The Wife Between Us

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This just seemed too far-fetched. I guess I just wanted more about relationships and less on mystery.
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The Wife Between Us, is never an accepted place, except in certain polygamous circles, I'm guessing. Nonetheless, this tome gained a lot of traction due to the twisters at every new pivot point. When you've read a few hundred books, you can become a little jaded, so I thought I knew where this story was going only to be blindsided. So yes, jolly good authors, you caught me coasting. After the first character twist (manipulative, yes, but I'm not complaining) I swore to pay better attention and that is where you can see some chinks in the armor. Once the ball gets rolling after the first act, the story introduces another point of view (or is it?) the writing feels disjointed. It feels like the authors are trying to hard to fill in the backstory and ensure we are rooting for the right person. The whodunit element worked better when the reader is left to make their own (wrong?) conclusions. The ramp up to the third act is filled with enough emotion and tension to keep you engaged, but the resolution feels to pat to be truly satisfying. The ending comes swiftly and does little to answer the why especially as it applies to Richard, but perhaps that's the point. The authors keep you on the edge for so long you don't know what to believe by the end. I wish it had ended there, instead, we get an epilogue that gums up the works with too many coincidences to be believable. The other big reveal felt tacked on and lacked seamless exposition. Plus what the heck was going on with  Richard and Maureen - that was weird right? The authors put a lot of work into making us think Vanessa was unhinged, was she or wasn't she? Finally,  the whole Emma thing was unneeded and dare I say lame. Plot twists and suspense 5 stars, too many concluding coincidences brings it down to a 3. Decent read, but disappointing ending.
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I honestly hated this book. I made it half way through, right. the catch. The beginning was such a drag I was skimming it right from the beginning. I couldn't even bring myself to finish it.
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Dang those twists at the end!  Got me again.  I really enjoyed this book.  It was actually written by 2 authors so that really kept the story fresh and exciting.  I've been reading a lot of "
psychological thrillers" lately. This one stood out.
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This is my first time reading this author, but this book was interesting. The layout of the story was unique. I was constantly surprised at the turns this book made. Kept my interest and I will look for more books by Greer Hendricks.
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Quick review for a progressive read. "The Wife Between Us" is a interesting thriller, though admittedly there were certain turns of the story I expected for hitting the ground running after I reached certain points in the book. I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up the book, other than the surface story of two women who were connected by the same husband. Between the two, Vanessa is the older, former wife of Richard who appears distraught for not only losing her former wealth and lifestyle, but also the man who left her for another woman. The other is Emma, the young woman who is the "other" woman in the relationship and engaged to Richard. Yet, the threads that tie these two women together are much thicker than one might think going into it. I just wasn't expecting how deep the motivations of the two women featured in this story ran. 

I think the less you know about this book going into it, the better. It's hard for me to write a review to reflect upon the different layers and pieces that come together eventually in the book for characterization and motivation for Emma and Vanessa, but I thought it was well done for the effort of weaving the twists and identities the way it did. So to tap dance around the obvious spoilers, I'll say this - unreliable narrator is a very prominent feature here. It exists through multiple characters, multiple scenarios, and I can only think of perhaps one character in the mix here who doesn't have an ulterior motive or axe to grind (though it may take a while to see how it plays out). I kind of wish that the book hadn't left so much of the development of one character's identity to shoehorn into the end, but at least it makes sense as to how the two women are connected beyond Richard and how they manage to pull the strings of their respective relationships. Where you think one character's using the other, it's just as well that they're being played and circumstances just so happen to fall where the chips may.

The main manipulative relationship wasn't surprising to me, though. Very early on, though it was teased throughout the story, I knew how it would pan out and was just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Some parts were harrowing, others dragged out a little too long for explanation than I wanted. I did appreciate getting to know the sentiments of the characters and their respective struggles, yet there were certain pieces of the story I felt were rushed a bit too quickly once the reveal came.

Overall, I think "The Wife Between Us" will appeal to fans of the genre, and even those who are looking for a suspense/thriller that throws a few curveballs and presents a decent character story. It stumbles a bit in terms of the reveals, but ends up being a thriller that fulfills what it set out to do; for that, I liked the journey. Those who want an even more immersive experience should check into the audio version as read by Julia Whelan, she does a fantastic job for the emotional delivery of each character.

Overall score: 4/5 stars. 

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley from the publisher.
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Nellie is a young preschool teacher that is just trying to make ends meet in NYC when she happens upon her Prince Charming and is immediately swept off her feet and begins to plan her wedding to him and life with him. But strange appearances by another woman and mysterious phone calls have her on edge. Does she really know her future husband that well? And why can’t her friends and family just be happy for her? 

While I definitely guessed a couple of the “twists” early on in the book, I really enjoyed this one a lot and it definitely kept my interest up so I didn’t want to put it down. The authors did a great job of weaving an intricate story and will keep you guessing until the very end. One thing I didn’t like was that at the end, it felt like they were just trying to throw additional twists just to keep you guessing. To me the last couple of twists felt unnecessary to the plot because everything was wrapped up and I would have been happy without the last two or three chapters. So really and truly I feel like it’s a 3.5 stars but because it kept my interest for so long, I’m rounding up to 4 stars.
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Holy cats. If you like the real twisty ones, read this immediately. Don't get too comfortable. I even purchased the audible version so I didn't have to stop reading while I drove around doing errands.

