The Optician's Wife

  • by Betsy Reavley
  • Narrated by Beverley A. Crick
  • 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Can you ever really know someone? When Deborah, an unpopular 17-year-old, meets the charming and handsome Larry, he sweeps her off her feet. The trouble is, Larry has a secret. Then a series of grisly murders casts a shadow over everything. As Deborah's world starts to fall apart, she begins to suspect the man she loves of a terrible betrayal. And to keep their marriage alive, sacrifices must be made. The Optician's Wife is a compelling psychological thriller that unpacks what goes on behind closed doors and reminds us that sometimes the worst crimes can take place closer to home than you think.


What the Critics Say

"The Optician's Wife is a stylish, brilliantly crafted thriller which really delivers. A very real sense of creeping dread, combined with intelligent, finely drawn characters, had me turning the pages late into the night." (J. Ross, bestselling author of The DCI Ryan books)


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Customer Reviews

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totally surprised by the end...... good one... narrator did a wonderful job. began kinda regular... then as it continued became quite interesting.. loved the descriptions of the characters... that really helped me to get a great visual of the settings and the people.... I give this book a B +...!
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- Aesha Donald

! Battered wife syndrome with a twist

Interesting is the word I would use for this book. I found that I kept reading just to see when/if Deborah would ever wake up and take control of her life. My next reaction was the incredulity that some women have when they turn off their common sense when it comes to men. I call that my “50 Shades of Grey” reaction.

Stupid women and their need for any man. There is nothing original in the book. Deborah is able to make any excuse to blame Larry’s sins on someone else, even her own daughter. She was scared in life with a low self-esteem and lack of any caring adult. Larry liberated something in her, therefore, it was very easy for her to relinquish control over to Larry.

He has a temper and lack of respect of women whom he defines as promiscuous. Early in the book you are told that Larry’s father, a teacher, made “improper” advances to a student. So, is being a sexual predator in Larry’s DNA. Is that his secret. The summary is misleading.

“As Deborah's world starts to fall apart, she begins to suspect the man she loves of a terrible betrayal”

That sentence leads you down a path which gives the ending more impact. You have to get to the ending to feel it was worth the credit. Is this book over rate from the reviews yes.

Was it a "psychological thriller" that kept me on the edge of my seat, no.
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- Yvonne "Say something about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-27-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio