The Wife Between Usby Published 09 Jan 2018
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A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.
"The Wife Between Us" Reviews
I KNEW IT!
2 1/2 stars. Ugh, I'm almost as disappointed in myself as I am in this book. I don't consider myself an especially astute mystery/thriller reader. Pull out a good twist and I will probably be surprised. But here I saw the first big twist coming, and the string of twists after that left me feeling cold. Trust me to be wearing my detective glasses at the exact moment I really needed to be surprised.
The Wife Between Us basically introduces itself in the blurb as a book full of twists. Assume nothing, it warns. A big chunk of the plot is fairly quiet and uneventful, which means a lot hangs on that moment of thrilling shock one should experience as the authors pull out their surprises. It's not a book that survives very well on its own if you happen to figure out the truth.
And I did. Or, at least, I got the first truth. The authors have this big dramatic moment where they metaphorically lift the curtain... and I was so disappointed to have worked out what was happening. The impact just wasn't there. The slow climb to what should have been a shocking climax was just a slow climb for me.
I'll give away as little as possible.
The book begins by alternating between the perspectives of Richard's ex-wife, Vanessa, who has been left penniless and with a drinking problem ever since their mysterious break-up, and his new and young fiancée, Nellie, who is busy making wedding plans and trying to ignore the feeling that someone is following her. Vanessa is determined to stop Richard marrying again, but how far will she go to prevent it?
That's pretty much all I can safely tell you.
If I'm honest, after the first twist didn't quite hit the spot, I think my attitude toward the book changed. Where before I'd been eagerly anticipating the reveals, I was now waiting, somewhat unmoved, for the twists to happen. And, of course, more and more did. It gets a little excessive after a while. BAM, twist! BAM, another twist! At one point, I stopped being shocked by the revelations because I figured something else would soon be along to tear that apart, too.
And that very last twist? I rolled my eyes. It felt so unnecessary and kind of silly. It was already tough keeping track of what the real story was; we didn't need another shocker tagged on. Plus, the whole subplot with Maggie and Jason was boring and took up too much page time.
Some books are full of enough tension and/or interesting characterization to make it okay if you guess what is going on, and some books pull out twists that are shocking and impressive enough that the surprise carries the story. I know for a lot of people The Wife Between Us will be, and is, the latter, but it didn't quite work for me.
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OH. MY. GOSHHHHHHHHHHH. I HAD TO ADD THIS TO MY TWISTER HALL OF FAME SHELF!
Where to start? This is hands down the twistiest, fastest, funnest-to-read domestic suspense in ages!
Unreliable narrator? Check.
Breath taking plot twists? Check.
Fast turning addictive page turning? Check. check. check. check. check!
What else is there in life?
Unlike all the other domestic noir books that claim to be the next Gone Girl, THE WIFE BETWEEN US actually IS the next book that people will go crazy over. I'm so excited, I wish it were coming out before January, because I cannot wait for you and everyone I know to read it!
This is actually a very simple storyline, you've heard it before. Husband, wife, mistress. The difference is the clever, seamless way it is presented. Trust me, you've not ever read a story like this before. It's genius.
I've posted a more in-depth (but NO SPOILERS) review on my blog at https://booksbejeweled.com/2018/01/09...
IMPORTANT PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
The authors just announced on Instagram that the book has already been optioned for film, by the same team at DreamWorks that brought us THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN movie. So exciting!
For now, I just want to encourage all you influential readers to try and get your hands on a copy of THE WIFE BETWEEN US. I'm grateful to the folks at Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review it months ahead of publication.
THIS BOOK IS LIT!
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All the stars!!
It was the cover that first caught my eye. I loved it. And after reading the description for this novel, I couldn’t wait to read it.
As the book opens, a woman is unaware that someone is watching her. That someone is out to ruin her.
“She is oblivious to what I have done to her”
NELLIE can’t talk about the night that began with drinks and laughter, but ended with police and despair.
But now Nellie feels safe with Richard. He helps to keep the nightmares at bay. Richard is loving, caring, and protective. He has impeccable manners and seems to fit in anywhere and with anyone. Her friends and her mother wonder if he’s too good to be true….
“Her mother didn’t get it. Richard fixed everything. She’d be safe with him no matter where they lived”
But lately Nellie has been getting strange phone calls and sometimes it seems like she’s being followed. Richard tells her not to worry, but it’s starting to make her anxious.
Nellie had come to New York to escape.
