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Book Review: Thriller

Posted on Nov 9, 2017 |

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen


Thriller > Mystery > Suspense

I didn’t love this novel as much as everyone else seems to. I thought parts of it dragged, and some of the twists at the end seemed forced like, “Ah ha! We can do yet another switcheroo! You might have thought X, but really, it’s Y!”

I will say that at the 40 percent mark of the novel, a story that seems to be about a jealous ex-wife (Vanessa) stalking her ex’s fiancé (Emma) got decidedly creepy and more interesting. However, for me, certain mysteries weren’t solved to my satisfaction while there were twists about things that seemed inauthentic.

I don’t want to say too much about what we discover about Vanessa’s marriage, which she tells us about through flashbacks. The relationship started out as ridiculously happy, though Richard is controlling, a trait that only gets worse, to the point that she believes herself to be crazy. Her mother battled mental illness, so it’s not totally unreasonable that she might have some issues to contend with herself. Certainly her behavior to us, the readers, doesn’t exactly scream that she’s perfectly stable.

Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

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