When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. It’s about a jealous wife, obsessed with her replacement. It’s about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves. The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. You will be wrong.
“When you read this book, you will make many assumptions…You will be wrong” is a very bold claim for a book to make, particularly in this genre-savvy age. I did enjoy this story but I wish I hadn’t had that challenge – my brain can’t help dwelling on that during its down-time, thinking ‘what is the twist?’, ‘is it that?’, ‘does that mean that?’ and ‘is that…aahhh’.
I did work out a couple of the twists in The Wife Between Us, but that is not a criticism of the writing; rather, the blurb makes you constantly question everything, and once you do, you start spotting the hints.
Despite that, this remains a well-written and cleverly-plotted psychological mystery. It has interesting characters, some intriguing questions and many moments of genuine tension. It is an easy read but you go through the whole gamut of emotions with Nellie and Vanessa and everyone else.
What plays out is a full on battle of wills between the lead characters. There are plenty of revelations towards the end of the book and the final third is quite the rollercoaster! I would be very happy to read more from Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen and am interested to see what they do next.
Thank you to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for the ARC of The Wife Between Us.