A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Worldbuilding: New York and its complex world made for an interesting and layered setting.
Characters: Nellie the kids’ teacher that is about to marry the fab Richard seems sweet and obviously has some traumatic events in her past. There was something very vulnerable and naive about her. I wished her life would go great, but had a sinking suspicion that it wouldn’t.
Vanessa the ex lives a painful life after the divorce. She’s an obvious mess, but as the story unfolded I had a sinking suspicion that she’d gotten some help to get that way. The signs were there, and as things progressed I ended up being right about my suspicions. I won’t spoil the plot twist for you guys, though.
I will say though that however bad Richard is, I just can’t with Maureen. I just can’t.
Plot: The story is structured in 3 main parts, that together build a chilling and gripping picture. There’s a really cool plot twist that has to do with the structure of the narrative that I won’t spoil here, it would ruin the effect. But it’s awesome.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, Nellie’s POV, and first person present tense narrative from Vanessa’s POV. The Prologue sets a really creepy tone, and I loved the Epilogue for reasons I won’t disclose here so as not to ruin your surprise. I will say that Vanessa’s voice is heartbreaking, and experiencing things from her POV was very emotionally trying.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my Psychological Thriller moods.
I recommend The Wife Between Us to fans of what I am now calling a genre: Marital Thriller – twisted stories of marriage gone wrong -, fans of stories about survivors of abuse and very interesting and twisty story structure.