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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312373392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312373399
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,084,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Despite the intriguing premise of exploring a serial killer through the eyes of his wife, Floyd's debut falls short of its potential. Six years after Nina Mosley discovered evidence linking her husband, Randy, to a string of murders across the country, she's finally settling into a new life with their seven-year-old son, Hayden, in Cary, N.C. Now calling herself Leigh Wren, Nina hopes that she's heard the last of her ex-husband, who's on death row in California. But when the father of one of Randy's victims tracks her down and exposes her identity, Nina knows her troubles are far from over. As friends shun her, Nina struggles to come to terms with her past. When Hayden's life is suddenly put in jeopardy, Nina must revisit Randy's crimes and uncover who's continuing his killing spree before it's too late. Floyd shifts awkwardly between Nina's past life with Randy and her new life as Leigh, while his textbook portrayal of a serial killer offers nothing new for veteran thriller fans. (Mar.)
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“Fighting to forget that she slept in innocence beside a brutal serial killer, Leigh Wren is horrified when her ex-husband reaches out from death row to trap her and her treasured young son.  You don’t want to read The Killer’s Wife by Bill Floyd.  But this compelling debut novel gives you no choice.”

—Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and Still Summer

 

“Fresh plotting, high suspense, and great pacing combine to make The Killer’s Wife a book you can’t put down.”

—Iris Johansen, bestselling author of Stalemate 

 

“Bill Floyd delivers a nuanced, sympathetic protagonist in the form of a killer’s unsuspecting spouse. Six years after her husband’s arrest, people still wonder: How much did she know? When did she know it? And most importantly, how could she have missed it? Vividly imagined and sharply drawn, Floyd’s debut presents a fresh take on an archetypal story. A welcome voice in a crowded genre.”

—John Hart, bestselling author of The King of Lies and Down River

 

“Riveting and original, The Killer’s Wife will force you to question how well you really know your friends and family. This stunning debut will keep you turning pages until the shocking conclusion.”

—Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author of Fear No Evil

 

“Not since Dennis Lehane’s A Drink Before the War have I read a debut novel with such mesmerizing power. . . . It’s a story that seizes you from the first page and draws you into the ordinary worlds of richly drawn characters, both sympathetic ones and extraordinarily creepy ones. . . . Grab this one and hang on for one hell of a scary ride.”

—James W. Hall, author of Magic City

 

The Killer’s Wife hooked me from chapter one and kept me in suspense until the very end.  A compelling, skillfully executed read.”
—Mary Jane Clark, New York Times bestselling author of Lights Out Tonight

 

“An irresistible look into the life and mind of a serial killer.  Bill Floyd shows us a man with all the hallmarks of a real-life killer who also feels so familiar he could be your husband, father, or brother.  An utterly haunting, unforgettable read.” 

—Stephen G. Michaud, author of the bestselling book about Ted Bundy, The Only Living Witness (with Hugh Aynesworth), and Beyond Cruel

 

“Bill Floyd enters the mind of madness with a pen guided by angels.”

—Keith Ablow, M.D., author of Living the Truth


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Customer Reviews

I look forward to more from this author.
J. Kaye Oldner
Far too much irrelevant detail; over-done descriptions make the story drag.
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I was so pulled into the story that I read the entire book in the next day.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thriller Lover VINE VOICE on March 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
THE KILLER'S WIFE is just an okay debut. It deals with an intriguing concept, namely what it's like to be the spouse of a serial killer. After divorcing her killer husband (who's now on death row), Nina Mosley has relocated to a small town under an assumed name with their seven-year old son. When the novel opens, a father of one of the killer's victims has tracked Mosley down and plans to expose her.

This novel is certainly readable, but struck me as kind of underdevloped. THE KILLER'S WIFE is a short read, and I felt like I barely knew any of the characters. The author relies heavily on multiple flashbacks, which prevents the present-day plot from achieving any sense of momentum. This book has one interesting twist near the end, but I found very little else about the novel to be surprising or suspenseful.

