Good Minds Suggest: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen Pick Complicated Relationships

Posted by Goodreads on January 1, 2018
Greer Hendricks

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After working together on seven novels as an author-editor team, Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks knew they had a unique relationship. Not only did they share similar approaches to storytelling, but they'd developed a strong friendship through the years. When Hendricks left corporate publishing, she knew she wanted to write fiction. She didn't reveal this secret to many people, but she did tell Pekkanen. They quickly discovered they were both itching to write a psychological page-turner—one as twisty, complex, and fresh as possible.

The result of their collaboration is The Wife Between Us, which has already been optioned for film by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. On the surface, Hendricks and Pekkanen's debut appears to be a classic tangled love triangle: A jealous ex-wife is obsessed with her replacement—a beautiful younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. And yet nothing is what it seems in this psychological thriller.

No romantic partnership is free of complication—which is why readers are continuously drawn to narratives that explore their hidden complexities. Here Hendricks and Pekkanen share their picks for the best books about complicated marriages.

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"The idea that there are two sides to every story is not a new one, but in Lauren Groff's absorbing Fates and Furies, the dualities in a marriage are explored in a wholly original way—part Greek fable, part literary suspense."


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"When the unnamed young protagonist in Rebecca meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome and wealthy widower, she finds herself increasingly haunted by the shadow of her mysterious predecessor and grows determined to uncover the dark secrets that threaten her happiness."


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"This novella, which appears in Stephen King's Full Dark, No Stars, centers on a wife who must wrestle with competing urges: uncover the horrifying truth about the man she married a quarter-century ago or continue living in blissful ignorance."


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"After a head injury causes Alice to forget the past ten years, she is forced to reconstruct the previous decade and figure out how she ended up estranged from the husband she thought she loved."


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"Anita Shreve explores the inner and outer faces of a relationship from the point of view of a wife grappling with dual losses: Her husband's sudden death exposed his shattering secret life."


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message 1: by Janet (new)

Janet I have read What Alice Forgot and The Pilot's Wife. Waiting for your book to arrive at our library.


message 2: by Jordan (new)

Jordan I loved Full Dark, No Stars!


message 3: by Katie (new)

Katie Bassel I'm reco'ing THE WIFE BETWEEN US to anyone who will listen - it's EXCELLENT! And I have Rebecca on my TBR pile!


message 4: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Diebel I've been meaning to read Rebecca for forever...maybe I should finally get on it!


message 5: by Erica (new)

Erica Martirano WHAT ALICE FORGOT with a bullet!!!!!!


message 6: by Wendy (new)

Wendy Thank you for the recommendations!
I loved The Wife Between Us


message 7: by Brant (new)

Brant What a great premise!!
"On the surface, Hendricks and Pekkanen's debut appears to be a classic tangled love triangle: A jealous ex-wife is obsessed with her replacement—a beautiful younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. And yet nothing is what it seems in this psychological thriller."


message 8: by Prudence (new)

Prudence Rachel wrote: "I've been meaning to read Rebecca for forever...maybe I should finally get on it!"

Rebecca is SO good.


message 9: by Gaile (new)

Gaile I just finished Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kreuger. Excellent read.


message 10: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Diebel Prudence wrote: "Rachel wrote: "I've been meaning to read Rebecca for forever...maybe I should finally get on it!"

Rebecca is SO good."


It's definitely going to make its way to the top of my tbr!


message 11: by Kristin (new)

Kristin I read Rebecca when I was in high school for a book report. I enjoyed it, but I think I would appreciate it more now. I have added it to my TBR so I can re-read it.


message 12: by Robin (new)

Robin Berg I was in love with this book as a teen. I read it at least three times. I'm scared to pick it up again in case it doesn't hold up.


message 13: by Geo (new)

Geo Marcovici I have read Rebecca And it Was great!


message 14: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Mountrey Prudence wrote: "Rachel wrote: "I've been meaning to read Rebecca for forever...maybe I should finally get on it!"

Rebecca is SO good."


I read Rebecca about 50 years ago, and still remember some parts very vividly! Read and savor it now!


message 15: by Dommy H (new)

Dommy H Thanks for this list, I'm on a pulp crime drama at the moment, so I'm looking forward to something more thoughtful. Recently reread Rebecca and loved its dark broodiness; the relationships between the 3 women protagonists are compellingly tense.


message 16: by Bonnie (new)

Bonnie Read Rebecca when I was 18....and have watched the movies....but I do believe it is time tore-read it! Setting a goal!


message 17: by Chris (new)

Chris Free I have read Rebecca several times over the course of my life and found it fabulous every time. Du Maurier is such a great writer.


message 18: by Judith (new)

Judith Prudence wrote: "Rachel wrote: "I've been meaning to read Rebecca for forever...maybe I should finally get on it!"

Rebecca is SO good."


I agree - a period piece but very good.


message 19: by Susan (new)

Susan Thompson Katie wrote: "I'm reco'ing THE WIFE BETWEEN US to anyone who will listen - it's EXCELLENT! And I have Rebecca on my TBR pile!"

me too!


Vsander102gmail.Com Maybe Anne Tyler's ' The Amateur Marriage should be added to this list.


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