Author: Darby Kane
Publication Date: December 29, 2020
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 coincidences until it’s discovered the student is really the third of three unexplained disappearances over the last few years. The police are desperate to find the connection, if there even is one. Little do they know they might be stumbling over only part of the truth….
With the small town in an uproar, everyone is worried about the whereabouts of their beloved high school teacher. Everyone except Lila, his wife. She’s definitely confused about her missing husband but only because she was the last person to see his body, and now it’s gone.
Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane is a twisted domestic thriller.
Lila and Aaron seem like the perfect couple until one day Aaron goes missing. A student went missing a few months ago. Are both missing people connected?
Lila has always been the mysterious wife that people rarely see, but Aaron always talks highly about. A few weeks ago, Lila and Aaron got in a fight and things never got back to normal between them. What was the fight about? Is it related to Aaron’s disappearance?
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.
Pretty Little Wife starts out showing all of Aaron’s flaws. Lila is an excellent character but unlikable. She did many things I wouldn’t agree with. Lila is so complex, smart, and interesting. Only one of Lila’s coworkers seems to like her. Most of the characters think Aaron is great and Lila is awful. Are they right?
Ginny was the only character I actually liked. She is a real strong woman. She really wants to figure out what happens and will do anything to find the truth. She is always analyzing everyone around her to try to figure out what actually happened.
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Xe Sands. Her narration was great and added to a great story. I loved how much emotion she used. I really felt like I was listening to Lila talking.
Pretty Little Wife is an excellent thriller debut for Darby Kane. She writes romance as Helen Kay. I didn’t know Darby Kane was a romance writer until I was working on this review. This makes me appreciate the book even more.
I highly recommend Pretty Little Wife to domestic thriller fans especially if you like twisted stories with unlikeable characters.
I highly recommend Pretty Little Wife to domestic thriller fans.
Thank you NetGalley, Edelweiss, William Morrow Paperbacks, Harper Collins, and Harper Audio for Pretty Little Wife.
About the Author
Darby Kane is the pseudonym for a former trial attorney and current award-winning romantic suspense author. A native of Pennsylvania, Darby now lives in California and runs from the cold. When she’s not writing domestic suspense, she can be found watching suspense, thrillers and mysteries. Clearly, her interests are limited.