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I loved The Wife Between Us and was really looking forward to this book. However I was disappointed very early on in the book. It was boring and uneventful. I think if the book was 100 pages less it would have been better. It took me a month read because it was so long and boring where as I finished The Wife Between Us in about a week.
I also didn’t like how the women were put against each other. One of my favorite things about The Wife Between Us was how the women banded together to fight off the man ie. girl power! I kept hoping some how Lydia and Jess would take on Thomas in some way to make the book more exciting.
Also I don’t get why Jessica was chosen to “continue” the study with Lydia. I feel like a clear answer was never provided or I just missed it all together
Overall, not a fan of this book. I normally pass my book of the months on to friends but this one I will not be sharing.
I don't know if is the fact that I studied Psych in undergrad and the Psych studies and theories facinated me, or the fact that like Jessica I sometimes find myself questioning my actions to make sure that I am making the right decisions. But I love this book. Of course it didn't seem totally realistic at points but those details did not take away from my enjoyment of the book, in fact I think it made Jessica a better character. Loved it. Definitely going to check out their other book.
I cannot believe that this was one of the five books chosen. It was bland, silly, and predictable. Jessica was overdramatic from the beginning...why would you participate in a morality study and then get unnerved when you get asked general questions about morality?! Dr. Shields was clearly meant to be this cold, cunning villain. But instead she was just weird and creepy. Her "study" barely made sense, and it was even more silly that this was all for a guy. Even the "shock ending" about April and Dr. Shield's suicide was meh. Overall, a total waste of time. Insulted that I paid for this subscription and got this joke of a book. I even checked reviews on Goodreads before choosing it. How did it get a 4.1 rating? Am I missing something? Because this book felt rushed, lacked significant character development, and was pretty unrealistic for me.
I found the plot line of this book interesting but that was it. The protagonist was irritating and I couldn't really sympathize with her for some reason. Perhaps if certain portions of her personality or experiences had been delved into more deeply it would have helped. Instead, there were two major experiences Jess went through (family tragedy and a separate sexual assault) but the ramifications were pretty much just glossed over and the reader was told "this happened. Protagonist feels this way about it. A lot. She is really screwed up about this/feels really guilty about this. So she does x." That's it.
I also didn't buy into how deeply impacted Jess was by the questions in the study when she first went. You are being paid $500 to answer some questions that appear on a computer screen and this is for a research study being conducted by a college professor. Who actually would sit there and think "whoa, wasn't expecting things to get so deep and personal right out the gate"?
All that being said, there were some things I liked, such as Jess's emotional dependence/need for approval from Lydia. I thought that was well done. I also think one of the best parts was very small and it would have been interesting if more of the book had followed in this vein (WARNING: Potential spoiler) - When Lydia has Jess dress up and go to a bar and purposely flirt with a married man, Jess gets upset and asks Lydia if she expected her to go to bed with him. Lydia, wide eyed, is all "what? No! Why would you think that?" What was interesting is that the way Jess seems to feel, you get the feeling that she would have done that if the guy had been open to it. It would have been awesome if the authors had explored that aspect of Jess's personality, how easily influenced she was and how desperate for approval that she was willing to go pretty far without really thinking about it.
If you love a book up until the last chapter, did you really love the book?! That's what I found myself asking after reading this one. Some readers have commented on the pacing, I didn't think it was too slow, it felt just right for me. Most of the twists were predictable, but it was still an enjoyable read. I had problems with the ending though, it felt rushed and I had a hard time believing Dr. Shield would break down that easily after all the other behavior she displayed throughout the story. It felt out of character. I also have a huge issue with the cover of the book, for the first 53 pages, Jessica believes Dr. Shield to be a man, which would have actually been nice if the cover didn't already revealed that the story is basically about two women. But other than that I really enjoyed it, the writing was great and it's a shame the ending doesn't hold up as well as the rest of the book.
So I'm 106 pages in and it is just moving so slow and I haven't been hooked yet. hoping it gets better, as I really LOVED The Wife Between Us.
I really enjoyed this book. It started off a little slow for me, but it got to the point of not being able to put it down. I always get visions of what books might be like before reading them and this was nothing of what I was expecting! I loved all the twists and I just got to a point where I didn't know what was coming next!
I'm not sure what I was expecting - I'm about halfway through and it is so different than their first book. I'm enjoying it and I feel like something is coming, but it's almost more unsettling in a thriller when it breaks the previous pattern of the author. Hopefully I'll finish tonight - I want to know where this is all going to end up.
Not worth the money or hassle. No information or customer support at all to explain or help on simpliest things. The books are ok, not a very good diverse amount of books definitely caters to a specific style or reader and I’m an open book lol. Overall, what could be a great tool and inspirational, I’d even use this too send books to friends but customer service needs to improve, like even a simple phone number to call. Thumbs down on this. If the company wants a cool concept to go off of incorporate school districts Battle of the books/book fairs. Could be a great concept but I feel a fail.
GUYS! I can't choose what book they all sound really good! Like, December choices are stacked! At first glance I wanted to choose "An Anonymous Stranger" because I LOVED "The Wife Between Us" and it's the author's next novel! But then I kept reading the other choices and "No Exit" sounded so intense! Like a thriller where you have no idea if/who will die next! And "The Far Field" just sounds like a nice classic. I need to go on Amazon and read more the plot of the books to help with this decision. What choices are you guys picking?