When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
It’s about a jealous wife, obsessed with her replacement.
It’s about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves.
The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
You will be wrong.
The Wife Between Us is the first collaboration between Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen; a gripping thriller with film rights sold to the creators of The Girl On the Train.
The Wife Between Us … well flipping heck! I don’t know where to start. It is rather twisty mctwistface, in the way that it completely messes with your head. It is delightfully unsettling. This is the psychological thriller, that everyone is talking about. Domestic noir, a cut above the rest.
We get three characters; an ex-wife, the husband and his new fiance. A bizarre love triangle emerges. Vanessa Thompson is a wreck, following the end of her marriage. She has a job she is struggling to hold onto. She is reliant on alcohol, to fill the emptiness. We meet a woman who has stopped caring and is just existing. Richard, her ex husband, seems to have moved on. He has a brand new gorgeous young fiance. The marriage is going to take place very soon. Vanessa becomes obsessed. She must stop the wedding. She stalks. She worries. She acts.
Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have a fabulous way of letting the reader meander along. Suddenly the perspective changes. Insight. Then we know. We reinterpret everything. So deliciously clever. The classic unreliable narrator, in operation. We can’t trust anything. That is why I am saying very little about the plot. Avoid spoilers and go into this psychological thriller, with as little prior knowledge as you can. Enjoy the ride. Wait for the bumper twists. Breathe out.
My advice is ignore the hype. Go in, with no expectations. Believe no one. Trust nothing, she says in a spooky X Files voice. Read it ALL, in one sitting. Wonder how it will translate to the big screen. Recommended.