The Third Mrs. Durst
Some people just need killing. Marlena Altizer Durst lives in her husband’s shadow. He controls her every move—what she wears, the food she eats, and the friends she’s allowed to make. If she disobeys, there are… consequences. And he has all the power, so nobody would believe her.Her Cinderella story has been well-documented and it seems that she leads a fairy-tale life. But nobody ever wonders if Cinderella was happy after she married the prince. Marlena has traded freedom and safety for luxurious imprisonment, and most days, that seems like a bad bargain. Death may be the only exit she’s allowed. Just like his first wife. And his second.Unless she flips the script.And gets away with murder…

The Third Mrs. Durst Details

TitleThe Third Mrs. Durst
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 8th, 2019
PublisherMidnight Ink
Rating
GenreMystery, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Suspense

The Third Mrs. Durst Review

  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    "Some people just need killing."This book is a chilling cat and mouse game between two soulless individuals bent on mutual destruction via marriage.Marlena Altizer rises from humble, difficult beginnings, becomes a model and catches the eye of very wealthy and very controlling Michael Durst. Their relationship begins like a modern day Cinderella story but as soon as Michael becomes her husband the rules seem to change. Each have secrets, private agendas and trust issues and thus begins the afore "Some people just need killing."This book is a chilling cat and mouse game between two soulless individuals bent on mutual destruction via marriage.Marlena Altizer rises from humble, difficult beginnings, becomes a model and catches the eye of very wealthy and very controlling Michael Durst. Their relationship begins like a modern day Cinderella story but as soon as Michael becomes her husband the rules seem to change. Each have secrets, private agendas and trust issues and thus begins the aforementioned cat and mouse game. Who will outwit the other? What are the rules? Is this a game to the death? This is a fast, tight read that riveted me from page one and never let up until the end.Thank you to Ann Aguirre, Midnight Ink and Netgalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    This story is completely plot driven, which can work if done properly. However, that's hard to pull off when said plot is more tired than a sloth with narcolepsy.On a more positive note, this is a very quick read, probably because there is less than zero character development.This is a subpar non-thrilling thriller slash nothing mysterious mystery with nothing new to offer to the genre.Lastly there are no surprises in this story. Don't let the other reviews fool you. I am telling you THERE IS NO This story is completely plot driven, which can work if done properly. However, that's hard to pull off when said plot is more tired than a sloth with narcolepsy.On a more positive note, this is a very quick read, probably because there is less than zero character development.This is a subpar non-thrilling thriller slash nothing mysterious mystery with nothing new to offer to the genre.Lastly there are no surprises in this story. Don't let the other reviews fool you. I am telling you THERE IS NO TWIST. I cannot recommend this book.⭐⭐ because the writing is swift and to the point without being bogged down with unnecessary bullshit which is the only reason I was able to finish the book. *** I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ***
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars"Some people just need killing"I fluctuated between a 2 and a 3-star rating for this book depending on where I was at in the story, so at its conclusion, I settled on a 2.5 star rating. This twisted Cinderella tale was a fast read and yet it was not the book for me. We, as readers, can't love them all and although some are loving this book, I just didn't get there. There were points in this book where I thought "No, just no" and other times I thought "Now, things are beginning to get in 2.5 stars"Some people just need killing"I fluctuated between a 2 and a 3-star rating for this book depending on where I was at in the story, so at its conclusion, I settled on a 2.5 star rating. This twisted Cinderella tale was a fast read and yet it was not the book for me. We, as readers, can't love them all and although some are loving this book, I just didn't get there. There were points in this book where I thought "No, just no" and other times I thought "Now, things are beginning to get interesting." But at the end, I just failed to connect to the story and the characters. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Midnight Ink in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Navessa
    January 1, 1970
    You can also watch this video on YouTube.*malicious grin*This book is everything. You don’t even fucking KNOW.I just finished it and my fingers are actually shaking as I try to type out this review. Because adrenaline.Real talk, if you are a super sweet person that has never once contemplated doing serious bodily harm to another human being, this book is probably not for you. This is more geared toward those of us who fall closer to the “keep an eye on that” end of the sociopath spectrum.The blu You can also watch this video on YouTube.*malicious grin*This book is everything. You don’t even fucking KNOW.I just finished it and my fingers are actually shaking as I try to type out this review. Because adrenaline.Real talk, if you are a super sweet person that has never once contemplated doing serious bodily harm to another human being, this book is probably not for you. This is more geared toward those of us who fall closer to the “keep an eye on that” end of the sociopath spectrum.The blurb hints that this is a story filled with violence and murder and other dark themes. It is. Whoo boy. But, speaking as someone who is especially harsh when these themes aren’t handled well, lemme tell you, Aguirre wielded them with the deft precision of a well-sharpened blade in the hand of a master swordswoman. When they hit, they cut deep, but you know each and every slice to your psyche was inflicted with surgical precision.There are so many messages here. So many fundamental truths. And when spoken through the titular character’s stark, unabashed voice, they become profound to the point that I highlighted entire paragraphs.On why she married Mr. Durst, despite the warning signs: “I chose the road that looked prettiest from a distance, but I didn’t know then – sometimes the horizon is bright because it’s on fire.” Foreshadowing. Yes. So here for it.Which made this