- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Flatiron Books (January 15, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250076390
- ISBN-13: 978-1250076397
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The pleasure of As Long As We Both Shall Live is that Chaney’s…on the run too, a half-step ahead of us.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“Let’s just say this twisty, noir-soaked book, which will appeal to fans of Megan Abbott and Laura Lippman (not to mention James M. Cain), makes a cutting statement about the plight of even the most feminist wives….There’s never a point in which Chaney doesn’t have you in the palm of her hand.” ―Chicago Tribune
“A really satisfying domestic suspense marriage thriller in the Liane Moriarty tradition….A great beach reach.” ―New York Times Book Review podcast
“Unputdownable...This novel is anything but predictable. The female characters are forces of nature, and the plot twists are deliciously demented, a la Gone Girl and Big Little Lies.”
“Chaney grabs readers with her opening line: ‘If you try to kill your wife without a plan, you will fail.’…Marriage laid bare, with a riveting account of evasion and pursuit―and a zinger of a coda.” ―Booklist, starred review
“Far more than a typical murder mystery. From the first propulsive line, ‘If you try to kill your wife without a plan you will fail,’ to the stunning conclusion, the reader is swept along in a twisting, turning journey that is as much a treatise on marriage as on murder.” ―Mystery Scene
"Chaney alternates past and present, creating an unbearably urgent narrative, and she has a shockingly firm grasp on the barbs and ennui of long-term marriage. A perfectly paced, shock-studded chiller from an author to watch." ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This book is a wicked page-turner, dripping in dark humor, and a hell of a ride you won’t realize you are on until it’s too late to get off. So strap-in, and read this before anyone spoils the fun.”
“The perfect beach read, a multiple-murder and suspense saga that will keep readers engrossed and guessing."
“This twisty thriller will keep your heart rate elevated right up to the final page.”
“We credit Chaney in particular for giving us two great female characters―one detective and one victim (who may be much more than that).”
About the Author
JoAnn Chaney is a graduate of UC Riverside’s Palm Desert MFA program. She lives in Colorado with her family. She is the author of What You Don't Know, which was longlisted for the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award and was one of BookRiot's Best Mysteries of the Year, and As Long As We Both Shall Live.
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A husband races down a Colorado mountain trail yelling for help as his wife has fallen off a cliff. Of course, the detectives know that it's more likely he pushed her. They find evidence to support their theory but not enough.
We learn a lot about both the husband and wife, none of which endears either of them to the reader. A parallel story about one of the detectives is really just a device to make the book seem longer than it is and it's still a quick read. In fact, this book is full of devices and the plot is almost cartoon like. None of the characters are well drawn enough to make us care much about them.
However, "As Long As We Both Shall Live: A Novel" is a nice piece of work. Cheney's writing never loses its quick pace or meanders into non-essential doglegs in this nicely honed narrative. This is a fairly traditional police procedural, with alternating chapters giving us pieces of information about each character and the investigation. As soon as readers assume they know what is going on, they will be stunned by a revelation or a tantalizing bit of information in a later chapter. Cheney never lets up the intensity in her narrative; there is no downtime in this novel. It seemed like a much quicker read than it actually was. I flew through it.
Janice Evans dies early in the novel, after discovering her husband, Matt, having an affair. Twenty years later, Matt's second wife, falls off a cliff. Coincidence? Awkwardly, Matt has been embroiled in another affair (one of several he's had during his long marriage), and the police are naturally suspicious. Especially after they find out about Janice.
Everything is not quite as it seems in this twisty thriller, as the detectives are about to find out. This is a beautifully constructed novel that will ensure that dinners will go uneaten, housework undone, and anyone who depends on the reader will have to fend for him or herself. It is entrancing.
‘To have and to hold’ might have been in their vows but, ‘to cheat’, oops, left that out. Possibly the groom might have taken his own special vow ‘to murder.’
The thrilliest of thrillers, a mind-blowing war-of-the-roses kind of volatile love, and an at one with nature couple on the edge. Get comfy because this novel will make you so uncomfortable.
Matt Evans must be the unluckiest husband on the planet. What begins as a romantic getaway with Marie, his wife of many years, turns into horror when she slips from a steep cliff in the Rockies and plunges into a swirling river. No one can possibly survive the fall, and he presumes her dead. The distraught new widower must face his two daughters with news of the unimaginably tragic death of their mother.
By the time the Denver police pull a battered body from the river, Detectives Loren and Spengler have discovered that Matt’s first wife also died under mysterious circumstances. Janice’s remains were found in the ruins of a fire. According to Matt, an intruder bound the young couple before setting the house ablaze. Miraculously he escaped with a minor gunshot wound and was cleared of wrongdoing when the perpetrator was found.
Does lightning strike twice, Loren and Spengler want to know. Is Matt a grieving husband or a cold-blooded, premeditated wife-killer? What really happened behind the door of the million dollar house in Denver? Thus unfolds the love story between Marie and Matt that JoAnn Chaney tells with such relatable dark humor that I laughed out loud. This is a love story with teeth and claws bared.
Although a great fan of GONE GIRL, BIG LITTLE LIES and GIRL ON THE TRAIN, I am weary of critics using these books as the gold standard by which every thriller and mystery is judged. JoAnn Chaney’s book stands on its own, as do many others I have recently read. Her characters are wonderful. I fell in love with the curmudgeonly, often crude, Detective Loren. Her writing is crisp, and her use of lengthy run-on sentences in parts of Marie’s and Matt’s internal dialogue is masterful. AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE is highly entertaining. What an insightful analysis of, I suspect, many marriages. Brava, JoAnn Chaney!