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.

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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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What a Trip!

The Optician's Wife kept me enthralled from start to finish. This is a story of a couple- Deborah, a plain girl barely 18 with no expectations that life, or anyone, will treat her kindly, and Larry, a little older, an ambitious opticians apprentice who sweeps her off her feet- marrying, raising kids, and toughing out the hard times in life with, well, questionable entrepreneurial genius. Meanwhile, a creepy serial killer terrorizes the town owner the years, eventually throwing suspicion upon the family.
I enjoyed this book and it's been a long time since I read a story that is so unique and rather twisted with a plot so unexpected, driven by characters who are not particularly likeable in any sense of the word, but certainly morbidly curious- like you don't want to see something happening but you just can't stop yourself from looking! I particularly liked the couple's ingenuity earning money when Larry gets himself in trouble with a loan shark. You won't believe how Deborah evolves.
This book made me a big Betsy Reavley fan if only because I love the creativity that goes into writing this book! It's worth the credit and a great read, and I highly recommend it!
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- David

! 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

Book Details

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