Hey book lovers! I come to you with my very first early review of a book! I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. As you can see from the banner at the end of the blog, I missed the book tour for this BUT I still wanted to share my review on the blog.
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen was such a pleasant surprise. I read a lot of thrillers and most of them can fall pretty short of thrilling. It feels to me like there's this new trend (at least it feels newer and more present in thrillers lately) of needing a big twist that will shock you. The Wife Between Us manages to fit in a couple of shocking twists and turns, none of which I saw coming. I went in with zero expectations and I think that's the best way to approach this book.
Ok so first up, what's this book about?
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.
Well that description is pretty vague, but honestly I think it's worth keeping it vague. It makes unraveling the mystery more enjoyable. Alternating story lines follow Nellie, a young woman falling in love with Richard. He's charming, supportive, kind, and seems a little too good to be true. Nellie lives with her best friend and coworker Samantha. She has a past that she keeps locked up tight, though mysterious phone calls in the middle of the night make her think that it might be catching up to her.
Then there's Vanessa, Richard's ex wife. She got nothing in the divorce and now lives with her aunt while working at Saks. She imagines Richard with her replacement, obsessing over what they could be doing that exact moment, even going as far as to spy on them together. No one really knows what happens, and Vanessa doesn't want anyone to know the part she played in her marriage's demise.
So two women, one man, mysterious pasts, and intrigue galore. Not very descriptive, but I think not knowing too much is the best way to go into this book. I will tell you that I read an insane amount of books, and in 2017 the majority of them were thrillers. I think I'm hard to impress, it takes something really special to shock me, but this book accomplished that seamlessly. One of my absolute favorite thrillers is The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson. It was one of the first thrillers I read that left me with my jaw hanging open. I remember finishing and just saying "Wait, what?!!!" in utter shock and delight. The Wife Between Us gave me the exact same feeling and reaction, which I haven't had in years. I will say that by the end, I felt like maybe there was one twist too many, like ok you've already revealed so many unexpected things by this point, one more feels like a little too much. However, this didn't take away my absolute enjoyment of this book. I feel so grateful I got the chance to read it early and I cannot recommend picking up your own copy on January 9th enough.
Thanks again to St. Martin's Press for the advance copy.