She loves her job at The Learning Ladder. It’s where she met her best friend, Samantha. She enjoys working with preschoolers, although it can be hard dealing with their insufferable parents. They love to ask personal questions, like where she’s from. But Nellie is careful not to reveal too much about her past.
What happened to make her leave Florida? What is Nellie hiding?
Nellie doesn’t know very much about Richard’s ex. Just that they split up before he met Nellie. Richard really is the best thing that ever happened to Nellie.
“She’d always regret certain decisions in her life, but choosing Richard would never be one of them”
VANESSA is living at her aunt’s house. Morning is the worst time of the day because for a moment she can forget, but then reality comes crashing down around her. She imagines Richard and her replacement and what they are doing at that moment. Her aunt believes that Vanessa is the victim in all of this. But Vanessa wonders what her aunt would think if she knew the truth…if she knew what Vanessa had done.
She wonders if she’ll ever have peace….
“My regret is an open wound”
Vanessa now works as a sales associate at Saks. She waits on the wealthy women that she used to lunch with. Richard got the house, the cars, the money...everything. It’s like he wants to erase their relationship, to pretend like she never existed.
“I entered the marriage with nothing. I hadn’t worked. I hadn’t borne him children. I’d been deceitful. I hadn’t been a good wife”
It’s so easy to make assumptions. I was positive I knew what was going on but I was so wrong.
Like the book says…
Who is telling the truth? Who can be trusted?
At first I found the beginning a little slow, but then I realized that the authors were trying to set the scene by giving some background. It wasn’t long before I was pulled into the story and the lives of these characters. I was so sure I knew where things were headed. I was in shock at the first twist, confused and thinking I read something wrong or missed a page. It was so unexpected ….but I loved it. I really appreciate when a story is able to blindside me like that.
“The Wife Between Us” is a twisted and complex psychological suspense novel. A story about marriage, friendship, betrayal, manipulation, obsession and more. A fast-paced and addictive novel that held my interest from start to finish. This story kept me on my toes guessing right up until the very end. I honestly can’t wait to read more from Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
I know I am probably going to get beat up for this, but here goes nothing….
Secrets, lies, and a whole lot of over-the-top twists make up The Wife Between Us. This was a fun and entertaining read, but in the end it wasn’t the right book for me.
I loved the first half of this book--I ate up every word, and dreaded the moment when I had to put it down. I was surprised by the first twist--it threw me for a loop! Seriously, I was so addicted to this book that I read it every chance I got, including walking to my car at night (dumb move on my end).
But then as more and more twists occurred and Vanessa’s story further unraveled, I just wasn’t feeling it anymore. I grew bored as I waiting for something to happen. After her final confrontation with Richard, the remaining chapters felt superfluous. And that final twist?! UGH. NOPE. Did not work for me.
I finished the final page, rolled my eyes and groaned out of frustration. What had started out with so much promise turned into a bit of a ridiculous mess that seemed more concerned with twists than substance.
This book is receiving tons of great reviews, and many of my Goodreads friends absolutely love it. I am often overly critical when it comes to thrillers, so I would recommend that you read The Wife Between Us and judge for yourself!
I would have given this one star, but bumped up my rating as I was completely captivated and entertained by the first half.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is without doubt a tense psychological thriller that makes a impact. It has you wondering if what you were reading was for real, and re-reading to check. It has you questioning what you think you know and where nothing is as it seems. Vanessa Thompson is a divorced woman who is barely managing to keep herself together and her days off from her job at Saks endanger her employment. She exists in a alcoholic haze, the wine bottles in her home attest to this. Vanessa used to be married to the wealthy Richard, a good looking hedge fund manager. The end of her marriage has left her floundering as she wonders about the effects of fertility medication, her failure to be the ideal wife, and haunted by events that happened to her when she was at college.
What pierces Vanessa's alcoholic haze is the shocking news that Richard is planning to remarry. Something she has no intention of letting happen as she embarks on a crusade. She must protect the intended wife, she must not undergo what Vanesssa suffered. However, is Vanessa to be relied upon? And why should another woman believe her? The narrative is delivered from the perspective of the main characters. This is a story with huge twists and a compelling storyline. It dissects the anatomy and complexities of a marriage, the lies, the secrets, the manipulation and the betrayals. Whilst you may have to occasionally suspend your disbelief, this is nevertheless a book that will grab your attention and never let go. Many thanks to St Martins Press for an ARC.