The perfect house or the perfect lie?
The moment my husband showed me Cliffside—a sleek and modern glass home perched on the edge of the jagged Big Sur clifftops—I fell in love. And right there and then I made a pact with myself. I am never leaving this house.
But when my husband was killed on the perilous roads leading up to the house, weeks after we moved in, I had a decision to make—leave the home I love and start a new life or stay and shut myself off from the world? I am never leaving this house.
As I pieced together my shattered life, my mind began to play tricks on me. Footsteps along the beach, leading to my home, then blood-red flowers left on my doorstep with a note that read Looking at you. So, I retreated to the safety of my glass refuge once again. I am never leaving this house.
But now, as I stare out of the towering windows of my perfect home, I know there is someone out there staring back. I know that they are watching my every move, waiting to make me pay for my past mistakes.
This pulse-racing psychological thriller from USA Today bestselling author, Arianne Richmonde, will have you hooked from the very first page. If you are a fan of The Woman in the Window, Gone Girl and Netflix’s You, you will love The Wife’s House. Prepare to stay up all night!
The Sexy Nerd's Review
Based off some of the reviews I read, a reader might think this novel was really something to behold, but truth be told from my perspective, I wasn’t that thrilled. For starters, I figured the story out before it even began. However, I will say this, the author, without a doubt, had me tapping the Kindle pages faster and faster to the point I had to go back because I missed a page.
Mrs. Trujillo was the owner of Cliffside. She was a newly fresh widow desperately clinging on to what little she had shared with her wonderful husband, Juan. Juan having gone too soon died in a car crash leaving her to grieve and suffer alone in that glass house sitting on the side of the cliff in Big Sur.
One day as she was taking a walk along the beach, she spotted three young people having fun throwing a Frisbee with not a care in the world. They couldn’t have been more than twenty years old. After further observation, the wife concluded that the two young women and young man had to be siblings because they looked so much alike. As she was making her way back home, she received some flowers with a note stating that someone was “watching” her. Not only did she receive the flowers, but there was also a buzzing drone flying above her checking in every now and again. Strange notes and references began to appear in her mailbox and email, and it was freaking her out. So, was it any wonder that one day as she was heading to the mailbox, she thought she saw someone lurking behind the trees off in the distance?
Even though these strange occurrences bothered the wife, she never bothered enough to notify the police or tell her family or close friends, but she was terrified! Hmm? Once again, she found herself out for a daily stroll and the three youngsters she’d seen before on the beach approached her this time. They introduced themselves as Dan, Kate, and Jennifer. And yes, the wife was right, they were siblings. In fact, they were triplets! Mrs. Trujillo was beside herself with joy. She was lonely and wanted some type of life around her and she gravitated toward these youngsters like a bee to honey.
It was very apparent that the foursome was becoming fast friends. The wife enjoyed the triplets so much and got to know them that she invited them to live with her and that, Nerds, is where this story skyrockets!
I will admit this story did have me on the edge-of-my-seat even though I knew I was right about a few things from the onset of the story. And my investigation techniques paid off because what I gleamed early on became the backbone of where this story was eventually headed. Like I said, Nerds, this was a fast-paced read and it will most definitely get your heart pumping. I found myself holding my breath on several occasions and wondering why my heart was beating so fast. One would think that since this book was so damn good why do I sound like it wasn’t all that great? That’s a good question, but it’s so hard for me to explain.
Without giving away any spoilers here, after you read the story, you’ll probably understand why I feel this way. There were a couple things that did not make sense to me in the end and the author didn’t do much to explain it other than the explanation the characters gave, but that left me scratching my head. I suppose at the end of the day, I liked this book because it was exciting, but the story left me wanting a different result, although the ending was a good one.
Oooh crap, Nerds, I just can’t get my thoughts together on this one. All I can tell you is read the damn book! It’s an outstanding, heart pumping read. You’ll have to decide for yourself how you feel about it after you’ve read it. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
The Sexy Nerd gives The Wife’s House four more additional windows to take a further glimpse into this story. (chuckle). This is NOT a terrible read by any means. It was all that, it’s just one of those stories that I can’t quite put my finger on how to describe it other than for you to decide for yourself. Until next time, Nerds, open a book and get mind blown! This one damn sure did that!