The Woman Inside by E. G. Scott

The Woman Inside

E. G. Scott

A husband and wife find themselves playing an unpredictable and stylish game of cat and mouse. The Woman Inside is a shocking tale of unfaithfulness and unreliability that will keep you racing until the final twist.

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An impossible-to-put-down domestic thriller about secrets and revenge, told from the perspectives of a husband and wife who are the most perfect, and the most dangerous, match for each other
 
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.


Advance Galley Reviews

An okay thriller. It's not particularly well done or interesting. 2.5 stars.

It was an enjoyable quick read.

A quick read of a thriller. It was okay. It was not the best thriller that I've read recently. I think it could have improved on the story and the character. I just did not get all that invested in the characters.

It was just ok and quick to read but got a little too murky for my liking. I enjoy a good thriller and good guessing game but this became a bit annoying at times. I felt as if the main characters were a bit obnoxious and just plain unlikable. This made it impossible to get invested in main characters. Also, the switching between times and perspectives just became a little too much. I wanted so much more from this book but was let down.

The book started off great but I could not get the entire book to download. I cannot wait to read it.

This was an ok read, but soon became a struggle. I honestly lost interest in the story 60% in and dnf'd it. 2.5 stars

This was a quick read for me, but I never felt like I NEEDED to be reading it. The story was intriguing, but there was not one redeemable character in the bunch. I would call the twist decent, but not incredible. I gave this a solid 3 stars, and would tell my friends that like twisty thrillers to read it because it would be right up their alley.

My very first question as I began to write this review is, where did this marriage go wrong? Perhaps it was before it even started. When Rebecca met Paul he was a successful married man. Given its dubious inception, there is no way that this marriage could have a solid basis. Could that basis that led to their own twenty-year marriage have been too rocky to offer a solid foundation? I am sure that no one could have told Rebecca that her idyllic love for this man could have created the cataclysmic events certain to topple both of their lives. With two decades behind them, they might have achieved their concept of true happiness. True contentment. However, enter Sheila, and Paul has an intensely hot affair that, needless to say, ended badly. Sheila was not about to give Paul up and begins to stalk them. Ruining Paul and Rebecca might be just fine for Sheila. Meanwhile, Rebecca, a former drug rep, has developed an out of control opiate addiction. It is this very addiction, and a painful past, that might just become her undoing. Sheila might not be able to do worse to her than Rebecca can do to herself. This chilling story is delivered with knife-sharp dialog in multiple, first-person points of view. Their thoughts, actions and plans are played out and it was entrancing to read each of their words. The twists and turns abounded in this story. The conclusion in The Woman Inside is one that will be with me for a very long time. I checked my records to discover that I have reviewed over 40 psychological thrillers. I must say that this debut novel superseded every single one of them. Every. Single. One. This story of lies, secrets, revenge, addiction and more is an exceptional display of budding talent. I started this book with trepidation, but then couldn't stop for a moment to put it down. As if the ending wasn’t bad enough to shock and sadden me, there is the ever-so-brief epilogue with a final twist. If this is what a pair of new authors can give to readers in their first foray, I can only imagine what they have to offer in the future. E. G. Scott, I cannot wait for more! Many thanks to Dutton and to First to Read for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.

Rebecca and Paul have been married almost 20 years with their anniversary quickly approaching. Rebebba is a pharmaceutical sales rep and Paul had his own business building custom homes until the market took a dive and put an end to his lucrative career. A friend gives him a job as a Realtor and he finally is able to make money and get his self esteem back. As Rebecca met Paul when he was married to his first wife, it seems his philandering ways have returned. But Rebecca has secrets of her own. A friend’s, and her boss one and the same, wife goes missing and their perfect fromthe outside marriage starts to crack apart. The book is told from many characters POV so although we may think we know what each is thinking and doing, the other has no clue. This is a good book if a bit far fetched at times. It has lots of twists and turns and I enjoyed it. I am giving it 4 stars because I can’t do 3.5. Overall a decent read if not predictable.

