The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Published 9th Jan 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
Summary: 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.
WOW. What a ride!
I’m kind of iffy about “best thrillers” title, lest I be disappointed like Final Girls. But boy, oh boy, was I in for a show.
I asked for a thriller, and I definitely got myself a thriller. The best way to go into this book is to go into it blind. Don’t read too many of the reviews, don’t try and find out anything. Just go into it blindly.
I did exactly that, and what I got was an amazing thriller in return. Despite reading the summary that tells me not to make assumptions, I made my assumptions all throughout Part One and boy, was I completely wrong. I didn’t see any of it coming.
The book is divided into Part One and Part Two — part one mostly introduces the people involved and comes from different POVs, whereas part two, is the continuation of Part One told in only one POV. Having the different POVs really brings a different dynamic to the story because we get to see the same thing from different angles. We create different assumptions, there is greater suspense and when everything is revealed at the end of part one, you mind is completely blown.
Looking back on the story, there were a few hints about the twists and turns but it was so subtle that you could easily miss it. I think the way it was written is to make it seem as minute and as unimportant as possible so that you’d be surprised to the end.
I’m more impressed by Part One than Part Two, mostly because I expected more towards the end. The ending wasn’t as impactful as the ending of Part One. It was underwhelming and I wanted to see more happen to the characters. The ending does knock a few stars off the rating, but if I was honest, the majority of the book is too good for me to give it a 4 star rating.
More of a 4.5/5, but it leans more towards a 5 than a 4. Still, a perfectly good thriller about marriage that is unlike others and definitely one for the shelves.