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The Wife Between Us: A Novel

The Wife Between Us: A Novel

Написано Greer Hendricks и Sarah Pekkanen

Озвучено Julia Whelan


The Wife Between Us: A Novel

Написано Greer Hendricks и Sarah Pekkanen

Озвучено Julia Whelan

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4/5 (604 оценки)
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11 hours
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Издано:
Jan 9, 2018
ISBN:
9781427293046
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From Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen comes the next hit audiobook thriller

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are listening 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.

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.

Listen for the truth between the lies.

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Издано:
Jan 9, 2018
ISBN:
9781427293046
Формат:
Аудиокнига

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Greer Hendricks spent two decades at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, as Vice President, Senior Editor. In her tenure with Simon & Schuster she signed and edited dozens of the most recognizable names in women’s fiction and nonfiction, including Jennifer Weiner, Marlo Thomas, Jessica Seinfeld, Lauren Weisberger, Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. Prior to Simon & Schuster, Greer worked for Allure magazine and earned her Masters in Journalism from Columbia University. Her writing has been published in The New York Times and Publishers Weekly. / Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally-bestselling author of six novels (Atria Books), all of which have been People magazine picks. Her books have earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, and have been selected as Hoda Kotb’s ""favorite thing"" on-air on the “Today Show.” A former investigative journalist and newspaper features writer for The Washington Post, Sarah’s writing has appeared in publications ranging from USA Today to Publisher’s Weekly. She is active on social media, where she has 15,000 combined followers on Facebook and Twitter. She is the recipient of a Dateline award for magazine feature writing and the Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship.  


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  • If you loved being blindsided by the plot twist in "Gone Girl," give this psychological thriller a listen. A spurned and disgruntled wife hits the bottle hard and starts stalking her ex-husband's new fiance, hell-bent on derailing the upcoming wedding. Sure, smarty-pants, you might think you know what's going to happen, but this one will keep you guessing.

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  • (4/5)
    3.5 Stars

    The Wife Between Us has been at the top of my must-reads list since I first heard the announcement. The highly anticipated novel from Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen promised a suspense driven novel like no other, the story about a marriage as it fell apart and the women affected by it. It's a domestic thriller, the kind of novel that makes you question everything. Who did it? Why? How? Am I really reading the truth right now? Like previous popular suspense and thriller novels, The Wife Between Us has an unreliable narrator, a mixture of points-of-views, and flashbacks for readers to dig through to find the truth. It's like Gone Girl and The Girl On the Train, the story similar in plot, but very different in its delivery.

    "She is oblivious to hwat I have done to her. She is unaware of the damage I have wrought; the ruin I have set in motion."

    The blurb ends with "assume nothing," and it's so very accurate for this novel. No one is who you think they are and the relationships between them are muddled with lies, heartbreak, and an awful lot of secrets. Divided into three parts, readers get to know Vanessa, Nellie, Richard, Emma, and Aunt Charlotte. I would talk about each, but to share my thoughts on the characters and their development would really give too much away. Each part is driven by suspense and mystery, a complete story in each part that leads to the next, the questions only piling higher. The first part was unique, I really got caught up in it, but as the book shifted into part two and later part three, I found myself a bit bored. There are some big twists in this book, but they didn't really lead to the massive blow up, the game changer, I have come to expect from suspenseful thriller novels. I needed more time with the characters and more of a chance to truly understand how one marriage fell apart and created the mess that each character is now wading through. I still enjoyed the book though, the first part and the epilogue truly outweighing the chapters that lacked excitement.

    I'd been deceitful. I hadn't been a good wife."

    Marriage is complex, there are always three sides to every story, or if you're reading The Wife Between Us, there's even more. Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen tear apart the makeup of a marriage, revealing the love, the lies, the betrayal, the happiness, and the tiny moments that turn into an avalanche that suffocates it. It's fast paced and well written, even with two authors. I truly enjoyed all of the twists and turns in The Wife Between Us, it had just the right amount of deceit, but ended up lacking some in the details. I really look forward to seeing this one on the big screen, as word has spread the book has been optioned for film.

    "He knew me better than I knew him."


    ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
  • (3/5)
    The Wife Between Us is the story of several women's version of being in a relationship with an abusive man and how that information is communicated to the various women involved. The narrator, Nelly, is the wife who is soon to be replaced by her ex husband's pretty young assistant. Nelly is desperately trying to warn her replacement that the man she is about to marry is dangerous.
  • (5/5)
    Wow! This book will definitely keep you guessing! Is Vanessa a jealous wife? Who's Nellie? What about Richard? As the chapters go by we learn more and more about these people.. But who's deceiving whom? Then we meet Emma.. More twists! A must read and the twists don't stop until the very last page. Highly recommended!

    Disclaimer: I received an advance reader cooy in exchange for an honest review
  • (4/5)
    I listened to this on audio and found it to have a slow start but takes off midway. It's a psychological suspense story about marriage and betrayal that keeps you guessing. The plot is a twisty plot with a scary love triangle and you don't know who to trust as the narrators are unreliable. The characters lack depth and you can not assume anything as you will be proven wrong. The novel is a bit confusing and convoluted in parts and it's not until the epilogue that you finally find out what has been going on. I would recommend this novel to those who love psychological suspense.
  • (3/5)
    This is a decent psychological thriller. I listened to it, and initially got confused about who I was listening to or about because it was partly first person and partly third person. It straightened itself out in my mind, and I enjoyed it.
  • (4/5)
    A good thriller - great for planes and trips as it keeps you interested, but you don't have to really track all of the details. There were some good twists here, but it wasn't great because nothing was absolutely unexpected . . . the foreshadowing was sometimes too helpful.
  • (5/5)
    There are a number of little puzzles for the reader to solve from the very beginning of this novel. While the narrator is mainly Richard Thompson's ex-wife the authors played around with the time line so nothing is straightforward. The plot darts back and forth across events from before Richard and Nellie met until well after their marriage has collapsed.But the truth of why the marriage collapsed and what Nellie is up to are far from simple.This is an engrossing thriller. Well worth the read.
  • (4/5)
    What an emotional ride!
  • (4/5)
    A special thank you to Greer Hendricks for a copy of the audiobook.When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. At first, the book alternates between the perspectives of Richard's ex-wife, Vanessa, and his new-and-improved younger fiancée, Nellie. Vanessa was left humiliated and penniless with the break up and she has a drinking problem—is this what was responsible for the dissolution of the marriage? Nellie can't shake the feeling that she is being followed and that there is something to the anonymous calls she has been receiving. Vanessa is jealous and becomes obsessed with her replacement—she is determined to stop Richard from marrying again. Just how far will she go?That's about all I can safely synopsize. But what I can tell you is that I'm speechless. What a fantastic book. The writing is BRILLIANT! You can tell that Pekkanen is a seasoned author and by extension, Hendricks' previous editing experience also makes her a great writer. The attention to detail and pace is what really sets this book apart in this genre, especially with all the "girl" and "wife" titled books out there right now. (Is it me, or does every other mystery/thriller book have "girl" or "wife" in the title?) And the plot is so layered—when you think the story is over, there is one final twist. So. Bloody. Clever! The difference between 4 and 5 stars was the subplot with Maggie and Jason. I actually thought this was a bit of filler that wasn't necessary.
  • (3/5)
    Maybe because I was expecting something different, I was disappointed by this book. I was expecting a thriller. Lots of twists and turns but not a thriller.
  • (4/5)
    A bit of a stunner. Kept me guessing throughout the book. "Twisted and deliciously chilling".
  • (5/5)
    There has been so much buzz surrounding THE WIFE BETWEEN US that I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and delve into the lives of Nellie and Vanessa while trying to figure out the many twists and turns that take place in the story. Just when I thought I had it all figured out I realized that nothing is as it seems and what I thought I had figured out suddenly took another twist.

    Nellie is ready to commit to her fiance, Richard. The wedding is planned and she is tidying up a few loose ends before the nuptials. Nellie loves her job at the Learning Ladder where she teaches children, but she knows her life is about to change once she walks down the aisle. Her fiance Richard is wealthy affording her opportunities she would never have on a teachers salary and living in New York City. She is a sweet girl making a very big life change. Although she is much younger than Richard, he seems to be able to take care of her and make her feel safe. Nellie is not all that she seems though and has a very big secret from her past that she does not want to get out. Not only is she carrying a secret, but she also finds herself with a new stalker, Richard’s ex-wife Vanessa.

