The Wife Between Us is one of my highly anticipated 2018 releases, and I’m happy to report, it lived up to my expectations.
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.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet because the less you know prior to reading this one the better. Publishers, take note, The Wife Between Us is a lesson in how to write a blurb, because what reading the blurb does is spur the reader on, it makes you eager to get through the pages of this novel to find out the facts. This novel starts off slow, but with each page, the anticipation builds; you do exactly what the blurb tells you not to do – you make assumptions, and you may even, like me, be confident you’ve got it figured out. You’re eager for the bomb to drop, and when it does, it’s genius – and I was completely wrong in my assumption.
What’s great about The Wife Between Us is, you don’t have to wait till the end of the novel for things to become clearer, and you’ll think you know everything, but what follows is a heap of mini twists that allow everything to fit together perfectly. I’m purposely avoiding talking about anything that happens in this novel because you’ve got to read it for yourself, I don’t even want to hint at anything that happens, as the lure towards this novel comes from you wondering what’s going to catch you off guard next. But know that through-out the read, I was nodding my head in approval at the cleverness of it all.
Essentially, The Wife Between Us is Domestic Noir, but it’s one that takes you on a crazy ride due to all the ‘aha-moments’, rather than the quickening of the pace or the depth of the plot. I’m always curious when two authors write a novel together because I wonder if it’ll be noticeable due to the read being disjointed or if they will be able to come together as ‘one-voice.’ I’m pleased to report, Hendricks and Pekkanen have penned a fab novel that’s perfect for fans of the crazy plot twist.