Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: January 9th, 2018
Synopsis: 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.
Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.
The Wife Between Us is a much buzzed about book right now, and I can honestly say it’s entirely deserving of the hype. It’s also one of those books that you probably won’t want to read in a public place, because if you’re like me, you’ll be gasping and exclaiming out loud numerous times, which may leave you on the receiving end of some funny looks.
*As always, this is going to be a spoiler free review, but I feel the need to include a trigger warning for any reader that may have been in an abusive relationship.*
The first thing I loved was how no matter how hard I tried (and I really did), I could not tell the difference between the two authors’ writing. It flows seamlessly from one chapter to the next and helped make this such a pleasurable reading experience.
And then there’s the characters. They’re all brilliantly written. It’s actually a fairly small cast, but the intricately tied relationships between them are made so much more interesting by the multiple red herrings and mind-blowing revelations about them. The synopsis warns you not to “assume” anything, and I advise anyone planning on reading this to take that to heart. My one disappointment is that while the narrative does alternate a couple of times, given what a pivotal figure he was, I would have loved to have heard something from Richard’s POV.
There are so many twists and turns that by the time I reached the end I was completely exhausted. Of course this was also due to the fact that I started reading about 7:00 pm and finished 5 hours later at 1:00 the next morning. I honestly could not bring myself to put it down except for one brief bathroom break. I think my husband came in at one point to ask me something and I snarled something unintelligible at him!
In my opinion, The Wife Between Us is going to be a bestseller along the lines of Gone Girl and Behind Closed Doors. Unsurprisingly, it’s already been optioned for a film. Admittedly, some of the scenarios aren’t exactly realistic, but with such a wildly entertaining tale, in the end that doesn’t really matter. If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers, you need to put this at the top of your 2018 Must Read list! It’s a book that everyone will be talking about!