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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 Wife between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen has to be one of the most hyped books this year. I feel like everyone has read this book already and all I have seen are amazing, positive reviews full of high praise. The hype got to me and I had to get a copy of the book.
The book begins with the story of Nellie and Vanessa. Nellie is the wife to be and Vanessa is the ex-wife. The two women are going through very different phases in their lives. One is barely standing and the other one is getting ready for a new exciting life. I won’t lie. I immediately picked a side because I assumed I knew what was happening. However, I should have taken heed of the warning in the blurb, assume nothing!
The first major twist messed with my mind big time! I was confused at first, wondering how I had missed all the signs. I had to fight the temptation to go back and look for the clues. In the end, I decided to move forward and find out what else the authors were going to unleash.
What I liked and also didn’t like about this book was the subtle twists. These are the little, unpredictable ways in which my assumptions were proven wrong. I liked this because I couldn’t guess anything. Honestly, the first twist literally smacked me in the face and left my head spinning. There were other twists and turns along the way that crept up on me.
So you may be wondering what I didn’t like about the book. Well, in this case, the rave reviews in a way set me up. I was reading the story looking out for huge twists. I expected shocking stuff to start happening from the first chapter. My expectations were so high and my focus was too much on the twists. I was practically reading the book to discover the twists that had thrilled so many other readers whose reviews I had read. In the end, this affected my enjoyment of the book because I couldn’t just sit back and enjoy the narrative.
Nevertheless, this book turned out to be a great thriller and I love how wrong my assumptions were. I just wish I had stayed away from all the hype and rave reviews until I read the book. Seriously, the lesser you know about the story, the better.