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The Wife

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‘Shocking and terrifying, it will chill you to the bone.’ Tess Gerritsen

Prepare to lose sleep with the spine-tingling thriller from the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author.

A twisted serial killer is loose in Dunmore, Alabama, on a merciless revenge mission to punish priests who do evil instead of good. What dark and depraved secret is the Church hiding to drive someone to perform such sacrilegious acts?

When a minister is doused in gasoline and brutally set alight on his own doorstep, the religious community are left in shock and Cathy Cantrell, widow to the killer's first victim, is left mentally unstable.

Returning to Dunmore to rebuild the relationship with her son 18 months later, the past comes back to haunt her when another minister suffers the same gruesome fate as her husband. As the murders intensify, suspicions are rife. Is Cathy prime suspect or prime target to a killer who won't stop until all sinners burn in hell…?


"Not for the faint of heart! Shocking and terrifying, it will chill you to the bone." Tess Gerritsen

‘This gripping crime novel … [is] not for the faint-hearted … you’ll be guessing until the very end.’

‘Barton cleverly interweaves family lives and dark secrets…the balanced and pleasing mix of romance and suspense will keep readers satisfied and looking forward to sequels.’ Publishers Weekly

About the author

An avid reader since childhood, Beverly Barton wrote her first book at the age of nine. Since then, she has gone on to write well over sixty novels and is a New York Times bestselling author.

From Publishers Weekly

20 July 2009 – Barton (The Murder Game) tangles a pair of reunited high school sweethearts in a fast-paced, intriguing plot. Eighteen months after Catherine Cantrell's husband, a respected minister, was burned to death before her eyes, Cathy is back in her hometown of Dunmore, Ala., struggling to make a new life for herself and her teenage son. Further gruesome deaths among the clergy send police detective Jackson Perdue, Cathy's first love, on a search for a serial killer. Barton cleverly interweaves the family lives and dark secrets of a range of religious leaders while convincingly portraying Jack and Cathy's slowly reviving love. The unwieldy cast of characters can be difficult to keep track of and several plot threads are left irritatingly unresolved, but the balanced and pleasing mix of romance and suspense will keep readers satisfied and looking forward to sequels.

Customer Reviews

Silent Killer

Excellent, had me hooked, I couldn't put it down.

Good book

Very good book, great for reading on holiday :)

The Wife
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Crime & Thrillers
  • Published: 01 October 2009
  • Publisher: Avon
  • Print Length: 432 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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