Read July 5, 2020 – July 6, 2020
After my failed attempt at a Christmas in July, I needed to change the vibe to something exciting…IMMEDIATELY! I didn’t want to download a book on my Kindle so I grabbed my mask and made a quick stop at Target to pick up a physical book. In and out in less than 15 minutes – a miracle right?! This book stood out to me because there are two authors; I can’t recall reading any novels with more than one. I also found the book promising because Steven Spielberg purchased the film rights before it even published. The movie hasn’t been made – YET – but if it could be a movie then you know it’s probably going to be interesting!
What is it about?
We have an ex wife, a possible cheating ex husband, and a new fiancé. The story takes place in New York and the ex wife clearly has an obsession with the new fiancé. She appears to be stalking her and there is always the risk of being caught. The other woman is younger and primed to give her husband-to-be, Richard, children, something Vanessa couldn’t manage to do. The story is written from multiple viewpoints and you’re left questioning everything you think you might understand about the relationship between characters.
There are multiple twists in the story, which makes it a bit of a challenge to explain any further what the story is actually about. The book has three parts and each part has its own set of information that is revealed; the story continues but you see somewhat of a shift as you learn more about the characters.
What does it have?
- Obsessive Ex
- Marital Lies
- Family Relationships
- WHAT DO I EVEN KNOW – the thrill of the twist
This was such a nice change of pace and I read it quickly; I couldn’t put it down. The thrills and chills in this book, especially in the beginning half, put me in such an uncomfortable spot I ended up sleeping with the light on LOL! The narrative has you questioning what’s real and true, even posing a little commentary on the lies we choose to believe. One of the characters (I can’t disclose much because I don’t want to give spoilers) says, “It’s ironic now, because I’ve surrounded myself with lies. Sometimes I am tempted to succumb to them. It might be simpler that way, to quickly sink into the new reality I’ve created as though it were quicksand” (The Wife Between Us). This rings true even in our personal lives if we reflect back on relationships and the lies we tell ourselves in order to make things work.
Is it worth reading?
Yeah! If you’re interested in reading a thriller that has to do with romantic relationships, this will fit the bill. Some of the twists may be easily predictable if you read a ton from the genre but I still found it very enjoyable.
Do you read thrillers? Let me know in the comments below J