Book Rating (out of 5):
I received The Wife Between Us from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My honest review is that this book was…meh.
This book has an amazing cover and a compelling description, but unfortunately from the beginning, it wasn’t keeping my focus. I always have that moment where I’m like, “Is it just me? ‘Cause I’m bored.”
I felt like it didn’t take long to figure out what was happening between Nellie and Nessa. Or to realize what was going down with super controlling Richard. I didn’t expect for that to resolve itself and to be proven right so quickly. And for me, that was a problem. Because I kept looking at the number of pages left to read and thinking, “Good God, what else is there left to say???”
Though I applaud the author for trying something different, it didn’t work for me. In reflection, it seemed like a cheap plot device. Sad sack Vanessa, in particular, was really what did me in. Her story was painful to read, and frankly, there was a point where I stopped caring. But that’s probably just me. I have little patience for characters like that. I mean, really girl…
This would have been much more effective as a short(er) story. It could have proven to be a tight, fiendish, little thriller. Instead, it sort of flopped around like a fish out of water that doesn’t realize it’s dead already.
If that’s your kind of book, The Wife Between Us comes out January 8, 2018.