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A murderer, a victim, and a witness... but no one in this house is innocent Twenty years ago an unspeakable tragedy rocked Rose Yates's small, affluent hometown... and only Rose and her family know the truth about what happened. Haunted by guilt, Rose escaped into a new life. Now she seems to have it all: a marriage, a son, a career. And then her husband is found dead. As far A murderer, a victim, and a witness... but no one in this house is innocent Twenty years ago an unspeakable tragedy rocked Rose Yates's small, affluent hometown... and only Rose and her family know the truth about what happened. Haunted by guilt, Rose escaped into a new life. Now she seems to have it all: a marriage, a son, a career. And then her husband is found dead. As far as Detective Colin Pearson is concerned, Rose is guilty. Her marriage wasn't as happy as she'd led everyone to believe, and worse, she's connected to a twenty-year-old cold case. She can play the part of the victim, but he won't let her or her family escape justice this time around. Grieving her husband and struggling to make ends meet, Rose returns home, hoping to finally confront her domineering father and unstable sister. But memories of a horrific crime echo through the house, and Rose soon learns that she can't trust anyone, especially not the people closest to her. From USA Today bestselling author Carter Wilson comes a story of deception, hereditary sin, and what we'll do to protect our own.


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A murderer, a victim, and a witness... but no one in this house is innocent Twenty years ago an unspeakable tragedy rocked Rose Yates's small, affluent hometown... and only Rose and her family know the truth about what happened. Haunted by guilt, Rose escaped into a new life. Now she seems to have it all: a marriage, a son, a career. And then her husband is found dead. As far A murderer, a victim, and a witness... but no one in this house is innocent Twenty years ago an unspeakable tragedy rocked Rose Yates's small, affluent hometown... and only Rose and her family know the truth about what happened. Haunted by guilt, Rose escaped into a new life. Now she seems to have it all: a marriage, a son, a career. And then her husband is found dead. As far as Detective Colin Pearson is concerned, Rose is guilty. Her marriage wasn't as happy as she'd led everyone to believe, and worse, she's connected to a twenty-year-old cold case. She can play the part of the victim, but he won't let her or her family escape justice this time around. Grieving her husband and struggling to make ends meet, Rose returns home, hoping to finally confront her domineering father and unstable sister. But memories of a horrific crime echo through the house, and Rose soon learns that she can't trust anyone, especially not the people closest to her. From USA Today bestselling author Carter Wilson comes a story of deception, hereditary sin, and what we'll do to protect our own.

