The Perfect Widow

Written by:
A.M. Castle

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2020
11 hours 2 minutes
‘Unbelievably great!!!! I loved this book.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Louise Bridges has the perfect life.

A loving husband, Patrick. Two adorable children. A comfortable home.

So when PC Becca Holt arrives to break the news that Patrick has been killed in an accident, she thinks Louise’s perfect world is about to collapse around her.

But Louise doesn’t react in the way Becca would expect her to on hearing of her husband’s death. And there are only three plates set out for dinner, as if Louise already knew Patrick wouldn’t be home that night…

The more Becca digs, the more secrets she uncovers in the Bridges’ marriage – and the more she wonders just how far Louise would go to get what she wants…

Is Louise a loving wife – or a cold-hearted killer?

Readers LOVE The Perfect Widow!
‘LOVED this book! Fantastic read! I couldn't put it down.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘Drew me in from the start and just got better and better.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘Excellent twists… A gripping novel with brilliantly drawn characters and an ending I won't forget in a hurry. I can't wait to read more from this author!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘I couldn’t put it down. I think it is one of the best of this genre that I have read. The writing is excellent, with vivid descriptions, a painfully good understanding of human nature, and a sharp sense of humor.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘What a story. I read it in a day… You won’t be able to stop reading.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘I really enjoyed it and looked forward to reading it when I wasn’t!!!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘What a great book. Would definitely recommend it.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
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Sam S.

The author has quite a unique writing style in this novel; each chapter is quite short and alternates primarily between the two main characters; Louise; the widow whose reaction to the death of her husband isn't what would normally be expected and Becca; the cop who fees that something is amiss and starts to delve into Louise's life and the accident. A slow burner of a psychological thriller with well written characters - I was especially intrigued by Becca and hope that she features in future books by this author. I enjoyed the narration by Imogen Church and Rebecca Courtney and they really helped bring the characters to life. I look forward to reading some other novels by this author.

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Janice M.

The Perfect Widow by A.M. Castle immediately pulled me in. The storyline is believable and compelling. I enjoyed how the author jumped from present to past back and forth. It is primarily from the viewpoint of Louise and Becca. The twists were exceptional, and I didn't see the ending coming. The narration by Imogen Church and Rebecca Courtney was awesome. They brought the characters to life. I could envision so many details listening to this book. I so enjoyed it!

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Sandra L.

This book is written in both the past and present tense, mostly from the viewpoint of Louise (the Perfect Widow) but also Becca, who is investigating. I wasn't keen on either of the main characters, which may have been the author's intention, though I did warm a little towards Louise. I found Becca's character to be a bit superfluous. The first part of the book quite slow and I kept losing focus and had to listen to parts again. However the last quarter of the book was amazing with several twists that I didn't see coming.

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Lindsay A.

When Becca is called to deliver the news of the death of Louise She is instantly suspicious that the bereaved widow seems to not be surprised at the news. Although there is nothing obvious to prove that anything suspicious has taken place Becca can not shake the feeling that something is not right with Louise. The only problem is she can’t do anything with only a gut feeling. I found this a really interesting story and loved the two different narrators as They really suited the pictures of the two characters I had imagined in my head. This story felt real and you could feel the emotions of all of the parties involved which increased my enjoyment of the audio. The layout of the story means the characters appear to be talking directly to you as if they are telling you a story directly.

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Melanie L.

Who was the more damaged female? Louise and Becca had both paid a heavy price for their upbringing and were still laying out in their own way. I feel The Perfect Widow was so much more than a psychological thriller, it's also a moral thriller. Although questions needed asking about Louise, I was as intrigued by Becca's motivation. I can't say any more for fear of giving the game away. This book certainly provided lots of food for thought. Exquisitely narrated by Imogen Church and Rebecca Courtney. A.M. Castle's writing will be whirling around in my head for a long time to come. Put it on your wishlist or better still, treat yourself. You won't be sorry.

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