The Third Mrs. Durst

The Third Mrs. Durst

by Ann Aguirre

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A twisted Cinderella story from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Ann Aguirre

Marlena Altizer Durst lives in her husband's shadow. He controls her every move—what she wears, the food she eats, and the friends she's allowed to make. If she disobeys, there are...consequences. And he has all the power.

To outsiders, it seems that she leads a fairy-tale life. But nobody ever wonders if Cinderella was happy after she married the prince. Marlena has traded freedom and safety for luxurious imprisonment, and most days, that seems like a bad bargain. Death may be the only exit she's allowed. Just like his first wife. And his second. Unless she flips the script.

Praise:

"The Third Mrs. Durst is a slow, dark burn that leads to a fantastic explosion of an ending."—Victoria Helen Stone, bestselling author of Jane Doe

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738761312
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 08/08/2019
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 406,739
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ann Aguirre (Mexico) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, and has published forty-two novels and novellas with Penguin, Macmillan, Harlequin, and others.

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The Third Mrs. Durst 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
MerriGib 8 hours ago
Bluebeard (AKA Michael Durst) meets Marlena, in an epic tale. Teen-aged Marlena determines to escape the grinding poverty of her rural beginnings, her heroin-addicted mother, and her abusive male relatives. She finds an avenue through her beauty and natural abilities, and this leads her to a fateful meeting with wealthy Michael Durst. Soon she is living a life of accomplishment and luxury as Mrs. Durst. Poverty problem solved, goal achieved. But not so fast! Slowly, other aspects creep into the mix: her new husband is smotheringly possessive, increasingly obsessive, and aberrant in his sexual practices. But hey, Marlena believes she can live with all that--until things get out of hand. I will note that Marlena is portrayed as possessing considerable ability--to acquire a university degree, be conversant in several languages, wear couture with aplomb, and be at ease in high society. One might believe that such a beautiful, clever, and determined young woman could find powerful ways to combat her challenges with effective solutions that did not require violence. But that does not happen here. This is a skillfully related tale, and the depiction of how the negatives slowly but surely outweigh the positives is well presented. To say more than that might be a spoiler, so I’ll leave it there. I am very sure that many will enjoy this book. However, for me, it became so edgy, with mounting elements of violence and sex, that I became uncomfortable with it. I did choose to read this book, and I appreciate the opportunity. In retrospect, I probably should have been more mindful of what was presented in the book description. My preferences lie in a somewhat different direction. My thanks to author and publisher for providing an advance copy through NetGalley for me to read and review.
QuirkyCat 3 days ago
The Third Mrs. Durst is Ann Aguirre’s first foray into the world of thrillers. Previously, she’d proven that she’s a master at writing fantasy. And now we know she can handle other genres as well. It’s impressive. The Third Mrs. Durst is a heavier novel, full of emotion, abuse, determination, and revenge. It follows Marlena Altizer Durst, also known as the Third Mrs. Durst. Marlena started out with nothing, but built herself up to something through a career in modeling. Then she married Mr. Durst and her life took a turn – but not necessarily for the best. This novel is a thriller through and through. It’s also perfect for anyone out there looking for a good revenge novel. Sometimes we all crave something like that, right? I’ve loved Ann Aguirre’s science fiction and fantasy for years, so I wanted to be sure to give this new genre a chance. I know sometimes it can be hard for an author to transition from one genre to another. I’m glad I gave this one a try, and I’ll be curious to see what she comes out with next. Warnings: There are a lot of fairly graphic moments in this novel. There’s abuse, sexual assault, torture, rape, and scenes that blur the lines on where consent lies. These moments are intense and fairly uncomfortable – as they were meant to be. The Third Mrs. Durst is an intense read, but a thrilling one nonetheless. This novel has a lot of fun taking some typical tropes and flipping them on their heads. All while presenting us with a strong female lead and an antagonist that’s perfect to hate. I do think it’s going to be one of those books that people either love or hate. And that might very well depend on the moods we’re in. Personally, I know I didn’t love it as much as I could have (or as much as I would have liked). But I also know that the more graphic elements really threw me, so that likely played a factor. I do love that Ann Aguirre twisted expectations in this novel. Nothing is what it appears to be here, the weak and abused female character is anything but (okay, she is abused, but she is anything but weak). The plot has more layers than a glance would indicate. And so much more. A lot of the twists and turns you couldn’t see coming, and she took advantage of that storytelling style to obfuscate the truth. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about some of that, to be honest. I don’t like it when I read a mystery where the puzzle pieces are impossible to put together. But this is a thriller, so perhaps I shouldn’t expect to be able to mull through it in the same sense. The Third Mrs. Durst was an interesting read, on the whole. I’m not going to pretend that it was my favorite, but I did really enjoy it at times. And I’m sincerely looking forward to seeing what Ann Aguirre comes out with next.
