Can you ever really know someone?
When Deborah, an unpopular seventeen-year-old, meets the charming and handsome Larry, he sweeps her off her feet. The trouble is Larry has a secret.
Then a series of grisly murders cast a shadow over everything.
As Deborah’s world starts to fall apart she begins to suspect the man she loves of a terrible betrayal. And to keep their marriage alive, sacrifices must be made.
A compelling, psychological thriller that unpicks what goes on behind closed doors and reminds us that sometimes the worst crimes can take place closer to home than you think
Don’t you just love it when you pick up a book and it blows you away, well Betsy Reavley has managed to do just that with a book that’s absolutely filled with suspense and intrigue. Deborah a gauche and naive seventeen year old meets debonair and charismatic Larry, a trainee Optometrist. Deborah soon falls for Larry’s charm, and so begins a relationship that is both obsessive and dangerous. I have to say that I really didn’t like either of the characters, in fact I found them despicable and disturbing, but that’s not a criticism by any means, I always think an author has done their job well if I have strong feelings either way about a character. As the plot progressed so did my dislike for the characters. The author has created multi dimensional characters with very complex personalities, but despite my intense dislike for the characters, I also found them strangely compelling.
I could say so much about this fabulous book, but in doing so I would give away spoilers, and I strongly feel this is one of those books the less you know the more you will enjoy it. Suffice to say the author portrays a chilling and disturbing picture of the relationship between two people, and the lengths people will go to in the name of love, jealousy, lust and betrayal. This novel has so many twist and turns I found myself turning the pages with trepidation, as I wasn’t really sure where the plot was leading. I have read lots of psychological thrillers this year and what made this book stand out for me was that I never expected the story to pan out the way it did, which certainly added an air of unease and foreboding to this superbly crafted story.
I found myself so engrossed in The Optician’s Wife I read it in one sitting, yes it really was that damn good! Betsy Reavley has written a deliciously dark and shocking psychological thriller. I can wholeheartedly recommend it for someone looking for an original psychological thriller, but with all the hallmarks of a truly gripping tale.
Print Length: 225 pages
Publisher: Bloodhound Books (18 Jun. 2016)