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Dear Wife

A Novel
Written by: Kimberly Belle
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
4 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of The Marriage Lie and Three Days Missing comes a riveting new novel of suspense about a woman who, in a fight for survival, must decide just how far she’ll go to escape the person she once loved

Beth Murphy is on the run....

For nearly a year, Beth has been planning for this day. A day some people might call any other Wednesday, but Beth prefers to see it as her new beginning - one with a new look, new name, and new city. Beth has given her plan significant thought, because one small slip and her violent husband will find her. 

Sabine Hardison is missing....

A couple hundred miles away, Jeffrey returns home from a work trip to find his wife, Sabine, is missing. Wherever she is, she’s taken almost nothing with her. Her abandoned car is the only evidence the police have, and all signs point to foul play. 

As the police search for leads, the case becomes more and more convoluted. Sabine’s carefully laid plans for her future indicate trouble at home and a husband who would be better off with her gone. The detective on the case will stop at nothing to find out what happened and bring this missing woman home. Where is Sabine? And who is Beth? The only thing that’s certain is that someone is lying, and the truth won’t stay buried for long.

©2019 Kimberly Belle (P)2019 Harlequin Audio

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Great story!

Great story, but I didn't like the narrators, especially the female one, really strange intonation.

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Good story

Nice plot twist , enjoyed the turns .
Narrated very well
Kept you guessing,
A great listen

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I figured out the twist early on

I didn't like the narrators, especially when the female narrator did the Spanish accent. it was laughable and a bit offensive. anyway, I figured out the plot twist very early, a only listened to the rest of the book so I wouldn't waste my credit. Pass on this one.

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Fast paced and fun read...

I enjoyed this audiobook, couldn’t stop playing it. Liked the different first person narrative point of views. The writing is to the point and not repetitive, and not very technical making it easy to follow the story line.

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well done

fantastic read. totally great twists and turns. hope there's moe from this author for sure

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Great story & execution

Wow, great story! Fast-paced with great characters who were pretty realistic. For approx 5 hrs I couldn't predict the twist coming near the end.

Deducting 1 star for the narrator who portrayed Jeffrey. The other 2 narrators were fantastic and seemed to understand their audience's needs. I listen to audiobooks while driving, vacuuming, puttering in the kitchen and showering. From I understand, most people do. So a constant-volume, even-toned voice works best for this. The "Jeffrey" narrator's overacting made it impossible to hear his dialogue properly. Extreme highs and lows, yelling and mumbling..... it seems he thinks we listen to audiobooks in a perfectly quiet room, while doing nothing else. He portrayed Jeffrey's character well, but my constant rewinding to hear what he was saying took me out of the story. Otherwise, the audiobook would have been 5 stars.

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  • Chelle Tedrow
  • 2019-11-04

If you want to enjoy this book don't read reviews

This book is pretty good, if you don't read all of the hype that leads up to it like I did.
I was able to predict a lot of the twists and turns because there was so much written
about how people were so surprised, and how it was so unexpected...I wasn't bored with
the storyline, and most of the narration was pleasant enough to keep me engaged in the
storyline...I'll admit that I was a little surprised at the end, but I wasn't into the story so much
that it gave me big aha's...I think lots of people would enjoy this book, and I would have liked
it better if I hadn't read any reviews either positive or negative about it.

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  • Tawny Hurst
  • 2019-07-24

Entertaining.. but could’ve skipped some & added some

I really did like this book, but I felt a little cheated. Some books drag on and on, but for me, this one kind of failed to dig in the claws and fully develop the characters, and then dragged on in other areas. It did, however, keep me listening and had a good twist that I didn’t see coming. If you like a somewhat short & “to the point” thriller, this is perfect for you.

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  • Eric
  • 2019-08-17

Difficult to put down

This was a story that was truly difficult to put down. Not that it was a fantastic story, but it was very good. The people who are complaining that they figured out the plot part way through may not quite understand that the author was leading them to plot resolution well before the end of the story - likely to keep with the irony at the end, when person A tells person B that "I was leading you here all along" to the astonishment of person B in the final pages of the book.

The cleverness of the story came from two seemingly entirely different accounts of apparently the same events. Wildly different. Yes, the Latina accent was a no-go. Nice to see a church not get totally savaged in a gritty novel like this.

Not great literature, but a really good listen, a satisfying resolution, and some clever twists even if you figured out the main riddle.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-09-04

Fresh with A Great Plot & A Twist

Narration was superb and the story line kept me engaged. The story was done so well that you can listen along and still be entertained or if you’re one of those that like to pay extra close attention to the clues the writer drops to figure out the ending you can do that and still be just as pleased with the outcome. This is my first story from this author and plan to listen to more.

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  • Jane Smith
  • 2019-07-05

Wow

This book is a combination of Sleeping with the Enemy and Rose Madder by Stephen King. Great book. The narrators were fabulous! The voice of Jeff made me laugh out loud more than once—-well written book!

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  • Michelle Quinn
  • 2019-09-07

Nice twist but weirdly distant

Nice twisty story that was entertaining but didn’t quite get into characters enough. Felt rushed or just not fully baked.

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  • Jeeves
  • 2019-08-14

Dear Lord When Will It End?

I could not roll my eyes hard enough. The story is told from different points of view and the big "reveal" is so clumsy. That, coupled with the unending crass language (how many times can we say f*ckin b*itch?) and unbelievable ending left me groaning with annoyance.

I cannot recommend this book.

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  • Christina L Hall
  • 2019-12-04

Zero stars if I could

I’m not sure if the other reviewers of this book were listening to the SAME book as I? First, this was an inane and predictable, if not plodding, plot line. The narrators were awful, which didn’t help move it along. I struggled to keep with it. I’ve never abandoned an audiobook, but I almost gave up on this one. Really. Awful. Who does a Hispanic accent like this? I could have overlooked it had the plot carried me along but alas, no. Don’t waste your brain cells, the writer sure didn’t.

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  • Angela M. Dokos
  • 2019-07-03

Freaking awesome!

So the big surprise didn’t surprise me, I guess that’s the writer in me. But it doesn’t matter if you know it or not, it’s still a freaking awesome book!!!! Gripping and intense from the beginning. Great all the way through. Perfection. I hope to one day write a book at least half this good.

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  • Pamela
  • 2019-06-28

Great book

The story was fantastic, but I was disappointed at the performance. Her "Latina" accent sounded more Irish than Mexican. It pulled me out of the story a bit, which the narration should never do. Otherwise, great listen.

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