The Wife Between Us

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Pub Date 08 Feb 2018 | Archive Date 20 Jun 2018

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'A fiendishly clever thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing.' - Anita Shreve, author of The Stars are Fire

'Loved it! What a fantastic story, and the twist completely blind-sided me - and that is rare, believe me!' Mandasue Heller, author of Afraid

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.

'A fiendishly clever thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing.' - Anita Shreve, author of The Stars are Fire

'Loved it! What a fantastic story, and...

Advance Praise

A clever thriller with masterful twists.-Karin Slaughter

A twisty, mind-bending novel about marriage and betrayal. A gripping plot and fascinating characters; this book will keep you turning the pages and guessing until the very end. A must-read!-Lauren Weisberger, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada

The Wife Between Us delivers a whip smart, twisty plot in a taut, pacy narrative. It's terrific and troubling. This is one scary love triangle where you won't know who to trust. I loved it-Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew

A fiendishly clever thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing.-Anita Shreve, author of The Stars are Fire

A clever thriller with masterful twists.-Karin Slaughter

A twisty, mind-bending novel about marriage and betrayal. A gripping plot and fascinating characters; this book will keep you turning the pages...

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This is such a good book, will keep you guessing until the end, with twists and a chilling plot, centred around marriage, jealousy and the complexity of relationships. The characters are those you can relate to and have their own secrets and lies. A suspense that will have you hooked. Highly recommend you buy this book and I look forward to reading more books by these authors.

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The Wife Between Us is just one of those books that grips from the start and doesn't let go.
I can see a lot of readers wanting this read on their book pile.

I do not usually like collaborations, but the twists with this wife/mistress plot line is simply brilliant. I imagine the authors had a lot of fun bouncing their ideas and getting them down. The writing is amazing.

Vanessa Thompson's marriage has ended, and when she finds out that her husband is to remarry she has an idea. I was absolutely thrilled with the drama and the unsettled feeling I got with every page.

I could read it all over again and still be thrilled

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I really loved this one - it is domestic noir with a properly defined little wow moment that actually caught me by surprise. Clever without a doubt and this is what I mean when I talk about the proper literary twist rather than just a plot development...

ANYWAY that aside, The Wife Between Us is a tense and often claustrophobic psychological thriller, beautifully written by the author collaborative team of Hendricks and Pekkanen - with all the cleverly timed surprises you could wish for, a really engaging and addictive story and some well defined, often divisive but endlessly fascinating characters.

One wife that was, one wife to be - it's easy to assume things but also to read between the lines if you look hard enough - the prize, a good looking, rich and caring man - the competition is in the eyes of the beholders and not everything is exactly as it appears.

The tale fairly rocks along, there are some thought provoking and downright scary themes explored within the narrative and it's one of those honest to God page turners that keeps you up at night desperately trying to stop your eyes from closing before you've read just one more chapter.

It is a popular theme in genre fiction at the moment, you know the Gone Girl effect - but this is that done extraordinarily well with enough differences about it to make an impact - intelligent plotting, wonderful writing and an ending that may well surprise you just when you thought you were done with it.

Overall a genuinely intriguing and very immersive read.


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A mind-bogging read about marriage and betrayal. I assumed I had figured out early on what was happening and what the story was about. Boy was I wrong! Enter a very revealing twist that I certainly didn't see coming! The twists and turns juat carried on right to the very end! A beautifully clever written plot with fantastic characters! I thank Netgalley for an early read of this brilliant novel! A must read!

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‘The Wife Between Us’’ by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen published 8/2/18

Tangible tension Breakneck speed! Troubling! Twists and Turns! Unputdownable!

All sound cliches?? NOT for this book, from the opening word to the closing sentence this book had all the above and more... it keeps you on your toes! just as you thought you had worked out the plot and where it was it went again with yet more surprises, twists and really did keep me guessing until the very end

I loved the characters and how they evolved and loved the roller coaster ride they took you on and how they involved you in the book

I really didn’t want to stop reading this book in the 2 days I read it and when I wasn’t reading it was on my mind and I was trying to work out how it would end! the writing made you feel tense and drew you in to the excitement of the book

A must read of 2018 and if you havent guessed I would 100% recommend it, but make sure you have a day or two to yourself as you wont want to put it down 😃

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This book gripped me from the outset. It's twist is executed flawlessly and the book is one of the best plotted pieces of fiction I have read. The story is compelling and keeps you turning the pages. One of the best books of the year

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This gripping thriller defies assumptions by consistently, and cleverly, delivering twist after twist. Brilliantly, there are no loose ends, but the journey to its neat and satisfying conclusion is so full of twists that it makes the authors’ achievement in straightening them all out in time all the more impressive! A must for fans of Gillian Flynn who have been searching for a comparative edge-of-the-seat ride.

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I really enjoyed this book. Great storyline, wonderful main characters and a very good read. I would recommend this book.

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Well if I could give it 10stars I would! This has to be be the best domestic cat and mouse thriller I have read in absolute years!!!!

