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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen


Rating: 2-Stars

Summary on Goodreads.

"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.
Assume nothing...." [+ more]

The summary says that when you read this book:

1) "You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement." Well, yeah! The ex had made it her mission to save the new bride from Richard (the husband). Why exactly? If that isn't obsession I don't know what it is. If a man leaves you, move on. It is not your job to make the other woman realize what type of man she is going to marry.

2) "You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves." Oh yes, this I thought but turned out I was wrong.

3)"You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her." Never for a minute did I think that.

4)"You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships." After reading Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris I could recognize the symptoms lol!

*** SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS ***

The book is divided in three parts: Part 1 is about a woman who is going to marry Richard (which I thought was the new bride). Part 2 is about who this woman in part 1 really is. Here we also know who Richard's new bride is. And part 3 was a little Gone Girl because out of the blue, obsessive Nillie (or Vanessa) shows a different side of her: how she planned for her husband to divorce her.

So my questions is, if you planned everything Richard could leave you, what the hell was all the crying over Richard for? Why did you have to talk to Richard's new bride to warn her of the manipulative and control freak that Richard is and save her from that marriage? Seriously, you should be over the moon that your plan worked! So I don't really understand this nonsense of having to talk to his new woman to warn her about Richard.... "Satisfaction," she said. AND, because otherwise there wouldn't be a book (I say).

In this book, I liked her cunning and that she turned out to be not as stupid and the victim that she seemed at first. I have read a couple of books with the same line: extremely beautiful woman marries successful man who turns out to be a manipulative, obsessive jerk. The woman quits her job, stop talking to her friends, and her life revolves around the husband that plans everything for them (where to eat, what to wear...). But then she gets bored of living in a beautiful house with nothing to do but wait for the husband to get home to have someone to talk to.

Also, this book is very deceiving. To the risk of repeating myself, I didn't get why she was crying her eyes out and her life was falling apart because Richard left her when she was the one who orchestrated it. So I guess the first part of the book was purposely deceiving like that so when you reached the third part you would be all like "holly crap!" Hmmmm....It is well written, though.