a delicious slow-build, where I never quite knew what was going on. I love unreliable narrators for this reason, and Mrs. Durst is one of the best I’ve read in a long time.I fucking LOVED HER. Because I got her. Let me just say that not everyone will or can understand what motivates her. I do. And I’m not able to go into why right now, because spoilers.So. Many. Spoilers.What isn’t a spoiler is that Mr. Durst is abusive. This aspect of the story was almost too well done. Not even 25% of the way in, my blood was singing for vengeance.As someone who has watched a loved one be manipulated, isolated, and broken down by their abuser, slowly, over the course of years, so that you don’t even recognize them anymore, this was really hard to read at times. Super trigger warnings for abuse, rape, and extreme violence.But please, please don’t be put off by that warning. Like I said, these themes are well-executed. And there’s so much more to this story than murder and mayhem. The representation here is off the charts. And not just in obvious ways, but in smaller details that I doubt a lot of readers might catch because we’re so used to random side characters like doctors and cops always being men.Subvert the patriarchy. Yes, queen.If there’s any justice in the world, those hacks in Hollywood will toss out whatever remake script they’re currently considering cashing in on and instead produce this. I would watch the hell out of it. It would make an unbelievably good movie.That ending.Gah.Honestly, I cannot recommend this enough for anyone looking for an adrenaline-packed thriller with darker themes and a female lead with questionable morals and sinister intentions.Blog | FB | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Tumblr
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  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    January 1, 1970
    EXCERPT: Some people just need killing. And maybe I'm one of them. My husband certainly thinks so, but then he feels that way about most women. I may not survive his style of love. His first wife didn't. Neither did his second. ABOUT THIS BOOK: Marlena Altizer Durst lives in her husband’s shadow. He controls her every move—what she wears, the food she eats, and the friends she’s allowed to make. If she disobeys, there are… consequences. And he has all the power, so nobody would believe her.Her C EXCERPT: Some people just need killing. And maybe I'm one of them. My husband certainly thinks so, but then he feels that way about most women. I may not survive his style of love. His first wife didn't. Neither did his second. ABOUT THIS BOOK: Marlena Altizer Durst lives in her husband’s shadow. He controls her every move—what she wears, the food she eats, and the friends she’s allowed to make. If she disobeys, there are… consequences. And he has all the power, so nobody would believe her.Her Cinderella story has been well-documented and it seems that she leads a fairy-tale life. But nobody ever wonders if Cinderella was happy after she married the prince. Marlena has traded freedom and safety for luxurious imprisonment, and most days, that seems like a bad bargain. Death may be the only exit she’s allowed. Just like his first wife. And his second.Unless she flips the script.And gets away with murder… MY THOUGHTS: It seems that every character in this book has a hidden agenda and nothing is quite as it seems. Which makes for an interesting, if somewhat far fetched at times, read. None of the characters are likeable. Definitely not Michael, nor Marlena, his 'perfect' wife. Even Joanna Van Houten has a dark side. But perhaps that is what is needed to be rich and successful. The Third Mrs Durst takes the meaning of 'manipulative' to a whole new level. Definitely worth reading. This is a book that I would not be surprised to see being made into a movie. Ann Aguirre has written a lot of books. I have never read her before. I plan on remedying that. Favourite quote: People in the hills where I'd lived were born in bathtubs, not under lucky stars. 💝💕💖💗.5THE AUTHOR: Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes all kinds of books, emo music, action movies and Doctor Who. She writes all kind of fiction in multiple genres, both YA and for adults. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Midnight Ink via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Third Mrs Durst by Ann Aguirre 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 profile page on Goodreads.com or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, Amazon and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    Some people just need killing. And maybe I'm one of them.My husband certainly seems to think so, but then, he feels that way about most women. I may not survive his style of love.His first wife didn't. Neither did his second.The flames are everywhere now. It's getting hard to breathe.We'll see who dies today. The novel opens with this intriguing prologue that drew me in. Unfortunately the rest of the book didn't live up to this early promise for me. Where I was hoping for a clever and engaging Some people just need killing. And maybe I'm one of them.My husband certainly seems to think so, but then, he feels that way about most women. I may not survive his style of love.His first wife didn't. Neither did his second.The flames are everywhere now. It's getting hard to breathe.We'll see who dies today. The novel opens with this intriguing prologue that drew me in. Unfortunately the rest of the book didn't live up to this early promise for me. Where I was hoping for a clever and engaging sparring match between two smart and crafty spouses, I found a cliched plot, over the top violence and cardboard characters. Briefly Marlena, a poor backwoods girl escapes into a world of modelling then grooms herself to marry a wealthy business man who turns out to be a controlling, violent monster with underworld connections who treats his wives as disposable commoditites. After two years of being more or less held prisoner in their swanky apartment, beaten nearly to death as punishment for minor faults, Marlena knows her use by date is fast approaching but as the prologue (and the book description) tells us, Marlena has another plan. I found it difficult to engage with any of the characters. Marlena is not easy to like and I just couldn't get interested in her fate. I also felt the book description and prologue gave too much away and a different handling of the plot and characters could have improved this thriller. However, I seem to be in the minority, so if you're interested in the novel do read it and make up your own mind.With thanks to Netgalley and the publisher Midnight Ink for an advanced copy of the book to read.
