The Perfect Husband

The Perfect Husband

eBook - 2004
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After two years of marriage Tess discovers that her husband, a decorated cop, is the murderer of ten women. She sees that he is put behind bars, but he escapes, and a four state manhunt begins.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2004
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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ISBN: 9780553900866 (electronic bk.)
0553900862 (electronic bk.)
Call Number: AXIS360 EBOOK FICTION GARDNER

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scl_Cori Aug 17, 2018

The story is quite intriguing and enjoyable but it felt like it is written by a chauvinistic male writer who is trying to be a feminist.

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susan_findlay
Jul 29, 2018

Gardner's history as a romance novelist is abundantly clear in this novel. I noticed it a little bit in another of her early thrillers, but this one is at least as much romance novel as it is thriller. Which means that, yes, there are sex scenes if that matters to you. I read thousands of romance novels as a teenager so had no issues on that front and have nothing against the genre - but I'll admit I felt a little misled by the book I was expecting to be primarily thriller. All that said, it's a good romance novel with a bit of thriller mixed in.

The romance is not with the evil husband (thank goodness!) but rather between the runaway wife and the mercenary she convinces to train her to protect herself from said evil husband. The evil husband is suitably creepy. Some of the things he manages to do stretch credibility, but truth can be stranger than fiction so I saw this more as fiction keeping up. They weren't completely unbelievable just "are you sure? really? that seems very unlikely"

As I have come to expect from this author, the story is fast-paced and surprises you from time to time. I really enjoy her writing style, but you can tell that this is an earlier work as she was still settling into this genre.

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barryandlinda
Feb 22, 2018

When Tess married Jim Beckett, she thought he was her night in shining armor, but little did she know what she was getting herself into. Jim turned out to be a serial killer. Tess finally figured it out and turned in him. He escaped from jail and swore he would kill her. She decided to go to J. T. Dillon, an ex marine and have him train her to fight back. It is a game of cat and mouse and J. T. swears he will keep her safe. This is a book that I could not put down.

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wilqser
May 23, 2013

Story about about a women who is tormented by her serial killer husband. She goes to an ex-marine (mercenary), for help in training; including combat, shooting etc. to help defend herself an her daughter.
Straight-forward action sequences. The book dwells on the emotional scars of the characters too much. Not one I would recommend.

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

Sick but suspenseful.

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