Interesting thriller, but not the most entertaining. | BookishFirst

Interesting thriller, but not the most entertaining.

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The Wife Between Us is a thriller, and like in a lot of my reviews, I don't like giving synopses for thrillers as I feel it's best to go into them blind. I feel as though I have a lot to say about this book, but at the same time I have no idea how to put my thoughts down. Firstly, the way this book was written did include a few surprises for me, not huge ones, but slight ones that made me think "oh okay, that's the direction it's going in" which I guess is one of the conventions of a thriller novel?

It would be a lie to say I wasn't entertained by this book, because I definitely was, but it wasn't AS entertaining as I had hoped when I first went into it. It fulfils the woman-MC-thriller type book that has been popular over the last few years, but it just wasn't quite as punchy as I'd expect from a thriller. That being said, I've had a quick browse through reviews and plenty of people found it dark and twisty in a way that I just didn't, so if you're into that kind of thing, it's worth giving it a shot, if your thoughts are different to mine, I'd love to hear about them in the comments.

There were many parts of this book where I just felt like I knew what was coming and that I just didn't entirely see the MC's point of view at all. I didn't understand her motives in any way, shape or form. On the surface, I sort of did, but realistically? Not a chance. Firstly, the way she wanted to get out of the marriage just didn't gel with me. Yes, I understand the husband's behaviour and that it needed to be his idea to end it, or he would never let her go. But I didn't see enough of that behaviour from him for it to be realistic, it just felt like our MC was going out of her way to get rid of a man who just didn't seem that interested in her anyway, in my opinion. If somebody can be "led astray" that easily by her clumsily orchestrated plan, she could have just walked away and be done with it. The other motives I don't understand were why she even went after Emma to try to "warn" her. I guess the whole thing just felt unrealistic to me and clumsily put together in a very haphazard way.