30 review for The Dead Husband

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    3.75* Is it true… you can never go home? Well, no one told Rose that. As she packed up her son and her life and returned home to Bury New Hampshire. Back to her father’s house. A place she swore she would never return to. So what made Rose finally come home. Well, perhaps the fact that her husband tragically died. But can she leave the past behind? Not so fast Rose! Detective Colin Pearson is hot on her trail. He is convinced Rose is responsible for her husband’s death and will go to any length to p 3.75* Is it true… you can never go home? Well, no one told Rose that. As she packed up her son and her life and returned home to Bury New Hampshire. Back to her father’s house. A place she swore she would never return to. So what made Rose finally come home. Well, perhaps the fact that her husband tragically died. But can she leave the past behind? Not so fast Rose! Detective Colin Pearson is hot on her trail. He is convinced Rose is responsible for her husband’s death and will go to any length to prove it. A family filled with secrets. They are about to be unraveled and no one will come out unscathed. This was a fast and fun thriller though perhaps not the most memorable in a genre that is currently exploding with wild twists determined to shock the reader. Yes, we did have a few stunning moments but they felt a bit far-fetched. Overall I enjoyed the writing by this author and look forward to reading more of his books. A buddy read with Susanne Posted to: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Thank you to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for granting my wish.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: I place the laptop on the side table, stand, and walk into the kitchen. Slowly. Up the hardwood stairs, sixteen steps I've climbed thousands of times. Second floor. The hallway stretches before me, shorter than I remember as a child, but long enough to still swallow all my courage in the middle of the night. It was here. This hallway. The hallway, and then the stairs. It ended on the stairs. I close my eyes, as if inviting the memories back, and they come. That night. His face. His fear EXCERPT: I place the laptop on the side table, stand, and walk into the kitchen. Slowly. Up the hardwood stairs, sixteen steps I've climbed thousands of times. Second floor. The hallway stretches before me, shorter than I remember as a child, but long enough to still swallow all my courage in the middle of the night. It was here. This hallway. The hallway, and then the stairs. It ended on the stairs. I close my eyes, as if inviting the memories back, and they come. That night. His face. His fear. ABOUT 'THE DEAD HUSBAND': Twenty years ago an unspeakable tragedy rocked Rose Yates's small, affluent hometown... and only Rose and her family know the truth about what happened. Haunted by guilt, Rose escaped into a new life. Now she seems to have it all: a marriage, a son, a career. And then her husband is found dead. As far as Detective Colin Pearson is concerned, Rose is guilty. Her marriage wasn't as happy as she'd led everyone to believe, and worse, she's connected to a twenty-year-old cold case. She can play the part of the victim, but he won't let her or her family escape justice this time around. Grieving her husband and struggling to make ends meet, Rose returns home, hoping to finally confront her domineering father and unstable sister. But memories of a horrific crime echo through the house, and Rose soon learns that she can't trust anyone, especially not the people closest to her. MY THOUGHTS: I swear, it took a full twenty-four hours for my breathing to return to normal and my head to stop spinning after I finished The Dead Husband. Tense, intense, suspenseful, gripping, addictive. Right up there with Mr Tender's Girl. And that's all you're going to get from me. Just get a copy, clear the day (because, trust me, once you pick it up...), and read it. ⭐❤⭐❤⭐❤⭐❤⭐❤ #TheDeadHusband #NetGalley I: @carterwilsonauthor @poisonedpenpress T: @PPPress #fivestarread #crime #familydrama #mystery #suspense #thriller THE AUTHOR: USA Today best-selling and award-winning author Carter Wilson was born in New Mexico and grew up in Los Angeles before attending Cornell University. As a consultant and frequent lecturer, has journeyed the globe both for work and pleasure, and as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Carter lives in Erie, Colorado in a Victorian house that is spooky but isn't haunted...yet. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Poisoned Pen Press via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Dead Husband by Carter Wilson for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    Review posted on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Secrets can be deadly. After Rose’s husband meets a tragic end, she and her son leave Wisconsin in order to escape to her hometown of Bury, New Hampshire, and the family she left twenty years ago, for good reason. Hot on her tail is a Detective from Milwaukee who is positive that Rose has something to hide, which of course, she does. The question, however, is whether Rose is hiding something about her past, or her present. A mystery/ Review posted on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Secrets can be deadly. After Rose’s husband meets a tragic end, she and her son leave Wisconsin in order to escape to her hometown of Bury, New Hampshire, and the family she left twenty years ago, for good reason. Hot on her tail is a Detective from Milwaukee who is positive that Rose has something to hide, which of course, she does. The question, however, is whether Rose is hiding something about her past, or her present. A mystery/suspense that was, unfortunately, lacking in the suspense department for this armchair detective as I guessed both plot points from the very beginning. “The Dead Husband” is the second novel that I’ve read by Carter Wilson and while I enjoyed this, I preferred “Mister Tender’s Girl.” A buddy read with Kaceey. Thank you to NetGalley, Poisoned Pen Press, and Carter Wilson for the arc. Published on Goodreads and Twitter.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Death seems to cause ripples in one's life for years. The Dead Husband rippled to a dead end. Rose has packed up her previous life in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, outside of Milwaukee. She's a recent widow after the apparent suicide of her husband, Riley.....hence, the ol' dead husband thing. She and her eleven year old son, Max, are headed back to Bury, New Hampshire to return to the home of her well-to-do father, Logan Yates. She dreads walking through those massive doors, once again, into the fam Death seems to cause ripples in one's life for years. The Dead Husband rippled to a dead end. Rose has packed up her previous life in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, outside of Milwaukee. She's a recent widow after the apparent suicide of her husband, Riley.....hence, the ol' dead husband thing. She and her eleven year old son, Max, are headed back to Bury, New Hampshire to return to the home of her well-to-do father, Logan Yates. She dreads walking through those massive doors, once again, into the family abode that she willfully left long ago. Carter Wilson leaves land mines that something happened twenty years ago that involved Rose, her father, and her sister, Cora. Wilson does create an uneasiness in Rose that is felt throughout the entire story. He adds the conflict of Detective Colin Pearson who is dogging Rose all the way from Milwaukee. Pearson believes that Rose is somehow involved in her husband's death. Strangely with not a whiff of evidence, he gets the greenlight from his superiors to fly to New Hampshire. We're also given a ton of backstory on Pearson's personal life. (Somehow slotted in like the detective in Psycho) The Dead Husband should have remained mum. Instead, the secret story unfolds far too quickly and we've got this one figured out fast. NOTE: Carter Wilson has a pervasive thread of suicide streaming through the thoughts of not one, but two central characters. One even relates death/suicide as biting through a rainbow. It was quite oppressive throughout. In addition, there is a brutal killing of an animal here as well. These incidents added nothing to the storyline but a dash of the macabre. Carter Wilson did more justice to his storyline in The Dead Girl in 2A. Maybe The Dead Wife is waiting in the wings..... I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Poisoned Pen Press and to Carter Wilson for the opportunity.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bharath