    Vanessa once had it all before her divorce from Richard. Now she finds herself almost penniless, living with her aunt, and working at SAKS, a high end retail store. Her life is definitely not going in the right direction. To top it all off, she medicates herself with alcohol and wonders where her life went wrong all the while still trying to fight her feelings for Richard. He was her entire world for a long time and he still has power over her feelings. Things go from bad to worse when Vanessa finds out that her ex-husband is engaged to a younger woman and she will do everything in her power to stop the wedding from happening.

    THE WIFE BETWEEN US is a riveting and engrossing psychological thriller that pulls you in right from the start. I thought I knew where the story was heading right from the beginning. I could not have been more wrong. The collaboration of Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen created one intense mind boggling story. The pacing in the beginning is nice and slow and really digs into the background of Nellie and Vanessa and before you know it the story takes a twist that is very unexpected. I consider myself pretty good at figuring out clues. Nothing could have prepared me for this story. I was so wrong and pretty much shocked up until the end. I cannot stress enough just how much I LOVED this story. Please do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book or you will miss out on one genius story. This is one for my keeper shelf.
  • (4/5)
    I don’t read psychological drama type books these days because I like my sleep. I had read all of the reviews and was intrigued about The Wife Between Us so I thought I would give it a chance. I can’t say that reading it is going to have me chasing more books of its ilk but it was a change from my normal reading.The book opens as a woman seems to be stalking her ex husband’s new fiance. Dual stories slowly unfold as the reader learns about both this man’s past relationship and his current one. He is a wealthy, successfdreul man but as great as he looks to the outside world his relationships are not always what they seem.Or are they?The plot of this is full of twists and turns and more twists. I didn’t see any of them coming and trying to get into the story will start to peel away the layers of the plot. Now I have not read many of these types of books so I can’t compare to others in the genre but I did find myself turning the pages trying to figure out what was going to happen next.The characters are not the kind you can really get behind and root for – at least I couldn’t. They are just so far out of my realm of understanding so this was for me, the type of book I just had to go with. I had to suspend a certain amount of my reality to enjoy. When I did that I found I enjoyed the book more.It was a riveting read.
  • (5/5)
    There was so many twists towards the end of this book that my book club at work decided to fly right through to the end. If you like a book filled with revenge and twists then this is the book for you. Even though I managed to guess one of the main twists early on I still really enjoyed this. Towards the end of the book I just could not put this down. I really enjoyed this and am really happy this was the first pick of my book club.
  • (4/5)
    If you’re looking for a riveting psychological thriller, this one is a perfect choice. It’s tense, it’s frightening and there are twists that readers will not see coming.I’m going to do my best to review this without spoilers. There is a cast of unlikeable characters, with the exception of Aunt Charlotte, who was my favorite person in the story. The narrator(s) is unreliable and at times readers will not be certain of who is telling the story.We mainly learn the story from the perspective of Vanessa, the ex-wife of Richard. Vanessa comes across as unstable. She has trouble sleeping and is known to drink too much. She has a family history of mental instability. There was also an incident in her past that continues to haunt her.Richard, Vanessa’s ex-husband is about to be married. Richard seems like the perfect catch. He checks all the boxes for those qualities women look for: handsome, successful, attentive, etc. I disliked him from the start. Throughout the novel, we will find out the intimate details of Richard and Vanessa’s marriage. Who was the crazy one? Who was at fault? Sometimes you may not be sure. It’s a bit of a slow start, but well worth the time. The ending was shocking and extremely satisfying. It was everything I could want in a psychological thriller.Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to read an advance copy and give my honest review.
  • (4/5)