It’s jam packed with twists and turns and just when you think you get it, you don’t! I was constantly re-reading bits so actually check what I was reading was correct as there was yet another twist and your like what?? So back a chapter you go!

I really cannot recommends tbis enough and can’t say too much as it’s not out fir another 3months! However I have told ANYONE who will listen about this book and will be running it to buy it for my friends.

It seriously had me up half the bloody night as I couldn’t put it down and when it had finished I was still thinking about it hours later and that’s the sign if a good book!

It’s amazing and breathtaking and scary and obsessive and just brilliant!!!!!

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Twists and turns throughout this excellent book surrounding a divorced couple and an affair! I was gripped and couldn’t wait to find out what happened!! Definitely worth a read!!!

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What a story! The twists through this are so clever that I didn't see it coming, Well written and continually leaving you wanting more, this is a must read with a can't put down attitude!

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I have not read a thriller this good in ages!
Eventhough it warns you from the outset that your assumptions will be wrong about what is happening here - and they will be - I had no clue about the twists to come (other than suspecting the husband could not be as perfect as he seemed).
Great ending too.
This is a throughly enjoyable read in the vein of The Girl on the Train and Behind Closed Doors.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book, it kept me guessing and everytime I thought I had worked out what was happening, the authors threw in another twist. You get to the very end and there is a final twist, I will definitely be recommending it to friends.

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A great read full of twists and turns , the clever writing in it makes you think you are on the right journey and then bam ... you find yourself in the totally wrong direction . Fab book ! Thanks to netgalley and th publisher for my opportunity to read

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Loved this book. From the first page I knew it was a book I was going to enjoy and boy didn’t I enjoy it. I literally couldn’t put it down, just one more page was my mantra until my eyes couldn’t stay open any longer and I fell asleep. I’m sure everyone will be talking about the twist at the end and it’s a very good twist but one that no one will ever guess at because it comes totally by surprise.
Very good book and would make a great film if the “twist “ story was to run alongside the story of Vanessa.

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Wish I could give more than just 5 stars.
A true page turner that kept me gripped throughout. An absolute must read for any fan of this genre.

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The Wife Between Us took psychological/mystery/suspense genre to a whole new level for me. There was no point in trying to assume anything, the magnificently clever twists blew me away. I couldn't put it down and stayed up reading until the very early hours of the morning - something that I haven't done in while. If I could give it more stars I would. Loved it so much that I can't wait to read it again.

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This is a great psychological thriller which gets you hooked from the beginning. I questioned my interpretations time and time again and never guessed how it would end.
Vanessa the main character is divorced from Richard who is wealthy and to the outside world the perfect husband. She on the other hand is protrayed as an alcoholic mixed up character.
Richards plans of remarrying sends Vanessa on a crusade to show everyone the real Richard.
The plot has may turns and twists and makes you wonder who is telling the truth . Marriage, secrets, betrayals, childhood issues, control and manipulation is all protrayed within the story. An incredibly well written story with a fantastic ending, a must read !!

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When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with husband and her replacement.

you will also assume you are reading about a women who's going to marry a man she loves her prince, you will assume that the first wife is crazy a drunk and a disaster.

you will assume you know the motives there backgrounds you will assume you know them and whats going to happen!

this review is hard to write because i don't want to give anything away at all, so i need to be careful what i say, this book had me hooked from the very first moment saw the first word on the page it was like i was absorbing everything i always know if im going to like a book after the first few pages and "the wife between us" had me on the first word i didn't know who's side to be on who to believe or trust i kept changing my mind who's side i was on and when i thought i knew what was going on and who's side i was on then"BANG" i was hit head on with a huge twist that changed everything for me i'm sitting on the train on way to work at this point i'm like "OMG WHAT THE HELL" people looking at me, i just could not get my head around what just happened so then i new i had to work but i needed to i had to know what was going to happen next i was clock watching for my break as as soon as my break come i was back reading again when i thought i was back on my game knowing thinking what will happen i kinda new what i thought was going to happen then again "BANG" this time i'm gobsmacked i could not say anything and that's a first for me. this book has everything a thriller lover could ever ask for and more "the wife between us" has so many twist and turns its twist after twist after twist you will feel like your brain has done a 3 hour workout! even until the last page the last work will shock you totally addictive and unputdownable this book will take over your life this writing duo is amazing i just can't wait till the next book if i could rate this book higher then a 5 i would rate it 10/10 thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for my copy

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What a read! I really enjoyed this book. If you like thrillers you will love this!

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Thanks to Pan Macmillan and netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
This is probably the best book that I have read this year. It is, on the face of it, the story of a scorned ex wife who is reeling from an acrimonious split. She appears to fixate over the new, younger partner of her ex husband. It seems that she is on a mission to interfere in the fledgling relationship. However, after the novel delivers twist after twist, we soon discover that everything is not as it appears.
This is an outstanding novel which I read it from start to finish in 24 hours. Highly recommended.

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A deft and sophisticated story which blindsided me with a cleverly plotted twist; The Wife Between Us is a must-read domestic thriller for fans of Gillian Flynn, Sarah Pinborough and Paula Hawkins.

