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The Wife Between Us

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  118,935 ratings  ·  14,218 reviews
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 – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks an
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Greer - author, wife, runner, dog-owner
Sarah Pekkanen
Sarah Pekkanen - author, journalist, mom, adventurer

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Emily May
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was ok

2 1/2 stars. Ugh, I'm almost as disappointed in myself as I am in this book. I don't consider myself an especially astute mystery/thriller reader. Pull out a good twist and I will probably be surprised. But here I saw the first big twist coming, and the string of twists after that left me feeling cold. Trust me to be wearing my detective glasses at the exact moment I really needed to be surprised.

The Wife Between Us basically introduces itself in the blurb as a book full of twists. Ass
j e w e l s
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Where to start? This is hands down the twistiest, fastest, funnest-to-read domestic suspense in ages!

Unreliable narrator? Check.

Breath taking plot twists? Check.

Fast turning addictive page turning? Check. check. check. check. check!

What else is there in life?

Unlike all the other domestic noir books that claim to be the next Gone Girl, THE WIFE BETWEEN US actually IS the next book that people will go crazy over. I'm so ex
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I know I am probably going to get beat up for this, but here goes nothing….

Secrets, lies, and a whole lot of over-the-top twists make up The Wife Between Us. This was a fun and entertaining read, but in the end it wasn’t the right book for me.

I loved the first half of this book--I ate up every word, and dreaded the moment when I had to put it down. I was surprised by the first twist--it threw me for a loop! Seriously, I was so addicted to this book that I read it every chance I got, in
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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All the stars!!

It was the cover that first caught my eye. I loved it. And after reading the description for this novel, I couldn’t wait to read it.

As the book opens, a woman is unaware that someone is watching her. That someone is out to ruin her.

“She is oblivious to what I have done to her”

NELLIE can’t talk about the night that began with drinks and laughter, but ended with police and despair.

But now Nellie feels safe wit
It’s a little late now—will all the pages having been turned—but my initial decision to skip this one way back when was the right one.

I was pretty darn adamant about sticking to my guns—bypassing this book entirely—until I wasn’t. Some anonymous girl convinced me I *had* to know who the wife was getting between people.

Thank goodness for small favors though. Had I not been a hype avoider last year, no doubt, I would have succumbed to the almighty and powerful Fear Of Missing Out and snatched up
Warning: unpopular opinion. I cannot for the life of me understand the high ratings and great reviews this book is getting. The description for this book on goodreads literally says: "Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life." Blockbuster novel of suspense? Did I just read the right book? Is this a joke or...?

This book claims to be a suspense/thriller but it's neither of those things. It's a mystery that is dragged out throughout the entire book, t
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is without doubt a tense psychological thriller that makes a impact. It has you wondering if what you were reading was for real, and re-reading to check. It has you questioning what you think you know and where nothing is as it seems. Vanessa Thompson is a divorced woman who is barely managing to keep herself together and her days off from her job at Saks endanger her employment. She exists in a alcoholic haze, the wine bottles in her home attest to this. Vanessa used to be married to the w ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best mystery & thriller 2018! what will happen?

every time i read a review where a book is “praised” as being "compulsively readable," i roll my eyes.

ev. er. y. time.

and i don't know if this particular book has received that lazy praise-umbrella anywhere, but in general, it's one of those overused empty-calorie assessments that tells me nothing about a book but is taking up space and time where i could have been reading something more useful. wh
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
This little number is now available! My favorite thriller of 2017


I am leaving my first impression above because it still fits how I am feeling several hours after finishing this book. I think some may find the first third of this book slower-building (which I happen to love) and possibly even a tiny bit confusing. I will not give anything away, but keep going. Trust me. I already have a book hangover from this because my next book is not written nearly as well. So about that, the writ
Elyse Walters
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The new *IT* psychological suspense novel - to be released in stores everywhere in January 2018 - is GOOD! It’s really GOOD!


