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The Perfect Husband

(Quincy & Rainie #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  38,854 ratings  ·  1,713 reviews
What would you do if the man of your dreams hides the soul of a killer?
Jim Beckett was everything she'd ever dreamed of...But two years after Tess married the decorated cop and bore his child, she helped put him behind bars for savagely murdering ten women. Even locked up in a maximum security prison, he vowed he would come after her and make her pay. Now the cunning kill
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Bantam (first published December 1st 1997)
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3.5 Stars

To be honest, I have nothing clever to say.

It was enjoyable...ish. It could have been so much better, though.

A mystery which wasn't mysterious at all and romance that wasn't really a romance. Like I want to read about the hero's love for his ex-wife for the ENTIRE book.

The hero was f*cked up and intense, just the way I like them. Miraculously, I didn't like him too much.

The heroine was okay-ish, neither likeable nor unlikeable. I couldn't relate to her, just couldn't...

All in all, it's
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing

“Jim Beckett is a pure psychopath. Most of you out there probably think you know what that means. I'm here to tell you that you don't.”

Oh my God! What did I just read?

Lisa Gardner is a genius! This was such an intense and gripping suspense/thriller story with a touch of romance. It left me exhausted as if it drained all my energy away after I finished it. The Perfect Husband gave me chills from the very start and I felt more and more terrified of what would happen to Tess and her daught
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: This is the second Lisa Gardner book I have read. The previous book of hers I've read was written much later, and I enjoyed that book. This review is about this book only, not about Gardner's ability as a writer.

Unfortunately, I can't say that I liked or enjoyed this book much. The premise, a woman on the run from an insane serial killer, sounded intriguing, but the execution wasn't good.

Usually in a mystery, there is a puzzle, something unknown (such as the identity of the killer)
Jill Manske
Jul 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Well, if this had been my first Lisa Gardner book, I guarantee it would have been my last. It fulfilled my worst suspicions about a much more recent book, which actually was pretty good. But this one - groan! It's basically a romance novel with a thin veneer of murder mystery/thriller. If you like Mary Higgins Clark, this is the book for you. If you're a fan of more recent Gardner books, don't read this one! The plot is weak, the characters are shallow and predictable, the dialog is trite, and t ...more
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tess Williams thought she was marrying the man of her dreams. Jim Beckett a police officer who did he's job well and was well thought of by his colleagues. Tess believed he was a loving and caring person unlike her father who was an abusive man. Being a young bride at the age of eighteen, Tess was eager to please her husband. It was only a couple of weeks after they'd been married that Tess noticed her husband change. He no longer was the sweet loving man that she'd first met. If things around t ...more
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was harder to rate I was thinking 3.5 *rating but gave it a four as did enjoy the characters in this book,but lacking in areas of gritty parts missing in the book as it's more about the characters,it starts with a husband a serial killer he goes to prison for his crimes and escapes and his wife who has a child who manages to escape from her husband who was tortured by him and gets her child into hiding.but she doesn't trusts cops you soon get to know why.and finds help from a troubled alcoh ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: serial-killers
First published in 1997, this book has aged like milk. Battered wife goes to masculine ex-Marine looking for combat lessons; he slaps her around a bit (it's ok, he wasn't expecting her and was on his annual 5 day bender to celebrate the day his former love interest/stepmother and half brother were killed...oh yes); her terrible husband defies several laws of physics and storytelling to track her down; final showdown ensues.
It earned itself two stars by actually being very well written, if you ig
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
This Review reminded me of this book's existence!

I read this book two times, my best friend says I'm disturbed for this, and thought it was wonderful both times.

I haven't read it in a few years now so my feelings are not as crystal clear and precise as they would be were they all fresh and new, so bear with me!

Tess had the perfect life: She was young, in love and married to one of the handsomest men she had ever seen.... what more could a woman want?!

Life isn't as fucking perfect as all this
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Lock your closets.” That’s the best defense against this serial killer who is brutally bashing young, blonde women?

