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3.00533333333333 out of 53.00533333333333 out of 53.00533333333333 out of 53.00533333333333 out of 53.00533333333333 out of 5 3.01 (375 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Floyd Narrator: Isabel Keating Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781427202710
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Can you ever really know someone? Six years after her ex-husband is sentenced to death for a series of gruesome murders, Leigh Wren has almost succeeded in putting her past to rest. But her assumed identity quickly unravels when the father of one of her ex-husband's victims begins stalking her and publicly exposes her past. As Leigh grapples with memories of her marriage to a man whom she exposed to the world as a deviant serial killer, a more deadly game of cat and mouse begins: A new killer emerges, one whose methods are frighteningly similar to those used by her ex-husband, who is on death row thousands of miles away. With the clock ticking down and the victims of a new, unknown killer mounting, Leigh forces herself to probe the dark corridors of her past to save her life and her son's. Psychological suspense and harrowing insights drive this highly entertaining thriller from a major new voice.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Newcomer Floyd has crafted a powerhouse thriller that plunges the reader into the intimate life of a serial killer as viewed from his wife’s vantage point. Nail-biting flashbacks into Leigh’s past with her dangerous husband and frightful glimpses into the psyche of a new killer keep the tension mounting. This is a book that grabs you and won’t let go.”

    Library Journal

  • “Floyd wisely plays to his story’s creepy strengths, emphasizing psychological suspense and downplaying gore in favor of a relentlessly unsettling tone that’s far more effective than shock.”

    Washington Post

  • Not since Dennis Lehane's A Drink Before the War have I read a debut novel with such mesmerizing power and great promise for future success as Bill Floyd's The Killer's Wife. It's a story that seizes you from the first page and draws you into the ordinary worlds of richly drawn characters, both sympathetic ones and extraordinarily creepy ones. Surprises galore, twists, turns, and throat-clenching suspense, all written in prose that is as smart and textured as our best writers. Grab this one, and hang on for one hell of a scary ride. James W. Hall, author of Magic City
  • A 2009 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A 2009 Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee
  • Nominated for Thriller Awards - Nominee, 2009
  • Winner of Mary Higgins Clark Award Winner, 2009

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 2/17/2014

    " Very suspenseful. Kept my attention throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 2/14/2014

    " I listened to the audiobook version while on vacation. It was a very interesting take on the impact of being married to a serial killer, and the fall out resulting from the arrest. Of course, new suspense is added in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 2/3/2014

    " I enjoyed this suspenseful, creepy read. I hate to admit I have found find the abnormal psychology of a psychopath chilling and fascinating, especially after reading Ann Rule's true crime books on Ted Bundy and Diane Downs. Imagine unknowingly being married to a serial killer with only nagging questions of some of his actions and then having him expose his deadly pastime. Later, after she has started a new life in a faraway state she is hounded by the father of one of his victims and terrorized by another. Very spooky and well-written. This is the authors debut novel but I hope he continues to write more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terri Pickett | 1/29/2014

    " Not my usual fare but I was intrigued by the idea of being married to someone who turns out to be a complete stranger. The story is ultimately predictable with superficial characters. Still, it was entertaining and nice to change things up a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/23/2014

    " Touted as a thriller page turner, I could put the book down for days and I did not miss it. Well... it is somewhat graphic when describing the murder's behavior. Keen that a man could write so well from a woman's perspective as the main character is the woman of a serial killer. The ending will surprise you! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bj | 1/16/2014

    " Nerve jangling fun. Quite well written ... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/12/2014

    " Great. I'm friends with the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 12/30/2013

    " For this authors debut novel it's certainly captivating. The only flaw with this novel is how it ends, a little too expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yonina | 12/25/2013

    " A very moving and frightening story of a woman who tries to escape from the life her husband made for her and her son. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellenjsmellen | 12/22/2013

    " Good debut for this author, but it wasn't fast enough for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oliver Barratt | 12/22/2013

    " Kinda depressing, but that should be obvious by the tittle.An interesting story. Not the best, but it is worth the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 12/8/2013

    " This was scary. Really scary and gross. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 7/3/2013

    " an intriguing premise of looking at a serial killer through the wife's eyes. awkward transitions between past and present. for a debut novel it's not bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitzi Szereto | 5/19/2013

    " Excellent. And it's a first novel too! If you like a good psychological thriller, this one is a winner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alice | 2/10/2013

    " Author spoke to 2nd mystery book club. Autographed book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/18/2012

    " Debut novel for author. Wife of a serial killer moves herself and her 7 year old son away and starts over. Story focuses on her marriage to killer and how she is "outed" in her new neighborhood by a victims' father. A new serial killer emerges. Very good book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Weslyn | 5/14/2012

    " Vacation reading tended toward the thriller. This fits, yet diverts to the questionably innocent wife of a serial killer. One is kept in suspense yet cares about her involvement in his crimes. When a copycat murderer appears, she fears for her son's and personal safety. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 3/29/2012

    " I don't believe that any serial killer has ever used the word "gusto". So, some problems with dialogue. Still, a decent story, and of all the serial killer books that I've read, no other has been from the POV of the spouse, which was rather interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corky | 11/12/2011

    " So-so story of a serial killer whose wife doesn't know he is a serial killer but might be getting the idea - of course those of us listening or reading figured it out before she did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 11/4/2011

    " author did a great job of writing from a woman's view point "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 9/25/2011

    " OK serial killer novel about a woman who is trying to escape from her ex-husband, who is on death row for murder. Suspenseful, but nothing special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 8/13/2011

    " one of my favorite genre's - the serial killer, told from the wife's point of view. excellent "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 4/28/2011

    " listened to this book on the way home from T-giving with husband. both thought it was very good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 4/16/2011

    " Great. I'm friends with the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 4/26/2010

    " This book grabbed me on the first page and kept my attention until the shocking end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corky | 4/24/2010

    " So-so story of a serial killer whose wife doesn't know he is a serial killer but might be getting the idea - of course those of us listening or reading figured it out before she did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 9/19/2009

    " Does have some language-- gripping and a unique pov on the crime novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kashlee | 7/5/2009

    " I really enjoy these kind of books and have to say it is a little terrifying how little we really know about the people around us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan C | 6/22/2009

    " Fast read and interesting since it's from the perspective of the wife of a serial killer. It a first book for the author, so it could have been a touch better. Most authors improve as they go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 5/5/2009

    " Certainly not the best book I have read in a while, it read more like a documentary rather than a mystery or suspense, it was a short book so reading was fast. "

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About the Author

Bill Floyd lives in Morrisville, North Carolina, with his wife, Amy. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University.

About the Narrator

Isabel Keating has earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards for her audiobook narration and twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As an actress, she garnered a Drama Desk Award, Theatre World Award, and a Tony nomination for her critically acclaimed 2004 Broadway performance as Judy Garland in The Boy from Oz. She was awarded the Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress in 2000 for her portrayal of Flora Crewe in Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink.