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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.
©2016 Betsy Reavley (P)2016 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"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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By David on 02-12-17

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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By Aesha Donald on 10-23-16


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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By sophie on 11-30-16


Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would recommend this book to my friends. Fantastic I thought, I was so so shocked towards the end, better not say any more, Please read for yourselves. any Betsy Reavley books, but have just ordered another as I enjoyed so much.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Optician's Wife?

OMG the end

Which character – as performed by Beverley A. Crick – was your favourite?

Every one , had me on the edge of my seat loved her reading the book

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes a few but do not want to spoil it for anybody that reads this book

Any additional comments?

I, will be seventy in four weeks, and have enjoyed reading all my life, but I get tired of reading, and just found listening is far more exciting.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

By Ann on 02-03-17


Enjoyable! I suspected the end but it was only confirmed after some good twists . I was sorry when it ended .

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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