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The Perfect Husband (FBI Profiler 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Gardner
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The first book in the FBI Profiler series from The Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Lisa Gardner.


When Tess Beckett married Jim, a well-respected and decorated cop, she thought all her dreams had come true. But within two years the vows she made were shattered as her husband was charged with murdering ten women.

With Jim behind bars, Tess feels certain that she can move on with her life. Until she learns that Jim has escaped from prison.

As a frantic and rigorous manhunt gets underway in four states, Tess knows that it's only a matter of time until her perfect husband tracks her down for the revenge he is sure to demand. And when he finds her, she must be ready. Because this time she's determined that their separation will be 'till death do us part'.


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    "A streamlined bang-up addition to the oeuvre of Tami Hoag, Karen Robards, Elizabeth Powell and, these days, even Nora Roberts." —"Publishers Weekly" "A dark, powerful tale of nerve-shattering suspense."—Tami Hoag "A chilling story of revenge and betrayal, with one of the creepiest villains I've ever read."—Iris Johansen, author of The Ugly Duckling "An unforgettably evil villain and a throat-gripping climax make The Perfect Husband a real page-turner!"—Tess Gerritsen, author of "Harvest" "I loved this book! I was up till 2 a.m. finishing it!"—Karen Robards, author of "Walking After Midnight" and "Hunter's Moon" "Nail-biting suspense...a taut roller coaster of a story that kept me up very, very late."—Kay Hooper, author of "Amanda" and After Caroline "A superlative read, with vivid characters, faultless procedure, and a villain who will whisper in the dark everti

    Book Description

    Till death us do part could be sooner than she thinks... A chilling story of revenge and survival from the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of SAY GOODBYE.

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2191 KB
    • Print Length: 418 pages
    • Publisher: Headline (5 July 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0755396170
    • ISBN-13: 978-0755396177
    • ASIN: B0082CXGXQ
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,091 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Lisa Gardner sold her first novel when she was just 20 years old. In 1993 she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in international relations. She lives in New Hampshire.

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    26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars A load of rubbish 29 Dec. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    what a load of codswallop . I thought I'd bought a crime thriller not a rehash of a mills and Boone novel.... weak little woman seeks protection from strong testosterone driven masculine but emotionally damaged ex mercenary. oh please ! Give me strength. Could
    this book have been any more unrealistic. Guess how it ends. You won't be surprised.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and silly 8 July 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I found this book ridiculous to be honest and ended up speed reading it to get to the wholly predictable end. Am totally fed up with the down trodden heroine falling in love with her rescuer. Seems to be a staple in these sort of books and it's just tedious.
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    28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars So bad it's bordering on parody ... 29 Aug. 2012
    First of all let me say that the tagline 'What if the man you love wanted to kill you? is highly misleading. At the time the novel takes place Tess no longer loves her (ex) husband - she was terrified of him throughout their marriage, even before he was exposed as a serial killer. In fact all the really interesting stuff - Tess's suspicions, her life with a controlling serial killer, her actions which brought him to justice, his (first) attempt to kill her all take place before this novel began and are seen only in flashback. Instead the novel focuses on the ridiculous relationship between Tess and a mercenary she hires to teach her to fight/protect her against her evil husband who has conveniently escaped from prison. Our heroine's ridiculous decision to refuse police protection (though for some reason she is quite happy to leave her daughter in the hands of the police reasoning that she will be safer that way???) is justified to some extent by the stupidity of the police involved in the case but sadly I didn't have have much faith in her vigilante plan either.

    JT is probably the least convincing tough mercenary ever in fiction - he's more tortured romantic hero than Dirty Harry and the concept that he could teach the rather wet Tess enough self defence to take on a psycho who has killed two prison guards with his bare hands is ludicrous to say the least. In fact this grisly sub plot only exists for the two to fall in love and for LG to subject the reader to pages of purple prose ('she arched against him'/'Hold me, she whispered') which are not only painful to read but highly inappropriate in the context - Tess's daughter has been kidnapped - you probably saw that one coming! - and she and JT are preparing to take on a pyscho.
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    20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Her other books are great! 23 Jan. 2013
    By Ann C
    A lot of macho nonsense. But don't let this poor first novel put you off this writer. I've read several of her other books and she's an excellent writer. Read the others - highly recommended - but don't waste your time on this one.
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    38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars You Have To Read This Book ..... Brilliant 21 Jun. 2002
    I happened upon this novel in a local store (cheaply!) and thought it sounded 'quite' interesting. How wrong can I be!! From the very first page I was completely engrossed.
    From a storyline that sends shivers up your spine, to a whole host of characters each with their own secrets and flaws, there is nothing more you can want in a thriller.
    My advice, BUY THIS BOOK NOW. I have since bought another two of her novels which shows that ... first impressions can indeed be deceptive ... (read the book and you'll know what I mean!!!)
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    20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic read. 4 Jan. 2001
    I could not put this book down! The characters had me gripped from the very first page and I was sorry that the book ended (but what an ending). I am now ordering the second book from Lisa Gardner "The Other Daughter" and looking forward to another gripping read.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 24 Oct. 2003
    The Perfect Husband is the first book of Lisa Gardner's I have read and I am already going to buy more.......What a great writer, keeps the story going and makes you want to read and read......Scary in parts, sexy too.
    One terrific book.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 3 May 2003
    By K-G
    This is the first offering from Lisa Gardner that I have read although I am about to start The Other Daughter. The story line is compelling and original but I I felt that the chemistry between Tess & J.T. wasn't what it should have been.
    Good subplots with his sister were explored well, although mostly left unfinished.
    Im always on the look-out for new authors as I tend to find one and read all their work so Im pleased I came across this.
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