I’ve always loved thrillers and have been trying to work more of them into my reading line-up. The Wife Between Us definitely had some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. Though I wished the character development had been stronger, it did make for an entertaining read.
To be published by St. Martins Press on January 9, 2017
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
Review of The Wife Between Us
I will try to tread carefully here, because I don’t want to spoil any of the reveals in The Wife Between Us. At the outset, this seems to be about an unhappy, divorced woman who is a little too obsessed with her husband’s new fiancé.
Vanessa once had it all – an adoring, successful husband and a comfortable life. Now divorced, she works in a upscale department store, waiting on the type of woman she once was. She seems a little unstable and more than a little obsessed with Nellie, the young teacher her husband is about to marry.
But this book definitely has surprises up its sleeve. The first reveal I found pretty perplexing at first, then ultimately decided it was kind of intriguing. After that, the story takes a different turn and becomes pretty suspenseful.
Sorry if this is vague, but I don’t want to spoil anything. The one thing I would say is that in a book like this, achieving the surprises can come at the expense of other things. I felt that the character development suffered a bit in order to keep the reader in the dark for a large part of the book. It’s sort of an inevitable trade-off. But I still found this an interesting story that should appeal to those who enjoyed suspenseful “girl” books like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train and “wife” books like The Silent Wife and The Twilight Wife, you should definitely check this one out!