Title: “The Twilight Wife”
Author: A.J. Banner
Genre: Psychological thriller, domestic suspense
Publication Date: Dec. 27, 2016 (Touchstone)
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
I waver between 2 and 3 stars for this one. “The Twilight Wife” has an interesting, relatively unique premise, which is commendable in this thriller heydey, when the same themes tend to be repeated ad nauseam.
In a nutshell: Kyra, a marine biologist, was in a diving accident that virtually destroyed her memory of the past four years. She’s got a charming husband, Jacob, who dotes on her and seems to be the perfect man. Since things are never as they seem, it should come as no surprise that Kyra starts having visions of another man — one she was obviously involved with — and arguments, broken promises, a struggling marriage. Was she cheating on Jacob, she wonders? Was she about to leave him?
Kyra does her best to unravel the past and figure out her relationship and what happened during those lost four years. It’s twisty, relatively enjoyable and fast-paced — you could easily do it in a day if you have some free time. But I never had that clicking moment when I felt truly invested in the characters or their outcome. I didn’t super care about Kyra or Jacob, and when I finished the book, I didn’t spend days thinking back on it and analyzing the conclusion. (And there are books I read months ago that I’m *still* dissecting.) It’s a forgettable read that I recommend only if you’re looking for something quick, easy and not overly meaningful.
However: This book introduced me to the beautiful San Juan Islands in Washington, where Kyra and Jacob live. Check ’em out! Want to get there, with a stack of books. Then I’ll look back with a new sense of fondness on this one.