My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publish Date: January 9, 2018.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Wife Between Us!
The quote below is from this article. I think it’s very relevant to the theme of this book.
Two women. One is older, one is younger. One marriage is over, the other is about to start.
Nellie and Vanessa love the same man – Richard. Nellie is engaged to him; Vanessa is the former spouse. Sounds like your typical love triangle, right? YOU ARE WRONG! This book will turn you on your side. You think that you know each woman’s story. Just as you get to know Nellie and Vanessa and you start to predict what happens next… BAM! Surprise! Details are uncovered that leave you feeling ambushed and flabbergasted. It’s been a while since a book has done this to me.
Everything changes because an unexpected twist happens late in the book and the story is not what you were led to believe.
This book does an excellent job at illustrating the importance of perspective, and how different stories can arise with each individual person’s view on events.
Each individual may experience the same situation differently depending on how they interpret it. And time changes everything.
I recently ran across an article written by Ada Calhoun in the New York Times where she discusses the changes all married couples go through. She theorizes that while we assume the person we marry is going to be the same person forever, the fact is we all change, and we need to accept and anticipate it.
I think this book is sharing the same message.
This book definitely fits into the psychological suspense genre, because it emphasizes the unstable psychological states of its characters.
I really enjoyed this book. It drew me in right away and then when I got comfortable with its direction, the authors dropped bombs that had me confused.
This book was like a puzzle for me and I wanted to figure out how the pieces fit together. I stopped and said “WAIT, what just happened?” so many times while reading this.
This book stayed on my mind when I wasn’t reading it. I became obsessed with finding out what might happen next based on the sporadic trail of clues.
I thought that I was following the story carefully and understanding the plot. I thought that this was the typical spurned ex-wife story and naïve trophy second wife story. But it is not. It definitely had me guessing until the end.
The book has a lot of New York City settings, including Saks Fifth Avenue where one of the main characters worked, the Upper West Side, Central Park West, and Westchester.
What I like about this book:
- Unique Unreliable Narrators
- An inside peek into an unhappy marriage and the factors that led up to this
- A lesson on individual perspectives
- It’s based in New York City, one of my favorite cities in the world
- Surprising unexpected twists
I predict that readers will want to circle back and reread this book once they understand the real perspectives. I will be rereading it soon.
You can buy the book here. I highly recommend that you do this!
Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen for a preview of this book.