    The interesting story made me pick this up. Interesting it was – but fails to hold you through the full book though. Rose Yates is a crime writer, and is getting over a tragedy and dark secret which she, her sister Cora and dad hold. Rose moves from Bury, New Hampshire to Milwaukee. Though her books are not exactly hot sellers yet, life seemed to be falling in place. Her husband Riley dies tragically in what appears to be a suicide. Detective Colin Pearson looks at the case and senses there is so The interesting story made me pick this up. Interesting it was – but fails to hold you through the full book though. Rose Yates is a crime writer, and is getting over a tragedy and dark secret which she, her sister Cora and dad hold. Rose moves from Bury, New Hampshire to Milwaukee. Though her books are not exactly hot sellers yet, life seemed to be falling in place. Her husband Riley dies tragically in what appears to be a suicide. Detective Colin Pearson looks at the case and senses there is something troubling Rose. Struggling to cope, Rose feels she needs to move to Bury at least for a short time, though it may mean reliving some of the old pains with her dad and sister. The characterization is something sketchy and the behaviours of the key people involved is not fully explained. The story gets off to a very good start and does keep you hooked till well past midway, but after that it chugs along, with the last few sections being especially unsatisfying. Thanks to Netgalley, the author and publisher for a free electronic review copy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bridgett

    This is my first Carter Wilson novel, and overall, I was impressed. This fellow can write...his prose is so smooth and concise, it was a pleasure to read. The story was fast-paced and entertaining, alternating between two points of view, those of Rose (whose husband died under suspicious circumstances), and Colin (the detective looking into his case). I enjoyed reading about the town of Bury, New Hampshire. I found it to be atmospheric...a very appropriate setting for this story. Unfortunately This is my first Carter Wilson novel, and overall, I was impressed. This fellow can write...his prose is so smooth and concise, it was a pleasure to read. The story was fast-paced and entertaining, alternating between two points of view, those of Rose (whose husband died under suspicious circumstances), and Colin (the detective looking into his case). I enjoyed reading about the town of Bury, New Hampshire. I found it to be atmospheric...a very appropriate setting for this story. Unfortunately, I did figure out the major twist very early on..around the 20% mark of the book. So that was a bummer. And worse, there are a couple instances of animal torture/death, which deducted half a star from my final rating. Instead of four, this novel gets 3.5 stars. I will definitely read more of Wilson's work in the future, and if the trigger warning mentioned above isn't an issue for you, I'd definitely recommend this novel. Available May 4, 2021 Many thanks to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for my review copy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Rose Yates left her hometown of Bury, NH behind after a tragedy occurred twenty two years ago. Now having lost her husband to suicide she and her son Max move from Milwaukee back to Bury to live with her domineering father whom she is not close with and to come to terms with a past that has left her riddled with guilt. This book lacked the suspense and intrigue I was looking for. First of all, this book is too long. I do not believe that any psych thriller needs to be 400 + pages. What ends up h Rose Yates left her hometown of Bury, NH behind after a tragedy occurred twenty two years ago. Now having lost her husband to suicide she and her son Max move from Milwaukee back to Bury to live with her domineering father whom she is not close with and to come to terms with a past that has left her riddled with guilt. This book lacked the suspense and intrigue I was looking for. First of all, this book is too long. I do not believe that any psych thriller needs to be 400 + pages. What ends up happening is that we have many pages of dizzy spells and panic attacks. Rinse and repeat. By the 80% mark I just wanted this story to wrap up. This is a rather straight up story. Everything you think is happening, is. Everyone you think is guilty, is. There is one little twist at the end that may take some by surprise but I found it rather lackluster, not to mention unbelievable, giving the 400 pages it took to get there. TW: Animal Killings. This all sounds negative, I know, and while I didn't enjoy the story or the lack of editing I can't deny that Wilson is a good writer. I will definitely pick up another book by him and for that I'll add a star. 3 stars! Thank you to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for granting me my *wish* to read this arc.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    The Dead Husband is a twisted story of family and murder. Carter Wilson can certainly write a violent story and I really enjoyed it for the most part. Animal cruelty/death is something that really puts me off and that part of the storyline was hard to digest. Rose and her young son return to Rose's childhood home of Bury after the apparent suicide of her husband. She never wanted to go back after her hellish upbringing, that she would rather not remember. But being back brings it all to the fron The Dead Husband is a twisted story of family and murder. Carter Wilson can certainly write a violent story and I really enjoyed it for the most part. Animal cruelty/death is something that really puts me off and that part of the storyline was hard to digest. Rose and her young son return to Rose's childhood home of Bury after the apparent suicide of her husband. She never wanted to go back after her hellish upbringing, that she would rather not remember. But being back brings it all to the front again. She is now a published crime writer and Colin, a detective in on the case, believing that Rose had something to do with her husbands death, especially after how one of her characters dies. Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press for granting my wish on Netgalley for this book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    The Dead Husband by Carter Wilson is a family drama that puts “dys” in dysfunctional. The Yates family is comprised of the domineering father and two adult daughters, Rose and Cora. Rose and her young son have moved back to her father’s home in Bury, New Hampshire following her husband’s sudden death. To add to this cast of characters we have Detective Colin Pearson who thinks that Rose’s husband’s death is suspicious. To add to the drama, something horrible occurred with the Yates family twenty The Dead Husband by Carter Wilson is a family drama that puts “dys” in dysfunctional. The Yates family is comprised of the domineering father and two adult daughters, Rose and Cora. Rose and her young son have moved back to her father’s home in Bury, New Hampshire following her husband’s sudden death. To add to this cast of characters we have Detective Colin Pearson who thinks that Rose’s husband’s death is suspicious. To add to the drama, something horrible occurred with the Yates family twenty years ago and we are told about it in tiny segments, making this plot most suspenseful. This novel provides more questions than answers and keeps the reader’s attention throughout. The characters are so well-developed that it feels like we know them well. Their flawed lives remind us that not all families are happy and there are surprises around every corner. I would be very interested in reading more books by Carter Wilson. This tense family drama is definitely worth a look. Highly recommended. Thank you to Poisoned Pen Press, NetGalley and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Luvtoread

