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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Thriller

The Wife Between Us

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by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

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Quick take

"Try to put this book down, I dare you. You won’t be able to."

Synopsis

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.

You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.

You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement—a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.

You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.

Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage—and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

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The Wife Between Us

She walks briskly down the city sidewalk, her blond hair bouncing against her shoulders, her cheeks flushed, a gym bag looped over her forearm. When she reaches her apartment building, her hand dips into her purse and pulls out her keys. The street is loud and busy, with yellow cabs racing by, commuters returning from work, and shoppers entering the deli on the corner. But my eyes never stray from her.

She pauses in her entryway and briefly glances back over her shoulder. An electrical charge seems to pulse through me. I wonder if she feels my stare. Gaze detection, it's called—our ability to sense when someone is observing us. An entire system of the human brain is devoted to this genetic inheritance from our ancestors, who relied on the trait to avoid becoming an animal's prey. I've cultivated this defense in myself, the sensation of static rising over my skin as my head instinctively lifts to search out a pair of eyes. I've learned the danger of dismissing that warning.

But she simply turns in the opposite direction, then opens her door and disappears inside, never looking my way.

She is oblivious to what I have done to her.

She is unaware of the damage I have wrought; the ruin I have set in motion.

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Why I love it

This is a thriller with such great twists and turns, I am still catching my breath after reading it. Proper praise for this debut collaboration runs perilously close to requiring a full-blown SPOILER alert—and I don’t want to ruin a single moment of reading rapture for anyone! I’ll settle for a promise: If you want a great read with an unexpected ending—and middle and sides—choose The Wife Between Us. All your expectations will be met.

The plot is simple—at first. A young woman, energetic, optimistic, and in love, plans her wedding to the man of her dreams. Will she let an unhappy ex-wife get in the way of marital bliss? Not a chance. But chance has nothing to do with it. Now the plot thickens and we the readers are caught in the delicious web, with no way out.

From the first to the last page, the authors play with our trust issues: Whom among the cast of characters can we believe? From the "bright young thing" to the hardy old aunt, from the handsome lover to the loyal friend, everyone has a story to tell, a viewpoint to offer. And no one is above presenting themselves in the best light—and throwing everyone else into the darkest corners.

Events unfold and our bride-to-be discovers that even the best-laid plans can fall apart. Especially when no one—not one single person—is who they seem to be. A parable for our times? Appearances can be deceiving, the past always comes out, and only the determined can survive. That is the lesson of The Wife Between Us, a lesson delivered with wit, verve, and unstoppable momentum. Try to put this book down, I dare you. You won’t be able to. Like I said, I am still catching my breath.

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Member ratings (17,500)

  • Laura O.

    Medway, MA

    I LOVED this book. Just when you think you’ve got it sorted… you don’t! Then you find yourself actually on what should be the “wrong” side… beautifully written and always evolving. I’ll re-read this

  • Alisha R.

    Seneca, MO

    LOVED THIS!! When other reviews said, “you don’t see this coming” kinda things... I thought... sure. So every time my brain tried to see where something was going, it was always wrong. Lots of twists!

  • Juliana M.

    Jacksonville , FL

    THIS BOOK...y’all....you start thinking you know the plot, and then boom! You don’t and then you think you do, but nope. This book keeps you guessing and it’s incredible my well written. Please read!

  • Ashley W.

    Hopewell Junction , NY

    Now that was a great ending. I was totally stunned by the plot twist about half way through. Was not expecting that and was totally shocked. It didn’t take long to finish- I couldn’t put the book down

  • Kayti S.

    Houston, TX

    After the first plot twist - justice was served through to the end. Kept on my toes wondering who was crazier - the ex wife or the “perfect husband”. The epilogue; an uncalled for, fulfilling closure.

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