The Wife Between Us

The Wife Between Us

Book - 2018
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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. Assume nothing.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250130921
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Pekkanen, Sarah

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klclark5
Dec 20, 2020

This book is FULL of twists and turns. A couple of the major ones were good and I really enjoyed them but at the end it felt like way too many unnecessary twists were being added in the last two chapters. It seemed way too far-fetched and totally unnecessary. But if you're a person that is tired of being able to predict the plot of a book, give this book a try.

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Martha C Benner
Nov 29, 2020

Read the book to the end and I do not know why; a big waste of my time.

JCLKelseyR Oct 02, 2020

A thriller written about a jealous ex-wife and a new, soon-to-be-bride. Or is it? I loved this book, it was an easy read but certainly suspenseful and interesting. Fans of Ruth Ware would enjoy.

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gchristenson
Aug 27, 2020

I found this book while wandering a Target one day, killing some time. The cover boldly stated that this book was "in the vein of Gone Girl." Honestly, books should stop being compared to Gone Girl because it always sets up my expectations too high. Similarly, the tagline "assume nothing" didn't help either. As an avid reader of mysteries, seeing this gave me a reason to continually try and figure out "the twist" of this book.

I've seen in other reviews that this book has two big twists, which isn't completely inaccurate, but is somewhat misleading. I understand why this was compared to Gone Girl: because it has a similar dynamic of the leading couple and the tinge of "who is telling the truth" but not done as well as Flynn had done previously.

I'm giving this three stars because the first part of the book was interesting. Honestly, this would get higher stars if the first part of the book was a stand-alone novella or short story in a series as the concept was interesting. Had it not been framed as a "psychological thriller"- which the book overall is barely either psychological or a thriller- it could have been a very compelling story about a changing relationship dynamic told with an interesting lens (I won't spoil, but for those that have read it will understand what I mean by this, as the device is used in the book for different means).

The second part of the book drags exceptionally slow, while trying to pretend that it is still keeping you in suspense: chapters often ending with "but that was before everything changed" or "but everything was soon to go wrong" before completely changing course, causing me to roll my eyes and continue to wait out what this big event was. Not a spoiler-it isn't original or surprising, and was not a satisfying climax to the many, many times its alluded to.

Part three is also fine, but took forever to get there. And I will say this- I kept hoping to find the second "big twist" in parts 2 and 3. So many extra plot points were added on as red herrings and side information kept getting revealed that I had no idea what this twist was supposed to be...until I got the epilogue to find it. The epilogue. And the second twist didn't even add anything to the story, it was simply there for one last attempted "aha!" before the book was finally finished.

Fine read if you like tropes that are becoming tired in psychological thrillers, or if you aren't an avid reader of the genre and aren't going to be bored by them. At times the writing was interesting and engaging, but the payoff was not there for me to feel like I'd give this as a recommendation.

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young_librarian
Jul 30, 2020

This book begins as a pretty typical "jealous ex-wife" plot line, and given the title being "The Wife Between Us" the reader is lead to believe that it will continue in this vein. When the plot twist finally comes it is a relief but it is also slightly unbelievable as the main protagonist has shown jealousy in previous chapters. Despite this, the book was enjoyable to read and captivating enough that I finished it. I wouldn't say this is a bad book, but it was nothing new or innovative. I will continue to read future books by this author duo because even though some of the plots have been done before, they still do a good job of keeping the audience hooked. I still wanted to see how the story ended, even when I wasn't quite believing characters' motivations.

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Bookworm1136
Jul 06, 2020

4 stars. This book was a Richard and Judy book club selection Summer 2018, which is how it came on my radar. I found this a very interesting, twisted read. We hear from 3 voices, Vanessa, Nellie and (later) Emma and at times, it was hard to decide whether one of them was a good person or a bad person. Vanessa is in a marriage that looks perfect from the outside. Her husband Richard is handsome and polished and has changed her life. Before she was a young broke pre-school teacher with a roommate and not much else going for her. But when she met and married Richard, she moved out to a gorgeous house in Westchester of unimaginable luxury and they had an enviable life. But soon cracks start to appear in her life and she and the readers are wondering if she is mentally unstable (like her mother) or is she a victim of a controlling and ruthless man? This is quite a roller coaster of a read and I found myself turning the pages and thinking about the book and the people in it when I wasn't reading it. A good read and a good twisty thriller.

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lindsaybarrows
Jun 20, 2020

The first twist in this book was awesome, havent seen it done before. The rest of the story was a little hard to buy... There is one key piece of evidence the main character returns to over and over trying to prove her story, and I am just so confused as to why she latches on to it. I think that this is a good book if you can look past a few cheesy things. Worth reading through to the end.

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klucero4
May 13, 2020

This book follows the jealous ex-lover plotline that had me eye-rolling with every turn of the page. The first plot twist was a welcome surprise but not enough to change the opinions I had already formed of the characters. The second plot twist was too much and quite frankly, unbelievable. Luckily, this book is a very quick and easy read because I wouldn't have bothered to finish it otherwise.

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SusanJFerguson
Mar 24, 2020

Book Club

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debbietaylor289
Jan 05, 2020

surprises

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