    Rose and her eleven year old son are returning to her hometown where she swore she would never set foot in again after escaping into a new life although an unfulfilling and disappointing one. This is because of her life being filled with nightmares, horrible memories and guilt over a tragedy that occurred over twenty years ago. Now her husband has died prematurely and she's left with nothing except to go back home to a cold and distant father and a sister that she's never gotten along with to tr Rose and her eleven year old son are returning to her hometown where she swore she would never set foot in again after escaping into a new life although an unfulfilling and disappointing one. This is because of her life being filled with nightmares, horrible memories and guilt over a tragedy that occurred over twenty years ago. Now her husband has died prematurely and she's left with nothing except to go back home to a cold and distant father and a sister that she's never gotten along with to try and find her feet again to hopefully begin a new and much more secure and stable life for her son and herself. Unfortunately that will not be what happens! Detective Colin Peterson is not convinced that Rose didn't have something to do with her husband's death and when he finds out she was possibly involved in another death years ago he is relentless in finding out the truth This was a very dark and disturbing story filled with mystery and sadness and a lot of ugliness. The majority of characters were not likeable and I wasn't sure about how I felt about Rose throughout the book. This family was much more than disfunctional (horrible) and I did feel sorry for Rose since I knew she truly wanted to be a good person and good mother to her son who was a sensitive and timid child and was confused by his father's sudden death and why they had to move away from the only home he had ever known. If anyone suffers from depression this book could possibly make you more depressed because it is that dark without many uplifting moments. With that said, I still liked the story with all the misery and bleakness and had a hard time putting the book down. This was a well-plotted and disturbing story with a few final twists that were unexpected but still very, very dark and horribly good. I am looking forward to reading more of Carter Wilson's books in the future. I want to thank the publisher "Poisoned Pen Press" and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this this book and any thoughts and opinions expressed are unbiased and mine alone! I do recommend this story to readers who enjoy very dark mysteries and have given a rating of 4 Disturbing ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Stars!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    This is my six read by the author, which covers almost his entire oeuvre until now. It hasn’t been an even road or even an especially linear progression, after a really good first impression there were a couple of decent but mediocre ones and then it got good, like really, really good. Well above average. And now there’s this book dragging the quality notch right back to decent but mediocre. Can’t say I’m not disappointed. Mind you, it still entertains. The pacing, the writing…all perfectly goo This is my six read by the author, which covers almost his entire oeuvre until now. It hasn’t been an even road or even an especially linear progression, after a really good first impression there were a couple of decent but mediocre ones and then it got good, like really, really good. Well above average. And now there’s this book dragging the quality notch right back to decent but mediocre. Can’t say I’m not disappointed. Mind you, it still entertains. The pacing, the writing…all perfectly good. But the plotting is a let down. Not only is it fairly trite (that in itself is somewhat forgivable given the genre’s popularity and possibly limited amount of who killed whom and why variations), but it’s nowhere near all that clever or challenging or exciting. It essentially recycles the genre classics but ads nothing original in. Basically it’s kind of like having soup from a can and not adding any spices or extras to it…kinda sad. Especially so, because by now Carter Wilson has proven himself to be such a talented author. Even the title (and cover to some extent) is trite and recycled when compared to his previous book. So basic (and boy is it) plot involves a Yates family, wealthy, clannish, small, withholding, secretive. Just another waspy well to do family in a small New England town loaded with them. A place Yates’ youngest girl has fled as soon as she was able to, got married, had a boy, wrote a few thrillers with a small publisher which have brought her neither money nor fame and had a fairly plain life, until…well, you know, the title. Now she’s in dire financial straits and it seems as good of a time as any to come back to daddy with her tail between her legs to accept his charity she has once so vehemently refused and maybe deal with whatever it is that hangs over the Yates girls and their daddy like a dark cloud. Meanwhile back in Milwaukee, a diligent cop, a devoted son and an expectant father to be, detective Colin Pearson gets positively obsessed with the case and decides to pursue it. Between Colin’s unflagging interest and baby Yates deciding to confess her sins through fiction after two decades of silence…the pressure is on, mistakes will be made, battles fought, etc. And you might care…but you might not. Because really, it’s a lot and in a very uneven way. The narrative is split as genre does, but it’s very unbalanced, with Colin who is by far the more interesting and likeable of the two narrators getting an uneven share of the action and an overwhelming share of personal tragedy. It’s difficult not to wish this was just a Colin story. Especially once the Yates family gets into high gear with their melodramatics. Isn’t daddy Yates just so sinister? Isn’t older sister Yates just so wicked? Don’t they just have way too much money and not enough morals? Anyway, that’s how it goes. There isn’t much in the way of surprises, except one in the very end and most of it you can easily figure out. The book reads easily enough, Wilson’s a pro by now, he can probably do this in his sleep, but this isn’t what you’d hope he’d dream up, especially following up his recent work. Even the ending underwhelms when it was probably meant to delight in its ambiguity. Don’t let this be your introduction to the author. Thanks Netgalley. This and more at https://advancetheplot.weebly.com/