I personally think it must have been a ‘KICK-OF-FUN’ for authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen to collaborate together.
There is a wonderful YouTube of both authors speaking about ‘how’ they went about writing it together - they didn’t each just take one character. They both worked on everything ..... and it sure sounds like they treasured working to
Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it

I have been sitting on this review for awhile now, thinking on how I want to write it. Each time I started a sentence, I was giving away too much of the plot. I went into this book blindly. I saw that the ratings were awesome and noticed it was a thriller which is my favorite genre, its not only just a thriller but a psychological thriller. I did read the blurb and the blurb didn't give anything away either. I had no idea what this book was about, and this book has lots of twists and turns that
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019

Aqsa, thank you for the buddy read and the lot of explanation! :-)

My thoughts in a nutshell
It was a rollercoaster. The funny thing about it is that I thought it would be my new favorite. I enjoyed it most of the time and then my enjoyment turned around and I noticed I hate it. The ending was hella bad.

The story is about…
Craziness, jealousy with fucked up characters. I can't tell you more about it.

What impressed me the most 😊
I like the plot twist, but I feel sorry about that it happened so e
Evgnossia O'Hara
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, thrillers
Review was originally published on Through the Chapters|Blog

*3 stars*

Have you heard about the ironic process theory which deals with the attempts to suppress certain thoughts and by this means make them more likely to surface?

For example, imagine a situation where someone tells you not to think about pink elephants. So, what are you doing? You are thinking about those pink elephants. You picture them in your mind in all their glory and even when you try to think of something else they invade int
Holly  B
I am just speechless!

There are so many twists, I was seeing double! My head was spinning and I went back to re-read several parts to “make sure” I read what I thought I read. Yes, that is exactly what I read. I need a lifeline….can I call a friend?

Meet Vanessa, the ex-wife with issues. I think I know her! She is jealous and obsessed with her replacement, Nellie. She is young and pretty just like her former self and Vanessa is having a hard time dealing with reality! Richard is the handsome, but
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Wife Between Us is a 2017 St. Martin’s Press publication.

Engrossing domestic thriller!

This book got such a tremendous response from my fellow GR friends, I shot it up to the top of my TBR list, ignoring my usual cautionary optimistic approach to well received popular books, because I just had a feeling this one would deliver.

Richard’s first wife, Vanessa, was dumped for a younger woman after many years of marriage. Gone were all the trappings of wealth she had enjoyed as she struggles to
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
When you read a very hyped up thriller and just end up disappointed.

I'm not going to give away any of the storyline because it is one that you just have to read. When I started this book I was over the top excited...because it does start off so very good.

Then for some stupid reason the book gods that hate me stepped in and decided to make this a total story twist overload.

Every frigging wife book doesn't have to be stupid Gone Girl. (I hated that shit too.)
Just make some crazy married peoples
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Another thriller, another meh review.

This book follows an ex-wife obsessed by her replacement... or so you'll think.

The book did contains some twists I didn't see coming but I can't say I cared... at all. Contrary to the other reviews, I don't think this book will blow your mind. It was another domestic thriller with a drinking non reliable woman. It's now so common, it's straight up boring. I'm literally wondering if we read the same book.

If you're going to read it, I recommend the audiobook s
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Vanessa has problems. Now that she’s divorced from Richard, she can’t stand the fact that Richard has moved on. Not only is he his usual thriving self, but now he’s getting married to someone new–someone young and beautiful. It just so happens that this new woman reminds Vanessa of someone she used to be.

What is it about Richard? Was he a perfect husband? Is he truly a knight in shining armor? Was Vanessa a psycho and mentally uns
When a book can create a buzz…when my sense of anxiety notches up! I know I’ve come across a great read!
This fantastic new release by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen did just that for me! With a constant aura of anticipation and unease, (Just what we love when reading a thriller!) I breezed through the pages.

I was reminded partially through, (thank you Brenda!) that a wicked twist lay ahead. Yet even with a heads-up, I never saw it coming! Whaaat??!! And bonus…there were plenty more to
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, thriller, arc
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Engrossing and addictive, this little gem of a thriller with a major twist had me second guessing every character and I loved every moment of it!

