Length: 353 pages
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What they say:
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.
The Wife Between Us is the first collaboration between Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen; a gripping thriller with film rights sold to the creators of The Girl On the Train.
The Review: With a blurb like that there’s every reason for this book to have gripped a lot of bloggers and readers, unfortunately it wasn’t for me. I suppose another thing about the blurb is that it means I can’t really tell you much about the book, except it is the story of a wife and her husband and a replacement for the wife.
In the book we are watching as Richard, the perfect husband, makes a new life with another woman. We are led to believe that his ex wife is a mess that he could not in the end, cope with, hence they are no longer together. This book is a roller coaster ride. At times you do not know who is speaking as you find out more and more about a marriage that was the definition of toxic. You do not know who is telling the truth or what happens, but that is slowly drip fed to you. I honestly see why it has so many fans. There are twists and turns and then you go back to an event, but, as I said, you are given more information that makes you formulate a new opinion. It is very well done, and I most definitely appreciated the twists when they happened, but to be honest, I couldn’t take the fact that another ‘oh by the way this also happened’ moment would be thrown in. The book felt too long and although I had a lot of ‘didn’t see that coming’ moments that impressed me, ultimately I found it way too drawn out and was relieved when I finished (sorry but it’s true). Thanks to Netgalley and St Martin’s Press for the book in return for an honest review.