Shelley-S-Reviewer 7 days ago
3.5 Stars Ann Aguirre has a way of grabbing a hold of you with her writing and this new book is no different. In her latest novel, Ann Aguirre knows exactly how to keep the reader on edge the entire time. The Third Mrs. Durst had a way of making me want to keep reading at the end of each chapter and I ended up reading this in one sitting, that says a lot about how much I enjoyed this. I was completely immersed from page one. The action started up immediately and had me hooked till the end. The author is amazing at setting a scene. No detail is skipped over. Ms. Aguirre has a way of writing characters that you love, or hate or even love to hate. I would have given this story a four or fiver star rating but some of it just wasn't believable enough to deserve so many stars. It did have an excellent plot line and enticing characters. And there’s always that unexpected twist. Damn that twist. In conclusion, I enjoyed this book and I would read other works by this author
SardisYS 8 days ago
The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre, domestic thriller is extraordinarily suspenseful with unforeseen twists. Nail biter; a must read! 5 stars!
Susanlibgirl 9 days ago
Suppose you grew up dirt poor with a drug addict mother. You are abused. Your life is awful .... then you meet a wealthy man, and it seems like a fairytale is within your grasp.... only to find out it's really a nightmare. What would you do? The Third Mrs. Durst will keep you on the edge of your seat. I gasped more than once while reading this gripping book. Marlena's story will have you up till the wee hours reading, it's that difficult to put down. Ann Aguirre has written an explosive tale that should be a Lifetime movie!! It is that fantastic!! Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for allowing me this copy to review.
PattySmith87 10 days ago
Many thanks to NetGalley, Midnight Ink and Ann Aguirre for an ARC in exchange for an honest book review of The Third Mrs. Durst. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance copy. Marlena grew up in the hills, with a drug-addicted mother, many siblings, and nothing to eat. She knew she had to get out and she did. It was hard to leave the little ones behind, but if she didn’t save herself, no one would. Living on the streets was dangerous but she found a best friend, Jenny. Discovered by a talent agent she begins modeling. A man, Michael Durst, notices her in the office one day and soon she is booking jobs in Europe. Before long Marlena becomes Mrs. Michael Durst. The third Mrs. Michael Durst. Everyone keeps telling her how lucky she is now that she has married prince charming. However, having all the money in the world doesn’t mean you’re happy. Marlena knows she has a long way to go until she is perfect, a word her husband keeps using. Marlena just doesn’t know if she’ll live that long. Michael is grooming her to fit into his society, lying about who she is and where she came from. Marlena tries because if she makes one slight perceived error she is violently punished. The last two wives didn’t survive. Death might be the only way out. Finally!!! A thriller that thrills. A mystery that unfolds. Wow, imagine that. If you can’t tell, I am excited about this book. This was my kind of story. I like when you are led down a path. A path that is true, yet there is so much going on. Where you try to predict the end with one outcome, then another, then another. All possibilities hold true until, boom, there it is. The ending you didn’t expect. You didn’t expect it but it was there the whole time. You haven’t been lied to for ninety percent of the book, then the last ten percent turns everything upside down, and this left-field ending happens that you are supposed to accept. You should be forewarned that there is a lot of violence in this story. It is a little hard to take. I wasn’t expecting it and it made me uncomfortable. But it fit the story. I really liked the characters. Marlena is smart and her story is interesting. Everyone’s part fits into the story. Things move quickly, it is fast-paced, and there is never a dull moment. It’s an easy read, captivating, well written psychological thriller. If you have been following my reviews, you’ll know that I’ve been waiting for something to hold my attention. I’m so happy I finally found it!
