The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 4.75 stars
I don't know about anyone else, but I am tired of the publishing trend in which thrillers feature unreliable female narrators that either have a drinking problem or are emotionally unstable. These books have become formulaic, predictable, and boring to me. In some cases (I'm looking at you The Breakdown and The Woman in Cabin 10) , I had the killer and the twist identified in the first couple of chapters. When a friend of mine recommended The Wife Between Us I braced myself for another disappointment. I soon realized that I was completely wrong.
The book flips between two point of views. The first is on a woman whose husband left her penniless for a much younger woman. She is living with her aunt, drinking too much, and trying to hold on to a retail job. When she finds out her husband is about to marry the other woman, she makes it her mission to keep that from happening. The other point of view is through a younger woman about to end her career as a preschool teacher in order to marry the same man. As the story unfolds, the reader begins to question which woman is the villain or victim in this story.
The reader is warned from the very beginning to not assume anything. That is the absolute best advice. Take nothing at face value. Let the story unfold for you instead of trying to figure out the twists. The Wife Between Us is an absolute roller coaster of twists that leave you guessing at each turn. Once I picked up the book, I found myself unable to put it down. I was up reading into the wee hours of the morning; thank goodness my husband was able to take care of our 3 year old! The bleary eyes and book hangover were well worth it for what is probably one of the best books I have read all year.