Title: The Wife Between Us
Author(s): Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: January 9th 2018
Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery
In a blooming world of co-authorship, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen join together to unleash one of the most buzzed-about thriller in 2018. Seamlessly written, making it near impossible to distinguish both of their writing prowess, The Wife Between Us unveils the intricate and delicate complexity of marriage, as well as the art of assuming. If you think you know, think again.
The story follows a soon-to-be wife and an ex-wife who both share one thing in common: a love for the same man. Told in alternating point of views, each of their characters are explored in all of their flaws, desires and worries. What seemed like a love triangle with a sketchy and messy twist-to-come quickly turns into a whole new story as soon as part one comes to an end. It is this plot twist that recreates the whole story in the real direction envisioned by these authors, and it is at that moment that the focus wasn’t about the what’s anymore, but rather the why’s.
The Wife Between Us carries a lot of the staple elements that proliferates in psychological thrillers nowadays. From lies told and truths withheld to buried secrets and hidden pasts, there isn’t anything really new that is brought into this game. Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen also explores marriage, the very archaic institution that binds two people together, in a light that continues to question its premise. What we get to see unravel is the pre- and post-marriage evolution of characters as they learn how their desires, dreams and perception of someone is bound to change, adapt and crystallize into a much more devastating persona over time.
The other big theme that pulses throughout this story is obsession. Yep. That behaviour that drowns a person into unfounded ideas and ultimately destroys anything sane in a person, and extends its impact upon those we fraternize with. In The Wife Between Us obsession is the driving force for our main characters. With it comes assumptions, and that is honestly the forte of this book as you will see the clear and twisted forms it can take, as well as the dark places that it can lead a person who embraces them with open arms. In fact, the one and only plot twist that comes fairly early in this story feeds on the readers natural tendency to assume, so beware.
Unfortunately, the story flounders after its initial big plot twist, unable to truly find its footing and deliver anything really worthwhile. The pacing is consistent, and definitely highlights the book’s addictive qualities, but the story doesn’t go into territories that would usually have me drooling for more. With a heavy lack of a relatable male-cast, The Wife Between Us fails to blow my mind, but still proves itself as a solid slow-burn thriller that definitely has an audience for it. It has a lot of drama related to relationships to keep readers hooked, but all that isn’t what you’re looking for, this one might not fit the bill.
MY OVERALL RATING: ★★★☆☆
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