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The Perfect Husband

FBI Profiler, Book 1
Written by: Lisa Gardner
Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 killer has escaped - and the most dangerous game of all begins....

After a lifetime of fear, Tess will do something she's never done before. She's going to learn to protect her daughter and fight back, with the help of a burned-out ex-marine. As the largest manhunt four states have ever seen mobilizes to catch Beckett, the clock winds down to the terrifying reunion between husband and wife. And Tess knows that this time, her only choices are to kill - or be killed.

©1998 Lisa Baumgartner (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Fast Paced Thriller

This thriller has a little bit of everything - love, kidnapping, murder.... It was a great book, though a bit on the predictable side.

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Weak characters

All the characters were weak and none of them grew throughout the story. None of their stories, actions or relationships made me sympathize with any of them.

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  • Lillian Rubin
  • 2019-05-03

Good story, unnecessary excessive sex

Good story but don’t know why Lisa Gardner felt the need for all the many, very explicit, sex scenes.
The narrator was excellent.

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  • Bertina A Tallaksen
  • 2019-03-21

Not what I hoped for... definitely disappointed

I have read other books by this author. I found this one to be so in necessarily vulgar. The storyline didn’t need it. I cringed if anyone came into the room as I was listening.

I also thought the ending was a dud.

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  • Kelli Petri
  • 2019-03-31

Terrible

My expectations were not high. I was looking for a thriller that would keep my interest on long walks. That’s it. However, this was so ridiculous that I was embarrassed for myself for listening to it for as long as I did. Full disclosure, I did not finish.
As already stated, the sex scenes were unbearable. Not due to the graphic nature, but because they ( as well as the characters) seem to be written by a very angry, psychotic male. It really reads like a low budget porn. Don’t waste your time.

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  • Renee
  • 2019-03-13

Did not enjoy

I was very disappointed with this audiobook. So many good reviews and I just don't get it. To me it was a cross between a bad Lifetime movie and a cheesy action movie. Very unrealistic and over the top in so many ways. The sex scenes did nothing for it, in fact there was nothing romantic about it at all. Wish I'd used that credit on something else. The narrator was great though (for what she had to work with!)

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  • Wayne
  • 2019-06-06

First novel in Gardner's FBI Profiler series

This 1998 novel was both Lisa Gardner's first non-romance novel and the first book in her FBI Profiler series. Only it should be considered a standalone rather than first of a series. FBI profiler Pierce Quincy does appear in THE PERFECT HUSBAND but as a relatively minor character rather than as protagonist. Quincy or his FBI agent daughter or his second wife Rainie Conor are the protagonists in every novel in the series. The other way this novel stands out is it is the very last of Gardner's non-romance books to make it into audio format.

THE PERFECT HUSBAND is an excellent mystery/thriller novel. Sarah Zimmernam's narration is outstanding.

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  • mossilini
  • 2019-02-12

Where are all these good reviews coming from?

Narrator did great. Story was pretty boring. Thought the angry rape sex scenes were wayyyyy over the top. Really stupid.

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  • Always Thinking
  • 2019-05-12

Really Confused by the Good Reviews

First, let me start off by saying I did not finish the entire book. There are about three hours left and I personally can't imagine that anything happens in the last three hours of the book that would result in me recommending it. This book is simply horrible. The characters are not likable, their personality/behavior is inconsistent and unbelievable, the mystery portion is not really mysterious or interesting and the confrontations are extremely anti-climatic.

I've seen the phrase "gratuitous sex" thrown around in reviews and I've never let that deter me from purchasing a book because I generally believe most people are prudes. But, this book is full of unnecessary and unbelievable sex scenes. It really seems like the author wanted to write about aggressive violent sex and the mystery/crime aspect was an afterthought.Or the thought you have after the afterthought.

** Spoiler Alert** ....kinda.

So the main character is supposed to be a traumatized battered wife in need of protection from her psycho serial killer ex husband. She reaches out to a former military trained mercenary. Sounds really good so far, right?But, the former mercenary is now an angry, aggressive, violent drunk. Oh, and he's out of shape. Naturally, you would think that this would not be an ideal partnership for the battered wife. But, you would be wrong. Even after he body slams her (while naked ) and attempts to remove her from his premises, she refuses to leave and instead moves in with him. After just a few short days together and a couple of extremely inappropriate and violent interactions between the two, she falls for him and they have extremely violent sex...repeatedly. I mean they have more random aggressive sex than they do anything else. Which kind of explains why the first confrontation between the former mercenary and the ex husband result in the former mercenary being seriously injured.

I just really couldn't get into this book. It had potential, but failed miserably.


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  • Kate Brewster
  • 2019-04-02

Everyone starts somewhere

All writers start somewhere, and many writers borrow from successful people as they are learning about structure and dialog and plot.

This novel is not very good. The characters are flat and, worse, not likable; the plot contains points that are borrowed from others (a psychic old woman torn from the pages of Stephen King, for example); and a completely predictable conclusion telegraphed from the earliest chapters. Skip ahead a few novels is my advice. Gardner gets better.

The narrator is very good--the best thing about this listen.

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  • Irisavalon
  • 2018-12-31

Romance

The plot was good, but seriously undeveloped characters. I was expecting more thriller and less sex. I don’t remember this writer as being such a “bodice ripper.” Next time I’ll pay closer attention to the content before buying.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-02-02

Too Much Sex

I love Lisa Gardner and thought this was a new book but once getting into it, it was obvious an older book from before Quincy and Rainey got together. I liked the characters and was intrigued by Becket and would have loved to know more about his backstory. The only huge disappointment was the sex scenes and the detail attached to them. There were far too many and it added nothing to the book.

27 of 31 people found this review helpful