Considering my mixed emotions for The Wife Between US, this review is short and sweet (depending on how you look at it). Though I finished this book three weeks ago, I am just now getting around to writing my review. Half of me did not want to write this review (because I had mixed feelings, both positive and negative, about this book) and the other half wanted to write this review to offer an honest opinion of this book. After a long period of contemplation, the half wanting to write this review eventually won. The Wife Between Us, written by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, will have you assuming that you are reading to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Said to be twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
I have read Sarah Pekkanen's works before, so I had high-expectations (see my review for The Perfect Neighbors). Despite The Wife Between Us being such a critically acclaimed book, I was fairly disappointed throughout reading it. My mom on the other-hand loved it and said she couldn't put it down (which may give some hope to those considering reading it). The story immediately drew me in with the alternating perspectives, but once one of the main plot twists occurred, I slowly began to lose interest. I enjoyed some parts of the book but found I was mostly right about my predictions - which is kind of disappointing considering the twists are the best part of the book. I held out hope that the plot would keep thickening and that I would be surprised, but it simply remained flat. The last 100 pages finally picked back up but for a story to build up with so much detail, the ending was slightly lack luster. One strength of both authors is that they are descriptive and create characters that are easy to envision. However, overall, this book was not a favorite. As always, with my not-so favorable reviews, I always encourage readers to give a book a chance, even if I wasn't a fan. Though I was let down by Pekkanen's and Greer's first author collaboration, I am keeping my hopes high for their second work together, The Anonymous Girl.