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  • Tammie
    January 1, 1970
    The Third Mrs. Durst, a mystery thriller, was a solid 4 stars. The book centers around Marlena-a young woman who had a rough upbringing. With a druggie mother, multiple siblings by different fathers and little money-Marlena catches the eye of the rich and powerful Mr. Durst and later becomes his third wife (the previous two being deceased). Sounds like a dream come true, or is it?! No spoilers but there is much more going on than just dealing with a narcissistic/abusive husband. The Third Mrs. D The Third Mrs. Durst, a mystery thriller, was a solid 4 stars. The book centers around Marlena-a young woman who had a rough upbringing. With a druggie mother, multiple siblings by different fathers and little money-Marlena catches the eye of the rich and powerful Mr. Durst and later becomes his third wife (the previous two being deceased). Sounds like a dream come true, or is it?! No spoilers but there is much more going on than just dealing with a narcissistic/abusive husband. The Third Mrs. Durst is a fast paced book that was an enjoyable read. Highly recommend to fans of mystery thriller books. Thank you NetGalley for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sh3lly
    January 1, 1970
    So... this is a wild ride, basically, about a woman making a very bad man pay for being a very bad man. It's revenge porn. But what a satisfying read. I devoured this in two evenings. The story is written simply and immediately engages. We see the main character crawl her way to the top, orchestrating events, to ruin an abusive, corrupted man.I don't think it's something I would read over and over, but it's one of those books that provides a quick escape and keeps you wrapped up for a couple day So... this is a wild ride, basically, about a woman making a very bad man pay for being a very bad man. It's revenge porn. But what a satisfying read. I devoured this in two evenings. The story is written simply and immediately engages. We see the main character crawl her way to the top, orchestrating events, to ruin an abusive, corrupted man.I don't think it's something I would read over and over, but it's one of those books that provides a quick escape and keeps you wrapped up for a couple days. The characters aren't especially likable, but I definitely rooted for the third Mrs. Durst the whole way. I especially liked how there was feminism and LGBT rep. I've been wary of Ann Aguirre ever since being devastated by her choices in the Sirantha Jax series. This is a dark contemporary romance thriller, and I liked it!Triggers: rape, child rape, domestic violence, body shaming.Check out Navessa's review which is much better! :)Thank you Netgalley and publisher for providing a digital eARC to read and review!
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  • Monika Sadowski
    January 1, 1970
    Great psychological thriller about Marlena and her difficult life which doesn’t end after leaving family home. Cinderella story gone wrong. Very quick read with twists and turns till the end. I definitely have to check other books by Ann Aguirre. Thank you to NetGalley and Midnight Ink for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    Stories often surprise me, but The Third Mrs. Durst really surprised me. I love an excellent twist here and there. This is a dark menacing thriller about a young backwoods girl who escapes that life of extreme poverty. Instead, she becomes a model and attracts the attention of an older man, Mr. Durst. She wants the life that will come from being this rich man's wife. At least, that's what she thinks at first. He's not the same behind closed doors. He's every married woman's nightmare, the contro Stories often surprise me, but The Third Mrs. Durst really surprised me. I love an excellent twist here and there. This is a dark menacing thriller about a young backwoods girl who escapes that life of extreme poverty. Instead, she becomes a model and attracts the attention of an older man, Mr. Durst. She wants the life that will come from being this rich man's wife. At least, that's what she thinks at first. He's not the same behind closed doors. He's every married woman's nightmare, the controlling abusive husband/stellar public citizen and man about town. How will she untie herself from this man? Well, I'm certainly not going to tell you that. This is an excellent read that will steal hours of your life before you realize it. So tense and taught and chilling! Read it! Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review. If there are any typos, they are one hundred percent my fault as I retyped the quotes I wanted to use for my review. (I’m only human) First WarningSecond Warning“The Third Mrs. Durst,” is Marlena, Michael Durst’s wife explaining her life story. Although I don’t enjoy being told, the storytelling hooked from the beginning. The first chapter yanked me into the book and kept me reading until the end. Marlena’s ‘P I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review. If there are any typos, they are one hundred percent my fault as I retyped the quotes I wanted to use for my review. (I’m only human) First WarningSecond Warning“The Third Mrs. Durst,” is Marlena, Michael Durst’s wife explaining her life story. Although I don’t enjoy being told, the storytelling hooked from the beginning. The first chapter yanked me into the book and kept me reading until the end. Marlena’s ‘Past’ and ‘Now’ is engaging and had my attention as soon as she described her past and present. Marlena had a terrible childhood and has a tough adult life. I’m only including this part in my review because I know certain readers prefer to be warned about rape, and childhood abuse. Rape wasn’t always brutal. Sometimes it was a man with all the power and a girl who hesitated to say no. While I was thinking, he decided for the both of us. My face scraped over a couch cushion as he bent me over, yanked down my shorts, and took me from behind. He was fast and sweaty; it had hurt a lot more the first time, one of my mother’s boyfriends, and I was only eleven. Outside the trailer, I knelt in the dust and gravel and puked up the water that nice makeup artist brought me. I curled my hands into fists, focusing on the bite of my nails on my skin. For a moment, I considered filing a report, but since I didn’t say no verbally, since I didn’t fight, since there were no bruises, I decided it would only hurt me. One day, I’ll be powerful enough to get back at Bobby Ray. Marlena is Michael’s third wife. They’re almost at their second wedding anniversary. Michael is more like her sugar daddy than her husband. Marlena’s greed for expensive goods and a better future has her surrendering to all Michael’s needs. Or is it? I will say, nothing is as it seems. You will believe one thing, and it will be another. It’s jam-packed with several interesting twists that kept me captivated from the beginning. Marlena does everything Michael demands so she can become Mrs. Perfect for Michael. Marlena and Michael will show you that money doesn’t buy happiness, and nothing is as it seems. Remember, readers are outsiders looking in, and you won’t know the full story until you read Marlena’s life story. You will scream for her. You will break down and cry for her. You will feel trapped with her. All of Michael’s other wives had died. After their death, Michael would collect the insurance money. Marlena’s story is emotional, and the deeper she gets, it will have you wondering if she will be his next victim. So, the suspense and curiosity are definitely there. “You have a lot to learn,” he said. “If you’re willing, I’d like to teach you. In my hands, you can shine as you’ve never imagined.” “I know a girl who dated him, and he’s a real control freak. You wear what he buys, go where he wants to, and God help you if he catches you looking at another man.” Michael steered my life the way he wanted, but it wouldn’t be the last. I set a pattern of giving in, and then he’d reward me with some glorious gift, sapphire earrings or a Chanel bag. “How can you possibly get dumber? I