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The Wife Between Us

Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a major motion picture from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners, the creative team behind The Girl on the Train and Ready Player One

From Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen comes the next hit audiobook thriller

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions.

You will assume you are listening to a story 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.
Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Listen for the truth between the lies.

This audiobook contains a bonus interview with the authors.

©2017 Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"Julia Whelan reads the novel in her low, pleasant voice, moving down a register to capture Richard's infuriating condescension and lightening slightly for the younger Emma. With its perfidious turns, this escapist entertainment is a fine example of the 21st century's more cynical version of the O. Henry ending." ( The Washington Post)

"A clever thriller with masterful twists." (Karin Slaughter, New York Times best-selling author of The Kept Woman)
"Readers who were enthralled by B.A. Paris's Behind Closed Doors and Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl will love the skewed psychology and shifting perspectives in this domestic thriller." ( Library Journal)
"A fiendishly clever romantic thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing." (Anita Shreve, New York Times best-selling author of The Stars Are Fire)

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Just bad

Wow, not sure how I got sucked into this book. The story is boring, uneventful, and boring, oh did I mention that already. I kept suffering through it hoping something would happen. The main character, Vanessa, is weak and stupid. There is a bit of a twist at the end but even that is lame.
One of the worse books I have ever listen to.
I want my credit back.

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Nothing to write home about

I stuck with this book and at times couldn't wait to get back to it. Then I'd listen for a while and wish it was over. Decent twist at the end but protagonist weak and unconvincing. The narrator would put on a deep voice when the men spoke and it sounded ridiculous. I was embarrassed for her.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Whiney and frustrating & not shocking at the end

Took a long time (~half the book) of whining and complaining. Finally there was some action and it was decent. But the ending was not shocking. Very anti climatic. I enjoyed listening to the authors describe their writing at the very end.

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Just ok

long in the middle, easy start, i dont think i would reccomend to a friend

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AMAZING

What a wonderful page Turner from beginning to end. The epilogue will blow you away!

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Exhausting

I felt it was in the wrong category. I stopped listening to it near the end. It was long and drawn out.

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The twists and the turns

Twists and turns through this book. I really enjoyed it ! The first half is really getting you set up for the rest of the book but it gets great!

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Disappointing, Could have been Great

Repetitive, too many twists that didn't really make sense, in the end, each relationship was either unrealistic or unfinished,.....Richard Et al???? The Narrator's voice for Richard, distracting initially, annoying by the end. I really think this story could have been great, but fell short.

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Just OK

Narration: It was ok. Did not care for the way the woman lowered her voice for male speaker. It was just awful.

Story: Somewhat underwhelming. Climax was meh. There are a couple of twists but neither seem to actually impact the story. One twist kind of has a reference to an incident in Part I, but the one in the Epilogue left me feeling like, "so?" It just had no effect on the story as a whole. Some questions are never answered, as I think scenes were written simply to mislead the reader and for no other purpose. Such as what is the point of chapter 16? Akso, she expresses a lot of emotional distress in Part I, where she says she feels her life is just ending. As you get further in the story, I can't help but feel that is not how she would truly feel. Once you have read the whole story, some of the early parts seem contrived and meant to purposely lead you to a wrong conclusion rather than crafting the story in an honest but still suspenseful way.

Overall, it was ok. It did keep me entertained while I was sick for a couple days.

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Fascinating plotline

I was initially confused with the plot, it seemed to be all over the place at the beginning. However, the storyline becomes much clear as the story progresses. Overall, it is a good book.

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  • Jenn
  • 2018-01-11

NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

Wow. Great book. If you liked Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine you will surely be a fan of this book. First of all, any reviews about this book being confusing are somewhat misleading. I admit, there is confusion between parts 1 and 2 where I had to re-listen – but this is one of the many great twists of the book. This transition from part 1 to part 2, is a crucial turning point so just understand what is happening before you move on, it is worth the re-listen or re-read. There are some details that might take a bit to become clear, but it does so at the right time, so keep going, everything is timed just right. The editor’s summary is very accurate, it’s not for appeal, it’s just true. Initially, it does seem like one of those “jealous ex-wives gone stalker” stories, but it is sooooo much more. The story unravels at a superb pace, making all the details count – everything doesn’t just wrap up at the very end like so many mystery thrillers. Even when you think you know where it’s going and even become complacent, another level is revealed - or added! Whenever I wanted more to happen, it ultimately always did. I very much appreciate when books resolve or acknowledge all the nuances and minutiae that were included or just mentioned – even if minor, and this book does just that, leaves no stone unturned. It ends excellently and perfectly satisfying. I highly recommend this book.

