The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

I have been sitting on this review for a while now, thinking on how I want to write it. Each time I started a sentence, I was giving away too much of the plot. I went into this book blindly. I saw that the ratings were awesome and noticed it was a thriller which is my favorite genre, its not only just a thriller but a psychological thriller.

I had no idea what this book was about, and this book has lots of twists and turns that are full of surprises. This is without doubt a tense psychological thriller that makes an impact. It has you wondering if what you were reading was for real, and re-reading to check. It has you questioning what you think you know and where nothing is as it seems.The Wife betweeen us

Nellie is a young woman living on a shoestring budget in an upper east side apartment with her BFF Samantha. She is about to marry the man of her dreams. Richard is handsome, rich, and so solicitous. Always wanting to protect her and meet her every need.

There’s Vanessa. She’s seen better days. Her husband Richard left her for a younger woman, and Vanessa is having trouble accepting that. She went from living in a beautiful home and wearing designer clothes to working as a sales clerk and having to wait on the very women she once rubbed elbows with in high society. The end of her marriage has left her floundering as she wonders about the effects of fertility medication, her failure to be the ideal wife, and haunted by events that happened to her when she was at college.

What pierces Vanessa’s alcoholic haze is the shocking news that Richard is planning to remarry. Something she has no intention of letting happen as she embarks on a crusade. She must protect the intended wife, she must not undergo what Vanesssa suffered. However, is Vanessa to be relied upon? And why should another woman believe her? The narrative is delivered from the perspective of the main characters. This is a story with huge twists and a compelling storyline. It dissects the anatomy and complexities of a marriage, the lies, the secrets, the manipulation and the betrayals. Whilst you may have to occasionally suspend your disbelief, this is nevertheless a book that will grab your attention and never let go.

I can not say that I was hooked straight from the very beginning. This one has a slow burn going into it. I read it with a feeling of apprehension, knowing the writer was holding back some critical information that the reader wasn’t privy to yet. Once I got into it though I couldn’t put it down. It was like a roller coaster ride filled with twists and turns. I found this psychological thriller to be very addicting once I got to the suspense I had to backup and re-read, or rethink, what I had just read. This is is one book I will enjoy rereading with a different understanding of what is really happening. A re-read will also allow me to put together the last piece or two of the puzzle that I’m not sure I fit correctly.

The chapters are very short, so it is a fast paced read. This book is very well written. I loved the dialogue, and the writing style. The characters were so well developed. This one kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me guessing. All the clues were there but it was like a jigsaw puzzle. The pieces of this puzzle just made this an unpredictable read for me. It was so surprising. I could not put it down and kept wondering what was going to happen next. It has several jaw dropping moments.

The book ended very well. It kept my attention and amazed me. Overall, I’m sure I was blown away by this very solid, highly entertaining domestic thriller. I recommend this book because of all the twists.

My rating 4/5

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