The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner is billed as “Quincy and Rainie #1” with FBI profiler Pierce Quincy – but where’s Officer Rainie Connor? I think she doesn’t show up until the next book. At any rate, this novel is more about Theresa “Tess” Williams and JT Dillon, with JT’s sister Marion, who is an FBI agent, in a supporting role.

The “perfect” husband? He’s a strong, handsome cop
*Rating* 4 Creme Filled Donuts
*Genre* Mystery/Thriller/Romance


The Perfect Husband is the first book in what is supposed to be the Quincy/Raine series by Lisa Gardner. FBI profiler Pierce Quincy does play a small part in this series, but it is Theresa (Tess) Williams and J.T. Dillon that the storyline follow throughout the book.

The Perfect Husband is an intense drama with a sick, evil, twisted, and sadistic serial killer named Jim Beckett. Beckett, was once a cop, decides that he needs t
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
What would you do if your perfect husband wasn’t perfect after all?

Strong and handsome, Jim Beckett was everything Tess Williams ever dreamed of for a husband. Two years after Tess married the decorated cop and had his daughter, she helped put him behind bars for savagely murdering ten women. Even locked up in a maximum-security prison, he vowed he would come after her and make her pay. Now he has escaped and Tess is running for her life.

Tess is tired of living in fear, she wants to learn
May 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
This is my first shot at a "suspense/thriller" novel. I am a sucker for romance and also for serial killers...strange but true. My ideal movie night would be "Pretty Woman" followed by "Silence of the Lambs". This little ideosincrasy of mine set me up perfectly to love this book....only I really didn't. Here's why....

1. Tess has been through hell. An physically abusive father and an emotionally abusive and controlling psychopath for a husband. Why couldn't this author have made J.T. Dillon a "h
This is listed as the first book in the Quincy & Rainie series but Quincy is not a major character and there is no Rainie. I have read several of Lisa Gardner's books including one other in this series. I have enjoyed her other books and decided to read this series in order. In my opinion this is not one of her better books. It was okay and I will probably still read the other books in the series but if I had started with this I probably would not have that interest.

Tess Williams thought she mar
Oct 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointing book. This is because the book tends to focus more on J.T., the mercenary who Tess goes to for self-defense training, than it does on Tess and her recently escaped serial killer ex-husband.

J.T. is crude, rude, and a very unlikable character. He’s tortured by his past and full of self-pity and he’s constantly thinking of - his abusive father, the colonel - his sister Marion, who he feels he didn’t protect from the colonel - his dead wife and kid. When he’s not thinking about th
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Is this supposed to be a suspense thriller? Okay. Technically it was. But for me it was an awesome romance story and a female empowerment story to boot. Loved JT and Tess. Loved them together. I loved how Tess went from mild and meek to kickbutt heroine. Did not love psychopathic ex-husband. But it was worth reading for the fantastic love story (okay I guess I missed the point of this book, didn't I?).
Jul 29, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: drama, gardner
This was one of the first books that Gardner wrote... she has definately become a much better writer. I have loved the other books by her (alone, gone, killing hour), but i really didn't like this one.

The story line is very unrealistic and the characters are not likable.

The story centers around "tess" Her husband, is a psychopath who kills many people, he gets arrested, breaks out of prison, and comes back for her and her daughter.

That plot sounds great, but the storyline was very bad.

Tess goes
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I binge read this one. It was so good! The characters were awesome. The bad guy husband was beyond demented and cruel. Definitely gonna read more of this series.
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Going to make this quick! I grabbed this to read on the plane on my trip to Booktopia Bellingham as I wanted a book that was "light". It was certainly light in regards to weight but not "light" reading in the typical sense.

I don't know if I've read any other Gardner books but found both the violence and sex more graphic than I was expecting. This is a comment, not a criticism.

