by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Published by St. Martin’s Press
Genre: literature; mystery; suspense
5 / 5
When I finished this book, I felt like I had just read some sort of literary alchemy. Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen have crafted a mystery and suspense story that will make you sit up and gasp in shock. Even the most jaded reader will be stunned by the twists that Hendricks and Pekkanen throw at them.
But here is the thing. Read the blurb, one-click, read the book, and come back here and tell me your thoughts. You do not want to know more about this book than what the blurb says. You want to go in cold and let Hendricks and Pekkanen mesmerize you with their story. Let them lull you into thinking you know what’s going on – who’s using whom, who’s terrorizing whom, who theatens whom. Let them make you think you know.
And then let them rip that rug right out from under you and BLOW YOUR MESS OUT.
Once I recovered from the (first) plot twist, I realized how deft and canny Hendricks and Pekkanen are. They pull you into their story so deeply that you miss the few opaque clues they drop. And that’s okay. This is one of those times when you will relish the shock.
Well played, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Well played.
“A jaw-dropping psychological thriller.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Fiendishly clever…in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing.” –Anita Shreve, New York Times bestselling author of The Stars are Fire
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage – and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.
Read between the lies.
About the Authors:
GREER HENDRICKS spent over two decades as an editor at Simon & Schuster. Prior to her tenure in publishing, she worked at Allure Magazine and obtained her Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children, The Wife Between Us is her first novel.
Sarah Pekkanen is born in New York City, arriving so quickly that doctors have no time to give her mother painkillers. This is the last time Sarah ever arrives for anything earlier than expected. Her mother still harbors a slight grudge.
Sarah’s family moves to Bethesda, Maryland, where Sarah, along with a co-author, writes a book entitled “Miscellaneous Tales and Poems.” Shockingly, publishers do not leap upon this literary masterpiece. Sarah sends a sternly-worded letter to publishers asking them to respond to her manuscript. Sarah no longer favors Raggedy Ann stationery, although she is sure it impressed top New York publishers.
Sarah’s parents are hauled into her elementary school to see the shocking condition of her desk. Sarah’s parents stare, open-mouthed, at the crumpled pieces of paper, broken pencils, and old notebooks crowding Sarah’s desk. Sarah’s organization skills have since improved. Slightly.
After college and a solo backpacking trip around Europe – during which Sarah got continually lost – Sarah begins work as a journalist, covering Capitol Hill. Unfortunately, Sarah cannot understand the thick drawls of the U.S. Senators from Alabama, resulting in many unintentional misquotes. Sarah is groped by one octogenarian politician, sumo-bumped off a subway car by Ted Kennedy, and unsuccessfully sued by the chief of staff to a corrupt U.S. Congresswoman. Sarah also works briefly as an on-air correspondent for e! Entertainment Network, until the e! producers realize that Capitol Hill isn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, what one might call sexy.
Sarah takes a job at Gannett New Service/USAToday, covering Capitol Hill. Sarah is assigned to cover the White House Correspondents Dinner and ride in the Presidential motorcade to the dinner. Sarah convinces a White House aide to let her stick her head out of the limousine moon-roof during the ride and wave to onlookers. Later, her triumph is tempered by the fact that bouncers will not allow her into the Vanity Fair after-party. Sarah attempts entry three times in case the bouncers were just kidding.
Sarah takes a job writing features for the Baltimore Sun, and interviews the actor who played Greg Brady. She refrains from asking if he really made out with Marcia, but just barely.
Having left her journalism job to chase around after her three active sons, Sarah starts writing a column for Bethesda Magazine and begins work on a novel. She does not write it on Raggedy Ann stationery.
Sarah signs with fabulous agent Victoria Sanders, who sells her debut book, titled The Opposite of Me, to the editor Sarah has always dreamed of working with: Greer Hendricks at Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster (oh, if only it were that easy – but Sarah is prohibiting any mention of the times she nearly hurled her computer across the room in frustration or wrote entire chapters that were far inferior to those in Miscellaneous Tales and Poems).
Atria publishes Sarah’s subsequent novels Skipping a Beat, These Girls, The Best of Us and Catching Air. Rights to Sarah’s books are sold in China, Australia, Germany, Italy, Holland, Poland, Canada, Russia and Spain and her novels become international bestsellers.
Sarah’s sixth and seventh novels – THINGS YOU WON’T SAY and THE PERFECT NEIGHBORS – are published and Sarah is currently working on her new book, to be released in 2018. Sarah has also co-authored a novel titled THE WIFE BETWEEN US along with her former editor Greer Hendricks, to be released by St. Martin’s Press on January 9, 2018.
Review copy provided from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.