The Wife Between Us

Macmillan Audio. Jan. 2018. 11:15 hrs. ISBN 9781427293039. $39.99. digital download. F
Nellie is about to marry her dream guy, the one who makes her feel safe and will give her the life she always imagined. There’s only one problem—his crazy ex-wife Vanessa, who can't seem let go of the past. With Vanessa's borderline stalking behavior, Nellie and her fiancé find themselves in an unwelcome love triangle. But is it really that easy? Is Vanessa simply the older, rejected, and replaced first wife who is unstable? Hendricks and Pekkanen have crafted a domestic thriller in the style of Gone Girl, which keeps the reader intrigued and guessing. Some of the twists are quite clever, even gasp-producing, and expose the depth of the characters, particularly Vanessa. Narrator Julia Whelan does a good job with this increasingly emotional narrative, focusing on telling a complicated tale that alternates among protagonists and various time spans while keeping the voices clear and distinct.
VERDICT Despite a few unnecessary twists that leave listeners wanting, overall this is a suspenseful and worthwhile work that adds to the genre of psychological thrillers. Readers who enjoy BA Paris and Gillian Flynn will enjoy this title. [“Readers…will love the skewed psychology and shifting perspectives of this domestic thriller”: LJ 10/15/17 starred review of the St. Martin’s hc.]
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