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‘The Wife Between Us’ by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
by Macmillan, 8 February 2018. ISBN: 978-1-5098-4281-0 (HB)
New York is a bustling
backdrop for this psychological suspense in the vein of Behind Closed Doors, Girl On A Train and Gone Girl.
dual point of view, narrated in the first person, occupies the first half. There
is Nellie, 27 years old, only weeks away from her wedding to Richard, wealthy,
sophisticated, romantic, handsome and thoughtful. Seven years older than her, he’s
every girl’s Prince Charming. But is he too good to be true? Then in comes Vanessa,
centre stage, who’s trying to recover from a bitter divorce when her husband
Richard left her for a younger woman. Vanessa is down on her uppers, living in
her beloved aunt’s spare room and working, rather ineffectively, as a low-paid sales
assistant in a department store. The second half of the book kicks off with a
novel digs down into the complexities of friendship, obsession, marriage and
betrayal. At the core of the story is an ex-wife supposedly obsessed with the
beautiful woman to whom her former husband has become engaged.
is what it seems. The characterisation is well crafted; the dialogue runs
smoothly and naturally. The plot twists and turns in a pacy arc that keeps one
guessing and turning the pages to the very end. Although
the story jumps around undeniably the co-authors have collaborated successfully
to produce a book to curl up with.
HendricksandSarah Pekkanen'sprolific editor-author relationship began in 2010 with
Pekkanen's debut novel, The Opposite of Me.
The two women formed an instant connection, which grew
into a close friendship while Hendricks edited six more of Pekkanen's novels,
the latest being The Perfect Neighbors (2016). Hendricks joined Simon
& Schuster in 1994 as an assistant editor at Scribner Books. In 1996 she
began working at Pocket Books and Washington Square Press. During her tenure at
Simon & Schuster, Hendricks helped to discover and edit numerous writers
including Jennifer Weiner, Stephen Chbosky, and Pekkanen. In 2001, she helped
launch Atria Books, which acquired The Opposite of Me.
Hendricks left the publishing company in 2014, she told only a few people,
including Pekkanen, that she wanted to write a novel. Pekkanen, who had written
everything from investigative newspaper series and magazine features to short
stories, was eager to challenge herself. She believed collaborating with
Hendricks on a novel could help her grow creatively. Hendricks was briefly hesitant. "When
Sarah approached me about writing together, I initially worried it would be
copping out to work with someone else," Hendricksexplains, "that it
would be less of an accomplishment." But the former editor called Pekkanen
12 hours later and said, "Let's do it!" "I realized it would be
crazy to turn down this opportunity," Hendricks says. "While I had
published a few personal essays and edited hundreds of books, I knew I had a
lot to learn about writing an actual novel." Pekkanen was confident the
two could create something special together. "Not only do we share
strikingly similar narrative instincts and approaches to storytelling, but we
get along beautifully as friends," she says. And so, began
the process of writing The Wife Between Us.
Serena Fairfaxspent her childhood in India,
qualified as a lawyer in England and practised in London for many years. She
began writing by contributing feature articles to legal periodicalsthen turned her hand to fiction. Having
published nine novels all, bar one, hardwired with a romantic theme, she has
also written short stories and accounts of her explorations off the beaten
track that feature on her blog. A tenth, distinctly unromantic, novel is a work
in progress. Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives, collecting old masks and
singing are a few of her favourite things.