Review: The Wife Between Us by @sarahpekkanen @greerkh @panmacmillan

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When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement. You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves. You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. Assume nothing.

If you usually read book blogs, you’ll have heard of The Wife Between Us. You surely have seen the cover and its intriguing blurb: ASSUME NOTHING. This novel has been everywhere. Most people were praising the unpredictable twists and how smart the story was. I admit I was kind of afraid, since I really wanted to like this one. You see, I haven’t had much luck with domestic thrillers lately… and hype doesn’t usually work well for me. Fortunately, I really enjoyed The Wife Between Us and thought it was well worth reading. If domestic thrillers are like this one, then I’ll definitely go back and read some more.

This is a book that should be read without knowing much about the plot. All you need to know is that it tells the story of a woman who’s worried about her replacement, that is, her ex-husband’s new fiancé. But everything is not what it seems… as you can obviously expect from a twisty book like this one.

If I remember everything well, I’d say the book had four twists. Well, actually, there was one major twists in the middle and three other surprises that came later. I know you think I always predict the twists, but that’s simply not true and this time everything took me by surprise. In hindsight, I should’ve predicted that first twist, as I had thought of crazier things, and when I got to that part I felt incredibly dumb. How did I never think of that? Kudos to the writers!

My favorite thing about this novel is hard to properly explain without spoilers, but I ¡ll say that I loved how it focused on a story that has been done multiple times, and yet the authors managed to turn it into something new and refreshing. Sorority and feminism are the first two words that come to my mind when I think of this book. And you can’t imagine how I liked that new perspective.

As for the writing, it was well-paced and intriguing, the story was carefully plotted and I never lost interest. My main complaint is that I hated that last twist at the end… it felt completely unnecessary and I think the book was already good and it didn’t need that extra surprise, which made me go all “Nooooo, don’t spoil it! That’s too much!”.

Still, The Wife Between Us is a great novel that grabs all the good stuff from The Girl On The Train and Behind Closed Doors and offers a modern take on the domestic thriller. It’s twisty and incredibly smart.

ARC, PanMacmillan, 2018

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37 thoughts on “Review: The Wife Between Us by @sarahpekkanen @greerkh @panmacmillan

  1. Great review! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. I received a copy last week and can’t wait to get to it but it’s so hyped that I’m almost afraid… I can also appreciate what you’re saying about that last twist. I’ve read a couple lately that weee just a little too twisty. It seems like the more imaginative the author, the easier it is to over do it. Sometimes the book is better served by dialing it back a bit.

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    1. Let me know what you think, it definitely had a few surprises and I liked them for the most part but that ending was like “eyeroll”… I hope you enjoy it!!!

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  2. I’m still debating about this one although as we discussed I’m super curious about any book that can surprise you with unexpected twists! If you would’ve hated this I could pas it by without remorse….now I may have to try it some time this year:)

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  3. You’re right, I have seen this book around a lot, but I haven’t read that many reviews. I appreciate that you didn’t spoil anything 🙂 I’m really curious about this one. I love reading a good mystery/thriller, but lately I’ve been disappointed by the ones I’ve read. This sounds good though!

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  4. Awesome review Annie. I still can’t pinpoint exactly I wasn’t too crazy about this one. I think my expectations were too high but like you, I enjoyed the unpredictable twists. Especially the first one.

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  5. Wonderful review! I admit that this is one of my favorites so far this year but after thinking about what you said, I have to agree with you about the last twist. It really added nothing to the story, and I do remember thinking when I read it…okay, really!! But I did love the way the authors turned the story upside down and inside out and whatnot. I just can’t be surprised anymore with twists and always and have the whodunit figured out before the halfway mark anymore, so it’s always exciting for me when I pick up a book that actually leaves me guessing, LOL!

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