ARC Review: The Dead Husband

Goodreads Blurb:

A murderer, a victim, and a witness… but no one in this house is innocent

Twenty years ago an unspeakable tragedy rocked Rose Yates’s small, affluent hometown… and only Rose and her family know the truth about what happened.

Haunted by guilt, Rose escaped into a new life. Now she seems to have it all: a marriage, a son, a career. And then her husband is found dead.

As far as Detective Colin Pearson is concerned, Rose is guilty. Her marriage wasn’t as happy as she’d led everyone to believe, and worse, she’s connected to a twenty-year-old cold case. She can play the part of the victim, but he won’t let her or her family escape justice this time around.

Grieving her husband and struggling to make ends meet, Rose returns home, hoping to finally confront her domineering father and unstable sister. But memories of a horrific crime echo through the house, and Rose soon learns that she can’t trust anyone, especially not the people closest to her.

From USA Today bestselling author Carter Wilson comes a story of deception, hereditary sin, and what we’ll do to protect our own. 

My Thoughts:

Secrets, lies, and deceit seemed like the cornerstone of the Yates family but their motto of “family over everyone else” seemed like the cause of all evil. I can’t say more, you just have to enjoy the rollercoaster ride!

What did I like about this book?

  • Carter Wilson’s writing. His words were smooth and the imagery was perfect. At times, I was horrified at the visuals but they were welcomed nonetheless. (Though, I didn’t expect it to be that vivid.) Also, a bonus point for thanking every Frontline worker at the end! It was humbling. (If you do want to give me a shoutout in your next book, I wouldn’t mind! haha)
  • POVs presented, the shuffle between Rose (1st person narrative) vs Colin (3rd person) was handled well.
  • Plots and sub-plots enough to keep the readers engaged.
  • The characters taking the literal meaning of “family over everyone else.”

What I didn’t like as much or could’ve been better?

  • 400 pages felt a little too draggy and left me unsatisfied with the resolution. The question of why “some” characters did what they did, didn’t seem justifiable to me.
  • Perhaps the constant images of Rose’s trauma could’ve been simplified. I wasn’t sure until the end if or not Rose was a sane person. She constantly thought and spoke of having done her research but stuck out like a sore thumb with a bulls-eye painted right on her every time she did anything or spoke. Maybe it was the author’s way of showcasing her diminishing mental health? I am not sure.
  • The constant portrayal of death and suicidal thoughts for both of the main characters.

Overall, it was a nice read. I didn’t expect the ending at all. (Maybe I was too distracted by everything that was happening. In that case, YOU DID GOOD, WILSON!) Parts of it kept me hooked in, especially at the end of every chapter!

My Rating: It’s a 3.5/5

Content Notices: Suicidal thoughts, death of pets and people.

Audience: 18+

Pages: 400, Kindle Edition

I received a complimentary advance review copy, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you to the Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity.

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