First, a thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the advanced copy of The Wife Between Us, which will be released on January 9, 2018. But second… a question for NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press about why they are giving out advanced copies of a book that is nearly impossible to review without giving something away? Okay, I’ll give it a whirl.
The Wife Between Us is a collaboration between Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen and it is classified as a domestic thriller and mystery. I have not read anything by Greer Hendricks, but I have read a few things by Sarah Pekkanen and especially enjoyed The Opposite of Me. Collaborations can sometimes be tough to read, but this was very seamless. This is a psychological thriller – I promise you that when this book is released the cover will have at least one comparison to Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train or Behind Closed Doors – but I am very happy to tell you that someone (actually two people) finally upended the genre in a pretty great way.
The structure will seem very familiar: unreliable narrator, unraveling marriage, alcohol, etc. The first part is an interesting and not exactly fast paced narrative of a woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown and then you twist and turn hard and fast. I knew from the publisher’s description that there was red herrings and a plot twist, but I had no idea it would be this. It’s simple and elegant and it pretty much works. I basically gulped it all down in a day because I was trying to figure out where they were going with it. It’s been a while since I’ve been kept on my toes like this, so I recommend it for a fast, fun read and I would also recommend reading it in early January before everyone spoils it for you!
The Wife Between Us – Grade B+