Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for providing me a free digital copy of ‘The Wife Between Us’ in exchange for my honest review.
The Wife Between Us is a very clever physiological domestic thriller that dissects a marriage and its undoing. With lots of twists and turns, it is a very entertaining read. The reader is constantly being put to the test: just when you think you know who the bad seed is, the perspective changes and you realize you were wrong. Vanessa is now divorced from Richard, a successful business man and a doting husband. Now he is remarrying someone new and Vanessa will do anything to stop the wedding, but not for the reasons you might think. It’s hard to say more without giving away too much, but just know that as stories from Vanessa and Richard’s past mix with what is happening in the present, you will constantly be guessing and what is really going on. In The Wife Between Us, nothing is as it seems.
I rate this one 3.5 out of 5 stars. I did enjoy reading this book and found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it. I really wanted to find out the truth but there were parts that seemed to drag on a little bit. The perception of the characters kept whipping back and forth which well was done in my opinion and I found this very smart and clever, the misdirection always made the reader wonder who was really the one who ruined the marriage. However, I couldn’t help but find parts of the story a little depressing: a lot of mental and physical abuse was going on and that may be a trigger to some people. Mental abuse can sometimes be one of the worst kinds because no one outside of the abuse knows its even happening. As more truth about Vanessa and Richard started to be revealed, instead of feeling thrilling, it felt sad to me. I would say that this was a well done book, but for someone who has strong feelings about abuse, I couldn’t fully love this novel.