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.
THE WIFE BETWEEN US – MY THOUGHTS
The Wife Between Us is described as a thrilling tale for lovers of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. As I have read – and loved – both books, this sounded right up my street and I chose it as my “a book published this year” option for my 2018 book challenge. However, for almost half of the novel I was utterly dissapointed. It was just had too much of an echo of The Girl on the Train that I just felt like I had read it before and it felt so unoriginal that I almost put it down and walked away.
I am so glad that I didn’t!! Told in three parts, it was exactly as part one came to an end that I realised just how wrong I really was.
It took around a week for me to get through the first 40% of The Wife Between Us, but I managed to clear through the following 60% in two days. As soon as the first twist comes and everything starts to click into place, what you are left with is a compelling read that you just can’t put down.
You would be forgiven for thinking that I would believe the first section should maybe be re-written seeing as I disliked it so much, but not at all. The relationship between Vanessa and Nellie along with their journeys and personalities are absolutely fundamental to the rest of the book. You believe you are reading one story and form opinions on that – I’m almost ashamed to say that I certainly did – only for it to be completely blown apart by the end of that first part. So much so, that if it were not for the fact I desperately wanted to know what happened next, I would have gone back and re-read it with fresh eyes knowing what I then knew.
Then comes the end of part two and you realise just how much everything with The Wife Between Us is interlinked. Huge credit to both Hendricks and Pekkanen though as it never feels complicated when you are reading. Instead the writing style is so fluid, that the authors simply take you on a journey and guide you through these tangled relationships in such a way that it is not too difficult to keep up.
Overall I really enjoyed The Wife Between Us and really would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. However, just keep with it and don’t assume you know where the story is heading.
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