🎧 Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane @helenkaydimon @xesands @HarperAudio #LoveAudiobooks

Posted January 8, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 8 Comments

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🎧 Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane @helenkaydimon @xesands @HarperAudio #LoveAudiobooksPretty Little Wife by Darby Kane
Narrator: Xe Sands
Published by HarperAudio on December 29, 2020
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 9 hours, 27 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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Lila Ridgefield lives in an idyllic college town, but not everything is what it seems. Lila isn’t what she seems.A student vanished months ago. Now, Lila’s husband, Aaron, is also missing. At first these cases are treated as horrible coincidences until it’s discovered the student is really the third of three unexplained disappearances over the last few years. The police are desperate to find the connection, if there even is one. Little do they know they might be stumbling over only part of the truth….

With the small town in an uproar, everyone is worried about the whereabouts of their beloved high school teacher. Everyone except Lila, his wife. She’s definitely confused about her missing husband but only because she was the last person to see his body, and now it’s gone.

I decided to review Pretty Little Wife because of the genre and the narrator.  I didn’t realize I also have enjoyed the author in the past as well, in a different genre.

There are two main points of view here. We get the thoughts of Lila, who is the suspect, and wife of the missing man. The other thoughts are of Ginny, the police detective, who investigates the missing persons and homicides with her young partner, Pete.  Both women are subject to some misogyny and other prejudices, even though they are extremely competent.

I thought this was a very well-written story with great character development.  Lila is a bit of an unreliable narrator because she only divulges what she wants you to know, which is far from everything.  And there is SO much happening.  Slowly, as the police investigate we get more pieces of the truth, and each is shocking or puzzling.  Each fact turns what I believed on its end.

Lila’s past, as well as those of her husband and his brother, eventually become known. They are horrifying, part of the warning about violence, and yes it is violence against women.  Ginny is very smart and has good instincts.  Lila is just trying to set things right. Both of them do quite well.


Xe Sands is one of my favorite narrators so I choose audios to review like this when she is the narrator.  I think her voices are well performed for both male and female characters.   I listened at my usual 1.5x speed.

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About Xe Sands

Award-winning narrator known for credible characterizations and an intimate delivery with more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art. I believe an authentic performance demands authentic connection to the text and subtext.

About Darby Kane

Darby Kane is a pen name of HelenKay Damon. Darby Kane is the pseudonym for a former trial attorney and current award-winning romantic suspense author. A native of Pennsylvania, Darby now lives in California and runs from the cold. When she’s not writing domestic suspense, she can be found watching suspense, thrillers, and mysteries. Clearly, her interests are limited.

HelenKay Dimon is a former divorce lawyer turned bestselling author of more than 40 Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotic Romance books and novellas. Her books have been featured in various national and international venues and she has had two books named Red-Hot Reads in Cosmo magazine. She is a four-time RITA® Award finalist in romantic suspense (for Mr. and Mr. Smith, Facing Fire, Guarding Mr. Fine and The Fixer) and is 2018 RITA® Award winner for The Fixer. She’s also a Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award winner in romantic suspense for The Fixer. In addition to writing, HelenKay is the president-elect of the Romance Writers of America and frequently teaches workshops and classes on fiction writing and romance writing. She lives in San Diego where she is (or should be) working on her next series but might be streaming a show on Netflix.

Just in case you were wondering…HelenKay is her real name. Yes, that’s a capital K in the middle, all one word and no space (blame her two grandmothers – Helen and Kay). Dimon is pronounced Die-Mon.

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Posted January 8, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 8 Comments

8 responses to “🎧 Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane

    • It’s tough to get everything I want for audio review. I try not to take things if I can’t review them sort of soon. I really, really liked this one. Nothing is quite what you think.

  1. Sounds like a winner here, and I really am intrigued by seeing that it implements two experiences of dealing with prejudices. Unfortunately its something all of us relate to. And Xe Sands is one of my all time favorite narrators to listen to.