I had been hearing about this book for quite some time, and was really looking forward to reading it- however, i can’t really say it was worth it after finishing. There was nothing likeable or redeeming about any of the main characters, so I wasn’t necessarily invested in what happened to them. At times it felt very far-fetched and over-the-top. Glad I gave it a shot, but I wouldn’t read it again, and glad I didn’t spend the money on it

Overall, I enjoyed the journey this book's authors took me on, though I felt that some of the prose was unpolished. I didn't always understand why some of the characters behaved as they did, and that's probably the worst flaw of the book -- which is not that much of a flaw. There are so many secrets and lies in this book that sometimes it's hard to keep them straight. Long-time husband and wife Paul and Rebecca are both lying to each other over the most mundane things. Rebecca's perceptions and paranoid cognitions are unreliable, thanks to her opioid addiction and withdrawal. The timeline of the book also goes back and forth between the past and current time, adding to the confusion in sequence of events, character trajectory, and character motivations. Maybe some of the motivations were spelled out, but after going back and forth between multiple POVs (Paul, Rebecca, Sheila, and detectives) and between past and present, I got a little lost. This is a book you'd ideally want to read in one sitting. Adding to the confusion, Sheila and Shana have very similar names. Considering the women are also very similar in appearance and keep turning up in the same places (e.g., spin class, around Rebecca, around Paul, and more), it really would have helped if they'd had wildly different names. Whenever I read something about Shana, I thought it was about Sheila, and vice versa. I did wonder if the portrayal of Rebecca's pill addiction was accurate. I generally despise characters who are so absolutely consumed by something that they become a disgusting hot mess, and this was no exception. That said, I still appreciate the authors' attempt to draw attention to a timely issue that's affecting many people in America today. Thrillers with unreliable narrators who are drunkards are par for the course nowadays. An unreliable narrator with prescription-drug addiction seems more plausible and certainly a little different. Like many other reviewers, I also felt that the book was sometimes piecemeal, like more than one writer was working on the book. There are, in fact, two authors for this book, so our complaints make sense. However, it's unclear who contributed to what part (especially after more POVs are introduced), and if some parts were written by both authors, you'd want some consistency in tone and word choice. However, Rebecca's paranoia and warping reality are very aptly portrayed. Paul went from being all confident swagger to mysteriously bouncy little boy. - I'm not sure it was really necessary for us to see flashbacks to the times when Paul and Rebecca each lost their parents. Rebecca's was supposed to be a little shocking, but these backstories really don't seem important. - Similarly, I don't think the detectives' POV was all that necessary either. Because the edition I read was a (presumably) uncorrected proof, there were some problems with missing or misplaced punctuation, like quotation marks, and one big mistake where Rebecca says Mark and Sasha are friends, when she means that Paul and Sasha are friends. Mark and Sasha are husband and wife. Hopefully these minor editing errors will be fixed in the final book.

This was a disappointment for me. I was intrigued for the 1st 25% of the novel, but after a while I lost interest and actually DNF'ed it. I just didn't care about the characters and the mystery. It wasn't very thrilling for me which is really unfortunate.

I have not finished this one yet. I received a physical ARC of it in the mail and prefer that format. Appreciate the chance to read it!

I could NOT get into this one... The characters were rather odious - that seems to be the newest genre, obnoxiously awful couple-stories - but that in itself wasn't what put me off. Rather, it was the all-over-the-place narrative... It felt like it was written by different people at different times, and I had a tough time deciphering it and making it even remotely sensical. Ultimately I gave up without finishing... This one was not for me.

Hard to put down. Intriguing and interesting characters and story. Twists and turns to keep you reading.

