What I Loved:
Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have written a story that weaves between multiple characters and timelines. It was done beautifully and seamlessly. I loved the way the story unfolded. We learned little tidbits of info, but only when it was time. Such a great plot!
How I Felt:
The utter mind-F The Wife Between Us took me on was wild! I was completely immersed in what I thought this story was about…and I was wrong. The synopsis tells you, but we all know I buy books based on the covers, so I didn’t read the synopsis until well over halfway through this one.
The Characters: Vanessa is the wife left behind. I must say that at times I just wanted to shake her and be like get over it! Your marriage is over. But, with any great psychological thriller, I didn’t actually know what was going on. Richard was a hard nut to crack for a while, but his personality definitely comes out by the end. Then there is his new fiance, Nellie. She seems like this sweet girl that just wants to get married. If Vanessa would just stop getting in the way…
The Writing: The Wife Between Us was co-authored by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. I was surprised to find out that they wrote this in tandem, rather than one author writing, then passing off to the next. Just an interesting side-note for you. The writing was good, but did cause some confusion for me at times. I found myself, going “Wait, what?” and having to go back and re-read to make sure I understood what had happened. There were times in the beginning where the story was slow. These two points tend to happen in psychological thrillers as the story is setting up, so I understand it, but would have liked things to move a bit faster early on.
The Plot: Without spoilers, this is a bit hard to tell you about. So, I will say that this is a plot that keeps on twisting. And when you think it can’t twist anymore, it does. After the first big reveal, the story sped up and I couldn’t put it down!
Content Warnings: Domestic abuse and violence, stalking, drowning, and infertility.
Overall: This was a good psychological thriller with a well-thought-out plot that fit all the puzzle pieces together at the end. Definitely a solid read!
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend The Wife Between Us for any psychological thriller fans. If you haven’t tried psychological thrillers yet, and you enjoy a good mystery/thriller, this is a good one to try!
Where to Find This Book:
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is available at these sites.
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage – and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
Read between the lies.
Just the Facts:
- The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
- Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Thriller
- Page Count: 403 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
- Pub Date: January 9, 2018
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest, unbiased review voluntarily.
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