You know that book you see everywhere? The one that is on every shelf at the bookstore, has a bajillion holds at the library and seems to be on every book list and book blog known to man? The Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, was this book for me. By the time I saw it lining one of the walls at Chapters-Indigo, I essentially flew to pick it up off the shelf. I didn’t read the synopsis. I hadn’t read any reviews but I knew that I needed to know what the hype was all about!
When I sat down to start reading, I have to admit, I was initially upset about this book. I opened up the cover and began to read the synopsis:
“when you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement…you will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. “
So, of course, I began thinking of all the things that could potentially be happening in this book. The husband is abusive, the husband is a serial killer, the ex-wife is trying to warn her. I had tons of theories and this made me a little bit angry. By being warned that this novel was nothing that I would think, I felt like I was being robbed of twists and turns.
However, as I continued my reading, I am pleased to report that the writing team of Hendricks and Pekkanen were able to deliver a plethora of twists that kept me on the edge of my seat and continuously reading!
Although warned that the novel would be different than what I was expecting, by the end of Part 1, I was in complete awe of how smart the first bit of the novel was rolled out. Going back and forth between characters, Hendricks and Pekkanen had thrown the wool over my eyes. By the time the first –twist- was revealed, I felt like clapping my hands. I loved it.
As the rest of the novel unfolded, I found myself binging the book, hungry for the ending. While I didn’t care for the final twist, I did love the novel’s general progression.
If you enjoy a domestic thriller, then I think The Wife Between Us would be an awesome choice to add to your TBR pile!