Such a Perfect Wife is about the abduction and murder of Shannon Blaine…and then it isn’t…at all.
True Crime writer Bailey Weggins comes to Lake George to write about the unfolding mystery of the disappearance and possible death of Shannon Blaine, 34, gorgeous, wife, mother, and physically fit runner. She disappears while running, which is why I don’t run. I kid, I kid. I don’t run because I ran so much in high school sports my knees are shot. And no, I wasn’t even that good. For shame.
Bailey is used to writing about death and murder but she’s not used to being pulled into the case. This is exactly what happens when the killer calls her at her motel and directs her as to where she can find Shannon’s body. The problem is? There’s more than one body there. Is this now a case of a serial killer? How does the killer know who and where she is? And of course, is she next?
Wow! That paragraph above sounds good, I’d want to read that book. I don’t think the pay off of reading Such a Perfect Wife is all that great. Part of the problem is, for it to have the title it does I thought we’d be exploring whether or not Shannon was as perfect and squeaky clean as she put on outward appearances to be. We do very little of that. The red herrings are good, but they take too long–there’s way too much time invested in debunking things. Almost none of the characters are developed and so when one other one happened to be? I knew something bad was going to happen. The motive behind the murder is simple, perhaps to simple and the bad guys are pretty one dimensional. If you need a quick mystery to scratch an itch, this will do in a pinch but I think there are better out there.