545 of 579 people found this review helpful

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  • Davina15
  • 2018-01-11

Wow, wow & Just WOW!

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This book I must admit, about 30% into it I was VERY confused. I was going to start it over cause I knew I'd just missed something. I chose to wait it out and see if it would come together. I am glad I did because once I figured out what confused me I WAS BLOWN AWAY! I would like to elaborate on it but if I did I know it would be a spoiler. It was sooooooo many secrets and twists that you'd never ever see coming lol. This book is definitely going down as a favorite! They should make this into a movie.

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  • Claudia H
  • 2018-01-12

Ignore the reviews that claim it's confusing...

I don't want to write about the content, because I don't want to give anything away, but I think the book was great. I think what some people found confusing was the names, but I think that's intentional, and I think if we were reading the book, rather than listening, that would have cleared things up easily. You have to really pay attention to each characters and their names. I think it's great, and the twists are awesome. Like the summary says, assume nothing.

275 of 294 people found this review helpful

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  • Tee
  • 2018-05-30

slow boring plot.

as I was listening I kept wanting and waiting for it to pickup, I almost refunded it but I was curious to hear the plot unfold, it was weak and disappointing. enjoyed the narrator have heard hey before an be maybe that's why I didn't give up. wouldn't recommend

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  • Katie
  • 2018-02-20

Can't believe the reviews made me get this book

This was simply not good. People comparing it to Gone Girl are completely off. This story is pointlessly complicated with no real wrap up. I kept waiting for that "ah ha!" moment when all the pieces fell together but it never happens. You connect this to that, and then this to that, and another few things but connect but it's all superficial crap.

Part 1 was interesting. I enjoyed the format and it set the story up well. After that, it all fell to pieces. Another reason I got this book was because of Julia Whelan, who I typically love. This was a sub par performance on her part.

Overall I am beyond disappointed with this book and can't believe I just wasted 11 hours of my life listening to it.

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  • Gail
  • 2018-02-28

Sophomoric & silly ...

I kept waiting for this to become the story as reviewed but it ended with me feeling mild satisfaction for a mediocre story ... THEN the epilogue happened and it was just ridiculous. It was silly (dumb) and a huge stretch to end on this note. Surprisingly written by two female authors - one of whom was an editor. Not a great story at all.

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  • Alyx Picard
  • 2018-02-26

Twists for the Sake of Twists

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It could have been about 4 hours shorter.

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This book is trying too hard to keep the reader on their toes and ends up twisting itself into knots. At several points, the authors undermine themselves by introducing a new turn that is completely inconsistent with the character's development and it feels like they're just pulling ideas out of a hat. Read THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS instead.

65 of 72 people found this review helpful

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  • Taryn Marie
  • 2018-01-11

You won’t be able to put it down

I downloaded the audio book because I couldn’t sit and read the book at my desk. So I opted to listen while I worked because I just had to know what happened next.

I have never read another book like it. It makes the plot twist on Gone Girl, epic as it was, look like complete child’s play.

155 of 173 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-03-29

Waste of money

Not suspenseful, boring, repetitive and although the "big reveal" comes at the end I just wanted it to be over and did not care by the end.

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  • CF
  • 2018-04-06

Trying So Hard to Be Gone Girl

This book wants to shock you with twists, but it falls flat. The story is so implausible with characters so unlikable that I rolled my eyes the whole time. The clues in unnecessary details are so glaringly obvious that it reads like a book crafted in a college creative writing class. The whole story feels contrived and full of forced drama, and it just got worse and worse right up to the ridiculous ending. It didn't help that the performance was irritating, especially the voices of the male characters. I'm so glad it's over.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2019-05-12

Prepare yourself to be bluffed.

Amazing book. Very complex. I would recommend this book to anyone who liked Gone Girl.