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Engrossing thriller with some interesting twists and turns.
am 23. Januar 2000
"The Perfect Husband" is another serial-killer thriller, but with a difference. In this case, the serial killer is a cop who knows police procedure, who is a self-disciplined perfectionist, and who is so thoroughly psychopathic that there is absolutely no way to reach him emotionally. He wreaks havoc in the lives of his wife, Tess and his daughter, Samantha. He also destroys the lives of the many women whom he kills without remorse. He is a thoroughly nasty piece of work. Interestingly, the author does not go with the "Mommy made me do it" excuse that so many serial killers use. The villain, Jim Beckett, is just evil, for whatever reason people become that way. His evil nature is not explained away by logic. This is true to life, because often people do horrible, inexplicable things and there is no logical explanation for their actions. Our heroine, Tess, is in danger because Jim (her husband who has escaped from prison) has promised to kill her, so she turns to J. T. Dillon, a trained ex-marine and former mercenary. Unfortunately, his character is a cliche. He is a bitter young man who has contempt for his parents and has given up on life. Tess brings him back to the land of the living and he helps her learn how to stand on her feet and feel more self-confident in defending herself physically. I liked the relationship between J. T. and his interestingly drawn sister, Marion, a troubled FBI Agent. That relationship is one of the highlights of the book. Very rarely are sibling relationships developed well in thrillers, but Garder, the author, took her time describing the dynamics of the relationship between J. T. and Marion very nicely. The dialogue is, for the most part, fast-moving, and the tension is kept at a high level throughout. The book is appropriately violent for this genre and the ending is exciting and climactic. If you like police procedurals, suspense and edge-of-your seat tension, you might enjoy "The Perfect Husband".