  12. 5 out of 5

    Keira S

    Secrets, lies, and deceit seemed like the cornerstone of the Yates family but their motto of "family over everyone else" seemed like the cause of all evil. I can't say more, you just have to enjoy the rollercoaster ride! Content Warning: Suicidal thoughts, death of pets and people. Rating: 3.5/5 What did I like about this book? - Carter Wilson's writing. His words were smooth and the imagery was perfect. At times, I was horrified at the visuals but they were welcomed nonetheless. (Though, I di Secrets, lies, and deceit seemed like the cornerstone of the Yates family but their motto of "family over everyone else" seemed like the cause of all evil. I can't say more, you just have to enjoy the rollercoaster ride! Content Warning: Suicidal thoughts, death of pets and people. Rating: 3.5/5 What did I like about this book? - Carter Wilson's writing. His words were smooth and the imagery was perfect. At times, I was horrified at the visuals but they were welcomed nonetheless. (Though, I didn't expect it to be that vivid.) Also, a bonus point for thanking every FrontLine worker at the end! It was humbling. ( If you do want to give me a shoutout in your next book, I wouldn't mind! haha) - POVs presented, the shuffle between Rose (1st person narrative) vs Colin (3rd person) was handled well. - Plots and sub-plots enough to keep the readers engaged. - The characters taking the literal meaning of "family over everyone else." What I didn't like as much? - 400 pages felt a little too draggy and left me unsatisfied with the resolution. The question of why "some" characters did what they did, didn't seem justifiable to me. - Perhaps the constant images of Rose's trauma could've been simplified. I wasn't sure until the end if or not Rose was a sane person. She constantly thought and spoke of having done her research but stuck out like a sore thumb with a bulls-eye painted right on her every time she did anything or spoke. Maybe it was the author's way of showcasing her diminishing mental health? I am not sure. - The constant portrayal of death and suicidal thoughts for both of the main characters. Overall, it was a nice read. I didn't expect the ending at all. (Maybe I was too distracted by everything that was happening. In that case, YOU DID GOOD, WILSON!) Parts of it kept me hooked in, especially at the end of every chapter! My very first Wish approved on NetGalley! Thank you so much to the publisher for this opportunity! Blog review: https://periwinklepens.wordpress.com/...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I have read and adored all of Wilson's books, but this one I think is my favorite! I may have let out a small gasp when my "wish" was granted for this ARC (husband and daughter called me a Book Nerd...yep, I embrace that)! Yes, it is dark, graphic, and visceral as it portrays violence, abuse, and murder; but if you've read his others you know he handles it with a side of heartwarming scenes as well (especially between mother and son). Rose returns to her hometown with son Max as they navigate th I have read and adored all of Wilson's books, but this one I think is my favorite! I may have let out a small gasp when my "wish" was granted for this ARC (husband and daughter called me a Book Nerd...yep, I embrace that)! Yes, it is dark, graphic, and visceral as it portrays violence, abuse, and murder; but if you've read his others you know he handles it with a side of heartwarming scenes as well (especially between mother and son). Rose returns to her hometown with son Max as they navigate the sudden death of husband and father, Riley. But because she writes mystery novels, she falls under suspicion as one of her books mirrors the death of her own husband. Now she must deal with her controlling and strong-willed father as well as her often unstable sister, Cora. I appreciate how Wilson is able to write from a female perspective (and get it right)! Many themes are addressed here: how the past (the dead) influences the future (the living)--reminiscent of Hitchcock to me--buried secrets, grief, and bullying. Wilson has an incredibly wry and subtle use of humor that comes through Rose and I loved that there was a "teaser" at the end of each chapter that keeps building the suspense that never wanes. Ultimately, this is a book about how far you would go to protect your family but I also liked how he doesn't tie up the ending in a neat little bow; life is messy sometimes, yes? This is one of those not to be missed! Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I consider this a dysfunctional family story. Rose and Cora are two sisters with a horrific past. Rose, the younger sister, returns to her home town where her Cora lives and to her home where her father still resides. She has demons to deal with including her domineering father who believes that family needs to stick together. An incident in the past and one in the present brings Detective Colin to the town of Bury. (Appropriate name) Dark and disturbing this is story of deception, childhood tra I consider this a dysfunctional family story. Rose and Cora are two sisters with a horrific past. Rose, the younger sister, returns to her home town where her Cora lives and to her home where her father still resides. She has demons to deal with including her domineering father who believes that family needs to stick together. An incident in the past and one in the present brings Detective Colin to the town of Bury. (Appropriate name) Dark and disturbing this is story of deception, childhood trauma, and justice. Wow! Intense!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Federica

