The Wife Between Us
Author: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
Length: 11.5 hours
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Original Publication Date: 2018
Genre(s): Mystery, Suspense, Adult fiction
Vanessa is obsessed with her replacement—the beautiful, blonde bombshell her ex-husband is set to marry just months after their own divorce. Vanessa follows her replacement. She keeps tabs on her, all the while in a downward spiral in her own life. She’s lost all her friends, all her family except her aunt, all her money—but she hasn’t lost sight of what she must do. Is jealously fueling Vanessa’s actions, or something else entirely?
The Wife Between Us is supposedly an addictive, thrilling read that will keep readers guessing page after page. The reviews for this novel are raving. So…why did I dislike it so much? Unfortunately, the answer cannot be fully explained in this review, because I adhere to a spoiler-free review rule. But I’ll talk about the novel as much as I can without giving anything away.
The novel is comprised of 4 parts: Parts 1 – 3 and an Epilogue. Each part ends with a Big Twist, completely changing your view of the characters and plot going into the next part. Now, let me start off by saying how absolutely terrible I am at guessing the Big Twists. Even little twists, to be honest. I’m no Sherlock Holmes, guys. My girlfriend, on the other hand, is a regular super sleuth, and always calls things (even in non-mysteries), and is always right. So the fact that I was able to call the first Big Twist was really shocking and disappointing. However, it wasn’t so much that I was disappointed I solved the mystery of Part 1, but rather than Part 1 was so dreadfully boring that having already solved the twist did not redeem the beginning in any way whatsoever. It was slow. It was boring. And I called it.
So then in Part 2, I was a little slower to solving this Big Twist, but I still got it before it was revealed. Luckily, the story started picking up in Part 2, though by its end, I still wasn’t impressed. I was mostly just wondering where the heck the story was going. What was its endgame? It all seemed a bit pointless to me. Part 3 was finally the most interesting, thought I can’t say it redeemed the rest of the book. However, the Epilogue was a nice surprise that really ended the novel nicely.
Unfortunately, the beginning half of the novel was so slow and uninteresting (not to mention the easy-to-call twists in my own experience) that I couldn’t care too much about the rest of it. Also, I had some issues with Vanessa’s character’s inconsistency that really bugged me to the end. All that said, I don’t think this is a bad novel, I just think it wasn’t right for me. I usually enjoy these types of books, so I’m surprised I had such a negative reaction to it. I kind of wish I wouldn’t have figured everything out so fast. I do know one thing, though: I won’t be checking out this duo’s other novel, The Anonymous Girl. Unless someone can convince me otherwise.
If you like suspenseful books with crazy twists and lots of different facets to the characters and plots, this is a great book for you—as long as you don’t somehow guess everything for once in your life, like I did. Then you may be as bored as myself. Good luck!
***Hint: don’t listen to the audiobook version of this book—you may find it easier to solve things this way. The audiobook is a huge reason I figured out the first Big Twist.