Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: death, mental and physical abuse, stalking.
Goodreads Rating: 3 Stars
The Wife Between Us had been sitting on my bookshelf for a while, but I knew I really wanted to read it during “spooky season”. I picked it up in the end of October and buzzed through it.
The novel introduces two main characters: a divorcee named Vanessa, and a recently engaged woman named Nellie. Their commonality? The same man, named Richard. Vanessa divorced him less than a year ago, and she’s drowned her sorrows in many bottles of wine in the comfort and reclusion of her aunt’s apartment. Nellie has stepped in as Vanessa’s shining replacement, a young woman who has fallen in love with her boss, a rich man who has promised her the world. Yet, Nellie has something hiding in her past, and Vanessa just can’t seem to let go of her ex.
Just when you think this book is going to follow the typical love-triangle trope with a suspense thriller twist, Greer and Pekkanen start throwing wrenches into the works. However for me, these wrenches still turned out to be predicable tropes- just not the ones initially suspected. While I enjoyed the read for it’s quick pace and suspense build up, The Wife Between Us still fell flat as the “unexpected” is deemed expected. Honestly, it’s like the authors plotted a novel as Stereotypical Plot Plan A, and then decided to make the twists and revelations Stereotypical Plot Plan B. Not a bad plan if you want to book to sell, but not a great plan if you want the book to get rave reviews.
Overall, I just wasn’t overly impacted or emotionally attached to the characters and plot of The Wife Between Us, which was disappointing.
Published: January 2, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
TL/DR: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is suspense thriller novel about two woman who have a connection with the same man.
Read it? Honestly, I’d pass on it.
Recommend it? No. It wasn’t as creepy, spooky, or emotionally impacting as the hype would suggest.
Buy it? No. My copy will be hitting a little library soon.
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