ShelleyWalton_123 12 days ago
Marlena escapes her poverty stricken family at 15 and strikes out on her own, determined to turn her life around. She meets the enigmatic Michael Durst, who remakes her into the woman he wants by his side and as his wife. A twisted, darker My Fair Lady if you will. Marlena is however the third Mrs Durst, what happened to the first two? She knew what she was getting into but did she realise Michael's capacity for possessiveness and his compulsive need for perfection? Which one of them will survive this relationship intact? I read this book in one evening,The Third Mrs Durst was intriguing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I was also surprised to see, upon investigating the author, that this is not even her usual genre. It was a refreshing change to read a novel that followed a chronological timeline and one POV. An absorbing suspenseful thriller with some tricks up it's sleeve. Many thanks to #Netgalley and #MidnightInk for the advanced copy of #TheThirdMrsDurst in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Marlena Altizer ran away from her poor home when she was a teen. She was discovered by a talent agent who signed her and her friend, Jenny Song. as models. That was when Marlena first met Michael Durst. After a number of successful modeling shoots, Michael requestes that Marlena go to Germany to model German underwear. After another successful period of time in Germany,. she begins studying German and French and is making good money. But, she usually keeps to herself. When Marlena realizes that she has maxed out as a model, Michael steps in and takes her over, buying her things and introducing her to the best in life. She was warned that he is a control freak, but she marries him anyway and even signs a prenup. Michael insists that she study art and creates a fictitious background for her. He wants a perfect wife and now he owns her. Ah, but Michael is not the man he seems to be. He is violent and evil leaving Marlena with injuries. But she is so far intertwined with him that she knows without him needing to tell her all the time that there is no way she will leave him because he will kill her first. Is there a way out for her or is she meant to die like Michael’s first two wives? This is a gritty story that shows how money can buy a lot of things, but is it always worth it? Be prepared to be shocked and wanting to grab Michael by the throat and do him in yourself. I certainly felt that way. Whew! What a ride. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
CrystalKL 13 days ago
Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for granting me an ARC of The Third Mrs. Durst in exchange for a honest review. The Third Mrs. Durst grabbed me right from the beginning. This was a great thriller with devious characters and revenge! Ann Aguirre did a great job of showing the lengths some will go to for revenge. I did not see the end playing out as it did!
AlinaU 14 days ago
The best revenge is not to be like your enemy. A small-town girl Marlena learned a very valid life lesson early in life - in order to have a good life one has to work hard towards their goals. And Marlena has a very specific goal. In order to achieve it, she follows the steps of a very close friend she admires the most. Marlena starts her carrier at a modeling agency, where she meets tall, dark and handsome Mr. Durst. A few years later, the couple reconnects in Germany, and soon after tied the knot. Now, Marlena is living a Cinderella life, but only a few people are aware of a rough price she has to pay to carry the Durst name. Old saying states - it takes two to tango... and it would take a while for Michael Durst to realize that he is not the one leading the dance. The novel is divided into three parts. The first two parts were phenomenal pageturners, however, the final part has disappointed me. I was expecting a much stronger finale. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the storyline. Thank you NetGalley and Midnight Ink publishers for an advanced free copy of the novel.
Anonymous 14 days ago
Wow, thriller indeed! I was eager to read The Third Mrs. Durst hoping it was similar to The Last Mrs. Parrish. They started off with similar feel, but Mrs. Durst quickly became much, much darker. I could hardly put this book down once I started, and I'm eager to try other titles by Ann Aguirre. Thank you to Midnight Ink and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this ARC.
Bonnie Franks 15 days ago
I loved it. From beginning to end. I loved the characters, as they were true. Did I love the characters? Not most of them, for sure. But they were true. The ones I did love were also true. The story line is not what it first seems and I have to leave it at that so as not to spoil it. I could easily have read this from beginning to end if I had that sort of uncluttered time, and as it was, I still finished it in two days even fulfilling my duties I had to attend to. I couldn't wait to see what was next. Some surprises along the way, some no one could have seen coming, and the book is just so readable. This is not for those expecting weak and timid. Parts of it are raw. As I said previously, true. A true thriller fan will enjoy this one as much as I did for sure. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher and I thank them.
