Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Perfect Husband

Book: The Perfect Husband
Series: Quincy & Rainie #1
Author: Lisa Gardner

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. -Goodreads

Review: I love Lisa Gardner but this book did not work for me. This read more as a romance novel than a thriller. Don't get me wrong, I love a good romance novel but I didn't care for any of the characters and the romance happened too fast between Tess and JT. Tess is the ex-wife of a sadistic serial killer who has escaped prison while JT is an ex-marine with serious family issues. I realize we have to suspend disbelief reading sometimes, but it seemed crazy to me that ex-cop Jim Beckett (the 'big bad'), while a complete psychopath, was able to evade law enforcement so easily and he should have been no match for an ex-marine/mercenary in a fight. There was a good twist at the end (which I kicked myself for not seeing!) but overall, this was an okay read.

Grade: 2/5

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