‘The Wife Between Us’ by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen is one twisted read. I was in the mood for psychological suspense and boy did I find it...
The story is told mainly from the perspective of Nellie, recently divorced from Richard. The marriage and divorce were brutal and she quickly learns that Richard is already engaged to someone. The story then begins to center around what Nellie can do to change that situation...
This could be your typical scorned vengeful ex-wife story who can’t reconcile the fact she’s been replaced for a younger woman. How she’s not handling it well, she’s drowning her sorrows in wine, hides from the aunt that took her in, is failing at her job, and of course obsessing about the new woman. It’s uncomfortable to read, however what’s clear is there’s something in the way she recites her tale that tells us we’re not getting the entire story.
As the novel progresses it is clear nothing is as it seems and you really like none of the characters and who they are becomes the enigma to unravel. And the reader has to work hard at following it as it isn’t obvious with each new chapter who the point-of-view character is nor the timeline. Are we at the beginning of the first romance or the beginning of the second romance... which wives story are we reading... The stories are multi-layered and skewered.
In order to keep from spoiling the story I won’t relate any more of the plot.
You think you know where the storyline is headed and then suddenly it turns twists again. I thoroughly enjoyed the details and the pieces to the puzzle all fit but not in the places that I expected. Even after I finished reading I still wonder if I actually have the story right... but for the mental volleying along I give it 4.5 Stars.
In this twisty fast-paced thriller nothing is quite as it seems. Brilliant * Sunday Mirror * Expect the unexpected. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl * Candis * Page-flicker . . . keeps you guessing * Prima * A scorned woman obsesses over her younger replacement . . . you may think you've heard this one before, there are surprises in store . . . fabulously twisty * Good Housekeeping * With shocking twists, this intricate thriller proves all is not what it seems for the discarded first wife and the woman about to marry her ex. Addictive * Woman & Home * Readers who were enthralled by B.A. Paris's Behind Closed Doors and Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl will love the skewed psychology and shifting perspectives of this domestic thriller * Library Journal * Unforgettable twists lead to shocking revelations all the way through the epilogue * Publishers Weekly * A page turner and as compelling a read as any I've ever read, including Gone Girl. So much great detail with believable characters. -- Sue Roegge, Chapter2Books This amazing story gallops along at breakneck speed, with an ending that smacks you between the eyes and takes your breath away. These authors are destined to become trail blazers in the field of psychological suspense books that explode in your hands! -- Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault An angry ex-wife is stalking a young, innocent fiancee who is a carbon copy of her former self...or so it seems. Since you know there's got to be more to it than this, the fun is in trying to figure it out before they tell you. We didn't! Easy to read, smoothly put together * Kirkus Reviews * A fiendishly clever thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing. -- Anita Shreve, author of The Stars are Fire The Wife Between Us delivers a whipsmart, twisty plot in a taut, pacy narrative. It's terrific and troubling. This is one scary love triangle where you won't know who to trust. I loved it -- Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew Buckle up, because you won't be able to put this one down * Glamour * Loved it! What a fantastic story, and the twist completely blind-sided me - and that is rare, believe me! -- Mandasue Heller Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train will adore this classy domestic noir set in New York . . . it has a humdinger of a twist which I didn't see coming . . . the result is a fast-paced and hugely enjoyable thriller * Sunday Express * A fiendishly smart cat-and-mouse thriller * New York Times Book Review * A twisty, mind-bending novel about marriage and betrayal. A gripping plot and fascinating characters; this book will keep you turning the pages and guessing until the very end. A must-read! -- Lauren Weisberger, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada A clever thriller with masterful twists -- Karin Slaughter It's easy to see why Steven Spielberg has snapped up the film rights to this book, which is an original take on a winning formula . . . The small twists and turns of the plot are riveting but the pivotal surprise is gobsmacking and it succeeds because of the scrupulous attention to the psychological details of all the characters * Daily Mail *
A romantic thriller filled with suspense and the first collaboration between Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.