GGGeiss 15 days ago
I am very happy there will not be a fourth Mrs. Durst. I wanted to like this novel, but as I continued to read, the narrative became muddied. So many scenes jumped out at me as preposterous and far fetched. The characters were entirely unlikeable.....I couldn’t conjure any affinity to the main character nor could I feel any sympathy for her. Thank you Netgalley and Midnight Ink for the opportunity to read and review this ARC.
CCinME 15 days ago
"Some people just need killing" - An interesting and intriguing beginning to a rather uneven and plot driven story. There is a ton of action making this a quick read although implausible.
Marta Cox 17 days ago
Three and a half This is by an author I used to associate primarily with sci fi so I was interested in what she would bring to this more suspense driven genre. Mrs Durst is not at all what the world perceive her to be. She plays the innocent, manipulated pawn and in reality she’s pulling all the strings. I did have huge amounts of sympathy for her as her Svengali type husband is absolutely vile ! This isn’t a happy ever after romance she has bought into but an abusive relationship that just escalated with surprising alacrity. Yet as much as I knew her husband deserved all that was coming to him at times it was still difficult to imagine exactly how he would get ‘his’ as the author increasingly shocked this reader with time lapses . If I’m brutal I didn’t particularly even like the protagonist Marlena very much but the violence and actions in play in this book were truly offensive and definitely not acceptable so obviously I did want her to prevail. There was a point when the author fooled me and I actually thought Marlena was human and cared about someone yet I was only to realise that she was every bit as manipulative as her narcissistic, psychopath of a husband . Truly Marlena is an amoral , vengeful heroine and I’d like to say I hadn’t worked out the twist at the end but sadly the author laid out breadcrumbs that were very easy to follow. I am a little disappointed that I wasn’t surprised but frankly I’m more disappointed that I never really came to actually like Marlena. I think this book will divide opinions but I am glad that I read it even though my rating might not seem to support that. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
diane92345 17 days ago
Literally (get it, nudge, nudge) the best beginning paragraph for a thriller is in the Third Mrs. Durst. “Some people just need killing. And maybe I’m one of them.” But the problem with such a great hook on the first page is that it may give away too much of the plot. If you read the rest of paragraph, you really don’t need to read the thriller. The plot is right there out in the open. Now, it might have been okay if it was a reverse thriller like Memento or DOA, where the reader knows some of the answers upfront but not the why. However, this book wasn’t that clever. Unfortunately, the characters were totally unlikeable too. Overall, the Third Mrs. Durst was not my cup of blood. The violence against women, the graphic rape scenes, the emotional abuse and even the wham bam thank you ma’am LGBT scene didn’t feel organic. They felt like staged scenes between Barbie dolls and one incredibly evil Ken. None of those things are triggers for me. At least they weren’t before this book. 2 stars. Thanks to Midnight Ink and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Janice Lombardo 17 days ago
Marlena came from very tough roots. Poor, with no father and a mother on drugs, Marlena took care of her siblings, as best as she could. At 16, she packed it in and tried her luck in Nashville. A man, Del Morton, was supposed to be there who could help her and her best friend, Jenny, 14 years old, get work. He actually did help them out. After prepping and primMarlena came from very tough roots. Poor, with no father and a mother on drugs, Marlena took care of her siblings, as best as she could. At 16, she packed it in and tried her luck in Nashville. A man, Del Morton, was supposed to be there who could help her and her best friend, Jenny, 14 years old, get work. He actually did help them out. After prepping and primping and taking odd jobs to supplement their modeling careers, Marlena meets Michael Durst by chance. Del accompanies Marlena to Germany where she gets a break modeling lingerie in part due to a good word put in for her from Michael Durst. Jenny stays in Nashville. Marlena wants to improve on her abilities and plans to quit the lingerie modeling, obtain her GED and go to University. At that time, Michael Durst reenters the picture. Marlena and Michael date. He pays her way through a university degree and proposes to Marlena just after her graduation. After signing a very tight pre-nup, Marlena marries Michael in Ibiza. The ink is barely dry on the marriage license when Marlena finds out what a controlling jerk she married. She has a plan. He is quite wealthy and she puts up with his forced isolation, Croation learning and etiquette lessons. She doesn't see Michael very often as he is often on business in Europe - they had moved to New York. Marlenping and taking odd jobs to supplement their modeling careers, Marlena