The Twilight Wife

The Twilight Wife

From bestselling author A.J. Banner comes a dazzling new novel of psychological suspense in the vein of S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep and Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl that questions just how much we can trust the people around us.Thirty-four-year-old marine biologist Kyra Winthrop remembers nothing about the diving accident that left her with a complex form of memory l...

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Title:The Twilight Wife
Author:A.J. Banner
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ISBN:1501152114
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:304 pages

The Twilight Wife Reviews

  • Fictionophile
    Dec 15, 2016

    A diving accident in Deception Pass, and four years of memories are missing. All she has are photographs and the assurances of her devoted husband. But what if her memory loss has a more sinister cause?

    Kyra and Jacob have a beautiful home near the shore on the sparsely populated Mystic Island. A remote island in the Pacific Northwest, it is part of the San Juan Islands which are located off the northern coast of Washington State. Mystic Island is just twelve miles from end to end.

    Still recuperat

    A diving accident in Deception Pass, and four years of memories are missing. All she has are photographs and the assurances of her devoted husband. But what if her memory loss has a more sinister cause?

    Kyra and Jacob have a beautiful home near the shore on the sparsely populated Mystic Island. A remote island in the Pacific Northwest, it is part of the San Juan Islands which are located off the northern coast of Washington State. Mystic Island is just twelve miles from end to end.

    Still recuperating from her accidental head injury, Kyra, a marine biologist, is being cared for by her husband. He is doting, overattentive, and it would seem, endlessly patient. She has lost her memories of the accident and most of the last four years. Jacob tells her things over and over again. She forgets that she has asked those questions before… He takes photos of her to add to her ‘memory’ albums. She decides, on her own, to stop taking the many medications and try to ‘deal’ with her condition without them. After a few days, her mind seems clearer and she begins to have disturbing recurring dreams. Or… are they memories?

    She seems to remember a man… Aiden Finlay. She seems to have strong feelings for him. She wonders… did they have an affair? She doesn’t trust her own brain. Then, Kyra realizes that Jacob has not told her of her medical history. Why? Is he keeping anything else from her?

    As the memories increase, she decides to visit a therapist on the island. Her visits to the psychologist are kept secret from Jacob. Kyra bicycles into the small town to visit her. This psychologist assures her she was correct to stop her medications. She provides Kyra with an understanding ear. Eventually, she begins to wonder if Jacob really ‘wants’ her to regain her memory.

    When he is not cooking or cleaning the house, Jacob spends his time in their garden cottage working on a novel. A computer genius, he has a tech company in Seattle, but does most of his work from home in order to look after Kyra.

    The house is very remote. Most of the islanders are ‘off the grid’, though Jacob’s techie knowledge has helped him to set up a internet connection via satellite router. Strangely, every time Kyra searches her own name or Jacob’s name on Google, the internet connection is lost… Kyra has no family to speak of, only a dear girlfriend who now lives in Russia. Her emails to her friend are one of her only contacts to the outside world.

    This domestic thriller will appeal to most psychological thriller fans. It shows how a seemingly idyllic existence can, with just a shade of menace, turn on a dime into a stifling, frightening, nightmare. With a clever plot twist and a satisfying ending this novel is highly recommended!

    An eARC of this novel was provided to me by Simon & Schuster Canada via NetGalley in consideration of a review.

  • Rita Schuldt
    Dec 06, 2016

    I received this advance reader's edition of the book, The Twilight Wife, in a goodreads giveaway courtesy of Touchstone in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book from beginning to end. If I didn't have so many other things going on, I would have finished this in a day maybe 2. I had a hard time putting it down.

    Kyra is on a remote island with her husband Jacob. Kyra is a marine biologist who suffered a head energy while scuba diving and has lost her memories of the last 4 years of her l

    I received this advance reader's edition of the book, The Twilight Wife, in a goodreads giveaway courtesy of Touchstone in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book from beginning to end. If I didn't have so many other things going on, I would have finished this in a day maybe 2. I had a hard time putting it down.

