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


From LipsyyI started doing ‘lazy Saturday reviews’ as a way of getting reviews done in just 30 mins, and they proved to be quite popular. They are quick and snappy, and concentrate less on the plot (or content) and writing and more on my overall feelings about said book. They generally end up being a bit of a rant. My fave!

the wife between usTitle: The Wife between Us
Author: Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: Macmillan
Date of publication: 2018
Format: Hardback
Number of pages: 346
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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 review red

Another case of “The hype killed the book.”

The title caught my eyes, I was drooling over my laptop while reading the few reviews I had found online. A wife, a husband… Another wife? The book screamed “GET ME!” Thanks to a book fairy, I did get it. But the magic was not in the package.

I am not saying The Wife Between Us isn’t worth reading. I had a fun time discovering the story. As “fun” as story about abusive relationships and broken hearts can be, obviously. My jaw dropped between the first and the second part, I was NOT expecting this twist, and there was enough meat for me to stay interested until the end. The writing was smooth and quiet, easy to pick up during a break from work. The characters had potential. But something was missing. I closed the book and had a difficult time remembering what I had just read.

There was just nothing special for me to keep from the story.

All the elements were there, though. Characters with complicated lives and secrets, a family problem going on, some tension. But I never felt those people were real. It was as though the main points we look for in protagonists had been checked but left hanging on their own and not used in the best way possible. I believe this is why I couldn’t really pay too much attention. I enjoyed the read, but I can’t spend a day talking about it. The abusing relationship was here, the good and the bad guys sometimes were mixed to confuse the reader, but I did not get enough to truly feel something or even get the tension from the issues the characters were facing. I needed details, things hinted at more than showed so said plainly. I don’t know, I needed more.

In a nutshell, I found The Wife between Us to be an okay read for days when you don’t want to think too much or want something decent but not mind-blowing. But hey, maybe you’ll love it! 🙂

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25 thoughts on “Lazy Saturday Review: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen”

  1. Nice fair, honest review. I guess we can’t love all the books, but this one will be for some people, but not for all. It will however make the next book you read, that you really enjoy, feel even better. That’s what I like most about finishing a book I felt was mediocre to me.
    Amanda. xx

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    1. I always try to be fair but sometimes I fear my words will be misunderstood. I am glad you got my point. I think I am very picky about the genre and subject now so I expected a lot from it, which was never delivered. I hope others can find what they are looking for in it 🙂 I am amazing other reads waiting for me, so it’s okay to have a meh book once in a while! 🙂 xxx

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  2. Oh no! I was just starting to convince myself I need to read this book soon… I guess I’ll have to wait until the hype dies down before I do, otherwise I’ll end up popping out another unpopular opinion review haha. A shame this one didn’t manage to wow you! Fab review though. xx


      1. I guess it’s the disadvantage of reading so many thrillers… A lot of things are just not original anymore. I’ll definitely leave it cool down until at least next year. 😉 xx


  3. Great candid review! I’ve had my eye on this one because of the hype for a bit … it’s nice to see some opinions on the other side, too 🙂 I hope your next read’s a winner!!


  4. A fantastic review Meggy! I was so excites to read your thoughts and you seem to have confirmed that my choice not to pick this one up is warranted. I keep debating if I want to try it but I think I’ll hold off longer


  5. I really like your review and you not loving the book is not making me like it any less :-). I did love this though and I’m sure I found other things in it that you didn’t feel. We’re all different. I’m very sorry already that you might even see this in my fav list this year ;-). They can’t be all 4 or 5 star reads right ?! I hope your next read is more satisfying though xxx


  6. I get what you mean Meggy. I loved the first twist because I was totally blindsided by it. The rest of the story was good but not great. In my case, the hype is what ruined the experience for me because I had such very high expectations.

    I hope that your next read will be a winner. Great review!


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