    OK, so. This is like a narrative hybrid of Pretty Woman gone wrong meets Lifetime TV movie that I might 'watch' as background, while doing something more important (like paying bills), yet track with the entire plot without missing anything important. It's absorbing enough that I wanted to keep turning pages to see how it all came out, but it doesn't exactly require a lot of processing power or investment.Because the book hypes the unbelievable twists where "NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS," the twists don't seem particularly surprising. Or novel, so to speak. There are a couple of big reveals that are probably meant to be shocking, but are more like 'huh' than 'holey cheese and crackers."The characters are all twits lacking emotional depth, really. It's hard to have too much emotional investment in any of them other than to place idle bets on who'll be left standing at the end. Not at all sorry I read it--though ridiculous and totally forgettable, it was a good summer vacation-y pick that I will never read again and am glad that I checked out of the library and didn't pay for.Recommended for those who need or want a light summer read any time of year. TWs: domestic violence and mental illness.
  • (4/5)
    The super hyped heavy hitter thrillers are the ones that scare me the most. Not in terms of content, mind you; in terms of my fears to even give them a try. I’ve been burned by a number of them in the past. I was marginally impressed by “Girl on the Train”. Mary Kubica’s recent works have left me a bit cold. I flat out hated “Gone Girl” and “Behind Her Eyes”. So when “The Wife Between Us” was available at work, I felt a tug to check it out, but also the nagging ‘what if you don’t like it?’ apprehension. But I did take a chance on this one, steeling myself for potential, sullen disappointment, so much so that I kind of let it sit for a bit, knowing I could renew it and just delay the potential inevitable disappointment. But I can safely say that when I did pick it up, I had a very, very hard time putting it down. Praise be, “The Wife Between Us” lived up to the hype that made me very hesitant!The dual narrative device isn’t really new to the thriller genre. Many books use it, including a number that I’ve reviewed on this blog. But given that this book was written by two women, the voices that each character, Nellie and Vanessa, have are incredibly unique and feel totally separate. Nellie’s story is told in the third person, as the new younger woman that this man Richard is about to marry, while Vanessa is in the first person, the ex wife who hears about this new marriage and is intent on stopping it. I tend to feel that when a book promises that ‘this book isn’t what you think it’s going to be’, I’m going to go in looking for hints and clues as to why that is. But with Nellie and Vanessa and the perspectives they each give to the overall story, while I was looking for clues I wasn’t distracted by my personal search. In fact, when we get to the first big reveal, I actually said ‘wait, WHAT?!’, and had to go back and look for clues because I was so totally caught off guard. The thriller genre seems to be stepping it’s game up, as this isn’t the only book that has done that lately (but more on that another time). I also liked that neither Nellie nor Vanessa were very stereotypical, even if they appeared to be at first. As the stories progressed, you saw a whole lot of growth in both these narratives, and I ended up really liking and feeling for both of them.While Nellie and Vanessa were refreshing and kind of new for the genre, there were some familiar traps that the plot itself fell into. I’m not going to spoil it, as this is a fun book and shouldn’t be spoiled for those who want to read it. But while I didn’t call one of the super big twists, the other one was fairly obvious from the get go. It’s a device and a twist theme that I’m honestly losing my patience with, as we’ve seen it so often now that it’s long past stale and definitely overused and overdone. And then (and I can’t tell you how ridiculous this moment was), in the last few pages, yet ANOTHER twist was thrown in for good measure that harkened back to a long lost plot point. And the biggest grievance I had with this one was that not only did it fall right in the last few pages, it was revealed in a way that didn’t actually have ANY bearing on how anything turned out!! So I don’t know what I find more frustrating, that it was a quick ‘gotcha!’ reveal a la “Into the Water”, or that it didn’t even go anywhere or change anything. It just felt tacked on, and tacked on in a way that was incredibly superfluous and unimportant to anything.But given that I picked “The Wife Between Us” up and didn’t put it down, reading it in one sitting, it clearly had a serious hold on me, which is what a good thriller ultimately needs to do to be effective. This is one that, in my opinion, deserves the hype that it’s getting.
  • (4/5)
    You think you know what’s going on, but you don’t!
  • (4/5)
    Netgalley gave me ARC ebook In exchange for my honest review.

