His Perfect Wife
Natasha Bell

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Narrated By: Katharine McEwan

Duration: 11 hours and 31 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of His Perfect Wife by Natasha Bell, read by Katharine McEwan.

She was his perfect wife, until she went missing.

Alexandra Southwood has vanished. Her husband, Marc, is beside himself. It isn't long before the police are searching for a body.

But Alexandra is alive - trapped, far away from her husband and young daughters.

Desperate, Marc will stop at nothing to find the woman he loves. Even if it means discovering that he never really knew her at all.

Because Alexandra is no ordinary missing person - but then neither is she quite a perfect wife . . .

Previously published as Exhibit Alexandra.


Psychological thriller, Crime and mystery fiction, Relationships and families: advice and issues, Family life fiction

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So refreshing. A thriller, a page-turner, thoughtful and thought-provoking

Sabine Durrant, bestselling author of Lie With Me

A taut and spellbinding look at creative darkness and the price we pay when art bleeds into real life. I couldn't put this book down!

Amy Engel, author of The Roanoke Girls

Sterling work . . . an astutely written, complex debut . . . even seasoned genre aficionados will be surprised . . . an assured outing


Beautifully insidious, a novel that outwits expectation at every turn

Francis Spufford, Costa Prize winning author of Golden Hill

I adored Exhibit Alexandra. I thought it was a smart, original page turner which really brought something different to the thriller genre. It kept me up half the night!

Gillian McAllister, Sunday Times bestselling author of Everything But The Truth

This smart, mirror maze of a thriller bristles with sharp edges, twisting familiar Gone Girl themes into Bell's own intense creation


Although her account indicates that she is being held captive, this may be just another faked element in a text fascinatingly permeated by ambiguity . . . the entire novel could be an art project

The Sunday Times

2018's most gripping psychological thriller


Gripping, intriguing and incredibly satisfying, this book confounds your expectations and keeps you guessing to the end

WI Life

A moody, gut-wrenching tale of domestic ennui, feminism, and identity, recommended for literary-thriller devotees and book groups


Beautifully insidious, a novel that outwits expectation at every turn

Costa prize-winning author of Golden Hill

A smart, confident thriller, Exhibit Alexandra asks searching questions about motherhood and identity, and keeps you guessing to the very last page. Natasha Bell writes thought-provokingly about home, love, belonging - and what else a woman might want from life

Beth Underdown, author of The Witchfinder's Sister

I had such a range of emotions from curiosity mingled with dread and horror as I realised what was happening. An incredibly accomplished debut.

Jenny Blackhurst, bestselling author of How I Lost You

An intelligent, taut thriller which was beautifully written and compelling. I loved how the author played with the whole theme of life imitating art. Full of twists and turns I couldn't put it down. I thought the ending was perfect!

Claire Douglas, Sunday Times bestselling author of Last Seen Alive

Cunning . . . will have your brain working in overdrive as you try to second guess Natasha Bell's ingenious plot and as you reflect on her thought-provoking observations on art, love and family life