Smart, pretty and married to a wealthy man who adored her—Vanessa had everything she needed to live the life of her dreams. Then it all went horribly wrong. Today Vanessa is divorced from Richard, struggling to hold down a department store job and so unbearably haunted by her replacement in Richard’s life that she has to drink a bottle of Merlot just to make herself sleep at night.
“The clues were present, but I misread them. Not for the first time,” Vanessa muses. It is a wink at herself as the unreliable narrator and a nod to the reader that what lies ahead may look like the truth but prove to be false.
Little by little, we realize nothing is as it seems.
The Wife Between Us by writing duo Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is a smooth, entertaining and believable psychological thriller. The plot is so well imagined that you’ll take pleasure in all the unexpected twists and turns on the way. The use of booze, insomnia-fueled hallucinations and anxiety-filled hypervigilance creates great suspense; and the characters have far more intellectual underpinnings than most books in this genre.
Even the most discriminating readers will be dazzled as Hendricks and Pekkanen skillfully spin and unravel a shimmering web of infatuation, jealousy and obsession.
Best paired with a bottle of white Burgundy, rosemary focaccia, filet mignon medium rare and rum raisin ice cream.