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