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The wife between us : [a novel] / Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.
ISBN:
9781250130921
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2018],

©2017
Physical Description:
346 pages ; 25 cm
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Subtitle from jacket.
Abstract:
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. Assume nothing.
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The instant New York Times Bestseller (January 2018)!

"A fiendishly smart cat-and-mouse thriller" -- New York Times Book Review

"Buckle up, because you won't be able to put this one down." -- Glamour

"Jaw dropping. Unforgettable. Shocking." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The best domestic suspense novel since Gone Girl ." -- In Touch Weekly

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.

A 2018 Indie Next Pick | One of Glamour Magazine's Best Books of 2018 | One of Hello Giggles' 19 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018

Praise for The Wife Between Us:

"Fiendishly clever ...in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing. " --Anita Shreve, New York Times bestselling author of The Stars are Fire

"A clever thriller with masterful twists. " - Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of The Kept Woman

" The Wife Between Us delivers a whip smart, twisty plot in a taut, pacy narrative. It's terrific and troubling. This is one scary love triangle where you won't know who to trust. I loved it." -Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew

"A twisty, mind-bending novel about marriage and betrayal. A gripping plot and fascinating characters ; this book will keep you turning the pages and guessing until the very end. A must-read!" -Lauren Weisberger, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada

"This amazing story gallops along at breakneck speed, with an ending that smacks you between the eyes and takes your breath away. These authors are destined to become trail blazers in the field of psychological suspense books that explode in your hands!" --Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault

"Like a house of mirrors, The Wife Between Us kept me guessing around every corner, delving into the complexities of marriage, friendship, and obsession. " --Javier Ramirez, The Book Table


Author Notes

Greer Hendricks is an American author and editor, based in Manhattan. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she earned a master's in Journalism while working at Allure magazine. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times and Publishers Weekly. From 1994-2014 she worked at Simon and Schuster first, as an assistant editor, then went on to become an editor. She edited numerous writers. That is where she met Sarah Pekkanen and became her editor. After leaving Simon and Schuster they decided to write a novel together. The Wife Between Us is their first collaboration and is Greer Hendrick's first novel.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Hendricks, who spent more than 20 years as a book editor, joins forces with Pekkanen (The Best of Us) to create a jaw-dropping psychological thriller. Unreliable narrator Vanessa Thompson is obsessed with her ex-husband's fiancée and on the verge of becoming unhinged. She gave up everything-her job as a preschool teacher, her New York City friends-to have a fairy tale life in Westchester with too-good-to-be-true hedge fund manager Richard. After a series of failed fertility treatments, their marriage unraveled, and Richard leaves her for his younger assistant. Hendricks and Pekkanen chronicle a marriage gone wrong through the alternating accounts of the shattered Vanessa in the present and her vibrant younger self in the past. This is not another eye-rolling story about the jealous ex-wife stalking her replacement, as readers will discover as Vanessa's motivations are revealed. Unforgettable twists lead to shocking revelations all the way through the epilogue. 250,000-copy announced first printing. Agent: Victoria Sanders, Victoria Sanders and Associates. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


New York Review of Books Review

At first, it looks as if Hendricks and Pekkanen have written a book that's more romance than thriller. "The Wife Between Us" alternates between two points of view. One belongs to a young and apparently innocent preschool teacher who has been swept off her feet by a rich man - a hedge fund manager, no less. The other belongs to the man's hardbitten ex, a saleswoman at Saks resentfully catering to the spoiled matrons who used to be her peers. The rich man - lynchpin of the triangle - says laughably "intellectual" things and looks good in both a suit and a pair of jeans. Although the sinister elements may begin on the pale side, they soon suggest all sorts of gaslighting and bluebearding. When the rich man first meets the teacher on an airplane, he strokes a lock of her blond hair and says: "So beautiful. Don't ever cut it." Later, seemingly out of the blue, he buys her a house. And he insists that their honeymoon destination be a surprise. Meanwhile the ex-wife, who has a family history of mental illness, broods over her replacement. Not even the preschool teacher is exempt: She's trying to suppress memories of a night in Florida that ended with "police sirens and despair." The novel is halfway over before the first reveal, but it's worth the wait, if only for its singularity. Then the twists come fast and furious. Not everything makes a lot of sense. That stuff you thought was local color? A surprising amount of it fits in somewhere. Those characters with walk-on parts? A couple of them offer their own surprises.


Library Journal Review

It's human nature to assume; we all do. But this psychological thriller by first-time novelist Hendricks and best-selling author Pekkanen (The Perfect Neighbors) proves just how dangerous assumptions can be. -Nellie, a young teacher, has met the man of her dreams. Nine years her senior, Richard is charming, handsome, and wealthy. He pampers Nellie like a queen-until he doesn't. Nellie is constantly thrown off-kilter-is Richard manipulating things that happen between them? Reality and deception are woven into a strange pattern of twisted understanding. As the difference in how each perceives their marriage grows wider, so does their estrangement until Richard leaves Nellie for another woman. Or so everyone believes. Who is this younger, blonde version of herself? Nellie is compelled to stalk her around Manhattan like a jealous ex. Will this woman become her replacement? Verdict Readers who were enthralled by B.A. Paris's Behind Closed Doors and Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl will love the skewed psychology and shifting perspectives of this domestic thriller. [See Prepub Alert, 7/24/14.]-Kirsche Romo, Duncanville, TX © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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