The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is clever and very twisty. Coming off the back of reading The Woman in the Window by A.J Finn, another psychological suspense thriller with an unreliable narrator, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this as much. But I did.
It’s hard to go into too much detail about this book as I don’t want to give anything away so I will quote the book’s blurb:
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 reminded me of a blend between Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and Big Little Lies. It had some great twists that I didn’t see coming and just when I thought I was on stable plot ground the authors threw in another twist. Maybe one too many twists? I am still debating if this many twists worked or not.
The one problem I had with this book was that it was very clear to me that a main character painted as perfect and charming was not that way. This character made me super angry with their controlling behavior and it was therefore clear to me what they would turn out to be. Therefore I wasn’t surprised by that particular plot twist.
Having just read The Woman in the Window before this book, I noticed many similarities. Both books are set in New York. Both are twisty and have narrators who don’t tell the whole truth all at once. Both have troubled female protagonists. Both have domestic suspense and drama to the max. Both were written by editors from the publishing industry. But luckily they were different enough.
The Wife Between Us was well worth reading and enjoyable too. I highly recommend it.
Verdict: Read this if you like trying to figure out plot twists and turns before they happen.