This is one of those books that is unputdownable – you will be thinking of the characters when you’re not reading and wondering how it will all pan out. I had absolutely no
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it

When I read a book, there is something satisfying about being able to figure out the mystery before the big reveal. And there is something even more satisfying about being completely flummoxed as to what just happened. This was my reaction upon reaching the conclusion:

Step by Step Instructions For Reading This Book

1. Find a Comfy Chair

2. Maybe make a cup of tea or cocoa

3. Abandon all hope that you will get anything else done today. You won't want to. Your eyes are going to be glued to this

EEK! A twister blister formed in my poor brain and it was ready to burst! This thriller had a twist that made me think three things, explanations that jumped fast around inside my head, irritating the hell out of the blister: Either I was an absolute dummy, or I had meandered into the Twilight Zone, or the publisher (or editor) had made a mistake that was mammoth and unforgiveable.

My 10-step journey:

1. Was going along just fine, enjoying this fast-moving thriller. La-dee-da, la-dee-da.

2. Got h
Larry H
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'm between 3 and 3.5 stars. Maybe 3.25?

"In my marriage, there were three truths, three alternate and sometimes compelling realities. There was Richard's truth. There was my truth. And there was the actual truth, which is always the most elusive to recognize. This could be the case in every relationship that we think we've entered into a union with another person when, in fact, we've formed a triangle with one point anchored by a silent but all-seeing judge, the arbiter of reality."

Vanessa's mar
Carol (Bookaria)
This is an excellent thriller!

The main character is a woman whose wealthy and attractive husband Richard has left her for a younger woman. Since the divorce, she has been living with her aunt and works at Saks.

Then she learns that her ex-husband plans to marry again and this is where the book starts.

Let me tell you, the publisher's description of this book is accurate: "ASSUME NOTHING". Go into it as blind as possible and you won't regret it. The less you know the better your reading experienc
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, net-galley
Piercing eyes locked in.......trying to make sense of what has just transpired.

Like the unsettled feeling of reclaiming your own wine glass in a sea of abandoned stemware left willy nilly on a crowded bar. A second's turn of your back and your identity is gone. Claimed by another or still existing in a look-alike world. Here and then gone......

Vanessa Thompson awakens in the tiny guestroom in her Aunt Charlotte's apartment. Her marriage is over and the aftermath is like shattered glass with the
Norma * Traveling Sister
4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars!

This book was an entertaining read that was extremely enjoyable and hard for me to put down! It is definitely going into my favourite reads shelf! It's chilling, gripping, intense, and filled with so many unexpected twists and turns that will keep you guessing right until that cleverly written surprise ending! Would recommend!

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I was vaguely optimistic that I might get through 2017 without a rant but lucky me, I won a copy of The Wife Between Us through a Goodreads Giveaway.

** Beware of Spoilers and Raging, Wrathful Rant Ahead!!! **

You have been warned.

I actually had to put off writing this review for quite some time until I had cooled down and thought over what I was going to say.

Oooh, this is going to be fun. Where shall I begin? (rubbing my hands together with devilish delight)

Let's start with our heroine (and I u
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Such a fantastic read!! I didn’t read anything by each of these authors but the combination of their work was wonderful! I hope they work on other stories with each other! And it’s better if you go into it blind, not even read the blurb!

It’s said in the blurb:

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 – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they bot
Holy Cow! UN-believable!

To be honest, at first, I thought this novel was just another contemporary version of "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" but NO way. THE WIFE BETWEEN US is exceptionally creative and SO MUCH MORE!

Then....confusion set in (for 2 minutes) BUT I soon found it was all part of the author's elaborate scheme to set up the reader, SO.....if you gave up along the way, you just may want to pick up where you left off because (for me) THE WIFE BETWEEN US is a winner of a debut

I believe pretty constantly that I am stuck in some purgatory-esque punishing cycle of monotony.

I believe I am sentenced to a lifetime of reading the same comment on my pre-review of Turtles All the Way Down. I believe I will never escape my apparently unbelievably high standards for books, considering I never like anything. And now, I believe that I will forever hate every thriller.


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Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen are the co-authors of the blockbuster New York Times bestseller, THE WIFE BETWEEN US, as well as the forthcoming, AN ANONYMOUS GIRL. AN ANONYMOUS GIRL has been optioned for a television series by eOne, with Sarah and Greer executive producing. THE WIFE BETWEEN US has been optioned for film by Amblin Entertainment, with Sarah and Greer screenwriting the adaptation ...more
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