I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book. I did enjoy it – for the most part – but I also felt disappointed by it in some ways.
The book is divided in 3 parts, each full of their own twists and turns. Now when I say full, I mean full. There are so many reveals that happen over the course of this story that it gets a bit overwhelming. We start out with alternating chapters told from the perspective of Richard’s ex-wife Vanessa who is miserable after the divorce and determined to stop Richard from remarrying at all costs, and of his new fiancee, Nellie, who feels as though someone is following her as her wedding day draws near. As the story unfold we learn details of these two women and the relationship they both have with the man who divorced one and is about to marry the other.
I guessed the first big twist literally 2 chapters in. In fact, I was kind of hoping the twist wouldn’t be what I thought, because the idea popped into my head as I was reading and I remember thinking, “Wow that would be a really cool story idea, if it ends up NOT being that, I want to write that!” So you can imagine how when it was revealed and my suspicion was confirmed, I experienced a mix of disappointment while also patting myself on the back and telling myself I was a genius for figuring it out. (Also, as a side note: further examination of Good Reads confirmed that many other readers also figured out this particular twist as well, so that took the wind out of my sails a bit, but oh well.)
A couple of the other, smaller twists I picked up on fairly early too. I had a pretty good understanding of where certain critical elements of the story might be going and a lot of my assumptions ended up being true, which definitely makes them kind of disappointing.
But like I said, this is a story with a lot of twists, and some of them definitely still managed to catch me off guard, at least mostly. There were two reveals right near/at the end that I only managed to clue in to what was happening mere paragraphs before it was revealed and those definitely felt much more satisfying than any of the earlier things that I had figured out far before the story revealed them.
Now, despite my dumb joke above about being a genius because I figured it all out let me just be clear that this is not the case, which actually leads me to my biggest problem with this book: I wouldn’t have figured out the twists if I hadn’t been looking for them. And I wouldn’t have been looking for them if the blurb written in the inside flap hadn’t basically told me to, and that is how – in my opinion at least – I think the synopsis for the story ruined the entire experience of the story itself:
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.(from the inside flap of The Wife Between Us)
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.
When you tell your readers before they even start reading that they should go into the story expecting twists, it takes away from the experience that discovering those details would otherwise have. I spent most of the book looking for and trying to guess what the twists might be, and then as a result a lot of them kinda fell flat once they were actually revealed. I think the story itself would have been far more satisfying if I hadn’t been expecting to be shocked the entire time. Then some of those twists may have actually shocked me. Because honestly, some of them were pretty good.
Writing wise, I think the story itself was pretty good. Because of the nature of how the story is told and some of the many twists that took place, it’s really hard to review specific aspects. I think the story as a whole would have been quite a bit more enjoyable if it hadn’t been for the things I described above that really took away from the experience.
On the subject of the twists themselves, I think there were just too many of them. By the end of the book I was kind of over it – especially as some of them started to veer way too far into “You gotta really suspend disbelief for this to make any sense” territory. I also felt that the book tried to justify some pretty horrible behavior in a really toxic way.
Ok those are my thoughts on The Wife Between Us. If you’re interested in reading this story you can get yourself a copy via Amazon: HERE.
But otherwise, that’s all I have to say. Leave me a comment and let me know if you read this book and if you did what did you think? Do you think that knowing a story contains twists makes you more likely to search for them – and in some cases ruin the story and the twists? Let me know your thoughts!
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