When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement. You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves. You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
The Wife Between Us starts off by following Nellie and Vanessa. Vanessa, middle aged, down and out, alcoholic, lives with her aunt, works retail. She used to have it all. The great guy, money, a house in the suburbs, fancy cars and clothes. But then she lost it all. Her husband left her for a younger, prettier girl.
Meet Nellie. Young, vibrant preschool teacher. She’s got it all. A great job that she loves, an amazing roommate who happens to be her best friend, an apartment on the Upper East Side, and the guy. She’s got the guy. So what she thinks his ex may be a little nuts and following her. So what she’s got some seriously dark secrets from her college days she is hiding. She’s got the guy, and the engagement ring to boot.
And that’s when everything changes.
I enjoyed The Wife Between Us for the most part. It was well written and definitely held my interest. I did, however, feel that about halfway through the story the twists and turns got a little forced. There was just revelation after revelation, and you couldn’t help but feel like some of it was just fluff and filler. I think there was a lot of potential to do a lot more, but I did still enjoy it, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the genre.