What if everything you remember is a lie? A diving accident causes marine biologist Kyra Winthrop to lose her memory of the previous four years, and her husband Jacob tries to help her rebuild her life. The Twilight Wife is a psychological suspense thriller set in an isolated community called Mystic Island, and fans of the genre will already know what to expect.
Flashes of memory return to Kyra that don’t quite match up with what she’s been told. She and Jacob have a happy marriage, but why does she have memories of intense attraction to one of his friends? She and Jacob were trying for a child, but why is there a condom in her wallet? Who is the odd man on the island who seems to recognize her but refuses to say why? And why does she dream of a third diver in the accident, when all the newspaper accounts mention only her and Jacob being involved? Add to that the locale of a remote island, which has no Internet connection apart from the line Jacob managed to rig up for their home, and Kyra can turn to only a tiny circle of friends whom she barely remembers.
Twilight Wife is a quick read at only about 250 pages, so the twists and turns are packed right in, and to Banner’s credit, she doesn’t go overboard with the red herrings designed solely to build suspense. Unlike similar books like S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep, Twilight Wife doesn’t quite achieve the level of claustrophobia and ratcheting up of tension that would’ve kept me unable to look away as I speed-read through the chapters, nor is the big reveal all that shocking. The ending also felt rushed, and the last two chapters seemed disconnected from the rest of the story and seemed to come from nowhere. But overall, it’s a fun and fast-paced read that’s a perfect weekend treat for fans of the genre.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
That’s just the book I was thinking of as I read your opening bit; I was curious how it compared and I can see where it might still be satisfying with less intense pacing than Watson’s novel (which was longer, too, IIRC).
Yeah, the marketing copy said they won’t be comparing it to hits-of-the-day Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, which I very much appreciated, but then I couldn’t help comparing it to Before I Go to Sleep as I read.