The Wife Between Us: A Novel
YAY!!! I FINALLY got to read this one (and I got it on sale!! I was so thrilled), ’cause I had been stalking it for weeks since its release. A few of my book-buds were raving about it, and well… you know me and psych-thrillers (especially of the downward-spiral stalker kind). LOL!
P.S. I am assuming the publisher heard I was reading this (or maybe this was just BLIND LUCK), but they reached out to me and offered a HARDCOVER copy (and a bag!!) for one of our lucky commenters here!! Yep! St. Martin’s Press is partnering with me for a giveaway!!! YAY US!!! Oh and they sent me a quote about this book and I must say, OH YES… (so I’m adding it):
“The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage—and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.”
And this had it ALL. In fact, it had me guessing the whole way through, and I couldn’t quite pinpoint who the “villain” really was, in this.
Maryse: I’m reading “The Wife Between Us” and I’m hooked. …I want to devour it. It has me. This is exactly the kind of psych-thriller I love. Will she become a stalker, is she going through a downward spiral, what will she do? Is her ex-husband the bad guy? <— Right now I’m stuck right in the middle in that perception. Clues about her old life with him… as his wife (direct from her own thoughts)… reveal that I’m in for something big.
GAH!!! What twist will blindside me?!!!
She’s the ex-wife, and her husband is marrying a younger woman, and she has not moved on and wants him back… she seems like she just might be losing it (but bits and pieces of their past life together is being revealed ever so subtly). I LOVE WHEN THAT HAPPENS!!!
Stacey: The Wife Between Us on Audible…5++++ stars!
Maryse: I had an exciting A-HA!!! moment while reading my psych-thriller yesterday (literally, my jaw dropped when it came to me).
Suddenly I saw a whole different possible version of the POVs I was reading from… thinking my whole perspective of the women changed. I was excited at the prospects!!! How clever, I thought. And then I was wrong. 😛 Tee hee!! I can’t WAIT to find out what the twist is. I bet it’s even better. I love when that happens!
Jean: I loved The Wife Between Us
Lisa: The Wife Between Us was good – definitely a twisty turny kind of book. I’ll admit that I almost DNF’d it because I was confused (and you all know how I hate to “work” at my reads), but I am so glad I stuck in there through it all! It comes together beautifully by the end. Can’t wait to see what you guys think when you read it!!!
Joy: I saw this in the deals of the day section and lost my mind! It’s been in my wish list forever but I knew it would eventually go on sale! What a wonderful Saturday morning gift!
Hilaria: Oh, this is the one I heard so much about!
Talon: Fantastic read
What do they call that? What’s that book term to describe a the main character that is… not unstable. But possibly. Unpredictable. Well, that, yes, but that’s not the term I’m trying to remember. It’s a “book-term”. Unreliable-narrator!!! <— That’s it. And I kept wondering about her… oh how I wondered. 😉 Is she? Is she not? I’ll let you get to know her and conclude for yourself. I LOVE this style!!!
Anyway, all that to say, from the eyes of the despondent ex-wife, you find yourself asking… is she just unstable and going through a mental breakdown, or was she wronged? It all comes full circle, revealed in bits and pieces in just the right amounts… in just the perfect timing. The whole journey getting there was unnerving and exciting, and I didn’t know if she was just unhinged, or… well. Anyway. 😉 I loved the entire process, I loved trying to work it all out on my own, and all of my crazy guesses, but in the end end? It surprised me. TWICE! HOW. FREAKING. CLEVER!!!!
So what’s it about?
Vanessa (nicknamed by her husband – er… now ex-husband “Nessie”) is dealing with the aftermath of her divorce. After have lived a life of luxury due to her husband’s wealth (and leaving her teaching job that she loved to focus on having a family), she finds herself… at a crossroads.
Her husband has left her for a younger woman, and she’s obsessing about it. Having not fought for her own rights in the divorce, she’s left homeless (now living with her elderly aunt), and was given a tiny lump-sum settlement, and all she has left are the high-end clothes and shoes from her closet. With at least that in hand, she’s back to work, now as a salesperson in a high-end department store, helping the very customers that she used to socialize with.
I hear her voice wafting back toward me. “Poor thing,” she says to her sister, and I detect real pity in her tone. “He got the house, the cars, everything…”
“Really? She didn’t lawyer up?”
“She turned into a disaster.” Hillary shrugs.
It’s as if I’ve slammed into an invisible wall.
But accidentally seeing her ex-husband’s new girlfriend in passing, sets her on a tailspin. Even more so, when she realizes they are now engaged and getting married very soon.
The roaring in my head suffocates the rest of her words. I nod and back away.
Richard is engaged. My husband is actually going to marry her.
I make it to a dressing room. I lean against a wall and slide down onto the floor, the carpet burning my thighs as my dress rides up. Then I drop my head into my hands and sob.
She becomes obsessed, distraught and sets herself on quite a mission. OH MY.
She is oblivious to what I have done to her. She is unaware of the damage I have wrought; the ruin I have set in motion.
To this beautiful young woman with the heart-shaped face and lush body—the woman my husband, Richard, left me for—I’m as invisible as the pigeon scavenging on the sidewalk next to me.
She has no idea what will happen to her if she continues like this. None at all.
From past to present, we are presented with an array of personal detail about the heroine herself (from having been raised by a mentally unstable mother, to an event that she’s running from)… you see life through HER eyes. And well… everything, is… questionable.
She thinks I’m a victim; just another woman cut down by the approach of middle age.
The compassion would be erased from her expression if she knew of my role in our demise.
This one will keep you wondering, reevaluating, backtracking, and I have no doubt, gasping in glee when it all comes together. Especially the day after you’ve finished, had some time to refresh, and suddenly it becomes even clearer, in retrospect. Ahhhhhhhhh WOWOW!!!
The only part I could have done without was the epilogue. Strange, right? Those usually bring us an immense amount of relief. This one brings us an added touch of whaaaaaaaa?, and, although it doesn’t take away from the story, to me, was over-the-top considering the realistic aspect of this story as a whole, and unnecessary. No. It doesn’t leave us un a cliffhanger, but the main story as a whole was perfect for this genre, so that epilogue was one twist too many. And I DO love my twists. I sat there… tapping my scrunched up lips, thinking… really? REAAAALLLY?
But you know what? I’m going with it. 😉 LOL!! Why not?
4.5 STARS!!!! <— Excellent execution, unravelling bit by bit, and took me by surprise! Very clever twist and it all makes sense. To me, anyway. 😉
READY FOR THE GIVEAWAY? St. Martin’s Press is partnering with me for a giveaway!!! I am assuming the publisher heard I was reading this (or maybe this was just BLIND LUCK), but they reached out to me and offered a book for one of our lucky commenters here!!
How to enter to win? Just leave a comment below (or better yet, let me know what book you read that had the biggest jaw-dropping reveal or twist that you didn’t see coming – romance, thriller, any genre!!!) and by Tuesday night (Tuesday June 12th 2018, 10pm EST), I will randomly choose a winner. Winner will be contacted by email, and must reply within 48 hrs with their mailing address so St. Martin’s Press can send you your prize. :D!!!
Twists & Turns Ahead!
Be ready no matter where this read takes you. The perfect summer read for a summer getaway – winner receives a copy of The Wife Between Us and a Lo & Sons weekender bag.
Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by St. Martin’s Press.
- Read an excerpt from The Wife Between Us
- Watch a video of authors Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen on The Wife Between Us