swear to God, every time you open your mouth, I want to punch you in it.” But wishes are never granted without a hidden price, just as the most beautiful roses have barbs the better to bleed you dry. I wanted to quit reading because LGBT is not my thing. It’s something I never read. I’ve read reverse harem, but only if it didn’t include one on one with the same sex. I wanted to quit reading at this point. I closed the book out and planned not to pick it back up. However, curiosity got the best of me. I had to know how Marlena’s life would unravel after everything she has gone through and continues to go through. Although I don’t like LGBT, I couldn’t stop reading this book. It seriously kept my attention from the first chapter and wouldn’t release me until I finished. When she kissed me, it was beyond delicious, so good that I moaned into her mouth. I melted beneath her hands, her lips, and in just a few moments, came harder than I ever had in my life. I would compare “The Third Mrs. Durst,” to a ticking time bomb. Only, words are seconds. The further into the story the reader gets, the closer to the bomb you get. And at the end, “BOOM!” Trust nobody, and treat everybody as if they are your enemy. I’m a hopeless romantic so you cannot blame me for wanting wedding gowns and babies at the end. Although I didn’t get that surgery sweet happy-ever-after, it did have a well thought out ending. The ending wrapped the story up perfectly and answered all the questions I had. I had assumed so many things while reading this book, and nothing had turned out the way I thought it would have. The author added compelling plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time along with an engaging story that sent my head spinning in many directions. I got lucky with this ARC. I got approved for it several days ago, and just left it sitting in my kindle assuming it would be another flunk. Damn, was I wrong. I’m glad I had gotten approved for this ARC because it felt good to read a captivating five-star read finally. If I had purchased this book, I would not have refunded it. As soon as I finish this review, I will brag to my sister about this book. After reading an ARC, I always go into my kindle account, click on docs, and remove them from my account. Not with this baby, I’m not. This book baby will have a forever home on my kindle because it’s a reread for me. It felt good to read a book from somebody with the brains, and talent to write. The writing is impressive, and the story flowed well. Not once did I get bored or feel it was drawn out. About the Author Ann Aguirre (Mexico) is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English. This book might not be for everybody, but it was for me. A huge thank you to the publisher, ‘Midnight Ink,’ for approving my request.
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  • Darinda
    January 1, 1970
    Marlena left her home at sixteen to escape her tough life. She landed a modeling contract, and worked steadily until her big break. After a particularly successful job, she was offered more jobs, including an opportunity to move to Germany. That is where she was courted by Michael Durst. Now married, they lead the perfect life in public, but behind closed doors he is demanding and cruel.Told from Marlena's viewpoint, she recalls her young days as a model up until her present life. Marlena wants Marlena left her home at sixteen to escape her tough life. She landed a modeling contract, and worked steadily until her big break. After a particularly successful job, she was offered more jobs, including an opportunity to move to Germany. That is where she was courted by Michael Durst. Now married, they lead the perfect life in public, but behind closed doors he is demanding and cruel.Told from Marlena's viewpoint, she recalls her young days as a model up until her present life. Marlena wants to leave her marriage, but doesn't have many opportunities. Michael keeps constant watch on her, and he has a personal security guard with her at all times. The only person in Marlena's life that she really trusts is Jenny, her best friend who she met when they were teens starting their modeling careers. To get away from her husband, Marlena needs help, but she's not sure who else she can trust.A psychological thriller with an unreliable narrator. This is a plot driven story with plenty of action. It's fun and exciting, but I had some questions in the end that took a little away from my enjoyment of the book. I've liked Ann Aguirre's young adult novels, and I look forward to reading more adult thrillers by her. Dark, devious, and entertaining.I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    The premise of this storyline "Some people just need killing" was the hook line and sinker that made me hit that request button.Unfortunately, this was a disappointment for me. I found it so difficult to like the main character! She was calculating. This books tries to be a sexy and hot version of a triangle of women rooting to kill the husband Mr. Durst. The sex scenes in here are just pretty awful and not sexy AT ALL. The scenes are just plain let's have sex with zero buildup. Yikes... no than The premise of this storyline "Some people just need killing" was the hook line and sinker that made me hit that request button.Unfortunately, this was a disappointment for me. I found it so difficult to like the main character! She was calculating. This books tries to be a sexy and hot version of a triangle of women rooting to kill the husband Mr. Durst. The sex scenes in here are just pretty awful and not sexy AT ALL. The scenes are just plain let's have sex with zero buildup. Yikes... no thank you! All of the relationships in the book seemed very forced and not natural at all. I felt like this was a bit of a train wreck in all honesty. This was not a worthy suspense/revenge tail!It's also a slow burn and sadly just doesn't deliver at all.Overall, 2 stars Thank you to Netgalley and Midnight Ink for the arc in exchange for an honest review.Publication date: 8/8/19Published to Goodreads: 3/10/19
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    "Some people just need killing" That line had me needing to read this book - and it did not disappoint. The Third Mrs Durst was a fast read that was fun but very dark. It was a book that you just want to keep reading because anything is possible in this story. None of the characters are particularly likeable but you do start to feel for them - and not all of it is nice though. It starts with a young girl Marlena making the decision to make something of herself by getting out of the small country "Some people just need killing" That line had me needing to read this book - and it did not disappoint. The Third Mrs Durst was a fast read that was fun but very dark. It was a book that you just want to keep reading because anything is possible in this story. None of the characters are particularly likeable but you do start to feel for them - and not all of it is nice though. It starts with a young girl Marlena making the decision to make something of herself by getting out of the small country town she lives in. She becomes a model and an actress and this is where she meets Michael Durst. After their second meeting in Germany Michael sweeps her off her feet and gives her the Cinderella life she always dreamed of. But on the inside Marlena's life is fair from the fairytale. Michael is abusive and controlling and she is just a token wife. The only way to get away from him is for one of them to die...Thanks to Midnight Ink and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsMarlena came from a very poor family, with a drug addicted mother, an absent father and several younger half brothers and sisters. Her older sister left several years ago and has never looked back.At 16, she gathered up her meager belongings and leaves for the big city. She lucks into modeling and becomes quite well known and wealthy. She now leads a fairy tale life.She meets and marries a very rich man who will give her everything she deserves. But if comes with a price. He controls he 4.5 