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Spindler’s riveting novel introduces us to Bailey Browne. A girl like so many others, Bailey dreams of rescue, longing to be the centerpiece in a one-of-a-kind love story. And similar to the fate of so many other young women on the streets of the world, that dream ends up turning poison. In The First Wife, Bailey’s hunger for the perfect man leads her to Logan Abbott – a man ten years her senior with money and a cloudy past. After Bailey marries him, she learns that Abbott’s first wife disappeared under questionable circumstances, coming to discover that her husband/savior might not be the man she thought she saw at the altar. The First Wife is noted for its captivating prose and cut-above-the norm characters, in addition to the way it implores the reader to question their own path. In this regard, Spindler is intent on forcing each of us to peel back these shawls of illusion and gut the dark specter of reality that remains. Read by Tavia Gilbert. Unabridged; running time 11 hours.