    Kyra is on a remote island with her husband Jacob. Kyra is a marine biologist who suffered a head energy while scuba diving and has lost her memories of the last 4 years of her life. The only things she knows from that time period is what Jacob has told her. But she does have flashbacks sometimes of a third diver being there although Jacob says it was only the 2 of them. Jacob seems to be very overprotective of her or so it seems. He insists on her never going anywhere without him and he doing all the housework. He treats her like some kind of precious possession. Kyra does senses that there is something off in her relationship with Jacob and the bits of memory that start coming back don't jibe with what Jacob has told her.

    I guessed what was going on about half way through the book but it did not spoil the book for me because you want to know exactly what the truth is and how it was carried out. Kyra starts having memories of another man called Aiden. The life that Jacob has built for her starts to unravel as more bits of memory start to come back to her. Kyra becomes confused as to what is real and what isn't in the memories that Jacob has given to her.

    A.J Banner is a wonderful writer and I plan on adding her first book, The Good Neighbor, to my list of books to be read. I highly recommend The Twilight Wife if you like books with lots of plot twists and turns to unravel.

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  • Linda O'Donnell
    Sep 02, 2016

    I received a copy of The Twilight Wife through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Touchstone Publishing and to A.J. Banner for the opportunity.

    Deception. And heavy on the saltwater here.

    Kyra Winthrop is a marine biologist from Seattle University who is recovering from a traumatic brain injury while diving three months ago. She and her husband, Jacob, are living in his parents' old house on Mystic Island in the Pacific Northwest as a refuge during her recovery.

    Kyra is suffering from a "

    I received a copy of The Twilight Wife through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Touchstone Publishing and to A.J. Banner for the opportunity.

    Deception. And heavy on the saltwater here.

    Kyra Winthrop is a marine biologist from Seattle University who is recovering from a traumatic brain injury while diving three months ago. She and her husband, Jacob, are living in his parents' old house on Mystic Island in the Pacific Northwest as a refuge during her recovery.

    Kyra is suffering from a "brain reset" in which there is much in the way of a disconnect in her memory log. Bits and pieces shift back and forth never quite locking cohesively together. Jacob, patiently, watches over her and constantly provides a safety net as Kyra tries to make sense of everything. "There isn't any map for recovery, except the one you create for yourself."

    And create it should have. The Twilight Wife had all the markings of a really good read in the beginning. But then there were dark passages that should have been enhanced and more secrets and backstory that should have been explored. This storyline demanded a higher level of tension and excitement. It never came. It seemed to fall into the trap of a movie of the week syndrome. Plenty of going through the motions and bike rides, but this never had the element of gaslighting and eeriness that were so desperately needed. Even the ending was wrapped in seashell gift paper.

    Perhaps, dear reader, you may find this story intriguing. But intrigue, the deep burden of fear, and the intense shifting sand should have been the bows on this package. Instead, we watched the slight fraying of wrapping twine.

  • Deanna
    Jan 30, 2017

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    I was excited when I won this book through a Goodreads give-away. A.J. Banner is a new author to me and I thought this sounded like an interesting read.

    Kyra Winthrop is a 34-year-old Marine biologist who has lost her memory after suffering from a head injury she received in a diving accident. She hit her head on a rock and spent a week in intensive care, then over two months in rehab. Physically she's almost completely bette

    My reviews can also be seen at:

    I was excited when I won this book through a Goodreads give-away. A.J. Banner is a new author to me and I thought this sounded like an interesting read.

    Kyra Winthrop is a 34-year-old Marine biologist who has lost her memory after suffering from a head injury she received in a diving accident. She hit her head on a rock and spent a week in intensive care, then over two months in rehab. Physically she's almost completely better but her memory is another story.

    Just how much can we trust the people around us? Right now Kyra is having to trust people without remembering who they are....most importantly her husband, Jacob.

    How can you not remember the husband you have been married to for three years? It sounds unbelievable but Kyra really doesn't know her husband. She is suffering from a complex form of amnesia and doesn't remember anything from the last four years.

    Jacob says they have a wonderful and happy marriage. He's been patient as Kyra essentially gets to know him all over again. She sees all of the pictures from their life, including her wedding pictures. However, Jacob does seem to get annoyed when certain questions are asked.

    Could Jacob be keeping something from her?

    They are living off the grid on the island. Jacob figures it's the best place to help Kyra to regain her memories. They don't have a landline and the internet is spotty. It can feel very isolating .