starsMarlena came from a very poor family, with a drug addicted mother, an absent father and several younger half brothers and sisters. Her older sister left several years ago and has never looked back.At 16, she gathered up her meager belongings and leaves for the big city. She lucks into modeling and becomes quite well known and wealthy. She now leads a fairy tale life.She meets and marries a very rich man who will give her everything she deserves. But if comes with a price. He controls her every move. He monitors what she eats, when she eats, he dresses her, he sends her to school to learn foreign languages. He even invents her family background to make her 'perfect'.He has chosen a personal bodyguard for her. He is to report if she does anything outside of what he authorized. She wants to go to a particular store by herself, she must ask her bodyguard if it is okay with her husband. If she disobeys any of his rules, there are consequences. He has all the power.Then she discovers that his first two wives died .. one was a car accident, the other committed suicide. She just knows that he killed them or had them killed. She supposes they just weren't perfect enough.The only way out of this mess is that one of them is going to have to die. Who will it be?There are lots of twists and turns that you won't see coming. It's a real page-turner.Many thanks to the author / Midnight Ink Books / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of this psychological suspense. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Selena
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy of The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre for my honest review.An enjoyable, fast paced thrilling read. A book of sheer suspense and pure revenge. Marlena, gets swept off her feet by a rich, older man. After becoming Mrs. Durst, she discovers she isn't the first Mrs. Durst. She is actually the third Mrs. Durst. So, what happened to the first and second Mrs. Durst you ask? You will need to read the book. Will Marlena end up like the previous wives or will sh Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy of The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirre for my honest review.An enjoyable, fast paced thrilling read. A book of sheer suspense and pure revenge. Marlena, gets swept off her feet by a rich, older man. After becoming Mrs. Durst, she discovers she isn't the first Mrs. Durst. She is actually the third Mrs. Durst. So, what happened to the first and second Mrs. Durst you ask? You will need to read the book. Will Marlena end up like the previous wives or will she fight back?
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  • Kat Dietrich
    January 1, 1970
    The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirreis a psychological thriller.First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher  Midnight Ink, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis:  (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)Marlena Altizer left her home in Kentucky when she was 16 years old.  Her mother was an addict, she never knew her father, and there were another 5 "youngers" still at home.Findin The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguirreis a psychological thriller.First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher  Midnight Ink, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis:  (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)Marlena Altizer left her home in Kentucky when she was 16 years old.  Her mother was an addict, she never knew her father, and there were another 5 "youngers" still at home.Finding work as a model was her salvation.  Catching the eye of Michael Durst was both a dream and a nightmare.  Michael quickly controlled everything, even before their marriage.  To all outward appearances, Marlena lived in luxury, but she was really his prisoner.  What she ate, what she wore, what she said, where she went....all of it was controlled by Michael.  There were repercussions when she strayed from his script.It soon became evident that Michael may kill her if she was no longer useful.  After all, his first two wives are dead, so it may have happened before.   But Marlena had a plan, had it all along, and she would use any means and anyone to make it happen.My Opinions:  This is the first book I've read by this author.  She writes Science Fiction, Fantasy, YA and Romance, but this seems to be the only psychological thriller I could find on her website.  If she were to write more of this genre, I would be more than interested in reading more of her books.The characters all had something that had me questioning their reliability/honesty,  and I often wondered if each had an ulterior motive for their actions.  This kept me on my toes, and really helped the suspense to build, as I was never really sure who to trust.This was a fast, entertaining read.  The writing was very clear, and the story flowed smoothly.  The plot was great, and twisted a few times.For a more complete review of this book and others, please visit my blog: http://katlovesbooksblog.wordpress.com/
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  • Tarrah Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Unfortunately, this narrative was a struggle to get through. The storyline was scattered and the characters development felt disproportionate to the plot. It felt dark and depraved but not in that good thriller kind of way. This title would be better marketed under the erotica genre as nothing about it rang true to the mystery or thriller genre. 1 star.Thank you to #NetGalley for this ARC of #TheThirdMrsDurst
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  • Bridgett
    January 1, 1970
    “I chose the road that looked prettiest from a distance, but I didn’t know then – sometimes the horizon is bright because it’s on fire.” Foreshadowing at its finest, yes? So, the concept of The Third Mrs. Durst is fun, though really overdone the past few years. I've read this story many, many times. That's not to say I can't still be surprised...but this book appears to be lacking a twist, which quite defeats the purpose, in my opinion. A cat and mouse Cinderella story gone awry, the entire nov “I chose the road that looked prettiest from a distance, but I didn’t know then – sometimes the horizon is bright because it’s on fire.” Foreshadowing at its finest, yes? So, the concept of The Third Mrs. Durst is fun, though really overdone the past few years. I've read this story many, many times. That's not to say I can't still be surprised...but this book appears to be lacking a twist, which quite defeats the purpose, in my opinion. A cat and mouse Cinderella story gone awry, the entire novel is told from Marlena's point of view. Speaking of Marlena, she's something else...I couldn't decide if I loved or loathed her. Michael, her husband, is vile. I didn't have any trouble deciding how I felt about him. I was fairly on-board with this book until the final 20% or so. While it offers nothing new to the genre, the relationship between the two main characters, and their antics, was intriguing. I had no issues putting this book down...it wasn't an engrossing read...but when I did pick it up, I was easily able to find my way back into Ms. Aguirre's world. My main gripe was the implausibility factor. I don't mind some suspension of belief, but when it involves police procedural or court rulings, that's where I draw the line. If an author can't craft a story without obliterating our justice system, some re-writes are probably in order. (view spoiler)[Michael getting bail after being charged with murder, attempted murder, fraud, tax evasion, and a myriad of other felonies...what judge, in their right mind, would grant bail? Particularly to a man with the means to completely disappear without a trace? So dumb. (hide spoiler)] Worse, the epilogue is pretty cheesy. Bottom line, I'd say this is worth reading if you like these types of books, just don't open the cover expecting anything remotely new or exciting. **Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a digital copy of this novel.