meets Michael Durst by chance. Del accompanies Marlena to Germany where she gets a break modeling lingerie in part due to a good word put in for her from Michael Durst. Jenny stays in Nashville. Marlena wants to improve on her abilities and plans to quit the lingerie modeling, obtain her GED and go to University. At that time, Michael Durst reenters the picture. Marlena and Michael date. He pays her way through a university degree and proposes to Marlena just after her graduation. After signing a very tight pre-nup, Marlena marries Michael in Ibiza. The ink is barely dry on the marriage license when Marlena finds out what a controlling jerk she married. She has a plan. He is quite wealthy and she puts up with his forced isolation, Croation learning and etiquette lessons. She doesn't see Michael very often as he is often on business in Europe - they had moved to New York. Marlena begins to rely on her bodyguard/overseer Vin, for company. She also learns that Michael has been married twice before. One wife died in a car accident - the other - suicide. Marlena's paranoia hits new heights. Michael continues to treat Marlena increasingly harsher. However, Michael does provide her with an art gallery (to launder money through?). At Michael's request, Marlena befriends the uber-wealthy Joann Van Houten - first at Michael's request. But Joann has Michael's "number". Marlena and Joanna become real friends and bond over the gallery. The remainder of the book will have you on pins and needles! So MUCH that you don't see coming! This is a wonderful, suspenseful read (I had to read in one day!) HIGHLY recommend!!! Many Thanks to Midnight Ink and NetGalley for a twisty suspense thriller that does not disappoint!
Janice Lombardo 17 days ago
Marlena came from very tough roots. Poor, with no father and a mother on drugs, Marlena took care of her siblings, as best as she could. At 16, she packed it in and tried her luck in Nashville. A man, Del Morton, was supposed to be there who could help her and her best friend, Jenny, 14 years old, get work. He actually did help them out. After prepping and primMarlena came from very tough roots. Poor, with no father and a mother on drugs, Marlena took care of her siblings, as best as she could. At 16, she packed it in and tried her luck in Nashville. A man, Del Morton, was supposed to be there who could help her and her best friend, Jenny, 14 years old, get work. He actually did help them out. After prepping and primping and taking odd jobs to supplement their modeling careers, Marlena meets Michael Durst by chance. Del accompanies Marlena to Germany where she gets a break modeling lingerie in part due to a good word put in for her from Michael Durst. Jenny stays in Nashville. Marlena wants to improve on her abilities and plans to quit the lingerie modeling, obtain her GED and go to University. At that time, Michael Durst reenters the picture. Marlena and Michael date. He pays her way through a university degree and proposes to Marlena just after her graduation. After signing a very tight pre-nup, Marlena marries Michael in Ibiza. The ink is barely dry on the marriage license when Marlena finds out what a controlling jerk she married. She has a plan. He is quite wealthy and she puts up with his forced isolation, Croation learning and etiquette lessons. She doesn't see Michael very often as he is often on business in Europe - they had moved to New York. Marlenping and taking odd jobs to supplement their modeling careers, Marlena meets Michael Durst by chance. Del accompanies Marlena to Germany where she gets a break modeling lingerie in part due to a good word put in for her from Michael Durst. Jenny stays in Nashville. Marlena wants to improve on her abilities and plans to quit the lingerie modeling, obtain her GED and go to University. At that time, Michael Durst reenters the picture. Marlena and Michael date. He pays her way through a university degree and proposes to Marlena just after her graduation. After signing a very tight pre-nup, Marlena marries Michael in Ibiza. The ink is barely dry on the marriage license when Marlena finds out what a controlling jerk she married. She has a plan. He is quite wealthy and she puts up with his forced isolation, Croation learning and etiquette lessons. She doesn't see Michael very often as he is often on business in Europe - they had moved to New York. Marlena begins to rely on her bodyguard/overseer Vin, for company. She also learns that Michael has been married twice before. One wife died in a car accident - the other - suicide. Marlena's paranoia hits new heights. Michael continues to treat Marlena increasingly harsher. However, Michael does provide her with an art gallery (to launder money through?). At Michael's request, Marlena befriends the uber-wealthy Joann Van Houten - first at Michael's request. But Joann has Michael's "number". Marlena and Joanna become real friends and bond over the gallery. The remainder of the book will have you on pins and needles! So MUCH that you don't see coming! This is a wonderful, suspenseful read (I had to read in one day!) HIGHLY recommend!!! Many Thanks to Midnight Ink and NetGalley for a twisty suspense thriller that does not disappoint!
