The Woman Inside by E.G. Scott
Thank you to Dutton Books for my free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Goodreads Synopsis: Rebecca didn’t know love was possible until she met Paul, a successful, charismatic, married man with a past as dark as her own. Their pain drew them together with an irresistible magnetism; they sensed that they were each other’s ideal (and perhaps only) match.
But twenty years later, Paul and Rebecca are drowning as the damage and secrets that ignited their love begin to consume their marriage. Paul is cheating on Rebecca, and his affair gets messy fast. His mistress is stalking them with growing audacity when Rebecca discovers Paul’s elaborate plan to build a new life without her. And though Rebecca is spiraling into an opiate addiction, it doesn’t stop her from coming up with a devious plot of her own, and this one could end absolutely everything.
What follows is an unpredictable and stylish game of cat and mouse—a shocking tale of unfaithfulness and unreliability that will keep you racing until the final twist and make you wonder how well you really know your spouse.
Review: See that stack on the right of my photo? Those are some of my favorite psychological/domestic thrillers. The Woman Inside felt like the best aspects of each of these novels all rolled into one, while still being completely original. (Plus I meant to add Gone Girl and The Wife Between Us.) It’s got unreliable characters, multiple perspectives and timelines, suspense, addiction, paranoia, revenge and twists galore.
Rebecca was such an original character. It’s not often the main character is a middle age, opiate-addicted wife in suburbia with no children. She didn’t fit into the usual mold, which was a breath of fresh air for someone who reads a ton of suspense novels.
I love when a thriller keeps me guessing until the very last page, and this one did not disappoint. There was really only one part that I saw coming and had me screaming at Rebecca that she was an idiot, but other than that I was stumped the whole time.
I would say I have a love/hate relationship with the ending, but since it was so well done and unexpected I couldn’t dock any points for my unhappiness about the way things turned out.
Publication Date: January 22, 2019
Page Count: 335
Overall Rating: 5/5