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  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars Some people just need killing. My husband thinks I’m one of them. We’ll see who dies today. Ann Aguirre has a way of grabbing a hold of you with her writing and this new book is no different. In her latest novel, Ann Aguirre knows exactly how to keep the reader on edge the entire time. The Third Mrs. Durst had a way of making me want to keep reading at the end of each chapter and I ended up reading this in one sitting, that says a lot about how much I enjoyed this.I was completely 3.5 Stars Some people just need killing. My husband thinks I’m one of them. We’ll see who dies today. Ann Aguirre has a way of grabbing a hold of you with her writing and this new book is no different. In her latest novel, Ann Aguirre knows exactly how to keep the reader on edge the entire time. The Third Mrs. Durst had a way of making me want to keep reading at the end of each chapter and I ended up reading this in one sitting, that says a lot about how much I enjoyed this.I was completely immersed from page one. The action started up immediately and had me hooked till the end. The author is amazing at setting a scene. No detail is skipped over. Ms. Aguirre has a way of writing characters that you love, or hate or even love to hate.I would have given this story a four or fiver star rating but some of it just wasn't believable enough to deserve so many stars. It did have an excellent plot line and enticing characters. And there’s always that unexpected twist. Damn that twist. In conclusion, I enjoyed this book and I would read other works by this author.Thank you NetGalley, Ann Aguirre and Midnight Ink for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.#TheThirdMrsDurst #NetGalley
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    Ok ladies and gentlemen and lovers of thrillers around. This is a hard one to review for me as an avid thriller reader. It'll be a hit or miss amongst us lovers of the thrills and chills and all around twisty goodness we all look for in our reads in this genre. Here's the reasons why:You need to suspend some belief and let this story just tell itself. And that is what it does. It's completely plot driven. There's very minimal, to no, character building. I found myself asking questions when it tu Ok ladies and gentlemen and lovers of thrillers around. This is a hard one to review for me as an avid thriller reader. It'll be a hit or miss amongst us lovers of the thrills and chills and all around twisty goodness we all look for in our reads in this genre. Here's the reasons why:You need to suspend some belief and let this story just tell itself. And that is what it does. It's completely plot driven. There's very minimal, to no, character building. I found myself asking questions when it turned sideways around page 70ish. I was happy that I wasn't quite expecting that but there was the WHY. I needed a bit more background than just the *here's the reason* but at the same time, I was actually like oh, ok. I dig ya, girl. (Also, every time I see the name Marlena, I think of Days of Our Lives so it was hard to reconcile a character I wasn't given much build up on. *shrug*)There are certainly some scenes that you're just flummoxed with.... ok, so no way THAT would happen... and no way THIS would be allowed. But hell y'all - I am actually A-OK with it - it's fiction after all and if you can't suspend belief in fiction, then where can ya? This isn't a new story really. Powerful older man takes on a younger, naive and easily manipulated girl under his wing and makes her his. Once the honeymoon period is over, true colors show and now she needs to get out. So, we've seen this before. Listen, I don't care if I've seen the story a thousand times, if it still snares me in and keeps me from putting the book down, then I am HERE FOR IT. And that's what The Third Mrs. Durst does - it reels you in. It's a quick and easy read and one I found highly entertaining. I never found myself rooting for any of the characters and I did have questions and/or found some things questionable but at the end of the day, I WAS ENTERTAINED.I'm torn as I suppose for content itself I may have rated this a little lower but for pure entertainment at face value, I sit happily here.
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 31%I was all in for this story. The synopsis, the cover, and the fact that it was written by Ann. I was excited for so much of this. Sadly, the content made it impossible for me to continue. In the section that I did read, there were several mentions of rape and what stopped me from continuing was Marlena getting strapped down and whipped with a belt. I did skip to the end of the book and read the last chapter and epilogue and I was intrigued, but I refuse to read any escalating scenes. * DNF at 31%I was all in for this story. The synopsis, the cover, and the fact that it was written by Ann. I was excited for so much of this. Sadly, the content made it impossible for me to continue. In the section that I did read, there were several mentions of rape and what stopped me from continuing was Marlena getting strapped down and whipped with a belt. I did skip to the end of the book and read the last chapter and epilogue and I was intrigued, but I refuse to read any escalating scenes. **Huge thanks to Midnight Ink for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Debi Hawkes
    January 1, 1970
    "Some people just need killing. And maybe I’m one of them. My husband certainly thinks so,"Great start, but completely broadcasted the entire book. There were a couple twists at the end, but by then I just didn't care. All characters were unlikeable and difficult to hope for or to celebrate the outcome.Thank you to NetGalley and publisher for the opportunity to read and review.
