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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!
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"
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"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
"Buckle up, because you won't be able to put this one down." ―Glamour
"The Wife Between Us bests The Woman in the Window in the didn’t-see-it-coming plot twist category." ―USA Today
"[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
"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
Greer Hendricks spent over two decades as an editor at Simon & Schuster. Prior to her tenure in publishing, she worked at Allure magazine and obtained her masters in journalism from Columbia University. Her writing has been published in The New York Times and Publishers Weekly. Greer lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children. The Wife Between Us is her first novel.
Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally and USA Today bestselling author of seven previous novels. A former investigative journalist and feature writer, her work has been published in The Washington Post, USA Today, and many others. She is the mother of three sons and lives just outside Washington, D.C.
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I received a copy from St. Martins Press for review.
If you are in the mood for a story of psychological suspense, you have found the book for you. This is a collaboration between Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen where their voices mesh together so well there is no distinction between them. The narrative flows easily and creates an atmosphere of tension that continues to build throughout the book. The story is told mainly from the perspective of Nellie, recently divorced from Richard. As if she hasn't suffered enough trauma during the marriage and divorce, now she learns that Richard is already engaged to someone. The story then begins to center around what Nellie can do to change that situation.
In order to keep from spoiling the story for other readers it wouldn't be wise to relate any more of the plot. The city of New York provides the bustling, noisy, impersonal background for what is happening to the women whose lives swirl around Richard. The twist at the end of the story caught me completely by surprise. Even after I finished reading I still wonder if I actually have the story right. This would make a good book to read at least twice.
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.