ARR Book Review ~ “The Perfect Setup” by Douglas Wickard

Title: The Perfect Setup
Author: Douglas Wickard
Format: PDF
Stars : 5

****A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.****

Short Recap~

A moment of weakness…
an afternoon of passion…
a brutal murder hits close to home…
The explosive sequel to A PERFECT HUSBAND.

Sami’s back! And this time it’s personal!

The New York Times, Daily News and New York Post all hailed her a hero!

Samantha Saxton “owned the night,” they reported. She was the victor, the quiet champion, the anti-heroine single-handedly destroying the career of a lethal serial killer stalking the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for six unremitting years. The disappearance of six teenage girls and the horrific details of their deaths received national, frenzied attention and Sami Saxton became the unlikely poster woman in all the coverage.

Sami’s attempt to find a quieter, less hectic life by moving to the cabin her deceased father built years ago in the remote township of Montague, New Jersey didn’t turn out quite the way she expected.

Returning to the City, Sami purchases a spacious, fifth floor, open-airy, glass-walled condominium on the Upper West Side overlooking the Hudson River…another new start!

But, that night continues to haunt her…in her dreams and in her life. The nightmares persist, vivid, ongoing and relentless. Posttraumatic stress syndrome paralyzes her, keeping her prisoner in her newly renovated home. The anxiety and panic attacks intensify and not even prescription painkillers can relieve the anguish.

Then, the unthinkable occurs. A young, female model is found brutally murdered in a midtown hotel. And, Jerry Saxton, Sami’s ex-husband, is taken into custody for the heinous crime.

TRUST NO ONE! (Recap courtesy of

Douglas reunites us with Sami; after her last ordeal in “A Perfect Husband” she is recovering. Douglas makes Sami very relatable and even in some ways a heroine who has her own daemons that are normal after surviving hell.

Warning to the reader, don’t be eating or drinking anything very heavy strong while reading; trust me on this.

Their were times where I wanted to hug Sami or hide, the fear and determination become real as the reader is pulled inside the world that Douglas masterfully creates and holds the reader in from the first page until the very last moment.

Unexpected twists, turns and will keep you reading “just one more chapter” and then leave you sleeping with the lights on and jumping at every little sound. If you live in the city, that doesn’t mean you are safe. Sami thought she was safe and well……

Douglas is as masterful in this as the last Sami novel and left me clutching onto something as the night got darker and the chance of danger got more real.

I will once again be waiting for Douglas to scare me again very soon. You can’t help but fall in love with Sami and with Douglas Wickard.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Douglas Wickard
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 21:18:22

    I am so pleased I kept you up! I did my job! Lol. Thank you. Xxoo.


  2. Pat O'Meara
    Sep 10, 2013 @ 02:53:56

    This book certainly puts you on a psychological roller coaster of a ride but one you wouldn’t want to get off of even if you could because it was so totally absorbing and a thrilling, fast paced page turner. Very much looking forward to the new book from this talented author.


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