Review: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

February 23, 2018
The Wife Between Us, Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen, Book Review, InToriLex Published By: St. Martin's Press on January 9, 2018
Format Read: ARC Edition (343 pages)
Genre: Thriller/ Contemporary/ Mystery
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Giveaway Win
The Wife Between Us
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.

You will assume you are reading 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.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.



My high expectations for this book didn't last long. This is a contemporary with a identity crisis.  The book wants to be a winding and twisting thriller but it's not. The only developed character in this book is the protagonist Vanessa who is trying to stop her ex husband Richard from marrying again. But even her background is weaved between red herrings and situations that add nothing to the narrative. She never became likeable. Every hardship Vanessa faced was quickly erased by her access to money and people willing to help her. This read like a primer on how you can get through horrible situations as a white woman with money.

The book alternates perspectives between Vanessa and her husband's new fiance Nellie. Vanessa is a unreliable narrator so as the book goes on you began  to figure out what's true for yourself. Once the curtain lifts and the mystery is revealed, the intrigue in the story falls away. The short chapter structure and momentum kept me reading, but begrudgingly. I can't reveal much else without giving spoilers.

The diversity in this book seemed tacked on. Nellie has a roommate named Sam who is biracial. That is the beginning and end of how her identity is described. All of the main characters in this book are white, rich and unrelatable. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy contemporary stories. The positive reviews for this book show other readers have found the writing more compelling.


Greer Hendricks spent over two decades as an editor. Her writing has been published in The New York Times and Publishers Weekly. The Wife Between Us is her first novel.
Sarah Pekannen is the mother of three young boys, which explains why she writes part of her novels at Chuck E. Cheese. Sarah penned her first book, Miscellaneous Tales and Poems, at the age of 10. When publishers failed to jump upon this literary masterpiece (hey, all the poems rhymed!) Sarah followed up by sending them a sternly-worded letter on Raggedy Ann stationery. Sarah still has that letter, and carries it to New York every time she has meetings with her publisher, as a reminder that dreams do come true.

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