."

Yes, Lila, it really, really does.

Pretty Little Wife is chock full of excellent writing, believable characters, effective dialogue, and pulse-pounding pacing. The one thing that prevented me from giving this book five stars was that I'd mostly figured it out by the 17% mark, and had completely figured it out by the time I'd reached 30%. Thankfully, the fairly obvious red herrings didn't detract from my enjoyment of this story. And, oddly enough, I actually quite love
Julie (JuJu)
This domestic thriller begins with one of those mind-blowing opening chapters! And WOW...what an ending! This story was unpredictable, fast-paced, and full of twisted surprises!

Lila and Aaron were never a traditional couple. She didn’t believe in soulmates or love at first sight. She and Aaron understood each other and their relationship worked and that’s all she really wanted. Until she finds her husband’s hidden secrets. Now it’s time to end their arrangement.

Lila is meticulous in her plannin
Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways-arcs
Lila murdered her husband. Or did she?

Lila plans Aaron's death out for weeks and executes it flawlessly, or so she thinks. When she awakens the next morning, she expects people to be inundating the grieving widow with visits and phone calls in the wake of her husband's suicide, but all is quiet. That is, until the principal at Aaron's school shows up at Lila's house because Aaron has uncharacteristically not shown up for work and is not answering his cell. Lila is baffled. Aaron's body should ha
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 stars.

Lila’s husband, Aaron, teaches at the small town local high school where a student went missing. Months later Aaron disappears without a trace. Lila was the last person to see Aaron. Police investigate to determine if there could be a link between the disappearances.

This one started off strong! I loved Lila’s character and what her perspective brought to the story. The writing and storyline gripped me initially and had me curious to see how it would all play out. The podcast was a fun
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

So enjoyed this thriller that kept this reader on her toes as the author led us on a merry chase.

Lila Ridgefield, is married to Aaron and seems to have an idyllic life. As we have seen on numerous occasions what goes on behind closed doors is never what one sees when they are fully open. In this wonderful town, a girl has gone missing for months. And then the strange occurs when Lila's husband also goes missing. Lila kind of knows what happened to Aaron and then again perhaps she does n
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
4 thriller stars

Lila Ridgefield is one of those memorable characters that are just fascinating to read about! Lila is the pretty little wife to Aaron, a high school teacher in Ithaca New York. She’s whip-smart, an attorney when they lived in North Carolina, now she’s occasionally selling houses. Lila has many layers and has more to her than meets the eye.

Things get interesting when Aaron disappears. Lila isn’t worried because she took care of things and knows exactly where Aaron should be – exc
Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell
Domestic thrillers have taught me that marriage = murder.

BRB, staying single and fabulous forever.
Jan 06, 2021 rated it liked it
Great hook, sizzled, and then picked up again near the end.

I had a really hard time with the first half connecting to the way the story was written. I thought it was a bit choppy and didn't flow all that well for me. I almost called her quits around the halfway mark but decided to keep going. I thought the end was much better than the beginning even if the ending didn’t all add up.

Full review to come soon.
Theresa Alan
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The mystery of this novel is well done—it’s really different mysteries to be solved by different people until it is ultimate revealed to us, the readers. It’s a mystery to Lila, who had already survived something unimaginable as a child only to grow up and discover her husband isn’t who she thought he was; instead, he is as evil as what she escaped. The dead body of Lila’s husband is a mystery to Ginny, the lead detective on the case. And the three girls with long brunette hair who went missing ...more
Pretty is as Pretty Does.

Aaron and Lila seem to be the perfect couple. However, things aren’t always as they appear.

While he enjoys showing off his attractive wife and she likes the security, they are currently at odds and she’s seething inside. Aaron has done something truly despicable and now she’s killed him.

But did she really? His body has disappeared before it was discovered and he's listed as 'Missing'.

Is he coming back to kill her instead?

Add a snoopy neighbor and an inquisitive cop to
Nicole Bertsche
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Around page 188 I decided I simply must start writing this review, to capture my evidence that a human woman DID NOT write this book, it must have been an algorithm. Between many grammatical errors, misspelled words and a litany of over worked metaphors that add nothing to the experience of reading this novel, I am convinced my theory on a bot being the true author is the only logical explanation. Call it occams razor or an outright denial that this author has a (multiple?) published work(s), bu ...more
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: botm
I liked the plot of Pretty Little Wife, but what I like even more was the execution and the pacing. This was an impressive debut novel. The main protagonist, Lila, was such an enigma and so well written. Her utterly flat affect throughout the chaos had me thinking to myself why is she doing that or what is she thinking. And then there is her CREEPER husband, don’t get me started on him. Well done, Darby Kane! 4 stars.
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, this was delightfully diabolical and a welcome distraction for the madness of the last few days!

Lila Ridgefield has had enough of the abuse she has suffered at the hand of her beloved teacher husband, Aaron, and decides to end to their marriage - by killing him. She plots his murder down to every last detail; however, when there is a knock on their door, it is not the police telling her that Aaron has been found dead, but instead his boss and friend telling her that he is missing. Lila soo
Laurie Murphy
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2020-books
What a great thriller! It has both a compelling plot and subplot that kept me guessing from the beginning. It is suspenseful and the action never lets up, nor is the reader given a break. I read the book in two days and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Lila is in a psychologically abusive marriage to Aaron when she uncovers some damaging videos of him and some of his female students. They bring back bad memories of her childhood and rather that risk her secrets being uncovered, she decides to kill Aaron. T
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely more than just a pretty little wife!

Wow, what a ride! This story moved along at a fast pace that never slowed down. Im baffled in the fact that after finishing I’m still not sure as to what protagonist, Lila, planned and what just played out. Even from her POV she was a very difficult character to understand. I think Kane did a good job in mixing up perceptions which made her mental state in constant limbo. The only thing that I thought could’ve been done differently was the ‘hunting
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
YA Buddy Readers'...: Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane - Starting January 4th 2021 24 24 Jan 13, 2021 01:47AM  
My Little BOTM Bo...: Pretty Little Wife 1 3 Dec 13, 2020 04:34PM  
Goodreads Librari...: Please add page count 4 22 Nov 19, 2020 10:51PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Wife Upstairs
  • People Like Her
  • The Girl in the Mirror
  • The Lost Girls of Devon
  • Shakeup (A Stone Barrington, #55)
  • A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Mayhem (A Lady's Guide, #1)
  • Don't Ever Tell
  • The Memory
  • The Lying Kind (Detective Rachel Prince, #1)
  • You Should See Me in a Crown
  • Goodnight Beautiful
  • How to Catch a Queen (Runaway Royals, #1)
  • The Orphan's Guilt (Joe Gunther #31)
  • The Daughter
  • Girls of Brackenhill
  • White Lies
  • The Book of Two Ways
  • The Good for Nothings
See similar books…

Articles featuring this book

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
43 likes · 19 comments
“People thought silence meant the absence of noise, and sometimes it did, but other times it screamed so loudly she had to fight not to cover her ears.” 0 likes
“People thought silence meant the absence of noise, and sometimes it did, but other times it” 0 likes
More quotes…