It’s easy to see how this domestic thriller became an instant New York Times bestseller.
The sheer skill involved in keeping the reader guessing so often had me really applauding the novel’s writers.
Whatever the reason, what felt at the beginning like a very formulaic scorned woman/ jealous ex-wife thriller morphed into something much more complex and captivating.
The book broadly exposes the secret complexities of what looks like an enviable marriage. Appearances hide dangerous truths that keep you guessing and really invest you in these fascinating characters.
An Ever-Evolving Plot
As far as the actual plot goes, it is straightforward enough to follow… At least, to follow what you think the plot is at any given moment.
The story is one of a jilted wife jealous of a younger woman.
Until it’s actually about a stalker harassing a long-suffering victim. Until no, it’s really about alcohol abuse. Now it’s about a master manipulator who will do anything in the name of love, and on, and on.
You are left spun around so many times you do get plot vertigo… but it’s a fun ride.
It’s the kind of book that will have you trying to anticipate the next twist ahead of time.
As much as I tried though, I always got it slightly wrong. And instead of being maddening, it just pulled me deeper and deeper into the twisty plot all the way to the very last page.
The book is very much in the vein of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl or any number of books by Karin Slaughter.
So if you are a fan of either of those authors, you are likely going to love The Wife Between Us.