In this “enthralling, unforgettable” (Gregg Olsen, #1 New York Times bestselling author) psychological suspense novel, a woman suffering from memory loss begins to wonder just how much she can trust the people who claim to love her—perfect for fans of the page-turning thrillers by Robyn Harding and Lisa Jewell.
Marine biologist Kyra Winthrop remembers nothing about the diving accident that left her with a complex form of memory loss. With only brief flashes of the last few years of her life, her world has narrowed to a few neighbors on the island where she lives with her devoted husband.
But when Kyra begins having visions—or are they memories?—of a rocky marriage, broken promises, and cryptic relationships with the island residents she believes to be her friends, she can’t help but wonder if her new life is all a carefully constructed lie.
As Kyra races to uncover her past, it soon becomes clear that the truth is a terrifying nightmare. “Filled with buried secrets and unexpected turns, The Twilight Wife is a twisty, edge of your seat story that’s impossible to put down” (Kimberly Belle, author of The Marriage Lie).
Banner (The Good Neighbor) milks every ounce of suspense out of this harrowing plot that reveals memory to be both unreliable and impossible to fully wash away. Kyra Winthrop is a 34-year-old marine biologist who lives on a secluded island in the Pacific Northwest with her ever-present husband, Jacob. After a diving accident leaves her with memory loss, she can't remember the last four years and spends her days hoping to regain her past. As she tries to cope, memories and eerie recurring dreams begin to come back but also bring more questions than answers. What was her relationship to her husband's friend Aiden? Why does she think there were more people involved in her accident than she's been told? Not all on the island, and in her marriage, is what it seems. Overly emotive writing "I'm infused with excitement, trepidation, and fear" and a twist that can be seen coming from very early on keep this from being a riveting thriller. However, Kyra is a believable, empathetic protagonist, and Banner's ability to maintain tension while teasing out the truth of her hazy past will keep readers engaged.
Very compelling. I was sucked in from the beginning.
Cleverly Crafted and Fascinating
The Twilight Wife is an intense and riveting psychological thriller.
Kyra Winthrop suffered from amnesia after hitting her head in a diving accident. She could only remember bits and pieces of the last four years of her life. And, since she had only been married for three years, most of her married life was a blank slate. Kyra was fortunate that she at least remembered Jacob, her husband, enough to feel comfortable around him; but not enough; however, to share a bedroom. Jacob had patience, though, and created for Kyra the perfect place for her to relax and regain her memories.
Jacob brought Kyra to Mystic Island, his childhood vacation home. It was a place where everyone knew everyone else. Kyra had been there before, so people recognized and sympathized with her. They also helped her put some of the pieces of her past together. The flashes of memory that Kyra did recover, though, confused her, more than comforted her. It troubled Kyra that she had glimpses of being with another man, possibly Jacob’s best friend. From what she gathered from the Islander’s conversations, her marriage was less than ideal. Although Jacob appeared to be the perfect husband, there was something that she couldn’t quite identify that was dark and foreboding about him. And that troubled her.
The Twilight Wife is cleverly crafted, filled with suspense and intrigue, complex characters and realistic dialogue.
This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it will not be my last. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my advanced review copy.