The Drive-By Wife, Books 1, 2 & 3 [NOOK Book]

Overview

In this explosive psychological thriller, Allen and Cynthia Hunt are an upper middle-class San Francisco couple who make one small but serious mistake. This momentary lapse in judgement plunges them into an endless nightmare that threatens to destroy not only their marriage, but their very lives.

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The Drive-By Wife, Books 1, 2 & 3

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Overview

In this explosive psychological thriller, Allen and Cynthia Hunt are an upper middle-class San Francisco couple who make one small but serious mistake. This momentary lapse in judgement plunges them into an endless nightmare that threatens to destroy not only their marriage, but their very lives.

From Rabid Readers Reviews:
The Drive-By Wife is a wonderful psychological thriller in the vein of "Cape Fear" and "Misery." If you like Stephen King, Dennis Lehane and Gillian Flynn, you will like Mike Wells.

"This book is a gripping, absorbing and disturbing portrayal of domestic strife leading to a violent nightmare." - Emma Hunneyball, Book Reviewers (UK)

"Excellent character development, plot line is through-the-roof original, and the whole premise is marvelously bizarre and intimidating." - The Word Verve, Alpharetta, GA (USA)

"If you are into psychological crime thrillers grab this book." - Reviewer CristiAk, Juneau, Alaska

"I have read most of the great thrillers and this is right at the top with them. Wells does not disappoint." Sheena Jennings, Butte, Montana (USA)
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149679515
  • Publisher: Mike Wells
  • Publication date: 7/14/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 250,725
  • File size: 403 KB

Meet the Author

Mike Wells is an American bestselling author of over 20 "unputdownable" thriller and suspense novels, including Lust, Money & Murder and Passion, Power & Sin. He is also known for his young adult books, such as The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer, The Wrong Side of the Tracks, and Wild Child, which are used by English teachers in high schools and colleges worldwide. Formerly a screenwriter, Wells has a fast-paced, cinematic writing style. His work is often compared to that of the late Sidney Sheldon, with strong and inspiring female heroes, tightly-written scenes, engaging action/dialogue, and numerous plot twists. He currently lives in Europe and has taught in the Creative Writing program at the University of Oxford.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Riveting from the prologue ! You want put it down !! Loved it !

    Riveting from the prologue ! You want put it down !! Loved it !   ~Tea Danielle

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 28, 2014

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    Rating 3.5/5 stars When Mike contacted me to review this boo

    Rating 3.5/5 stars




    When Mike contacted me to review this book I was so excited because I absolutely loved his previous audio book I reviewed, and have been a fan of his work since. Mike's LLM audio book was also my first audio book that I received for review and it will always hold a special place in my heart. 




    The Drive-by wife was a great listen. Mike starts off with an intriguing captivating scene that gets you intrigued and keeps you listening from the word go. 




    Narrator 3/5: 
    Mark has a very nice voice to listen too. His flow was steady while reading but I found his transitions to be a bit rough - sometimes within the same chapter. I could hear when it was a different recording as his voice a different pitch when he started the next sentence / paragraph. I think he got more into character as the book went a long. My favourite character he perfomed was Billy, probably because he really differentiated his voice so well compared to Alan and Cynthia. 




    Characters & Story line: 3.5/5




    As I have come to expect from Mike, he starts off with a great hook to kick off the book. 




    The characters are well rounded, each with their own ways which makes them interesting. I enjoyed the character development throughout the book, as Mike peeled away the layers of each character in different ways. 




    Cynthia & Alan - What an interesting couple. Cynthia is sweet, caring and smart, and Alan just got on my nerves for the first half of the book. I just wanted to smack him over the head and tell him to wake up and see what a gorgeous amazing smart wife he had. The whole mess began because Alan was a workaholic and neglected his wife which led her to be somewhere she should not have been and ended up getting attacked. I think for me, Alan had the most development throughout the story and I really warmed up to him by the end. Cynthia I connected to really easily and her love of books and working in a book store made her that much more awesome to me. Overall Watching them grow as individuals and a couple was an enjoyable journey. 




    Billy  - I actually really liked Billy in the beginning. I felt so sorry for him initially (even though what he was doing was wrong). Over the course of the story you see how messed up he really is as his true colours started showing. It was quite an emotional roller coaster as I liked him, loathed him, was disgusted by him and then ended up feeling really sorry for him all over again. All in all BIlly is a great and entertaining characters. 




    Plot & Pace: 3.5/5  
    Mike writes romantic suspense quite well and keeps you guessing where the story might go - with a great twist in the last third of the book that I did not see coming. I enjoyed the last 3rd of the book the most. I am not sure if the pace was slow of if Mark just read slowly but I notched up the speed on my audible app to x1.5. The plot was good. I really enjoyed how the story came together at the end and we start to get answers about Billy. 




    Cover talk: 2/5 
    The cover is OK. I can see the connection to the story elements not after I have listened to the book but it wouldn't initially grab me.




    Final Thoughts:  
    The Drive-by Wife was an enjoyable listen, although I preferred Lust, Money & Murder. This is a great book for people who enjoy suspense with a dash of romance. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Fast Paced!

    Excellent! Hard to put down once you start. Interesting characters, plot twists and surprises. It will make you want to read more by Mike Wells.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

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    Oh my , so awesome fast paced and hard to put down , I had to ar

    Oh my , so awesome fast paced and hard to put down , I had to argue with my daughter so I could read instead of doing anything else. Cynthia and Allen have their problems they barely talk to each other Allen had his own accounting firm and Cynthia worked at a rare bookstore. One night Allen desided to follow Cynthia when she said she was going to a class and she brought him to a trail, he knew she liked hiking but the way she was dressed and the time of night didnt seem to coincide with teason but he didnt let up he still followed then out of nowhere there was a scuffle and a man came after Cynthia so Allen protected her after their little scuffle Cynthia was a wreck she wanted a gun so they bought one at the shooting range they ran into a real scarey hick that had loads of guns and knew how to shoot them he even got to close for comfort when he was teaching Cynthia to shoot which Allen told him to get the hell away. Things were getting better for Cynthia having something to protect her with . But one night the scarey hillbilly man had shown back up in the middle of the night how he got in they didnt know this hillbilly Billy seemed infactuated with Cynthia so he was coming back in a week to see her, eat a good meal and relax without Allen being home! This book was so awesome the twists it has is Oh my , so awesome fast paced and hard to put down , I had to argue with my daughter so I could read instead of doing anything else. Cynthia and Allen have their problems they barely talk to each other Allen had his own accounting firm and Cynthia worked at a rare bookstore. One night Allen desided to follow Cynthia when she said she was going to a class and she brought him to a trail, he knew she liked hiking but the way she was dressed and the time of night didnt seem to coincide with teason but he didnt let up he still followed then out of nowhere there was a scuffle and a man came after Cynthia so Allen protected her after their little scuffle Cynthia was a wreck she wanted a gun so they bought one at the shooting range they ran into a real scarey hick that had loads of guns and knew how to shoot them he even got to close for comfort when he was teaching Cynthia to shoot which Allen told him to get the hell away. Things were getting better for Cynthia having something to protect her with . But one night the scarey hillbilly man had shown back up in the middle of the night how he got in they didnt know this hillbilly Billy seemed infactuated with Cynthia so he was coming back in a week to see her, eat a good meal and relax without Allen being home! This book was so awesome the twists it has is incrediable Mike knows how to keep up the suspense if you want to read this awesome story! Mike knows how to keep up the suspense if you want to read this awesome story!

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