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Review: The Wife Between Us

Review: The Wife Between Us

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The Wife Between Us 
by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
St. Martin's Press, Expected January 9, 2018

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.
Assume nothing.
Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.

Five Stars!
I was able to read an advanced copy of this novel thanks to the publisher in partnership with NetGalley. There are many levels of deceit in this tricky little tale, with some of the most innocuous characters hiding their own secret agendas even after you think all of the secrets have been revealed.

The first twist of the book was one that I guessed at after reading the first 20% of the book, and then payoff was delivered around the 40% mark- so what else was to come if such a reveal was being offered so early on in the story? A lot more looks into the past to discover why we should be so worried about Richard’s newest bride.

There are enough turns in the plot for me to want to avoid using too many names or specific moments in the story, for fear of spoiling a really great book for thriller readers. This is one of those stories where it’s more fun to read along and guess for yourself who can be trusted and who might be mentally unstable.

There is a hint of unreliable narration as each detail is carefully parceled out in a deliberate order, but never so much that you feel like you can’t actually believe the people we’re hearing from, and it made for a fun puzzle even as I worried over some very dark scenes. A small spoiler: For those who become anxious about animal abuse scenes, know that there is a mysterious disappearance of a beloved dog in the story, it’s never specified what exactly happened to the dog, but the tension around this part of the story is particularly heavy.

Overall this is a fun mystery to unravel, with an epilogue that delivers one final reveal while also allowing readers to feel the kind of closure not always available from these kinds of stories. 

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