    Kyra longs to reclaim the four years she's lost. Her inability to concentrate and remember frustrates her.

    She wonders about the moments she's lost and the people she's loved. She's thankful for the husband who stays by her side, but she misses other people. People like her best friend, Linny Strabeck. She hasn't seen her in what feels like forever. She misses her and needs her support (and her memories). But lately their emails have been infrequent and very short. Linny is in Russia. Apparently, Linny spent a week with Kyra while she was in the hospital but then had to return to work. Kyra barely remembers her being there.

    Kyra starts to remember some things from before the accident and is also starting to hold on to new memories. But she is frustrated that she can't remember what actually happened the day of the accident. It was apparently just her and Jake on the dive that day. However, she has one recurring dream where she senses someone else with them on their dive....in the shadows. She wakes up before she can figure out who the person in the shadows is.

    As more and more things start to come back to Kyra, weird things start happening. She has strange conversations with people in town who remember her, but make comments that seem odd to Kyra.

    Do they know something about her marriage that she doesn't? Kyra starts to wonder just how much she knows about her husband.....or herself.

    This was an interesting and quick read that flowed well. While I was satisfied with how things wrapped up, I did feel things were a bit rushed with some things left unexplained. There were a few people I would have liked to have learned more about. Maybe a few more pages would have helped to clear some things up? However, maybe it's okay to not know everything.

    All in all, this was definitely a good psychological suspense with a well thought out and unique plot. I recommend this book and I look forward to more from A.J Banner.

    I would like to thank Touchstone, A.J Banner, and Goodreads Giveaways for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lindsay
    Jan 12, 2017

    3.5 stars. This book kept my full attention from start to finish. The author did a great job of building suspense - the writing kept me on edge and hungry for the next chapter. However, this novel also kept me hungry for more explanation once I finished - there seemed to be important details missing in the actual storyline for me. I would have liked to know more about Jacob's background - both from childhood and more recently "pre-Kyra". Was he always crazy? Also - why didn't someone on the isla

    3.5 stars. This book kept my full attention from start to finish. The author did a great job of building suspense - the writing kept me on edge and hungry for the next chapter. However, this novel also kept me hungry for more explanation once I finished - there seemed to be important details missing in the actual storyline for me. I would have liked to know more about Jacob's background - both from childhood and more recently "pre-Kyra". Was he always crazy? Also - why didn't someone on the island ever mention to Kyra about the 3rd diver in her accident? The island was such a small place where everyone knew everyone else's business - seems unrealistic that no one would have brought it up to her - librarian, Nancy & Van, restaurant employees, shop owner, Doug? I would have liked to know more surrounding the fallout between Kyra, Aiden and Jacob at the end of the book - things ended a bit quickly and too neatly for me. I also cannot help but compare this book to "Before I Go To Sleep" by S.J. Watson which I absolutely loved. The storyline is very similar but not told nearly as well. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book but there were just several things lacking in the storyline for me. Thank you to the Goodreads Giveaway where I won this book!

  • Cortney
    Oct 19, 2016

    Two Days! TWO DAYS!!!!! And the ONLY reason it took me that long is because I have a daughter and a full time job, and swim lessons, and everything else that comes along with family life.

    If you are looking for a quick read that draws you in with questions upon questions, you have found it!

    If you are someone that can throw yourself into a character's shoes without judging them first, then this is for you. Put yourself into Kyra's shoes and feel her pain and her curiosity, the feelings of loss an

    Two Days! TWO DAYS!!!!! And the ONLY reason it took me that long is because I have a daughter and a full time job, and swim lessons, and everything else that comes along with family life.

    If you are looking for a quick read that draws you in with questions upon questions, you have found it!

    If you are someone that can throw yourself into a character's shoes without judging them first, then this is for you. Put yourself into Kyra's shoes and feel her pain and her curiosity, the feelings of loss and confusion. It is all there, don't just read the words, feel her emotions.

    I will say there are some unanswered questions, a few loose ends, but if you aren't looking for perfection, then this is an excellent choice. The suspense was unreal, the feeling of deceit, but not being sure which way to turn, who to blame. Is Kyra really losing her mind?

