The Twilight Wife by A. J. Banner
Published by: Touchstone
Published on: 12/27/2016
Page Count: 304
My Reading Format: ARC won from the publisher on Litsy
Available Formats: Hardcover and eBook
Summary from the Publisher:
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.
I was excited to win a copy of this book from Touchstone on Litsy. It arrived around the middle of December. When I finished the latest book in my postal book club, there were only a couple days left in 2016. I needed something light and quick as I was hoping to finish just one more book before the end of the year. The Twilight Wife is indeed light, but it didn’t engage me quite enough to finish it in 2016. A main character experiencing amnesia who also has frequent dreams that could or could not be clues to the past just felt forced. Instead, I set it aside while I read High Fidelity.
It’s usually not a good sign when I set one book aside for another, but in this case it worked well for the book that was set aside. High Fidelity left me wanting to read more than I have in a long time. So, when I picked The Twilight Wife back up, I dug in with zeal hoping to enjoy the second half more than the first. In the end I just didn’t find this book as compelling as it could have been. The ending, which should have been intense, felt rushed and too easily solved. Banner’s novel was just okay for me. I never felt the connection to Kyra that would have made me worried for her. If you’re looking for a palate cleanser or lazy beach read options, I would suggest this book. Otherwise, I would pass.