The Perfect Husband

The Perfect Husband

eBook - 2004
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What would you do if the man of your dreams hides the soul of a killer? Jim Beckett was everything she'd ever dreamed of ... But two years after Tess married the decorated cop and bore his child, she helped put him behind bars for savagely murdering ten women. Even locked up in a maximum security prison, he vowed he would come after her and make her pay. Now the cunning killer has escaped -- and the most dangerous game of all begins ... After a lifetime of fear, Tess will do something she's never done before. She's going to learn to protect her daughter and fight back, with the help of a burned-out ex-marine. As the largest manhunt four states have ever seen mobilizes to catch Beckett, the clock winds down to the terrifying reunion between husband and wife. And Tess knows that this time, her only choices are to kill -- or be killed.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2004.
ISBN: 9780553900866
0553900862
Summary: What would you do if the man of your dreams hides the soul of a killer? Jim Beckett was everything she'd ever dreamed of ... But two years after Tess married the decorated cop and bore his child, she helped put him behind bars for savagely murdering ten women. Even locked up in a maximum security prison, he vowed he would come after her and make her pay. Now the cunning killer has escaped -- and the most dangerous game of all begins ... After a lifetime of fear, Tess will do something she's never done before. She's going to learn to protect her daughter and fight back, with the help of a burned-out ex-marine. As the largest manhunt four states have ever seen mobilizes to catch Beckett, the clock winds down to the terrifying reunion between husband and wife. And Tess knows that this time, her only choices are to kill -- or be killed.

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scl_Cori Aug 17, 2018

The story is quite intriguing and enjoyable but it felt like it is written by a chauvinistic male writer who is trying to be a feminist.

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susan_findlay
Jul 29, 2018

Gardner's history as a romance novelist is abundantly clear in this novel. I noticed it a little bit in another of her early thrillers, but this one is at least as much romance novel as it is thriller. Which means that, yes, there are sex scenes if that matters to you. I read thousands of romance novels as a teenager so had no issues on that front and have nothing against the genre - but I'll admit I felt a little misled by the book I was expecting to be primarily thriller. All that said, it's a good romance novel with a bit of thriller mixed in.

The romance is not with the evil husband (thank goodness!) but rather between the runaway wife and the mercenary she convinces to train her to protect herself from said evil husband. The evil husband is suitably creepy. Some of the things he manages to do stretch credibility, but truth can be stranger than fiction so I saw this more as fiction keeping up. They weren't completely unbelievable just "are you sure? really? that seems very unlikely"

As I have come to expect from this author, the story is fast-paced and surprises you from time to time. I really enjoy her writing style, but you can tell that this is an earlier work as she was still settling into this genre.

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barryandlinda
Feb 22, 2018

When Tess married Jim Beckett, she thought he was her night in shining armor, but little did she know what she was getting herself into. Jim turned out to be a serial killer. Tess finally figured it out and turned in him. He escaped from jail and swore he would kill her. She decided to go to J. T. Dillon, an ex marine and have him train her to fight back. It is a game of cat and mouse and J. T. swears he will keep her safe. This is a book that I could not put down.

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wilqser
May 23, 2013

Story about about a women who is tormented by her serial killer husband. She goes to an ex-marine (mercenary), for help in training; including combat, shooting etc. to help defend herself an her daughter.
Straight-forward action sequences. The book dwells on the emotional scars of the characters too much. Not one I would recommend.

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Cabby
Nov 08, 2007

Sick but suspenseful.

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