I do like Bill Floyd's writing style, however, which leads me to hope he will write more novels in the future, ones with better developed plotlines.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nardo on March 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Great book!
I'm reading it on the commuter bus and this book actually makes me wish my commute were longer!
Fast-paced action but with great use of flash backs to add depth to the characters. The descriptions of the setting and background characters is spot on and sometimes laugh out loud funny. The author has obviously lived in the 'burbs. Can't wait to read more from this guy.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nancy VINE VOICE on March 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This debut bogs down in places where Floyd seems more interested in his thesaurus than in moving the story forward. And is quite choppy between the present and the past - almost as if there were two separate authors.

Six years after Nina Mosley's ex-husband is found guilty in the serial killings of many across the country - thanks to Mosley herself finding the evidence - Randy is now on death row in California. But if only life were so simple and she could change her name and forget her past. Except that isn't possible when the father of one of Randy's victims tracks her down and is making life unbearable for Leigh (what she now calls herself) and her son Hayden. Their new life in Cary, North Carolina is shattered when they are publicly revealed and another vicious murderer wants to copy what he learned from his mentor.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dman4227 on March 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I tend to try to read debut authors in the hope of finding a unique book that differs from the "James Patterson" type of novels that get a lot of hype, but usually fall short when you invest the time to read them. This book is great from page 1. Just like the previous reviewer, I started the book and was finished before I knew it. The concept is original and the writing is very well done. Everyone I have shared the synopsis with has been interested in the book and several have since gotten a copy of the book. If you are interested enough in the book to read this review, do yourself a favor and GET THIS BOOK!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I tend to try to read debut authors in the hope of finding a unique book that differs from the "James Patterson" type of novels that get a lot of hype, but usually fall short when you invest the time to read them. This book is great from page 1. Just like the previous reviewer, I started the book and was finished before I knew it. The concept is original and the writing is very well done. Everyone I have shared the synopsis with has been interested in the book and several have since gotten a copy of the book. If you are interested enough in the book to read this review, do yourself a favor and GET THIS BOOK!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sfka2427 on January 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
After 25 or 30 pages of The Killer's Wife, I had to consider whether to continue. I don't love scare-your-pants-off fiction, and this is a creepy plot. But I was intrigued by the creativity of the story line in this debut novel, especially in the crowded field of mysteries and thrillers, and so forged ahead. I was so pulled into the story that I read the entire book in the next day. Other reviewers have done a fine job summarizing the plot, so I will not attempt to improve on their work. I will say that I had no problem with the shifts between past and present. Readers familiar with the geographic areas that factor into the plot, particularly North Carolina, will find that Bill Floyd is adept at capturing a sense of place. And everyone will return to the age-old question, "How well do I really know the people I think I know?"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Maynard VINE VOICE on June 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the complaints that some of the previous reviewers have written about this book. It is easy to tell this is the author's first novel. He does seem to try to use words that he pulled out of a thesarus instead of just using the language he is comfortable with. The book also has a very "rushed" feel to it, as though the author knew where he wanted the story to go but just wasn't completely certain how to get it there. Ok, with all that said, let's talk about the story....

Leigh Wren and her son Hayden are trying to move on with their lives. Leigh is raising her son on her own since her husband was found out to be a serial killer and sentenced to prison (death row to be exact). Leigh has moved on with her life and has a good job, good friends, and is finally trying to put her past behind her and move on. This becomes hard to accomplish after she one day is approached by the father of one of her ex-husband's victims and is told, by him, that he believes she was not as innocent as she claimed to be. This sets off a chain of events that puts Leigh and Hayden in mortal danger and is made worse when new victims are discovered, mutilated the same way her ex-hubby killed his victims. Has hubby escaped from prison? Is there a copy cat killer lurking about? Is Leigh involved?

This may not be a "book-of-the-year" effort, but Mr. Floyd does a decent job his first time out of the shoot, keeping the tension and suspense moving. He just needs to do a little more work on the details and convince the readers that they really do care about the characters in the story.

So now that you know not to expect this to be a timeless classic, give the story a try. It's a short, fun read.
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