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The Hunting Wives by May Cobb
Thriller

The Hunting Wives

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by May Cobb

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Quick take

Better than bourbon and biscuits, this sizzling story stars southern belles on the hunt in more ways than one.

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    Unlikeable narrator

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_SalaciousPeach

    Salacious

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Murder

    Murder

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    Mama drama

Synopsis

Sophie O’Neill left behind an envy-inspiring career and the stressful, competitive life of big-city Chicago to settle down with her husband and young son in a small Texas town. It seems like the perfect life with a beautiful home in an idyllic rural community. But Sophie soon realizes that life is now too quiet, and she’s feeling bored and restless.

Then she meets Margot Banks, an alluring socialite who is part of an elite clique secretly known as the Hunting Wives. Sophie finds herself completely drawn to Margot and swept into her mysterious world of late-night target practice and dangerous partying. As Sophie’s curiosity gives way to full-blown obsession, she slips farther away from the safety of her family and deeper into this nest of vipers.

When the body of a teenage girl is discovered in the woods where the Hunting Wives meet, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and her life spiraling out of control.

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The Hunting Wives

Prologue

I keep seeing her face, upturned in the pool. Her long hair darkened by the water, stringy and tangled and noodling around her neck. Her eyes are closed, her body floating. Her lips are parted just slightly, and it looks as if she’s resting, tranquil and at peace.

Of course, it wasn’t like that at all. Her body was found facedown in a puddle of mud-soaked leaves. A shotgun blast had shredded her back. She was slumped down next to the edge of the lake, and near the silty shoreline, the lake water is the color of rust, not a sparkling turquoise. But the pool was the first place I saw her.

A week later, she was dead.

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Why I love it

When The Hunting Wives begins, its narrator Sophie has a life that seems enviable: a peaceful, serene home with her doting, supportive husband and their adorable toddler Jack. She’s curated a slower-paced life some mothers could only dream of: solo nature jogs, time to transform her well-tended garden into homemade meals, and a passion project she can complete on her own timetable. But, also like many mothers, Sophie spends her days battling boredom and questioning the monotony of marriage and child-rearing. She has an unconscious, long-simmering attraction to the chaos which surrounded her childhood.

Enter Margot, an elegant, fiery, and downright sexy high-society darling. Sophie develops a distant attraction and eventually wills her way into Margot’s orbit, and is quickly invited as the fifth member of the super-secret clique of women who drink, shoot skeet with shotguns, and reveal their proclivity for not-so-innocent extramarital adventures. As Sophie falls further under the hunting wives’ influence, she finds herself tangled up in a web of lies and deceit, all while harboring a secret of her own: her burgeoning attraction to and unhealthy obsession with Margot. When a young woman’s dead body is found on Margot’s property, Sophie’s willingness to protect Margot at all costs threatens to unravel all that Sophie holds dear.

This book is a wild, exciting ride, and it’s refreshing to see a heroine struggle to reconcile what’s expected of her with what she actually wants. I followed Sophie into her mistakes, simultaneously ignoring the warning signs and willing her in vain to stop now and turn around before it’s too late. This story is about a mysterious murder, but it’s also about the mystery of sexuality, security, and the lengths we go to preserve and defend the ones we love. Ultimately, nothing is tied up in a perfect, pretty bow, and I love The Hunting Wives, and its flawed heroine, all the more for it.

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Member ratings (29,120)

  • Alexa C.

    Philadelphia, PA

    Salacious gossip✔️fast read✔️ Amazing read! Margo sort of reminded me of Samantha from Sex&theCity .. and Sophie ugh really pissed me off many many times. The ending of the book feel movie like ???? ????

  • Ashley W.

    Hopewell Junction , NY

    ???? the ending! I don’t know what made me think I wasn’t going to be into this book but I was totally wrong. It was a “just one more chapter” and then 8 chapters later you’re still reading... so good!

  • Erica D.

    Greensboro, NC

    Gimme moms behaving badly in a book & I will devour it!! The appeal ????‍♀️ but this was one heck of a wild ride. 1 woman’s obsession with another wealthier woman and her life has deadly consequences.

  • Melissa G.

    Kimball, MI

    May Cobb wrote a WINNER in “The Hunting Wives”! I wanted to shake Sophie throughout the entire book…she was clueless to what was truly going on!!However, I didn’t see the twist coming that Cobb threw!

  • Cynthia B.

    Mounds , OK

    I keep going back and forth between “liked” and “loved”. The characters were unlikeable and their choices were despicable. But isn’t that the point? In the end, I found I couldn’t put it down.

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