Anonymous 17 days ago
The Third Mrs. Durst had me glued to the pages from beginning to end. I read it in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. I recommend it to those who like thrillers with devious characters.
TarrahMarie 17 days ago
Unfortunately, this narrative was a struggle to get through. The story line was scattered and the character development felt disproportionate to the plot. It felt dark and depraved but not in that good thriller kind of way. This title would be better marketed under the erotica genre as nothing about it rang true to the mystery or thriller genre. 1 star.
Meredith_Rankin 18 days ago
I really wanted to enjoy this book. Unfortunately, it fell flat for me. It's psychological suspense, but I didn't feel much suspense or anticipation. Instead, I felt annoyed.  A powerful, wealthy man controls his wife. His first two wives have died (presumably by murder) and the third wife thinks she's headed for the same fate unless she takes control. Interesting premise, but not terribly original. I knew that from the blurb. But I wanted to see what Aguirre would add to the story. Gender/power dynamics are being explored in different, interesting ways in current fiction. Even an over-used premise can feel fresh if given the right spin. Unfortunately, I didn't get that here. Instead, I felt like I was reading a book I'd read before. Different names, different circumstances, different author, but still, somehow, the same story. My biggest issues?  1. The cliched characters About a quarter of the way through the book, Durst babbles to Marlena about how she's his greatest possession and he has to protect her. Ugh. His wife is his "possession"? She must be "perfect," he claims, to be "worthy" to be his wife. Double ugh. He decides everything, right down to when they will have a baby together. Ugh, ugh, ugh. Can you imagine being this man's child? Yikes. Obviously, Durst is the antagonist. No one should like him. But he repeatedly states the need for perfection. References her as his possession. Fakes remorse after he abusing her. And each time, his words sound over the top. There's little subtlety or nuance in his character's portrayal. He is a cliche of the abusive alpha-male husband with ill-gotten wealth. I've encountered his type in fiction before.  Marlena, for her part, is terrific at playing the beautiful wife whose seemingly fairy-tale life hides the living hell of her reality. A cliche. But the real Marlena is a scheming, manipulative person bent on revenge--another cliche. I've encountered this type in fiction far too many times in recent years. Again, there's nothing subtle in the characterization.  Marlena is as horrible as her husband. I couldn't root for her, especially after her actions become as immoral as her husband's. Neither grows as a character. Together, their actions felt predictable, and the twists fell flat. Even the addition of bisexuality didn't add much to the book's depth.    2. The cliched circumstances Durst is wealthy. His riches come from multiple sources, some possibly illegal. He has the insecure arrogance of the nouveau riche who've fought and clawed their way to the upper echelons of society. Of course. Marlena comes from a dirt-poor, barely-educated family. Think Third World-level poverty, complete with the junkie mom who's got several children by different men and can't care for her kids. Of course.   Both backgrounds feel cliched.   What DID I like? For one thing, I enjoyed the musings about fairy tales/classic stories There were times, especially in the beginning, when Marlena muses on classic stories like Cinderella or Pygmalion. I enjoyed these. I liked these explorations of gender power dynamics: both genders can work to gain power over their partners. One might manipulate the other, but in such a way that the other believes he/she is still in control, that some desired action was his/her idea in the first place. The book left me frustrated. It had unfulfilled potential. Thanks to Netgalley and Midnight Ink for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
JackieBCentralTexasJB 18 days ago
Book Info Hardcover, 312 pages Expected publication: August 8th 2019 by Midnight Ink ISBN 0738761311 (ISBN13: 9780738761312) Other Editions (1) Source:Netgalley EARC Buy book from Amazon B&N BOOK BLURB Some people just need killing. Marlena Altizer Durst lives in her husband's shadow. He controls her every move--what she wears, the food she eats, and the friends she's allowed to make. If she disobeys, there are...consequences. And he has all the power. To outsiders, it seems that she leads a fairy-tale life. But nobody ever wonders if Cinderella was happy after she married the prince. Marlena has traded freedom and safety for luxurious imprisonment, and most days, that seems like a bad bargain. Death may be the only exit she's allowed. Just like his first wife. And his second. Unless she flips the script. Some people just need killing. Praise: “The Third Mrs. Durst is a slow, dark burn that leads to a fantastic explosion of an ending."