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Review: THE OPTICIAN’S WIFE, Betsy Reavley

The Optician's Wife, by Betsy Reavley. Review by Barbara Copperthwaite

“A gritty, disturbing story”


Can you ever really know someone?

When Deborah, an unpopular seventeen-year-old, meets the charming and handsome Larry, he sweeps her off her feet. The trouble is Larry has a secret.

Then a series of grisly murders cast a shadow over everything.

As Deborah’s world starts to fall apart she begins to suspect the man she loves of a terrible betrayal. And to keep their marriage alive, sacrifices must be made.

A compelling, psychological thriller that unpicks what goes on behind closed doors and reminds us that sometimes the worst crimes can take place closer to home than you think.


How well do you ever know anyone? That’s the question it appears to pose, and then explore, as the tale of optician’s wife, Deborah, slowly plays out. We follow her journey from sweet-though-put-upon youngster who looks after her family, to meeting the man who will change her life forever and start her spiral downwards, to the woman she becomes. It’s a gritty, disturbing story with some truly gruesome bits – and one that will fool you into thinking it is asking one question, when in fact a whole set of others are being posed.

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