Scott’s The Woman Inside is yet another novel about an unstable couple in a very unhealthy marriage. I will say though that Scott paints a very clear picture of a paranoid relationship that makes you want to stay single forever. Despite its overworked plot, I found myself continuing to read page after page in hopes of answers. Don’t read any long summaries of this novel, just dive right in, and come to terms with the fact that you will never guess how this one ends.

This book had some good plots but at times it felt like it was dragged out. Still kept me intrigued to finish it.

This is one of my favorite genres, so while I enjoyed the book, it wasn't one of the best I have read. Also found the ending to be a bit lacking.

I usually figure out twists before they are barely set up, but this book was actually able to surprise me! I would definitely recommend this to those who love this type of thriller and might be jaded by the typical storylines.

As a huge fan of psychological thrillers, I had high expectations for this book. The story started off great – I was immediately intrigued by the main characters, Rebecca and Paul. Through alternating perspectives, the reader learns that Rebecca and Paul are a married couple who are good at lying and keeping secrets from each other. They are both unlikeable, unreliable narrators. Rebecca, who is addicted to prescription medications, just lost her job; Paul, who just got his mojo back after a long bout of unemployment, is having an affair with an unstable woman named Sheila. When Sheila and another woman Paul is loosely connected with go missing, Paul becomes a prime suspect. Unfortunately, the story really takes a nosedive around this time, and it’s like it is written by a completely different person. (Up until this point, I had been very engrossed in Paul and Rebecca's story and frantically turning the pages to find out what would happen next.) The story is suddenly told from two of the detectives’ viewpoints, and comes across as a really bad comedy sketch instead of a domestic thriller. The storytelling gets even worse when the reader learns what actually happened to Sheila. At that point, I almost quit reading because the storyline was just too ridiculous. The "twist" at the end is also completely over-the-top, but I didn’t even care because I was just so glad for the story to finally be over. What a huge disappointment and waste of time! Disclaimer: I am very thankful I received an ARC through Penguin’s First to Read Program because I would have been very upset if I had spent money on this book.

My thoughts on The Woman Inside is that I was floored by the third act. I was shocked and I glad I ended rthe year reading this book. I will defintely order it when it is released. I can't sing its praises enough. I absolutely devoured the story from start to finish. The summary delivers on its promises amd more. There are complex characters and surprises I couldn't predict. Thank you for a copy of this spectacular novel.

Everyone has a secret....or in this case, secrets! Rebecca and Paul have a marriage full of secrets, drama and more. This story has so many loopholes that at times i had to double check each chapter that i was reading so i could keep track of whose secret i was reading. Interesting story and worth a read if you like not knowing what is going on till it is almost done.

I loved this book! It was so twisty. At the center of it all are two very complex characters, Rebecca and Paul. There is so much to this book including secrets , lies, deception, drugs and so much more. A great psychological thriller that I could not put down. I would highly reccomend this book to anyone that loves a great thrill ride!

I received an ARC of this from Penguin First To Read This is definitely a page turner and will keep you guessing what will happen next. Rebecca and her husband Paul’s world seems to have come undone, how could it not with the events in their lives cheating, drugs, murder and getting revenge.

Twist upon twist in this fast paced thriller. Both of the main characters were orphaned when young, so when their steamy affair required some love this fact drew them close. Nearly 20 years later they are now married, both working hard to build up the nest egg for their perfect home together until, Rebecca's drug habit gets her into trouble and Paul's loss of job and affair cause fissures in their trust. Told from multiple perspectives each of the the main characters are hiding things from each other, which leads them to distrust and paranoia a great start to messing with people's lives. The story flips from current narative, where two detectives are trying to find two missing women and suspect Paul is hiding something, and the past where both of them lost their parents. A well written narrative that has you hooked from the start, both Rebecca and Paul are well described characters, I couldn't really get bothered about the detective's I think it was quite fast paced when they were introduced so the descriptions weren't read throughly! Overall good thriller I thought the ending a little weak though.

