Novel: The Wife Between Us
Authors: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Pages: 343 (One full page front and back for Acknowledgments)
**Mild language and adult material, may not be suitable for children or audiences under 16 years of age.**
“When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement — a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us deftly explores the hidden complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
Read between the lies. “
This novel is broken into three parts, there is a Prologue and an Epilogue as well. I enjoyed reading this novel. I must say I was slightly disappointed though. Maybe it was the description above or maybe it was the way someone else described the novel to me that I saw it coming. I didn’t see the ending coming the way it did but overall I “saw” all of it coming as it was happening. Maybe I was too prepared for it?
The way the book is played out is there is Nellie, Vanessa, and Emma as the main leading women. Richard is the male lead, his sister is Maureen. There is Aunt Charlotte, a female friend named Samantha and a Kate at the very end of the book who was previously mentioned throughout the book as well. Kate reappears at the end to kind of tie up loose ends if you will. Obviously, there are other characters throughout the book, such as Mom’s and Dad’s and such.
The book wants you to assume that Nellie is the new girl, the replacement if you will. Vanessa is the ex-wife, the old girl if you will. Emma appears later in the story once the authors try to throw you a curve ball. The authors paint Nellie to be kind of nervous and filled with anxiety because of a secret from her past. I believe the big secret Richard knows all about except one detail that has to do with a bigger secret Richard does not know all about or even partly about, yet. Confusing I’m sure, you’ll understand more once you read it.
The story unfolds and you learn all the details you need to learn. I did enjoy the read and once I got to the sweet spot, you know the one, the one where you MUST finish the book NOW!! You just HAVE to know what happens next, at THAT moment, I was practically done with the book. For me, it was about a two full days read between all the other distractions and time for sleep. I did enjoy the book completely. The only thing I’d change is the front cover description because I was set up for a plot twist. I don’t like going into a book regarding a predicted plot twist. I don’t think the best way to pull off a good plot twist is by making it the description of your novel. When it happened all I could think was “Finally.” I also believe the plot twist happened before some details were even made clear on the backstory. Maybe I would have switched those around but thinking about to them now…maybe the reason the plot twist came first was so it was easier for them to pull of the plot twist before giving all the smaller details first. However, for me, it didn’t work out that way. I saw the plot twist coming, I was not shocked, and I was more eager to read about those smaller details the authors had hidden from us for so long in the book.
“I stare at her closed door. What would I even say if I knocked and she answered? I could beg her to call off the wedding. I could warn her that she’ll regret it, that he cheated on me and he’ll do the same to her –but she’d probably just slam the door and phone Richard.” (Page 91.)
Chapter 18 (page 139) is where the plot twist, I believe, begins and then it really hits you in part two which follows chapter 18.
“My replacement doesn’t see me coming.” (Page 139.)
“Here blue eyes widen as she takes in my appearance. She examines my changed hair, then the dress draped over my too-thin frame. It is clear my reflection is not an image she can imagine superimposed on herself.” (Page 147.)
The best way to describe this novel is a story about a man and wife, they get divorced, he gets engaged rather quickly. You are led to believe the ex-wife is crazy and stalking the new replacement. Throughout the story we learn about backstories for Nellie and Vanessa, later we learn the backstory of Emma and Kate as well as the families of both Husband and Ex-Wife. In the end is where all the finishing details come out, do the engaged couple last? Does the ex-wife win in the end? Does Aunt Charlotte die? (No…she doesn’t, but I’m running out of questions here to ask without giving away the whole story.)
This is one of those stories you want to read for yourself, that a review isn’t going to do it justice so you should problem stay away from all of them before you read the book. Don’t read too much into the description of the book either because it might make you hyper-aware like it did for me and ruin the best parts of the book. (Because you would then see it coming like I did.) If you’re the type of person who jumps into a book, loses all track of reality, and easily distracted then this might be the perfect book for you, regarding the plot twist I mean.
And one more detail I wanted to share, just because sometimes I like endings like this one, I love what happened to Richard at the end of the book. I loved it because it’s not a SUPER common ending and because some awesome details went into that part that you don’t expect either. These two wrote an amazing story when it came to the small details and parts being well-thought-out to the end. Word of advice for anyone actually in the lives of Greer and Sarah, do not upset them if you know what I mean! (That’s supposed to be a joke but I didn’t want to put a winking smiley face in the review…)
Thank you for taking the time to read this review. Have you read the book yet? Do you plan on it? Please feel free to let me know what you think in comments, I’d love to hear what you thought or have to say!