The Wife Between Us
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 e ...more
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 w ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. which ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
** 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 pe ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 thi...more
My 10-step journey:
1. Was going along just fine, enjoying this fast-moving thriller. La-dee-da, la-dee-da.
2. Got h ...more
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 ...more
the book blurb for this is very vague and i think that suits the story perfectly. the narrator is unreliable (ugh. i hate the ‘alcoholic ex’ trope, but whatever. i could deal with it in this), everyone talks in half truths, and the way the story is told is twisty turvy. yes, that does add some thrilling/mysterious elements, but t ...more
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 experi ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship."
I love it when a book can make you think one thing and then pull a 180. You're reading along, minding your own business certain you know what and who you are reading about when suddenly the rug is pulled out from under you and you realise you knew nothing Jon Snow.
Part 1 has 2 POVs. The 27 year old nursery school teacher about to marry the rich, handsome and charming man of her dreams, and the ex wife; shunned and poo ...more
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