I found “The Optician’s Wife” to be very suspenseful and engaging. Many times during this read I found my pulse quickening and my breath catching. The story was what every psychological thriller aims to be, horrifying.
The narrative opens with Deborah, a mousy seventeen year old cashier. One day during Deborah’s very lonely lunch hour she meets Larry, the charismatic Optician-in-training who is absolutely smitten with her. After a short courting, Deborah (now known as Dee) becomes Larry’s wife. Larry is a bit overbearing and controlling, at times abusive. Dee is oblivious to his shortcomings as a husband and wants nothing more than for the marriage to work. Coincidentally, during their courting and marriage many woman associated with Larry have mysteriously wound up dead. When these women are found the victims are missing their eyes. Now years later, after the birth of their three children, Larry is being questioned for these horrific murders. Is the man Dee loves a murderer? As the evidence in this story mounts so does the suspense.
I found “The Optician’s Wife” to be both unique and intriguing. The characters were captivating – drawing me into their emotions. The storyline, from Deborah’s point of view, was very well written and flowed nicely. I would certainly recommend this new novel by Betsy Reavly for anyone who enjoys a good psychological thriller. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
Please Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions on this novel are my own.