This book had me on the edge of my seat. I just devoured it every chance I got, wanting more. There were twists and turns where I didn’t expect twists and turns. I enjoyed all the intertwining of the characters. This book does change perspectives. It would bounce from character to character, past to present, each chapter. There were a few chapters that had more than one point of view. Rebecca falls in love with a married man, ends up marrying him....then can’t believe it when he cheats on her almost 20 years later. She starts spiraling out of control with her prescription pill addiction. She doesn’t know what’s real and what’s in her mind. Every thing that happens as the story goes on makes her lose even more of a grip on reality. Paul had been a successful businessman until the house market crash. Over time, he becomes more and more depressed and distant. Trying to make himself feel like a man again, he turns to a woman in his neighborhood. Starting an affair with a woman that he knows little to nothing about is bad enough, but for her to be a neighbor?! I can’t decide if that was ballsy or incredibly dumb....or both. While I enjoyed the book overall (for the most part), the ending was just disappointing. I’m not sure what I was expecting but it definitely wasn’t that. It almost felt like the author was nearing the deadline and had to wrap it up quickly. I was left with a few questions. There were pieces of the story that weren’t explained. Or if they were, I somehow missed it.

I must say when I first started this book I was on the fence about it and thought should I even keep reading. The lies, betrayals, cheating and everything that is in a thriller is all there. What was Rebecca thinking? She had an affair with a married man and he left his wife for her. You know this from the beginning so why is she shocked that he would do that to her? Then the woman he is seeing is crazy loco. Her drug addiction makes her not see things right and some of this could have been different for her if she wasn't on them. Paranoia and delusional all makes a recipe for disaster. But the ending had me feeling so bad for the both of them. It just got to me.

I couldn't get into this one and didn't finish.

I have been looking forward to reading this one since I saw an Instagram post about this new thriller. I was really excited to get it from First Reads. The book had a great ope book opening that sucked me in. I love that it kept switching points of view and you were able to see more sides as you kept reading. I definitely recommend this to those who like thrillers and dont mind the switching of points of view.

I was really hoping that this book would be a good one but I just couldn't get into it. For this reason, I did not finish reading.

I'm always searching for a good thriller and this was definitely a good one!! There was so much going on, but not too much, it was easy to follow. And I just didn't know where we would end up! I'm not really sure what I can say without giving anything away. It's just so full of twists and turns and murders! A very good read!!

I love a good thriller and lately I’ve been getting tired because they all seem the same, but not this one. This one was a crazy ride.. and I mean crazy! First off, I love multiple povs and this one did not disappoint. Secondly, this book kept me turning page after page tying to solve 2 murders. There was a surprising twist ending, but I’m not sure if I enjoyed it, more baffled. It was definitely a very interesting read!

WOW such intrigue!!!! This novel has descriptive characters, a twisty plot and betrayal among other things. Could not put it down!!!! Highly recommended.

This was a crazy read, and I mean crazy in the best way. The different narrations, so many questionable characters, and two murder mysteries add up to a thrilling read. There were so many twists and the ending was shocking. I really enjoyed it.

I found this book to be quite confusing with all the switching between characters and time frames. It was hard to keep track of what was going on. I really disliked the ending and felt like the twists throughout were just really farfetched and unbelievable. One good thing about this book was it was a very fast read. I won’t be recommending this book.

This was definitely a page turner and kept me interested once I figured out the relationship to all the parties. I didn't particularly like the characters and their infidelities but it kept me guessing until the end. While some people did not care for the ending, while I found it a bit abrupt, I liked it. I would recommend this as a quick read.

I had a really difficult time with this book. I found it very confusing with not only the constant flipping between characters but also time frames. I also hated pretty much every character in the book to the point that I didn't care about any of them. I would not feel comfortable recommending this because it was just such an unpleasant read.