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  • Marta Cox
    January 1, 1970
    Three and a half This is by an author I used to associate primarily with sci fi so I was interested in what she would bring to this more suspense driven genre. Mrs Durst is not at all what the world perceive her to be. She plays the innocent, manipulated pawn and in reality she’s pulling all the strings. I did have huge amounts of sympathy for her as her Svengali type husband is absolutely vile ! This isn’t a happy ever after romance she has bought into but an abusive relationship that just esca Three and a half This is by an author I used to associate primarily with sci fi so I was interested in what she would bring to this more suspense driven genre. Mrs Durst is not at all what the world perceive her to be. She plays the innocent, manipulated pawn and in reality she’s pulling all the strings. I did have huge amounts of sympathy for her as her Svengali type husband is absolutely vile ! This isn’t a happy ever after romance she has bought into but an abusive relationship that just escalated with surprising alacrity. Yet as much as I knew her husband deserved all that was coming to him at times it was still difficult to imagine exactly how he would get ‘his’ as the author increasingly shocked this reader with time lapses . If I’m brutal I didn’t particularly even like the protagonist Marlena very much but the violence and actions in play in this book were truly offensive and definitely not acceptable so obviously I did want her to prevail. There was a point when the author fooled me and I actually thought Marlena was human and cared about someone yet I was only to realise that she was every bit as manipulative as her narcissistic, psychopath of a husband . Truly Marlena is an amoral , vengeful heroine and I’d like to say I hadn’t worked out the twist at the end but sadly the author laid out breadcrumbs that were very easy to follow. I am a little disappointed that I wasn’t surprised but frankly I’m more disappointed that I never really came to actually like Marlena. I think this book will divide opinions but I am glad that I read it even though my rating might not seem to support that.This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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  • Paula Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    https://thephantomparagrapher.blogspo...Marlena grew up in a redneck backwoods country to a mother who likes to have male acquaintances and sometimes neglected her children. Her older sister Dee made it out, and now it's Marlena's turn as it's now or never. Marlena buys a bus ticket and hightails it out of the country to New York. World of opportunities. Here she meets a friend Jenny, and the two become close. At the cafe they work at, they heard of a guy who scouts for talent and models. Marlen https://thephantomparagrapher.blogspo...Marlena grew up in a redneck backwoods country to a mother who likes to have male acquaintances and sometimes neglected her children. Her older sister Dee made it out, and now it's Marlena's turn as it's now or never. Marlena buys a bus ticket and hightails it out of the country to New York. World of opportunities. Here she meets a friend Jenny, and the two become close. At the cafe they work at, they heard of a guy who scouts for talent and models. Marlena gets herself noticed by him, and along with Jenny as they are a twofer, their lives start to change . Marlena being the more attractive finds her career soaring and fast too. This leads her to go overseas and to become a big name and to put her in the eye of Michael Durst. He is the one everyone wants, the big cheese and being with Michael for models is a dream come true. The thing though is the Cinderella fairytale life comes with a hefty price tag that no money can buy as Marlena is about to discover in the form of complete control and abuse. During the book, Marlena does research and finds that the previous two Mrs. Durst's died after a short time being married to Marlena and when it looks like someone else has Michael's interest, Marlena knows it's only a matter of time for her. With the help of Vince and Jenny and a newfound friend, Marlena will try to bring Michael down once and for all before she ends up being another casualty. I did like the twist of this book when we discovered the workings of Marlena's brain and her connection to the previous Mrs. Durst.This was also a new step for Ann Aguirre as she is more known for her YA Dystopian books and I have to admit as a thriller/mystery fan she did an excellent job with The Third Mrs. Durst.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.Some people just need killing.Marlena Altizer Durst lives in her husband's shadow. He controls her every move—what she wears, the food she eats, and the friends she's allowed to make. If she disobeys, there are...consequences. And he has all the power.To outsiders, it seems that she leads a I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.Some people just need killing.Marlena Altizer Durst lives in her husband's shadow. He controls her every move—what she wears, the food she eats, and the friends she's allowed to make. If she disobeys, there are...consequences. And he has all the power.To outsiders, it seems that she leads a fairy-tale life. But nobody ever wonders if Cinderella was happy after she married the prince. Marlena has traded freedom and safety for luxurious imprisonment, and most days, that seems like a bad bargain. Death may be the only exit she's allowed. Just like his first wife. And his second. Unless she flips the script.Some people just need killing...I used to think to myself "WHO would want to be a third wife (or husband a la J.Lo)? but guess what? I ended up as a third wife. Not that I want to kill my husband --- at least not seriously kill him. The heroine of this book is kind of twisted but I like that in a woman and her husband? Well, I would kill him, too. The story is well crafted and written and a delight to read - the author has mostly written post-apocalyptic /dystopian novels / fantasy books but this offshoot is amazing. I SO enjoyed this book and want to make it my "thriller" book club pick for September.As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use on Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 💍💍💍💍💍
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Title :The Thrid Mrs.DurstAuthor: Ann AguirreGenre: ThrillerBook synopsis Some people just need killing.Marlena Altizer Durst lives in her husband’s shadow. He controls her every move—what she wears, the food she eats, and the friends she’s allowed to make. If she disobeys, there are… consequences. And he has all the power, so nobody would believe her.Her Cinderella story has been well-documented and it seems that she leads a fairy-tale life. But nobody ever wonders if Cinderella was happy after Title :The Thrid Mrs.DurstAuthor: Ann AguirreGenre: ThrillerBook synopsis Some people just need killing.Marlena Altizer Durst lives in her husband’s shadow. He controls her every move—what she wears, the food she eats, and the friends she’s allowed to make. If she disobeys, there are… consequences. And he has all the power, so nobody would believe her.Her Cinderella story has been well-documented and it seems that she leads a fairy-tale life. But nobody ever wonders if Cinderella was happy after she married the prince. Marlena has traded freedom and safety for luxurious imprisonment, and most days, that seems like a bad bargain. Death may be the only exit she’s allowed. Just like his first wife. And his second.Unless she flips the script.And gets away with murder… My thoughts: Rating:5 stars all the wayWould I recommend it? A BIG FAT YES , IN FACT I'm trying to talk one of my friends into reading it right now.Would I read anything else by her: yesAre there triggers that might be harmful to others ? Yes ,trigger warnings for rape.Wow ,just wow , I can't seem to put how I feel about this book into words ,but I'm going to try .First let's talk about the character I hated ,the character that even though he was and is a book character had me thinking and plotting his disappearance / murder . And on that note that was the fault of my good friend Frishawn who wanted me to pick up this book right away since we both had it . And man was she once again right about me liking a book.And the drum roll please for the book character I was plotting to murder was and is the one and only Michael Durst - his a manipulative narcissistic sociopath- who prays on young girls that come from nothing , and he then lures them into his web like a black widow spider or a carnivores praying mantis ,and when his poor victims are unaware he strikes and shows his truth colors , which is abusive and sadist in every way ,his Bluebeard in the flesh ( and we all know what type of person he was ), plus he seems to like to try an turn his wives into the Stepford Wives ( and then when his done with them ,they meet their cruel fate ).And that all I'm saying about him ,Now in to the character that I liked : And that's Marlena - who reminds me of a striking cobra, fast and deadly but there was times I kept thinking stop playing with your food and get it over with because doing those times she was like a cat who plays with their food before the going in for the kill , but in the end she was the cobra , who is just as deadly as they are beautiful. With that said I want to say thanks Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion .
