The Wife Between US by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

“She has no idea what will happen to her if she continues like this. None at all.”

A newly engaged Nellie is excited for a chance at love and a perfect life. A chance meeting on an airplane combined with turbulence will land her in the lap of Richard, a handsome eligible businessman. But her great fortune has left another woman with a broken heart. His ex-wife. And there is no greater fuel and fury than a jilted women. But there is more than meets the eye.

“Does she sense what is coming?”

The story is told by the voices of Vanessa and Nellie in alternating points of view in the present tense. As we discover the aftermath of Vanessa world, events are slowly and cleverly revealed to keep the imagination wanting to understand. As we rejoice in Nellie’s engagement, we see Vanessa spiraling down a slippery slope of jealousy and obsession. But as these two become intertwined, past mixes with the present. Manipulations and unreliable narratives leave the reader feeling duped. You do not know who anyone is and what to trust!

“Even when I’m not there, I’m always with you”.

The Wife Between Us is a gripping well-structured novel, slowly developing the characters while delivering us double entendre hooks at the end of each chapter. The plot starts off slow but this is intentional to set the stage for each character and the intense complicated drama that will ensue. The unyielding obsession Vanessa has for Nellie is powerful and as each memory of the past is revealed, we taste the downwards spiral of a woman cast aside. As strange events start to occur in Nellie’s world, we begin to see her flaws and the seeds that were subtly laid in previous chapters. But then again, all the stories shift right in the middle. All the details we are told are not credible. And then the game turns dangerous. It is at the introduction of the first twist that the story becomes difficult to put down. The narrative continues in the present tense from the perspective of Vanessa and we learn about her questionable relationship with her husband and the future one with his new fiancee.

“You were supposed to save me.”

What a great read. And with an ending with another satisfying twist. I highly recommend The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkannen.

Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for the advanced reader in exchange for my honest review.

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