Have you ever read blurbs that have compelled you to read the book? I have, many many times. And in my experience I’ve found that more often than not, these books have a hard time living up to their great blurbs.
But then there are wonderful exceptions like The Wife Between Us, which not only delivers everything that the blurb promises (or in this case, warns), but goes above and beyond, and proves to be a really thrilling ride.
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.
The blurb urged the readers to assume nothing, and that’s exactly what I did – at-least in the beginning. I tried to keep an open mind, and not make assumptions. I even dismissed the things that seemed really really obvious. However, as the story progressed, the traps (so cleverly laid out by the authors) became almost impossible to avoid. The clues that should have led me to the answers raised even more questions, and the puzzle got more complex than ever!
I also remember that as I read the book, my opinions were constantly changing. I just couldn’t make up my mind whether I should pity, fear, or admire the protagonist, as I was never 100% sure if she was just truly depressed or really devious, or even whether she was the victim or the culprit, or a little bit of both. However, the one thing that stayed the same all through the book was that, no matter what was going on, I was constantly and helplessly intrigued, and couldn’t stop turning the pages in the hope of getting more clarity. Which is basically exactly what you want from a mystery/thriller, isn’t it?
Having said that, I do have one small grouse with this book. I know that in the grand scheme of things it is not that big a deal, but I felt like the final confrontation lacked the intensity that the build up promised, and I couldn’t shake off the feeling of it being too little too late. But don’t get me wrong, the big reveal, and the final confrontation was still very good. I guess I just expected better, because well, by that point I was completely obsessed, and expected miracles!
Which is why, don’t let this deter you from picking up this book, because if you are a fan of this genre of psychological suspense, this is one book you absolutely should not miss!
The Wife Between Us is a brilliantly crafted suspense/thriller, with really clever twists and very well timed reveals, most of which, trust me, you will not see coming. And this is even if your detective skills are top-notch. You will be outwitted and bamboozled, and not to forget.. thoroughly entertained through it all.
Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy (ARC) of this book from Net Galley, in exchange of an honest review, but the opinions, as always, are completely my own.
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