What would you do if your perfect husband wasn’t perfect after all?
Strong and handsome, Jim Beckett was everything Tess Williams ever dreamed of for a husband. Two years after Tess married the decorated cop and had his daughter, 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 he has escaped and Tess is running for her life.
Tess is tired of living in fear, she wants to learn how to protect herself and her daughter. She has sought the help of JT Dillion, a burnt-out ex-marine mercenary. JT has problems of his own and has no interest in helping her evade capture or learn how to fire a gun. As a large manhunt mobilizes, Tess knows that she will have to be the one to face off with her husband because it is she that he wants. Her only choice is to kill or be killed.
THE PERFECT HUSBAND was a suspenseful novel of unrelenting tension. Lisa Gardner’s writing draws you in with a deranged serial killer on the loose who has promised to cut out his wife’s still beating heart. Tess, of course is scared and you watch delightedly as she evolves from weak and needy into a strong, determined and confident woman doing what it takes to take care of her daughter and her future.
This book was originally published as a romantic suspense or “grisly romance” novel in 1997 and is one where Gardner was transitioning from a romance writer (as Alicia Scott) to ultimately the queen of suspense novels. You’ll find more sex and sexual tension in this novel than in her later suspense works. JT Dillion just can’t seem to keep his clothes on, Perhaps it’s the Arizona heat or perhaps it the massive amount tequila he is consuming, but the man has no inhibitions. If you want romance with your suspense this is the book. I prefer mine without!
Years ago. I started reading this series somewhere in the middle and loved Quincy and Rainie. This book was recently offered as the Deal of the Day on Audible so I thought I would go back to the beginning and see how it all started. FBI Profiler Series #1 Pierce Quincy role is fairly minor, and Rainie Conner does not show up until the next book in the series, but you can tell this is the start of something good. Gardner’s writing has gotten better with time and there is a reason she is a best selling author. She can definitely put a captivating story on paper.
I listened to the Audible version of this book and thought Sarah Zimmerman did a great job with the narration. Very easy listening.
Publisher Brilliance Audio
Published December 25, 2018
Narrated Sarah Zimmerman