Upon reading the first few chapters of The Woman Inside, I was immediately intrigued. To say I was surprised with how it ended is a bit of an understatement. I didn't know what to expect but the ending is not at all what I could have imagined. And I'm still not sure how I feel about it. The authors did a great job of building the story and slowing revealing bits and pieces as I went. I didn't particularly care for Rebecca and greatly disliked Paul but was still rooting for things to work out for Rebecca in the end. The story follows mainly focuses Rebecca and Paul's relationship and how they came to be where they are today - it has a mix of present and past to help the reader understand their relationship. There are elements of revenge but not in the way that you'd expect. I'm being purposely vague as to not ruin it for anyone. I didn't really care for how the authors randomly changed POVs part way through. While I understand why they did it, I felt like it messed with the flow of things a bit and made the story take a bit of a left turn. Overall, this was an interesting read and not at all what I expected. If you're looking for something different with a twist, I'd recommend this one.

Marriages take work and as the pressures pile on in The Woman Inside by E. G. Scott, the actions of one couple have some disastrous consequences. Each with their own traumatic pasts, Rebecca and Paul are drawn together by both their attraction to one another and their understanding of the pasts that haunt them. With Paul ending his previous marriage to be with Rebecca, it should come as no surprise that his attentions have strayed in their marriage twenty years later. But this time, the secrets that they are keeping from each other have far greater implications in the wake of Rebecca's growing reliance on pills and Paul hiding more parts of his life. As the situation gets increasingly complicated when Paul's stalker mistress goes missing, making her the second woman the couple is connected to to disappear, the police investigation and attention throws yet another twist into the plans that Paul and Rebecca make as they try to course-correct their lives. A quick read, the story is dominated by unreliable narrators, which provides vastly different viewpoints of the same scenarios, begging the reader to decide who and what should be believed from these unlikable characters; I found it odd that readers were offered only a handful of chapters from the perspectives of three other characters, which though providing a more comprehensive view of the entire situation it pulls readers out of the dynamic presented through the observations and commentary of Paul and Rebecca. While the characters were underdeveloped, the situation surround the couple's infidelity and secret-keeping was relatively well-depicted (if requiring a high level of suspension of disbelief), which coupled with the alternation between perspectives and before/after scenes lends this narrative to likely being more effective visually instead of textually, where readers (or then viewers) could be compelled by the (seemingly assumed) visuals as they unfold over merely the internalized conversations the characters have.  Overall, I'd give it a 3 out of 5 stars.

I've read a lot of thrillers, and here's the thing-you can't just have an interesting twist. The character development in this book is abysmal. Paul, the husband, is so one-dimensional. Rebecca is slightly better but not much. Then, you get to the twist, and I wasn't really impressed. Honestly, it's a bit unbelievable to me. I HATED the ending (though some people will really love it, I'm sure). The one thing I will say is it was a fast read. There are just so many better thrillers out there. I'd pass on this one.

I have been reading a lot of Advanced Readers Copy’s lately and this is my favorite so far. In this day in age I feel like infidelity happens so often and it makes me sick but there was something that was sweet about this. A relief of sorts. My big issue is Sheila and Sasha. Couldn’t have picked two names that were a little different. It took me a little bit to figure out they were two people and not me just misreading it. I am a fan of jumping into different characters POVs because I want to see what’s going on from someone else’s perspective. Loved this book and I can’t wait for my friends to read it when it comes out.

This was not a book for me. I’m not really into books where the main characters constantly whine about their lives. All the back and forth between before and after gets tiresome.

I thought that this book was well written and the characters were well developed. I was not sure what was going on at first, however was eventually able to grasp what was going on and understand where the story was going. I liked the strong emotion throughout and would like to read more from this author. I will be recommending this book to others

As I’m writing this review I’m still in shock. This is definitely a page turner and will keep you anxious to find out what’s next. Rebecca and her husband Paul’s life as well as the events of cheating, drugs, murder and others getting revenge make E.G. Scott a genius in the way they wrote this. It’s a must read!!!!

 


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