    Being a single mother of an autistic child I could relate to the mother/son relationship in this book, I think it is very well described especially since the writer is male. All in all I liked the book, though I have to say it's very dark and violent, but that's probably what the author aimed to achieve. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Being a single mother of an autistic child I could relate to the mother/son relationship in this book, I think it is very well described especially since the writer is male. All in all I liked the book, though I have to say it's very dark and violent, but that's probably what the author aimed to achieve. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jayne

    Two stars, rounded up. The suspense factor in "The Dead Husband" was dead. I set the book aside multiple times -- but each time I returned, I was unable to get excited about the book's storyline and/or MCs. The book was very slow-burn and repetitive at times and simply lacked a "Wow!" factor. Perhaps I just expected more from a book entitled "The Dead Husband". I listened to the audiobook and the narration was flat. Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exch Two stars, rounded up. The suspense factor in "The Dead Husband" was dead. I set the book aside multiple times -- but each time I returned, I was unable to get excited about the book's storyline and/or MCs. The book was very slow-burn and repetitive at times and simply lacked a "Wow!" factor. Perhaps I just expected more from a book entitled "The Dead Husband". I listened to the audiobook and the narration was flat. Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    oohlalabooks

    Rose Yates’ life turned upside down after her husband, Riley, passed. Now single mom to Max, they move back to Bury, New Hampshire to live with her father and sister. Being back in Bury is not ideal especially if she’s connected to a tragedy that happened twenty years ago! It’s a slow build up, but once Detective Pearson is introduced it picks up then the secrets come out! Thank you so much to Poisoned Pen Press, Inked in Poison, and the author for a gifted copy! This is my honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Powell

    The concept of this was interesting, and it started strong, but unfortunately it couldn’t maintain it. It wasn’t a bad read (or listen, in my case) but as someone who has read a lot of thrillers, this was more than predictable and dragged on in parts to the point that I was checking to see how much longer there was to go. Rose Yates is a crime novelist who returns to her family home with her son after the death of her husband. As she tries to pick up the pieces after this loss, her sister and fa The concept of this was interesting, and it started strong, but unfortunately it couldn’t maintain it. It wasn’t a bad read (or listen, in my case) but as someone who has read a lot of thrillers, this was more than predictable and dragged on in parts to the point that I was checking to see how much longer there was to go. Rose Yates is a crime novelist who returns to her family home with her son after the death of her husband. As she tries to pick up the pieces after this loss, her sister and father are there and not exactly what you would call supportive. Detective Colin Pearson is a fan of Rose’s books, but not in the way you would expect. He feels like there’s more to the story of her husband’s death and definitely more to Rose’s story than she is willing to let on. As he talks to Rose in both a personal and professional capacity he has to figure out exactly what Rose and her family are hiding. The thing that saved this story for me was the audiobook narrator. She put lots of emotion into the different characters and really brought the story more life. I think had I been reading it, especially after the mid way point, I would have been tempted to DNF. Again, not that it’s a terrible story by any means, but it just needed some more pick up and thrills. Thanks to Poisoned Pen Press and Netgalley for this Arc in exchange for my review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jill Elizabeth

    Merciful Heavens but Carter Wilson knows how to tell a good creepy dark story! While the plot and characters in this one were not my favorites of his, I still found myself furiously flipping pages and racing through the story to see what was going to happen next... This one was less about figuring out who done it (in most instances - there is a pretty major reveal right at the end that I didn't see coming until it was nearly upon me), then about figuring out what was to be done in the aftermath Merciful Heavens but Carter Wilson knows how to tell a good creepy dark story! While the plot and characters in this one were not my favorites of his, I still found myself furiously flipping pages and racing through the story to see what was going to happen next... This one was less about figuring out who done it (in most instances - there is a pretty major reveal right at the end that I didn't see coming until it was nearly upon me), then about figuring out what was to be done in the aftermath of it... It made for an interesting twist on the thriller/suspense concept, and I really enjoyed watching it play out. If you enjoy reading about the darker side of human relationships, and human psyches, you can do no better than to pick up a Carter Wilson novel! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my obligation-free review copy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Thacker

