The Dead Husband
By: Carter Wilson
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: 05/04/2021
My Rating: 4 Stars (ARC)
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.
"A rich family with shocking secrets in an affluent small town, Carter Wilson's THE DEAD HUSBAND is Succession meets Big Little Lies, and I loved every bit of it. This marvelously crafted thriller is the perfect escape, so find a quiet spot and sink in -- you'll be glad you did."
-—Jennifer Hillier, award-winning author of Jar of Hearts and Little Secrets
"Wilson unveils each revelation of some new betrayal with surgical precision en route to a bittersweet finale. A harrowing reminder that you really can't go home again."— Kirkus Reviews
"Carter Wilson's The Dead Husband is a perfectly paced and expertly written thriller. The prose is as smooth as glass, and the pages fly by as fast as the reader can turn them. And then the ending provides a shocking jolt. This is a smashing story about families and secrets and all the things you don't want to know about the people closest to you. Read it!"
— David Bell, USA Today bestselling author of The Request
"[A] chilling standalone... Psychological thriller fans will be rewarded." —Publishers Weekly
"How far would you go to protect the ones you love? Rose Yates has come home to a house and a family she'd rather forget. But what waits for her there isn't the closure she's been hoping for. Instead, her past hides in the dark corners and recesses of her mind, ready to spring out at her. Carter Wilson's writing is evocative and tense, his characters deeply flawed yet relatable. In The Dead Husband, he weaves a story of a woman running from her past and the detective determined to uncover her secrets."
— Julie Clark, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Flight
About the Author
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Carter Wilson is the USA Today and #1 Denver Post bestselling author of seven critically acclaimed, standalone psychological thrillers, as well as numerous short stories. He is an ITW Thriller Award finalist, a four-time winner of the Colorado Book Award, and his novels have received multiple starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. His seventh novel, The Dead Husband, will be launched in May 2021 by Poisoned Pen Press. Carter lives in Erie, Colorado in a Victorian house that is spooky but isn’t haunted…yet.