The no 1. New York Times bestseller from the authors of The Wife Between Us.
"slickly twisty psychological thriller" Publishers Weekly
Seeking women ages 18-32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.
When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she'll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she's thinking... and what she's hiding. As Jess's paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what is real in her life, and what is one of Dr. Shields' manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.
PRAISE FOR THE WIFE BETWEEN US
"A fiendishly smart cat-and-mouse thriller" New York Times Book Review
"Jaw dropping. Unforgettable. Shocking." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The best domestic suspense novel since Gone Girl." In Touch Weekly
"Buckle up, because you won't be able to put this one down." Glamour
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
After reading this awesomely twisted thriller, you’ll think twice before responding to even the most innocent-seeming survey. Cosmetician Jess Farris agrees to anonymously answer a few questions for a psychology experiment (and some extra cash). However, she soon realises she may be a pawn in a deeply disturbing mind game. The genius of writing duo Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s novel lies in their skill for drawing you into their main character’s head. Jess is deeply relatable, struggling with her own ethical boundaries in a way that feels very current.
Struggling Manhattan makeup artist Jessica Farris impulsively decides to chase some quick cash by lying her way into an NYU psychiatrist's study of ethics and morality, no less in this slickly twisty psychological thriller from bestsellers Hendricks and Pekkanen (The Wife Between Us). Still shaky after a disturbing #MeToo encounter with a top theatrical producer that dashed her dream of doing stage makeup, the 28-year-old laps up the supportive attention from impossibly chic and self-confident Dr. Lydia Shields, whose second-person narrative alternates with Jessica's first person. So when the therapist starts to enlist her in increasingly dicey real-life role-playing assignments, including trying to pick up specific targets, such as a stranger in a hotel bar, Jess pushes aside her doubts and goes along until she hears some information too alarming to ignore about the fate of Dr. Shields's previous prot g . The page-turner's second half whizzes along at a furious pace, exploiting the dual perspectives for maximum tension. Though some of the gasp-worthy final twists require substantial character flip-flops, it's a relatively minor sacrifice for major league suspense.
I enjoyed this overall, took a while to get into and and then I couldn’t wait to find out how it ended! So many spelling mistakes and missed words...was this a rush job? Still, I liked it!
Not what I was expecting
This was a very interesting read. The story, to start off with, was creepy and hooked me from the first chapter.
The middle of the story hit a dull spot and I found myself questioning if this was the kind of story that I thought it was going to be.
The ending was a little flat, however I thought it did all tie together nicely.
I was expecting a creepy psychological thriller, but this felt like more of a drama than anything else, so I found myself feeling a bit let down.
Overall okay if you’re into something dramatic involving marriage/relationships and how far people go for the ones they love.