    This is one screwed up family. Such a dysfunctional family with so many lies, secrets ... it just goes on and on. Did not see that ending coming at all. I literally said out loud “what the heck???” This is my 2nd book by Carter Wilson.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Krystyna Salvetta

    OMG! I LOVED The Dead Girl in 2A! It was a great story with twists and turns I didn’t expect. The Dead Husband was so much darker, so much more disturbing. I was uncomfortable through the entire read. Rose Yates and her son Max come home to Bury, NH, after her husband dies. It was suicide. Or was it? A Milwaukee police Officer comes to NH to follow up on the case. And throughout the book we learn more and more about why Rose left Bury in the first place. And it did NOT end the way I expected! It w OMG! I LOVED The Dead Girl in 2A! It was a great story with twists and turns I didn’t expect. The Dead Husband was so much darker, so much more disturbing. I was uncomfortable through the entire read. Rose Yates and her son Max come home to Bury, NH, after her husband dies. It was suicide. Or was it? A Milwaukee police Officer comes to NH to follow up on the case. And throughout the book we learn more and more about why Rose left Bury in the first place. And it did NOT end the way I expected! It was not wrapped up in a happy ending with a neat bow on top. And I couldn’t be happier with this most uncomfortable, disturbing, dark, unexpected, crappy ending! A++, author Carter Wilson, A++!!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Judy Odom

    The Dead Husband is a buckle up you are in for a twisted at times horrifying ride. The Yates family are like no other, (mine is not looking so bad now). Tragedy seems to follow Rose everywhere and she is returning home after the death of her husband. Some say his death is suspicious and what is the truth about the tragedy 20 years ago in Rose's hometown. There are red herrings , twists and turns and nasty evil people in the town of Bury. The lights stayed on as I raced to find out who could be so ev The Dead Husband is a buckle up you are in for a twisted at times horrifying ride. The Yates family are like no other, (mine is not looking so bad now). Tragedy seems to follow Rose everywhere and she is returning home after the death of her husband. Some say his death is suspicious and what is the truth about the tragedy 20 years ago in Rose's hometown. There are red herrings , twists and turns and nasty evil people in the town of Bury. The lights stayed on as I raced to find out who could be so evil. This is my first Carter Wilson book but it won't be my last. Thanks to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for a haunting, yet so good read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    When Rose Yates' husband is found dead, an accident from mixing alchohol and prescription medication, she comes to the attention of Detective Colin Pearson. He is sure that Rose killed her husband as that is the method one of her characters uses to kill someone in one of her books. As he begins to dig into her life, he also finds out that a teenage boy disappeared from her town twenty years earlier and has never been found. Rose fled the town and to Colin, that is because she is responsible for When Rose Yates' husband is found dead, an accident from mixing alchohol and prescription medication, she comes to the attention of Detective Colin Pearson. He is sure that Rose killed her husband as that is the method one of her characters uses to kill someone in one of her books. As he begins to dig into her life, he also finds out that a teenage boy disappeared from her town twenty years earlier and has never been found. Rose fled the town and to Colin, that is because she is responsible for his disappearance and probably his death. Rose and her son, Max, reluctantly return to Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin to try and deal with their loss and start living again. Max does not have it easy and I felt terrible for him and the bullying and teasing he was subject to. Who killed Riley Yates, or was it murder at all? What happened to Caleb, twenty years ago? Why did Rose flee Whitefish Bay? I enjoyed this fast paced suspenseful story, up until a point. There were hints along the way of family secrets, instability and lies about what happened twenty years earlier and Carter Wilson fed us that information along the way, so I easily figured out what happened then. The rest of the story, what happened to Rose's husband, was not as easily figured out. When we find out what happened and why, it was a bit of a shocker. There is a showdown between Rose and her sister Cora that had my heart beating wildly. The final twist was excellent, but then, the story just ended. I know, maybe it is just me, but I like to know that things are tied up and it didn't happen. I guess we just have to decide for ourselves what happened to Rose and Max. The audiobook was narrated by Erin deWard . She has a pleasant voice to listen to and her expression, emotion and tone were wonderful. This was more of a dramatic reading than a performance, which I enjoyed as she didn't try to sound like all the various characters. There is nothing I like worse than a female doing terrible male voices. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lavins

    A 3 stars for me I am a bit torn. This book had a lot of potential and it is well written. I liked the characters and the story. I enjoyed However the story becomes very predictable about half way through. The other downside is the ending. It made no sense, it felt unfinished with loose ends everywhere. Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ghada

