Fiction – Mystery
Must be blonde, beautiful, and a good Catholic girl…
On a sunny morning in late September, Shannon Blaine, a blonde, green-eyed 34-year old wife and mother of two, sets off on a jog along the rural roads near her home in Lake George, New York. It’s her usual a.m. routine, her “me time” after dropping the kids off at school…except on this day she never returns. The residents in the idyllic lakeside town—which is popular with summer tourists—are stunned. Would Shannon have just taken off, overwhelmed with the pressures of being the perfect wife and mother? Did a stranger snatch her? Or could her husband be responsible for her disappearance?
The hot new online magazine Crime Beat wants to cover the case and they hand the assignment to noted true crime writer Bailey Weggins. It doesn’t take long for Bailey to see that the story has far more facets than she initially realized: a bitter sister, an unfaithful brother-in-law, an evasive deacon, and a creepy motel owner who watched Shannon run every morning. When an anonymous caller reaches out to Bailey and gives her the cryptic clue that Shannon was a “good Catholic girl,” the tip eventually leads Bailey to the grisly discovery of Shannon’s body. And suddenly, based on what else Bailey finds, everything about the case shifts, suggesting that Shannon’s murder isn’t an isolated incident but rather the work of a serial killer with a very specific calling card. Bailey sets out to expose the killer before another woman has to die, including herself.
I have only read one Kate White book before and that was probably a good five, or more, years ago. I remember loving it and had completely forgotten about this author until winning an early copy of her newest book Such a Perfect Wife.
This book had me hooked from the onset! I haven’t read a mystery like this in so long and was quickly reminded of how much I love them. The story begins with the immediate disappearance of a beautiful and seemingly happy wife and mom. The unfolding of the story is filled with questionable characters and many different possibilities as to what happened to her.
Kate White’s writing was exceptional! One thing I really loved was how she told the story in just enough detail without going overboard. I enjoyed that it was an “easy” read—nothing too overly complicated or theories that were completely out of leftfield. Every chapter left me hanging and immediately moving on to the next to see what was going to happen!
I cannot recommend this book highly enough! It was a little scary and creepy, but no more than any other book of this genre, in my opinion. Get this one on your TBR list and let me know what you think once you’ve read it!
Side note: Kate White has many books involving the character Bailey Weggins. You do not need to have read any of the others in order to read Such a Perfect Wife, as it can be read as a stand alone.
Available May 7th!
Thank you to Kate White & Harper Books for my Advance Reader Copy. All opinions expressed are my own.