    I have loved Sarah Pekkanen since her first book came out in 2010. This collaboration is seemless . I could not tell when Hendricks was writing and when Pekkanen was writing. Holy plot twists, Batman. This book kept guessing with all of its twists and turns. I may go back and reread it to look for foreshadowing. Fans of Gillian Flynn will love this one. I hope Hendricks will continue to write books, too.
  • (4/5)
    When I looked at this title, I assumed the title led to the person with the secrets and the one to watch for. However, after just a short way in, I was loving that the way the book is written was leading me to believe it could be anyone. That had me going for a loop. (Yay!!)I assumed so many things when reading this book, yet unaware, there were several slight, subtle hints that slid by me unnoticed. Then the pieces start connecting, it was like a huge light bulb went off. The hints were there - working at Saks, no proceeds, etc. - but I didn't connect them right away. I mean, I wondered, but no way would I have been able to connect the dots. A masterful way to keep readers intrigued!!!An excellent read with numerous plot twists and jaw dropping hints that kept up way into the night.Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
  • (5/5)
    Received this as an ARC - WOW, didn't expect that ending! Great story, reader builds empathy for 'Nellie'...only to find out.....nope, not going to spoil it!
  • (3/5)
    This is another in the recent series of psychological novels/mysteries told from the point of view of an unreliable female narrator. Basically the story of an unhappy, perhaps dangerous marriage, the novel overly relies on false leads and unlikely coincidences. A new entry in the Gone Girl/Woman in the Window genre, this one doesn't quite make the cut.
  • (5/5)
    I could NOT put this book DOWN!! If you happen to be looking for a book to read that will be a total escape, grab this one!! I hope Hendricks and Pekkanen and write more together if this is the first try---now I need to read novels by Pekkanen.....
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed this book although I would classify it as light reading. I did appreciate some of the plot twists. the characters were somewhat predictable.
  • (5/5)
    An entertaining book that kept me guessing throughout. The first half of the book sets up the many questions in this mystery about Richard and the women in his life: Is he a victim or a tormentor; or is it possible that he could be both? The second half is when this tightly woven story starts to unravel and slowly answers are revealed until the very end. This is one of those books that I would enjoy twice, first going in blind and a second time to catch all the little details that become clear once you have all the answers. Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
  • (3/5)
    I was prepared to give this book at least 4 stars, toying with 5 stars, through Chapter 40 of 42. I loved the story, the characters, the situations, the twists (those twists!), the entire thing...until the last few chapters when things just kept unraveling and unraveling and getting weirder and weirder and it didn't stop until everything was just too incredible for anyone to believe. This book should have stopped two chapters earlier and the entire "college experience" should have been deleted. I hope that authors soon stop trying to top the craziness of Girl on the Train and Gone Girl and come to the realization that readers just want good writing and amazing characters - not a dozen twists that make no sense and extra storylines that add nothing but confusion. Do yourself a favor and stop reading this book at Chapter 40. Then you will have read a 4- to 5-star thriller!
  • (5/5)
    Great read. A definite page-turner that was near impossible to put down at times. I would find myself daydreaming at work about it, dying to get home so I could read a few more chapters. At various points throughout the book you feel like you know EXACTLY what's happening and then BAM!! Not a twist or a turn but a complete derailment that will leave you breathless and guessing til the very end!
  • (5/5)
    Fabulous book. Complicated interesting keeping you guessing
  • (3/5)
    This novel has a timeworn premise - a husband finding a younger woman; however, there are twists that made it different, and which I didn't anticipate. The story of Nellie, the discarded wife, evolves into a plot with numerous deceptions and disclosures. There is suspense attempting to discover the true intentions of the characters, but the ending felt contrived.
  • (5/5)
    From the outside it looks like Vanessa is happily married to Richard. On the inside cracks start to show then before long Vanessa has a replacement.I went into this book not really knowing much about it just that it is a pyscological thriller which is one of my favourite genres. I really enjoyed this story. The start of the story is told by Vanessa and Nellie. Yes I could see where this story was going then a third of the way through a twist and I'm wrong. Off I go again immersed in the story and now I'm sure where it's going and twist again. Then the ending approaches and I feel a little let down and then the final twist makes the story all complete.This genre is one of my favourites and I enjoy a story with plenty to keep my interest with lots of twists and turns. This book did not fail to deliver and I really enjoyed it. I was totally engrossed in story and did want to know what was going to happen next. Nothing was what it seemed or what I assumed. A very satisfying read.