--Victoria Helen Stone, bestselling author of Jane Doe My Thoughts A narcissistic/abusive older husband, a younger wife are a combination that became even more of a volatile mix the deeper into the book one gets. By the ending reveal the reader knows what will happen but has to finish the story to get the full details of why exactly things play out the way they do. An enjoyable, fast paced thrilling read. A book of sheer suspense and pure revenge. Marlena, gets swept off her feet by a rich, older man. After becoming Mrs. Durst, she discovers she isn't the first Mrs. Durst. She is actually the third Mrs. Durst. So, what happened to the first and second Mrs. Durst you ask? You will need to read the book. Will Marlena end up like the previous wives or will she fight back? Having read and enjoyed the YA works as well as the other adult genre series written by this author and having a series in her Sci-Fi books on my to-be-read shelves this was a departure from what most fans consider her forte. For me it was a lesson in exactly how twisted an authors imagination can be to create a tale beyond longtime fans expectations in a genre heretofore not one she has touched upon. Thank you NetGalley and the books Publisher for the advanced copy of The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre for my honest review. [EArc from Netgalley]
JillB1 18 days ago
An outrageous revenge read! With a poor, abusive background she knew what she wanted and took it. . She became the third wife to live the ‘grass-is-greener’ fantasy. Will be a best seller, for sure!
linstrong12 18 days ago
4.5 Stars Marlena came from a very poor family, with a drug addicted mother, an absent father and several younger half brothers and sisters. Her older sister left several years ago and has never looked back. At 16, she gathered up her meager belongings and leaves for the big city. She lucks into modeling and becomes quite well known and wealthy. She now leads a fairy tale life. She meets and marries a very rich man who will give her everything she deserves. But if comes with a price. He controls her every move. He monitors what she eats, when she eats, he dresses her, he sends her to school to learn foreign languages. He even invents her family background to make her 'perfect'. He has chosen a personal bodyguard for her. He is to report if she does anything outside of what he authorized. She wants to go to a particular store by herself, she must ask her bodyguard if it is okay with her husband. If she disobeys any of his rules, there are consequences. He has all the power. Then she discovers that his first two wives died .. one was a car accident, the other committed suicide. She just knows that he killed them or had them killed. She supposes they just weren't perfect enough. The only way out of this mess is that one of them is going to have to die. Who will it be? There are lots of twists and turns that you won't see coming. It's a real page-turner. Many thanks to the author / Midnight Ink Books / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of this psychological suspense. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
M-Harrison1 18 days ago
Wow this is one deliciously twisted story! I was gripped right from the start and was completely caught up in the drama of it all. It is a very chilling and intense read, that at times is quite confronting with very graphic scenes of physical abuse, which is a trigger warning to readers that are sensitive to this, but at the same time is also very compelling. The plot of this book spins a twist on a tale that you may have read before, but what makes this one stand out above the rest, is the power of revenge and the lengths a person will go to to get it, even if it could cost them their own life. This is definitely a story where you won’t find a happy ever after, but you will walk away with is a feeling of satisifaction. After all “Some people just need killing”…. (A brilliant tagline by the way!) Right from the start I absolutely detested the character of Michael Durst and think he is one of the most despicable inhumane characters that I have ever read and has shot straight up to the top of my top 5 most unlikeable characters of all time! Ann has written him to perfection as the villainous sociopath/psychopath. For me, Marlena is a very relatable and believable character. Even though she is put through the ringer and at times in the most horrific of ways, I admired her strength and determination throughout. You definitely would want her as a friend and not as an enemy! I also enjoyed the character of Joanna Van Houten and liked how I was kept guessing if her intentions came from a place of good or bad and I was not disappointed with the outcome there. I really enjoyed Ann’s writing style. Even though at times it can be an uncomfortable read, Ann has nailed making the reader feel tension throughout and know how to make ones heart pound waiting to see where it was all going to go next. This is an addictive thrilling read which I highly recommend. This is the first book that I have read from Ann. She is definitely one that I will be looking out for in the thriller genre in the future. Thank-you to NetGalley, Midnight Ink Books and Ann Aguirre for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Third Mrs Durst which I have review honestly and voluntarily.