The Wife Between Us
Release Date: January 9, 2018
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.
My reviews may contain some spoilers.
The Wife Between Us centers around Vanessa, a newly-divorced woman who is struggling to live her new life. She had it all with Richard. The mansions, the vacations, the designer clothing. And yet, he is about to get remarried already.
It’s very easy to dislike Vanessa from the beginning. She doesn’t seem like a likable character, but by the end of Part One, you understand some of her past. However, she still seems like she has had some mental break and/or is an alcoholic. But don’t judge too quickly. You will likely think that Vanessa is a crazy 45 year old and Nellie is an innocent new 25 year old. Don’t assume anything.
The more you learn about her past and her marriage, the more you question Vanessa. You question why she is being crazy, why she is following her ex-husband’s new fiancé, why she is spiraling down a hole she seems to be digging for herself. However, Vanessa will surprise you. She will eventually explain what led her to this point and what her actual motives are. She will explain her own cunning plans she had, how they backfired, and how she can’t let her husband marry a new woman, even though she doesn’t want him back.
There are points of the story that are harder to follow as well as some points that seem like filler scenes, such as many of the ones with Aunt Charlotte. However, this book gives a twist to “the other woman” stories. You see a depiction of a woman who struggled with abuse of alcohol and infertility, how her husband is now with a new woman, and how that affair can tear a family apart. However, you can’t assume anything in this story.
Vanessa is not the jealous ex-wife that she seems to be. And Emma is not the innocent other woman that she seems to be, either. And Richard? He is not a man who is caught in the middle. No one is innocent.