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The Wife Between Us: A Novel Hardcover – January 9, 2018
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Praise for The Wife Between Us:
An instant New York Times bestseller (January 2018)!
A 2018 Indie Next Pick
A January 2018 Library Reads Top 10 Pick
Wall Street Journal's "6 Books to Read This Winter"
Real Simple's "Best Books of 2018"
Glamor Magazine's "All the Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018"
Bustle's "18 Best Fiction Books of January 2018"
Goop's "12 Books for Winter Break"
Popsugar's "23 Best New Books of Winter"
Hello Giggles's "19 books we can’t wait to read in 2018"
AARP's "2018 Books Preview: Chills and Thrills"
Bookbub's "Biggest Thriller Books Coming in 2018"
Retail Me Not's "Top 35 Books of 2018"
"Readers who were enthralled by B.A. Paris’s Behind Closed Doors and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl will love the skewed psychology and shifting perspectives of this domestic thriller." ―Library Journal, starred review
“[A] jaw-dropping psychological thriller. This is not another eye-rolling story about the jealous ex-wife stalking her replacement...Unforgettable twists lead to shocking revelations all the way through the epilogue.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A fiendishly smart cat-and-mouse thriller" ―New York Times Book Review
"Your basic love triangle? Hardly. Hendricks and Pekkanen have a real knack for plot-spinning, and The Wife Between Us unfolds in breathlessly ominous chapters, occasionally pausing for a narrative karate-chop." ―Seattle Times
"Buckle up, because you won't be able to put this one down." ―Glamour
"With multiple didn't-see-that-coming twists, this tome thrills." ―Us Weekly
"[A] seamless thriller that will keep readers on their toes to the very end...Readers will enjoy the dizzying back-and-forth as they attempt to figure out just who to root for and as the suspense ratchets up to one hell of a conclusion." ―Booklist
"Pekkanen and Hendricks keep the suspense dial at excruciating...a complete roller coaster-ride of a novel." ―The Washington Post
"In The Wife Between Us, you’ll be taken on a suspenseful roller-coaster that will keep you riveted until the last page." ―Parade Magazine
"An utterly absorbing debut about a marriage gone bad with a few jaw-dropping plot twists." ―AARP
“A clever thriller with masterful twists.” – Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of The Kept Woman
"A fiendishly clever romantic thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing." –Anita Shreve, New York Times bestselling author of The Stars are Fire
"The Wife Between Us delivers a whip smart, twisty plot in a taut, pacy narrative. It's terrific and troubling. This is one scary love triangle where you won't know who to trust. I loved it." –Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew
"A twisty, mind-bending novel about marriage and betrayal. A gripping plot and fascinating characters; this book will keep you turning the pages and guessing until the very end. A must-read!" –Lauren Weisberger, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada
“This amazing story gallops along at breakneck speed, with an ending that smacks you between the eyes and takes your breath away. These authors are destined to become trail blazers in the field of psychological suspense books that explode in your hands!” ―Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault
“Like a house of mirrors, The Wife Between Us kept me guessing around every corner, delving into the complexities of marriage, friendship, and obsession.” ―Javier Ramirez, The Book Table
About the Author
SARAH PEKKANEN is the internationally and USA Today bestselling author of several novels, including The Wife Between Us, The Perfect Neighbors and The Best of Us. A former investigative journalist and feature writer, her work has been published in The Washington Post, USA Today, and many others.
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press; First Printing edition (January 9, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250130921
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250130921
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.43 x 1.31 x 9.59 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #108,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Top reviews from the United States
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Usually after I finish a book, I write my review immediately while everything is still fresh in my head. This one, I had to stew about overnight while I decided how I wanted to rate it. I won't go into the premise of the book since this novel has been out for quite awhile now and there are plenty of other reviews that do.
The Wife Between Us is advertised as having twists that you won't see coming. For me, this was partially true. There is a major twist around the midway point of the book that I did see coming, however, I didn't know how the book was going to end until the final page. I thought the ending was unexpected, good, but also confusing. I must admit, I had to go back and read the epilogue a second time to "get it".
For the most part, I think this book was pretty well done. Rarely does a novel keep me guessing until the end, so it earns bonus points for me just for that. I did find my mind wandering at some points and I thought it was perhaps a tad too long and repetitive. This has been a popular book for quite a long time, however, I'm glad I found it out sale. It's certainly worth a read, but not at full price.
It just drags, the authors felt compelled to provide minute details on every activity, place, object, and thought.
The story made no sense, and kept lulling, you to sleep, while at the same time, leaving you perplexed.....total waste of money. Do not waste your money. Borrow, this one from the library, if you need a cure for insomnia.
What we know going in – basically nothing. The blurb tells us all of the things we will think while we’re reading this book and that we shouldn’t believe any of them. I really wish the blurb had been more vague; I don’t like being told ahead of time that there will be twists in a book. I end up spending more time looking for them and trying to figure out what they could be than actually enjoying the book.
What we figure out pretty quickly – A wife has been thrown over for a younger woman. She’s not handling it well, and there’s something in the way she recites her tale that tells us we’re not getting the whole story. She’s drowning her sorrows in wine that she hides from the aunt that took her in after her marriage fell apart, failing miserably at her new job, and obsessing about the new woman. It’s uncomfortable to read, especially because the writing has you feeling off-kilter about the entire situation. She’s shocked out of her malaise by the news, cattily delivered by an ex-friend, that Richard, her ex-husband, is engaged to her replacement. Finding out that piece of information sends her over the deep end. Or does it?
Part of the reason for the middle of the road rating is the story itself. Hendricks and Pekkanen try to convolute what is at its heart, a story we’ve read hundreds of times before. There wasn’t anything new here; it’s all well-tread territory. They try to make the story fresh by adding in several twists and turns, but most of them come across as entirely too elaborate, too purposely done, if that makes sense. Several of the unexpected reveals showed the work behind them. I’ll tell you, though, there’s a reveal right around the halfway mark that took me by complete surprise. And I don’t say that often. Unfortunately, the rest of the book fell a little flat.
Once we get a better handle on exactly what’s happening, this book turns into a pretty standard unreliable-narrator book, much in the tradition of Girl on the Train, Gone Girl, and all of the other books this one is being compared to. I don’t know if those comparisons are really warranted, though. It takes more than the potential for an unreliable narrator to warrant the “next major phenomenon” raves that we are constantly getting, and The Wife Between Us doesn’t quite get there.
Top reviews from other countries
The book is set in three parts, at the end of each I had whiplash trying to work out which way this story was going. It was pacy, twisty and totally confusing. It left you always questioning, at one point I began to doubt anything or anyone in the story was real!
I definitely recommend going in blind like I did, avoiding any spoilers, to get the full impact of the story.
I'm at a loss how to rate and review it , but I will definitely be recommending this book to friends.
One of the main character changes personality part way through the book, which made it hard to believe that the three parts of the book were all part of the same story. At lot of her actions in the later parts of the book conflicted with how she was behaving in the first part. The book ends with an Epilogue which is totally unbelievable, and was not needed.
By the end of the book I felt a little cheated as I felt the beginning of the book promised so much, but the ending was a real let down.