The Wife Between us is the story of two women who are both swept off of their feet by Richard, a charismatic Manhattan Hedge Fund Manager. Recently divorced from Richard and struggling to move on from her old life, Vanessa begins to develop a dangerous and all-consuming obsession with Nellie, her young and beautiful replacement.

The blurb is spot on when it says 'assume nothing'. I made a ton of assumptions when I started reading, only to have the rug pulled out from under me as the story was turned completely inside out. The twist is a great one, made all the more satisfying as I never saw it coming. Regular readers of domestic thrillers will be impressed - this is a fresh and exciting curve ball that Flynn herself would be proud to have dreamt up.

The story seems to lose its way a little in the last third; becoming a little unsteady where it had been so sure footed previously. With so much energy focused on the portion of the book pre-reveal, the post-reveal plotting fell ever so slightly flat. Perhaps the twist set my expectations for the rest of the book slightly too high. I would have also liked to have known more about Richard's enigmatic sister, Maggie, but these criticisms are minor in the grand scheme of such an enjoyable book.

The Wife Between us has everything that makes the domestic thriller genre so brilliant. Unreliable narrators, wry observation, a deliciously twisty plot and dialogue that flows as smoothly as molten chocolate. This deceptive gem makes Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekakanen two authors to watch very, very closely. Assume nothing, and enjoy every surprise that comes your way. #Omgthattwist indeed.

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This book was an excellent thriller. It was totally gripping, totally unpredictable. It's a must read for thriller readers!

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I'm one of those readers that's always sceptical when I come across a book that's receiving a lot of hype on social media, and if I'm honest I normally avoid them like the plague, as I nearly always find the hype doesn't quite fit with my expectations and I'm often left wondering what all the fuss was about. Well I must say The Wife Between Us deserves all the hype surrounding it and much more, in fact this is one of those books that you want to shout and scream about to all and sundry. It's one of those books that will make you question everything you read and everything you think you know.

Some books write such lengthy book descriptions that give far to much away, but fortunately that's not the case here, despite the vague book description I still made assumptions from the opening chapter, assumptions that surprisingly were way off the mark. I'm not usually one for giving away spoilers, but I must confess it's one of those books you want to reveal all just so you can discuss every minute detail of this deviously plotted tale. You may think a story about a husband, wife and a mistress is hardly original and I would agree with you there, but authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have written one of the most original psychological thrillers I've read in a long time. The tension in The Wife Between Us is intense and it pretty much stays that way to the last shocking chapter.

Hand on heart The Wife Between us is one of those book you just have to read “just one more” chapter, extremely well written the authors have created a psychological thriller that stands out from the norm, its twisted, deviously plotted and one that is full of surprises, It's not often a book can keep me guessing right up until the last chapter, and I think that's why I enjoyed this book so much as the authors constantly wrong foot the reader by throwing in well placed twists. This is one book that certainly lives up to its hype, I'm convinced this will be one of the best psychological thrillers released in 2018, a bold statement I know, but it's not often I get so excited about a book, just In case you haven't already guessed I loved this book and will be recommending to anyone and everyone.

This review maybe altered slightly and edited prior to publication on my blog

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This is a very cleverly written book indeed and one which will stay with me for a long time. I assumed a lot of things throughout the book - I will never assume anything again. I was hooked from the first page (I love when that happens) until the last sentence. Highly recommend this one.

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A cleverly written psychological thriller with plenty of twists where you least expect them. Believable characters that draw you in and leave you wanting to know what happens next make this a very un-put-downable book. I thoroughly enjoyed every page and didn't guess the final twist.

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Probably the most compelling page turner I've read since Girl on the Train; I loved the way it kept wrong footing me! I'll definitely be recommending this to all those who love a well written, engaging thriller. Great!

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This was such a clever book and I found it very hard to put down. The plot was just tremendous and had so many twists right up to the very end and I did not guess any of them, they were so good.

Nellie is the narrator of the story and at the start of the book she is divorced from her husband Richard, living with her Aunt Charlotte in New York and has just started a new job as a saleslady in Saks.

We learn all about her wonderful marriage, how she met Richard, how caring he was, how happy she had been and what an amazing life she had led. They were living the dream in a beautiful house, having amazing holidays and this is all brought home to Nellie when she has to serve one of the wives of Richard’s business partner in Saks. She also discovers that Richard now has a beautiful new girlfriend, Emma, a younger version of Nelly whom he is planning to marry.

It is very difficult to go into details without spoiling the storyline which is just so absorbing. Was Nellie’s marriage as perfect as she describes it? Why is she stalking Emma? How much influence does Richard’s older sister Maureen have? There are so many questions that only get answered at the end where everything finally falls into place.

You are brought into this story and almost feel like you are living Nellie’s life for her. There are so many twists and turns and you just cannot work out what the real story is until the brilliant end. Even then there is another twist that I just did not see coming. I would urge people to read this, I thought it was brilliant and will definitely look out for any further books by this incredibly talented duo of writers.


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