Publisher: Touchstone Books
From bestselling author A.J. Banner comes a dazzling new novel of psychological suspense in the vein of S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep and Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl that questions just how much we can trust the people around us.
Thirty-four-year-old 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 close friendships on the island where she lives with her devoted husband, Jacob.
But all is not what it seems. Kyra begins to have visions—or are they memories?—of a rocky marriage, broken promises, and cryptic relationships with the island residents, whom she believes to be her friends.
As Kyra races to uncover her past, the truth becomes a terrifying nightmare. A twisty, immersive thriller, The Twilight Wife will keep readers enthralled through the final, shocking twist.
I’ve always found memory loss morbidly fascinating, so when I saw that this book was based on a woman who lost four whole years of her life, my interest was piqued. Can you even imagine losing that kind of time? For me, I would remember my oldest daughter being four, my middle daughter being one and I wouldn’t have any memories of my son at all. That’s insane, right?! Though Kyra doesn’t have any children, she still had a full life before her accident and these missing years are unnerving her in a major way. She also struggles with her short term memories as well, so the only thing she can fully trust is everything before she even met her own husband. They live on a remote island with a small population so unfortunately for Kyra, she’s entirely dependent on Jacob’s guidance alone. As much as she wants to have faith in him, it’s clear there is more than meets the eye in terms of their marriage.
This could have easily been a one sitting type of read for me but life got in the way. It’s less than three hundred pages, easy to devour in a weekend. There is something effortless about the way this story unfolds, the pages just flew by. Though there is an unsettling sense of dread throughout the book, things really start to heat up once Kyra begins to put the puzzle pieces of her life back together. I loved figuring out what had really happened both before her accident and during as she unraveled the mystery herself. It helped enhance my connection with Kyra, I could feel her confusion and frustration easily.
The setting was haunting, this isolated island was the perfect backdrop for the story. Alongside a slew of unreliable characters you had an unreliable living situation as well as Kyra didn’t even have a functioning internet connection and the one ferry off of the island was breaking down constantly.
I’ve seen some complaints about the ending being a little bit too neat and tidy, but I love that, I hate loose ends in books. As things for Kyra spiraled out of control towards the end, there was a pretty killer twist and in hindsight I could definitely see how some could have possibly guessed what it would be, but I truly did not see it coming, which always impresses me and leaves me a satisfied reader.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the author for my review copy, I greatly appreciate it!