Claire Marshall's world crumbled when her husband died in a fire. Emotionally fragile but determined to move forward, she buys into a small company that restores historic houses in New Orleans. Then, one of her clients is found dead in a burned building. The police suspect her of arson or murder, maybe both. No one believes that her relationship with the late Frank Palmer was strictly business. After all, he spent his last days telling the world they were in love and planning to marry. How can Claire win an argument with a dead man? Some of the mess is her own fault. Finding the charred ruin of Frank's cabin in a remote corner of Louisiana's bayou country revived horrible memories of her husband's death. She suffered a panic attack. Calling the sheriff hours later wasn't good enough. Claire's quest to prove her innocence before the police "prove" her guilt becomes an investigation into Frank's life. Why did he lie about their relationship? Why would someone want to kill him? Finding the answers brings her face to face with the real killer - and with her own worst fears. A Perfect Victim is the first book in a trilogy set in pre-Katrina New Orleans. Each book stands alone as a mystery story; together they trace Claire's journey through grief to happiness.
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I was not in love with this, pacing maybe?
It wasn't my favorite thriller and sort of failed to hold my attention in parts, so not really.
I liked what the author was trying to do with the main character by having her be a really imperfect hero who was already struggling.
I was not in love with it but didn't feel it was a waste of time.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
- Erin Lewy
Mystery With Twists and Subtle Humor
This is a nice long book that really keeps the listener's interest. I found myself listening with my headphones while doing housework because I couldn't let go of this story.
I kept trying to figure out what was coming next but I was surprised over and over. I became the main character Clair and lived each event myself.
Claire is such a compelling character because she seems to be so real with emotions and comments that sometimes struck me kind of funny !
Claire's panic attacks moved me because I suffer from them too sometimes and it's so scary. She luckily finally figures out what is causing them and I was so happy for her.
I was given this audio book in exchange for an honest review. I loved the narrator's voice and I am so eager to hear more from her and to read more by this author.
- Joyce K. Retherford