Book Review: The Wife Between Us
Also by this author: An Anonymous Girl, You Are Not Alone
Published by St. Martin's Press on January 9th 2018
Genres: Thriller, Mystery
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
Okay, so I have to admit I was a little nervous when I started seeing my fellow reviewers compare The Wife Between Us to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. Even though I loved Gone Girl, not many of the novels that have been compared to it since its rise to popularity have lived up to the hype. And boy have there been a lot of them. I’m thrilled to say that not only does The Wife Between Us live up to the comparison, but I enjoyed The Wife Between Us even more than I enjoyed Gone Girl. I think we’re looking at what is going to be one of the must-read books of 2018. I also recently read that there is already a deal in place to make it into a film and I’m really excited about that.
I know this is the part of my review where I would typically describe the book without giving away spoilers. In the case of The Wife Between Us, however, I can’t really do that. To write any kind of description of even the basic plot points and characters would just spoil it. So all I’m going to say is just know based on those Gone Girl comparisons that you’re diving into an addictive psychological thriller filled with twists and turns and complex characters, and that there are also questions regarding narrator reliability. Most importantly, as the synopsis indicates, assume nothing!
My favorite part of The Wife Between Us is that it really did keep me guessing from beginning to end. I read the synopsis, which told me to ‘assume nothing’ because everything I assumed would be wrong. And then I proceeded to jump right in and start making assumptions anyway. The book just lends itself to that and no matter how hard I tried to keep an open mind, I continued to make snap judgments about characters and situations, and yes, as the synopsis warned, I was dead wrong every time. And that may sound like it should have been a frustrating reading experience, but I LOVED every page of it. Nothing about the story was predictable and that was just fabulous and refreshing.
There is one plot twist about halfway through that was such a shock to me that it made my head spin. I actually had to backtrack a few pages to make sure I had read what I thought I had read. It was truly mind blowing!
The characters in The Wife Between Us are also so well drawn. They’re complex, flawed, and utterly human, and unlike in many of the Gone Girl-style books, they are actually quite sympathetic in spite of the unreliable narrator issue. I won’t go so far as to say that I liked any of them, but I did feel tremendous sympathy for what at least one of them was going through.
The book also weeds into some dark territory as we navigate the various plot twists — mental illness, addiction, abuse, jealousy, the struggle to let go and move on after a failed relationship, etc. All of this dark subject matter weaves together seamlessly into an enthralling tale that you won’t be able to walk away from until you know the whole truth behind ‘the wife between us.’
The only thing that kept this from being a 5 star read for me was that the pacing felt a little inconsistent before that huge plot twist vs. after it. There wasn’t a huge difference but just enough that it was noticeable in terms of how quickly I moved through each half of the book.
I also can’t say that I was 100% satisfied with the book’s resolution either. I liked it for the most part, but I’ll be curious to see if that is tweaked at all when it is made into a film.
The Wife Between Us is a mesmerizing thrill ride that will keep you guessing from beginning to end. I would definitely say to go into it knowing as little as possible for the most suspenseful reading experience possible. As the synopsis says, ‘Assume Nothing.’
Thanks to Netgalley, St. Martin’s Press, and of course, authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen for allowing me to read and review this book on my blog in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts my review.
A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
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.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.
I have heard good things about this book. It sounds great and I am intrigued by the themes and the characters because of how you described them.Nice to hear that this one lives up to the Gone Girl comparison and actually superseded it.
It’s definitely a wild ride. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down.
I’ve been going back and forth on adding this one to my TBR, but I’m definitely going to add it now. Great review!
Yay, I’m so glad you enjoyed this! It is so hard to review though isn’t it. I was so afraid to give too much away but it was soooo good I wanted to say so much about it. Great review Suzanne!!
It really was one of the most challenging books to review since you couldn’t really say much without ruining it for others, lol.
I’m so glad it lived up to the hype for you! I love mysteries that can really keep me guessing until the end.
I’m glad to see you enjoyed this one! I still have an ARC of this that I’ve been meaning to get to–this really makes me want to pick it up even sooner! I really enjoy going into books without really knowing much of anything that will happen, so this sounds like the perfect one for that. Great review!
I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. It’s a wild ride!
I have an ARC of this that I am super excited to pick up! This has been on my TBR list for ages, so I’m really glad to see all of the glowing reviews for it. I’m glad that you were able to look past the problem you had with the pacing of the book and still enjoy it. Great review!
Yeah, everyone I know seems to be loving this one. It’s one that’s hard to put down once you get started, which is always fun 🙂
I like the sound of “assume nothing”. and better than Gone Girl? That piques my interest. I haven’t read Gone Girl but I’ve been meaning to, and I’ve heard it’s so twisty. Definitely think I’ll be adding this one too! I love the sound of the possibly unreliable narrator and the fact that everything you assume can be wrong.
It’s a wild and unpredictable ride, so I’ll be curious to see what you think of it if you decide to read it.
I have been craving books like this recently. I just started listening to the Couple Next Door. I will definitely have to give this one a try!
It’s a wild ride for sure. I haven’t read Couple Next Door yet so I’m curious to see what you think of that one.
I’m so glad you enjoyed this! I also had to go back and re-read the first twist because I was so blindsided! I loved it! I also thought the pacing was a little off, too.
I’m glad I’m not the only one who got blindsided by that plot twist. I hit it and was just immediately like ‘Wait, what? Did I really just read that?!”
I’ve been waiting for some reviews, and I love that you dove in and made assumptions anyway. I know I would! I am glad this kept you guessing and dislikes aside I think I will go for it. I might do audio though 🙂
I could see the audio for this one being pretty great, depending on who narrates it. I also think it’s going to be a great film.
Alright, colour me impressed with this now. I’ve been waiting for reviews of this, because I’ve been on the fence about it — but better than gone girl? Ok, you got me hooked — great review!
Yes, I liked it a bit better than Gone Girl, mainly just because I actually cared about these characters and felt more invested in what happened to them. There have definitely been a few mixed reviews though, including one from my sister. She actually thought there were too many plot twists. I’ll be curious to see what you think of it.
I have heard so many rave reviews for this book. I’m glad to see you liked it, too, and I’m right with you. Based JUST on the blurb, I’m already making assumptions! LOL
I’m glad I’m not the only one who immediately started making assumptions, lol.