Good edge of your seat thriller, with great character development and a plot about domestic violence and control that i
Rebecca McNutt
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was really creepy! Can you imagine being married and having a kid with a man who murdered ten women? This book tells one of the most shocking stories I've ever read in a well-detailed and vivid style, it almost felt real instead of fiction. But it isn't all gloom and doom, it also has some themes of romance, empowerment and friendship in the book as well. :)
J.T. was really over the top as a character; he belonged in a Sandra Brown novel. I didn't really care for him, so this kept the book from a 4-star rating. Was it the annual five-day drinking binges, the masochistic behavior such as stubbing a cigarette onto his arm, or the totally unrealistic relationship that developed between him and Tess? It's hard to say. I'm just glad that Gardner's writing has improved since this.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series is superb!
Scott Rhee
I preface this review by divulging two pieces of information: 1) I hate romance novels. (To be fair, I’ve only actually ever read three romance novels in my life, so I understand that my assessment is based on a very small study sample.) 2) While I don’t think of myself as sexist, some of what I may say in this review may sound sexist. It’s unintentional, I swear, but I am aware that I may say things about men and women that, to some people, may be offensive, such as the fact that men and women ...more
"Someday soon he would kill her. He'd promised to cut out her still-beating heart, and he always did what he said."

If only this book were as interesting and thrilling as the above quote. Well, friends....


This book is a romantic suspense novel devoid of all the suspense and all of the romance. Which is kind of like Winnie the Pooh saying that his favorite sandwich is peanut butter and honey (without the peanut butter).

Now, I wouldn't normally have a problem with this if not for
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspense thriller lovers
What an unbelievably powerful, nerve wracking and thrilling suspense novel!

Tess married the man of her dreams. He was good, kind and loving, and that meant so much to her after the abuse of her father. But within weeks of their marriage, things began to change, subtly, but scarily! She could never do anything right, and if the dinner wasn't on the table at exactly the minute he wanted, she was beaten. If the bathroom wasn't cleaned to his specifications, she was beaten. She was an 18 year old ne
Theresa Alan
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite Lisa Gardner book from the beginning of her suspense writing career. There are a few things that are difficult to believe (and I won’t mention specifically to avoid giving any spoilers), but if you ignore the unrealistic bits, it’s a funny, fast-paced book. There are some parts I had to speed read because I was so concerned with what was going to happen—the mark of a good suspense novel!
Oct 07, 2019 marked it as dnf
25% DNF. This book is just now working for me.
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tess Williams, after a dismal childhood, found herself married to the "perfect husband" who turned out to be her biggest nightmare. After discovering he was responsible for the murder of at least ten women, Tess helped in his capture. Now he's escaped from prison and she knows his ultimate goal is to find her and her daughter and kill her. She decides to go on her own and prepare herself physically and mentally for the inevitable confrontation by hiring a mercenary to train her. J. T. Dillon is ...more
I've done my Gardner reads all wrong. Or maybe it was meant to be?

It began with reading book eight in her DD Warren series first, then backtracking through the proper order. Then I moved onto the Tessa Leoni series that split off from it. Now I've gone back to the actual beginning.. and who do we meet? JT Dillon, an ex-marine and (in the more recent books) arms instructor, who has been liberally sprinkled all throughout Gardner's books, who I've very much enjoyed seeing whenever he made an appea
Aug 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Holy CRAP! Pretty much my thoughts as I read this book. It spooked the hell out of me. I liked it...but really had to sleep with the lights on afterward. Yes I am a bit of a chicken but yeah good book, I thought the story behind it was very creepy but it held my attention like no other. I had to keep going to find out what would happen next scared or not! If you like a good suspenseful book with psychos and ghosts and all things just creepy this is it!
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A true thiller....just when you think you have it figured out....wham! I love her books for great suspense and awesome stories. The twists are crazy! I can usually figure out suspense novels pretty quickly...but hers -- not so much. Love it.
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Lisa Gardner is a #1 New York Times bestselling crime novelist. A self-described research junkie, she has parlayed her interest in police procedure and twisted minds into a streak of twenty-plus thrillers. Her latest, WHEN YOU SEE ME, comes out January 28, 2020 and features fan-f

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