Review of The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Published by Macmillan in 2018   ISBN: 978-1-5098-4281-0 (PB)

New York , the city that never sleeps,is a  backdrop for this psychological suspense in the vein of Behind Closed Doors, Girl On A Train and Gone Girl.   A dual point of view, narrated in the first person, occupies the first half. There is Nellie, 27 years old, only weeks away from her wedding to Richard, wealthy, sophisticated, romantic, handsome and thoughtful. Seven years older than her, he’s every girl’s Prince Charming. But is he too good to be true? Then in comes Vanessa, centre stage, who’s trying to recover from a bitter divorce when her husband Richard left her for a younger woman. Vanessa is down on her uppers, living in her beloved aunt’s spare room and working, rather ineffectively, as a low-paid sales assistant in a department store. The second half of the book kicks off with a single viewpoint. The novel digs down into the complexities of friendship, obsession, marriage and betrayal. At the core of the story is an ex-wife supposedly obsessed with the beautiful woman to whom her former husband has become engaged.  Nothing is what it seems. The characterisation is well crafted; the dialogue runs smoothly and naturally. The plot twists and turns in a pacy arc that keeps one guessing and turning the pages to the very end.  That said, some readers, however, might find the flipping around and jumping about somewhat confusing, although undeniably the co-authors have collaborated successfully to produce a book to curl up with.

Reviewer: Serena Fairfax

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