    Thanks NetGalley, Poisoned Pen Press and Carter Wilson for an early copy to review. One of those books where I am asking myself, ok it seems - and I emphasis upon the it seems part- that I as a reader knows most of the facts, who killed who, why and everything..and yet I keep reading, more accurately racing through the book to reach the ending just to find out this brilliant ending! I loved the most Rose's character with its different layers and her author personality analyzing and creating scenes Thanks NetGalley, Poisoned Pen Press and Carter Wilson for an early copy to review. One of those books where I am asking myself, ok it seems - and I emphasis upon the it seems part- that I as a reader knows most of the facts, who killed who, why and everything..and yet I keep reading, more accurately racing through the book to reach the ending just to find out this brilliant ending! I loved the most Rose's character with its different layers and her author personality analyzing and creating scenes in her head all the time even in very dangerous situations. All the characters are flawed, some more than the others gravely. Rose returns to her home town after the death of her husband due to an unfortunate mix between drugs and alcohol. She hopes to face the past's demons and maybe have a fresh start with her son. Whether she'll have this new start or face new demons, that's the question. lots of conflicted opinions and ethical dilemmas you would be facing, Is it ok to sympathize with this character or should I condemn him/her? Being in their shoes wouldn't you do the same actions? I highly recommend it for a full ride of unexpected outcome, not what you think..a very uncomfortable sad book indeed with a maybe hopeful ending, who knows? I am excited I found out the writer has yet 6 other books for me to hunt :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cassie’s Reviews

    I love Carter Wilson’s books, the twists and turns always shock me! Rose has recently lost her husband Riley to suicide, she’s now a widow and a single parent to their son Max, so she packs up what’s left of her life in Whitefish Wisconsin and heads back to her hometown Bury New Hampshire. Rose is broke and struggling to write her latest mystery book, the only option is moving in with her wealthy father Logan Yates. She’s not looking forward to walking through the doors , she had left behind her I love Carter Wilson’s books, the twists and turns always shock me! Rose has recently lost her husband Riley to suicide, she’s now a widow and a single parent to their son Max, so she packs up what’s left of her life in Whitefish Wisconsin and heads back to her hometown Bury New Hampshire. Rose is broke and struggling to write her latest mystery book, the only option is moving in with her wealthy father Logan Yates. She’s not looking forward to walking through the doors , she had left behind her father and sister after a tragedy twenty years ago and hadn’t returned since., she still suffers nightmares every night and the guilt has a hold on her. Seeing her sister and father brings back the rush of memories of the awful thing they did. Unbeknownst to Rose a detective from Milwaukee starts to see a shocking resemblance to what happened in her book to how her husband died, he doesn’t believe it’s a suicide and he’s determined to uncover the truth, when he begins to dig he soon uncovers even darker secrets. Will Rose be able to keep her life from crumbling around her? Four stars! Wow this book scared me especially the flashbacks into the past.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Feinen

    This book held my interest and sucked me in. Kind of predictable but great, fun read. Rose returns home - she left after high school and swore to never return. After the sudden death of her husband, Rose packs up her and her son, Max and leaves Wisconsin. And the memories flood back. One night, when Rose was 15 changed her life. Tied her father, sister and Rose together. Colin, a Milwaukee cop, can't dismiss Riley's death as accidental overdose. Especially after reading one of Rose's books. Good This book held my interest and sucked me in. Kind of predictable but great, fun read. Rose returns home - she left after high school and swore to never return. After the sudden death of her husband, Rose packs up her and her son, Max and leaves Wisconsin. And the memories flood back. One night, when Rose was 15 changed her life. Tied her father, sister and Rose together. Colin, a Milwaukee cop, can't dismiss Riley's death as accidental overdose. Especially after reading one of Rose's books. Good read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Julie Kubitz

    Well, well, well, well, well..... I didn't expect that! If you are wondering what, my answer is the whole book. One twist after another, just the way I like it! Carter Wilson is a talented writer, no doubt about it. I am going to admit I hadn't heard of him prior to this book but I will be going back and reading his prior 7 psychological thrillers. If they are anything like this one, and I have a feeling they are, I'll be waiting for what's next. Well, well, well, well, well..... I didn't expect that! If you are wondering what, my answer is the whole book. One twist after another, just the way I like it! Carter Wilson is a talented writer, no doubt about it. I am going to admit I hadn't heard of him prior to this book but I will be going back and reading his prior 7 psychological thrillers. If they are anything like this one, and I have a feeling they are, I'll be waiting for what's next.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Cobb Sabatini

    With unexpected turns and thrilling twists, The Dead Husband by Carter Wilson delivers heart-pounding scenes and a page-turning plot. Readers quickly bury themselves into this novel, absorbed by the mystery and enthralled by the characters. It is a story not easily forgotten; one that kept this reader awake half the night.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    A twisted family drama, murder mystery, and the way the ties that bind can also strangle!

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