Title: The Wife Between Us
Author: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Published: January 9th (Happy Birthday to Me!!)
Obtained: Book of the Month December Selection
Synopsis (from book): 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. Assume nothing.
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I picked this up as my December Book of the Month pick. I finished it three days ago and am still thinking about The Wife Between Us. It was a whirlwind of a story, and I feel like I still have emotional whiplash from it. The synopsis wasn’t even kidding. I never suspected anything about the end of this book. It went in a direction entirely its own, and I never even saw it coming. As a reader and lover of thrillers, that is something I can absolutely appreciate.
Note: This is the first book I read this year, and it knocks off one of my reading prompts for the 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge! Check out my list of books I’ve come up with for the prompts, and if you’re interested, try to follow along!
Buy on Amazon: The Wife Between Us: A Novel
The Old Wife and the New
There are three parts to The Wife Between Us. The first part centers on the point of view of the old wife, Vanessa, and the new wife, Nellie. They appear to be two completely different people, connected only by one man named Richard. He discarded Vanessa for one reason or another, something that we really don’t learn in full until further into Parts Two and Three. And he’s marrying a young and pretty blonde. It’s literally a marriage cliché, but it doesn’t stop there.
Vanessa appears to be a mess. She managed to get a job despite being a kept woman for years. But she’s on the verge of losing it. She lives with her elderly aunt and just can’t seem to let it go that Richard is marrying a younger woman. By all appearances, she seems to be the crazy ex-wife jealous that her ex-husband has finally found happiness without her. But it’s not what you think.
Nellie is a young preschool teacher who rooms with her coworker in a city apartment. She also waitresses at night, which I can understand since preschool teachers make practically nothing. I really resonated with her because of that. I’m a preschool teacher myself, and I can understand the allure of the job but the disappointment in the salary. She’s young and from a completely different world than Richard. He’s wealthy and worldly and classy, and she’s just trying to scrape by before her marriage to the perfect man.
The Perfect Man
Richard is quite literally the perfect man and husband. We don’t get to see any of his point of view, but from both of these women, it’s enough to understand him a bit. He listens to classical music and has expensive tastes in food, drink, clothes, anything really. He wants his wife to stay home and be practically a Stepford Wife, which can be quite appealing but may seem dull after some time. He wants children and the idea of the perfect family. Richard holds doors and buys lavish gifts. Throughout the novel, I found him to be too perfect. But I guess there are men out there like him.
Twisty, Twisty, Twisty!
I’m not getting into Parts Two and Three. The end of Part One introduces us to a new version of the whole story, and it literally blew my mind. It wasn’t something I was expecting, but it was juicy and created a path of twists and turns that I never saw coming.
One problem I had was a little bit after that revelation, getting into the second part, I had trouble keeping my attention. The Wife Between Us got just a little bit slow for me. There were a lot of flashbacks, which I understood were important to the story, but they weren’t broken up too well. It’s something I can look past in the end, but I just felt like I had to mention it.
Despite that one fault, I LOVED that this book is written by two different authors but appears to be written seamlessly by one. I’m not sure who wrote what in the narrative, but I can guess how it was done, and it was done perfectly!
Despite that one small hiccup, this was a fantastic first read of the year for me! I have other reviews that I wanted to post today, but since The Wife Between Us releases on Tuesday, January 9th (HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!) I wanted to post this review for you all. I would seriously consider picking this book up. It has all the makings for an edge-of-your-seat thriller, and I think many of you will enjoy it!
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