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  • Timitra
    January 1, 1970
    The Third Mrs. Durst had me glued to the pages from beginning to end. I read it in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. I recommend it to those who like thrillers with devious characters.Copy provided by publisher through Net Galley
  • Bea
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. What to say about this story? Well, first of all, the cover and title caught my eye. Then I read the blurb, and I was intrigued. I was delighted when the publisher approved my request for an egalley. I admit, I'm a sucker for stories where the woman is wronged but fights back. And I did get that. Sort of.Now, "The Third Mrs. Durst" is not an original story; it's been done many times before. And some of the twists, weren't. But. Marlena is an unreliable narrator, an enthralling storyte 3.5 stars. What to say about this story? Well, first of all, the cover and title caught my eye. Then I read the blurb, and I was intrigued. I was delighted when the publisher approved my request for an egalley. I admit, I'm a sucker for stories where the woman is wronged but fights back. And I did get that. Sort of.Now, "The Third Mrs. Durst" is not an original story; it's been done many times before. And some of the twists, weren't. But. Marlena is an unreliable narrator, an enthralling storyteller, and a master manipulator, and that gives us surprises along the way. She's maybe not quite as wronged as she seems initially. We don't get any perspective except Marlena's and I wish we'd gotten her husband's. We don't really get to know him well. He's sadistic, cruel, manipulative, and petty but he's also cardboard, with little depth. He's the reason for the story but we get little insight into him. Now, that said, Aguirre slowly peels back layers and adds more detail as events unfold. There's a few too many coincidences and still a few loose threads at the end but I was never bored. In fact, I started the book late at night and ended up reading straight through till I finished around 4AM.I mentioned that Marlena is an unreliable narrator. She has an agenda and we only think we know what it is. She keeps secrets very, very well. She's patient, motivated, and ruthless. Not unlike her husband Michael. Just when I thought I knew what was happening and why, we'd learn something new. The truth was an object and an idea that kept moving and changing. Motivations were malleable as were facts. I needed a score card to keep up."The Third Mrs. Durst" was twisty, emotional, too coincidental at times,a mix of predictable and surprising, and utterly engaging. I couldn't put it down until I finished. I had to know what was going on and what would happen.
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  • Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Wow this is one deliciously twisted story! I was gripped right from the start and was completely caught up in the drama of it all. It is a very chilling and intense read, that at times is quite confronting with very graphic scenes of physical abuse, which is a trigger warning to readers that are sensitive to this, but at the same time is also very compelling.The plot of this book spins a twist on a tale that you may have read before, but what makes this one stand out above the rest, is the power Wow this is one deliciously twisted story! I was gripped right from the start and was completely caught up in the drama of it all. It is a very chilling and intense read, that at times is quite confronting with very graphic scenes of physical abuse, which is a trigger warning to readers that are sensitive to this, but at the same time is also very compelling.The plot of this book spins a twist on a tale that you may have read before, but what makes this one stand out above the rest, is the power of revenge and the lengths a person will go to get it, even if it could cost them their own life. This is definitely a story where you won't find a happy ever after, but you will walk away with a feeling of satisifaction. After all "Some people just need killing".... (A brilliant tagline by the way!)Right from the start I absolutely detested the character of Michael Durst and think he is one of the most despicable inhumane characters that I have ever read and has shot straight up to the top of my top 5 most unlikeable characters of all time! Ann has written him to perfection as the villainous sociopath/psychopath.For me, Marlena is a very relatable and believable character. Even though she is put through the ringer and at times in the most horrific of ways, I admired her strength and determination throughout. You definitely would want her as a friend and not as an enemy!I also enjoyed the character of Joanna Van Houten and liked how I was kept guessing if her intentions came from a place of good or bad and I was not disappointed with the outcome there.I really enjoyed Ann's writing style. Even though at times it can be an uncomfortable read, Ann has nailed making the reader feel tension throughout and know how to make ones heart pound waiting to see where it was all going to go next. This is an addictive thrilling read which I highly recommend.This is the first book that I have read from Ann. She is definitely one that I will be looking out for in the thriller genre in the future.Thank-you to NetGalley, Midnight Ink Books and Ann Aguirre for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Third Mrs Durst which I have review honestly and voluntarily.
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