Review: The Wife Between Us – Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen


The Wife Between Us - Hendricks and PekkanenThe Wife Between Us – Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: January 2018
Rating:  4/5
Synopsis: 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.

Assume nothing.

Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US is the debut novel of co-authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Hendricks, a former book editor with a major New York publishing house, lives in Manhattan with her family. Pekkanen, the author of seven bestselling solo novels, lives in Maryland with her three sons. THE WIFE BETWEEN US has been sold in 30 countries and optioned for film by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners. It is a Book of the Month Club Pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and an Indie Next Pick. Hendricks and Pekkanen are currently at work on their next novel, also a psychological thriller.

Review:  I want to avoid as much plot as possible because I don’t want to ruin a single thing.  There are some fantastic twisty bits to The Wife Between Us that genuinely run you over like a semi truck and I don’t want to offer any hints.  I did have to go back and reread some portions to try and suss out exactly what was going on.  You’ll need to use your brain a bit for this one.

Vanessa, ex-wife to Richard, is down on her luck and living in a small apartment with her aunt.  Post divorce, she’s gone from housewife to retail hell at Saks.  She’s an addict, alcohol being her drug of choice.  I think that was one major thing that bothered me about The Wife Between Us.  It’s very en vogue these days to use alcohol issues as the perfect foil to create an unreliable narrator.  It’s been done several times and ways and every time I’m left feeling a little cold.

Nellie, Richard’s soon to be new wife, is the anti-Vanessa.  She’s bright, teaches pre-school and is a genuinely happy and refreshing interval every other chapter.  Where Vanessa is dark and brooding, Nellie is light and joyful… until Richard’s ex starts to turn up. Or so it seems.

Initially I gave The Wife Between Us three stars.  Then I thought about the book for a few days, always a good sign, and bumped it to 3.5.  And then I sat down to review it today and thought “what the hell” and put it up to four.  The fact that I’m still thinking about it even two weeks later means it has stuck with me, and with as many books as I read that’s quite an accomplishment.

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