Title: The Wife Between Us
Author: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller, Domestic Thriller
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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.
Okay, so I had literally NO interest in this book until I saw Lala’s video on reading the “Best Thrillers of the Year” video. Once I saw her review, I had to pick this one up, mostly to figure out what the twist was that Lala loved so much (I have a guess, but I need to read the other book to be sure).
Oh and I actually urge you to NOT read the synopsis for this one. I didn’t and I had so much fun enjoying the twisty nature of this book.
“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship”
Okay, so talking about the plot of this one is a little hard as it’s a thriller with a twisty plot and talking too much about it may actually spoiler aspects of it. So because of that, I’ll talk as broadly as I can and consider this a spoiler warning….just in case.
So, this plot follows a few different characters and actually weaves together pretty well. I didn’t really see the twist coming (mostly because I just wanted to experience the story) and I think it was done really well. I can see why so many people are loving this book this year.
I think the twisty plot that plays with expectations was honestly this book’s strength. Because so many of us are willing to jump to conclusions or read books that use the same tropes the same way, praying on that assumption really elevated the reading experience.
This book deals heavily with domestic abuse and the way it was used to further the plot was incredibly interesting. I liked how the abuse was sprinkled in, but not used as this big twist. You could see what was going on and I think the subject matter was handled pretty well.
While I don’t have any glaring issues with this book, there was something keeping it from a full 5-star rating. I think it might be that while it was an enjoyable read, there’s nothing that’s going to stick with me.
“This could be the case in every relationship, that we think we’ve entered into a union with another person when, in fact, we’ve formed a triangle with one point anchored by a silent but all-seeing judge, the arbiter of reality.”
This was the thriller for thriller lovers. This is a book for those of you who know all the tropes, but want to see some fun experimentation with them. Also, if you’re new to thrillers, this is also a fun one to pick up as an introduction to the genre.
I listened to the audiobook for this one on a car ride and it was such a great way to experience the story. I was on the edge of my seat wanting to see where this plot led, that several hours of driving passed in a flash.
As I mentioned above, if you’re a thriller lover, this is one I think you’ll adore!