It's almost depressing, how good it is, because I know I'll never be able to get to this level of thriller with my own WIP.
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When you first meet Vanessa, it seems plain as day that she is a disgruntled ex-wife, who will do whatever it takes to prevent her replacement to be, Nellie,  from marrying her former husband, Richard.  Richard is a polished, handsome and controlling hedge fund manager in NYC.  Now Vanessa has been tossed aside, where she once had a Mercedes, she now lives with her aged aunt and works at Saks while Nellie, a beautiful, young nursery school teacher has been planning a future with Richard.

As Vanessa begins to stalk Nellie and get to her a bit, Nellie begins to rethink her relationship and whether marriage over her fun single life in Manhattan is what she really wants, and so the plot thickens.

As I listened to this, addictive, yet sometimes confusing, psych thriller, it took a while but soon became clear that in this story, nothing is as it seems. We never know who is telling the truth and who might be a little whacked.  It's a story that has plenty of twists and I never had it figured out until I listened to the epilogue twice.  Fun read for sure. 

4.5/5 stars  -http://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com/2018/09/the-wife-between-us-greer-hendricks-and.html
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Even though I only give this book three stars, I really enjoyed it and the story really absorbed me into it. Why I only give it three stars is the first half was very slow going but none the less a page turner. The conclusion of the story wrapped up a little too conveniently in my honest opinion. It could have easily ended with the resolution with the husband but it went on after that and it wasn’t really necessary.
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The Wife Between Us is another domestic noir suspense that will have readers drawing comparisons to Gone Girl or Girl on the Train. With a classic, unexpected twist, Hendricks' keeps readers turning pages long into the night.
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The Wife Between Us is an interesting thriller co-written by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. The summary of the book pulled me in; it was vague but mysterious. I wanted to know what it was entirely about right away. The novel shares POVs between Vanessa and Nellie. Nellie is a young and beautiful pre-school teacher who is engaged to a successful man named Richard. Vanessa is Richard's ex-wife, who is on a down-spiral from the divorce. The summary implies that while it's easy to assume the story will be about Vanessa's raging jealousy, it isn't that simple. And boy, is that right. I was pulled into a intense and chilling thriller I didn't expect. Unfortunately, I had a tough time reading. Vanessa's POV is written in first-person, present tense. Nellie's is in third-person, past tense. Reading through Nellie's POV was difficult because I had a hard time telling the difference between what was being told in the now and what she was telling about past events. It felt all blurred together, and I had to go back and reread the entire page to figure it out. That kind of ruined the experience a bit. Overall, the book was good, but the writing style for Nellie's POV wasn't my cup of tea. 3.5/5.
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3.5 stars because I sorta saw the first twist coming and the last couple twists were so out of nowhere (to me) and were in the last few pages that it seemed like they were just thrown in there without much of a reason or a plan. I don't know. I definitely liked it, but it was forgettable, I guess. Haha obviously my feelings are mixed and a bit vague. I recommend it if you like thrillers but don't expect to be blown away!

I ended up reading a physical completed copy of this, but I also received a digital ARC from St. Martin's Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you SMP!
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I REALLY enjoyed this book! It ended up being much different that I thought it would be. Before being given the digital copy from Net Galley, I actually received a free paperback copy in the mail. It was the first paperback book I had read since 2011 when I first started e-reading and I read it by flashlight after my husband had gone to sleep, that's how much I wanted to keep reading! I highly recommend it!
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This books is a rollercoaster of a ride! I could hardly put it down once I started reading. The twists in the book had me second guessing and going back to reread previous chapters to make sure I was not getting confused. Excellent storyline and wonderful plot. I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller!
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******Was provided a copy from NETGALLEY*******

I went into this book thinking it was another story about a woman scorned and seeking her revenge.  There were so many reasons to think this as I started.  The back story of her chaotic childhood and something illicit that happened in college and sudden need to run away from home.  

Then there is the absolutely wonderful husband, who is literally prince charming coming in to save her.  The more and more you read about Richard the more you realize he really is too good to be true.  

I will admit I did not see a lot of the twists and turns this book took.  The end of the first part left me confused and took me a while to realize what I had read( sorry, I'm a little slow sometimes) It left me thinking Vanessa was pathetic and I tired of her. 

Second part still had me frustrated with her but as the book went on everything began to click into place.  She was not who I thought she was and I believe all the characters underestimated her..  

The two twists at the end I had no idea were coming, the first one cleared up a question or two.  The last one was absolutely unexpected.
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Excellent suspense story!  I did not see the big reveal in the novel coming and the double narration was fantastic.  Hendricks and Pekkanen did a wonderful job of challenging the reader's perspective as they told the story through different eyes and different voices.
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AMAZING. I cannot wait to read more of Gendricks and Pekkanen's novels. You really could relate with the main characters and get inside their heads. I was so impressed with their writing styles and the way the characters jumped out of the pages at you. And an amazing ending as well... simply outstanding, I recommend this novel to anyone. It will have you wanting to finish it in a day!
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The Wife Between Us is a Psychological Suspense Thriller that is a real page turner.  I was a little confused in the first third of the book, but kept reading and everything started to come together.  At first I thought the wife was crazy and the husband was controlling.  The story has several twists that kept you turning the pages to try to figure out the ending.  I never saw the ending coming.  A great read.  Thank you Netgalley and publisher for a copy of this book and this is my honest review.
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This book was SO well written! I thought I knew what was going to happen from the very beginning and boy was I wrong! I can't believe I didn't guess this one. There were quite a few different twists throughout the book which was just amazing. I was blindsided by how wrong I was.

And I feel like this one was so much better than some of the other psychological thrillers out there that just get way too twisty to the point where I don't even understand what happened. This book is not like those. I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy mystery/psychological thrillers!

Thank you for the copy!
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