The Wife Between Us | Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Publication Date: January 9th, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Page Count: 352
Why I read it: While I received it as an ARC in exchange for an honest review, I requested The Wife Between Us because of the synopsis and the authors.
First Sentence: "She walks briskly down the city sidewalk, her blond hair bouncing against her shoulders, her cheeks flushed, a gym bag looped over her forearm."
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
Read between the lies.
My Thoughts: I received this as an ARC in early Fall and couldn't put it down. I love getting books in advance- but how frustrating, to not be able to obsess over it openly! This comes out in January 2018 and I'm calling it as one of the best psychological thrillers of the year. (It's already getting huge buzz.) The story is told from two angles- from a young wife who is about to marry the enigmatic and powerful man of her dreams and from the ex wife of the same man. I tend to take notes when I read so that I can draw on them when writing a blog post, and all I have written for this one is "So enthralled. Haven't been taking notes. I'm so sweaty!!!" So that should tell you something!
The presentation itself isn't that out of the ordinary. You have one unreliable narrator who has become a shell of her former self after her marriage has imploded. The younger version of her is bright eyed and idealistic, ready to marry the tall dark and handsome stranger that's recently entered her life. But once you figure out- or think you figure out- what's going on, you won't be able to stop reading.
The story generally focuses on the first wife. She was well developed, but it took awhile to get there. I was annoyed with her at first and kept wanting her to pick herself up by her bootstraps, but I eventually came around. We get to watch as she slowly falls deeper and deeper into her obsession with her replacement, even going so far as to visit the same restaurants she thinks she might have frequented. I was really digging the single white female vibe. The writing was terse, and even elegant at times. So many thrillers are deemed good by the story itself despite lackluster writing, but that was not the case here. There was a lot of tension and uncomfortable scenes, and I was surprised on more than one occasion. Such a good read! If you're a Book of the Month Club member, you can get it now! It's a BOTM exclusive. If you're not a member, consider signing up with my referral link. You won't regret it.
Favorite Quote: "They say the wife is always the last to know. But I wasn't. I just chose to look the other way. I never dreamed it would last.
My regret is an open wound."
Rating: 5/5 It was a wonderful thriller that I will have to read again. Highly recommended!