    I did find myself slightly frustrated with Jacob at times, I can understand his patience level being low after all this time, but she is your wife, and she is struggling... At times his level of perfection seemed a little... mass murder-ish creepy, but he really was trying to comfort his wife... right? I wasn't in love with him, I was much more intrigued by Aiden and even Van at times. I wanted to know, correction NEEDED to know what was going on! I couldn't stop, just one more chapter, and than one more, and then realistically 4-5 more before I couldn't hold my eyes open any longer.

    A few of the details in this novel seemed to be a little more "told" than "felt", but primarily you could place yourself in Kyra's shoes and feel her lingering questions and her desire for answers. BUT, once you start hacking into some of those answers your heart just sinks, and for so many reasons.

    What I thought was going to happen, did not, which was bitter-sweet. I almost wanted this to be devastating for some reason, I wanted it to tear at my heart. There are hints along the way, and LOTS of them. Some I realized immediately, others I thought might be something, but turned out to be nothing, and then the ones that I blew right by and in the end became very, VERY important. I would re-read this, I believe I would pick up more bits and pieces that I missed through my first read. By the very bitter end, It was rushed. Basically a chapter or two to tie up loose ends, a bit rushed, seemed like more of a "fast-forward and this is the result", which could have been so much more, put this aside and you will most certainly enjoy it.

    Although this was not a masterpiece, it is sure to be a hit, it will hold you in your seat and baffle your mind.

  • Suzanne Leopold
    Oct 24, 2016

    Kyra Winthrop lives with her husband Jacob on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. She is recovering from a traumatic brain injury as a result of a diving accident. She is struggling with memory issues and cannot remember her life four years prior to the accident. Her husband, aiding in her recovery, provides her with details of the memories that she cannot remember.

    Kyra begins to have flashes of memories prior to her accident. Sometimes a scent or a person she meets in town provides her wi

    Kyra Winthrop lives with her husband Jacob on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. She is recovering from a traumatic brain injury as a result of a diving accident. She is struggling with memory issues and cannot remember her life four years prior to the accident. Her husband, aiding in her recovery, provides her with details of the memories that she cannot remember.

    Kyra begins to have flashes of memories prior to her accident. Sometimes a scent or a person she meets in town provides her with glimpses of her past life. The combination of these memories and those provided by her husband have her struggling and confused in putting her history together. She becomes suspicious and begins to feel that the landscape of her past is disjointed.

    This psychological thriller starts out calm and then midway shifts with unanticipated twists and turns. The book is well narrated and the story flows well. The details in Kyra’s flashbacks provide the backdrop to the tension that builds throughout the story. I enjoyed this novel!

    I am giving away 2 signed copies on my blog until 11/21

  • Melissa
    Dec 06, 2016

    The characters, the Pacific Northwest setting and the tragedy of it all sucked me in. I found myself completely enamored with this story of a wife that suffered a head injury during a scuba diving excursion and a husband who’s desperate for her to regain her memories of their life together. It’s all very harrowing and incredibly sweet. Or is it?

    Can you imagine, not remembering anything from the last f

    The characters, the Pacific Northwest setting and the tragedy of it all sucked me in. I found myself completely enamored with this story of a wife that suffered a head injury during a scuba diving excursion and a husband who’s desperate for her to regain her memories of their life together. It’s all very harrowing and incredibly sweet. Or is it?

    Can you imagine, not remembering anything from the last four years of your life? Poof . . . all of your memories are just gone, erased, vanished. Only a few scars left in their place instead. You don’t remember marrying your husband, the accident that stole all of those precious moments or even agreeing to move to the house you find yourself living in now. That’s the reality Kyra’s living.

    Until the jarring snippets of her memory start to return and they don’t make sense. Kyra's head is a jumbled mess and no one can give her any solace, not even her husband, Jacob. Did she make a terrible mistake before the accident?

    Piecing them together seemed like Kyra’s only shot for getting to the truth and I wanted a front row seat.

    And what about her husband, Jacob? Sure he’s doting and caring, but at a point it starts to feel like he’s incredibly controlling and impatient. Why? Is it just the fear of losing her that’s driving his need to know what she’s up to at every moment? I can’t tell you the number of times my feelings for him wavered! I couldn’t decide if he was just overly cautious, he did witness the accident after all, or if there was something more sinister going on. No spoilers here - my lips are sealed.

    is masterful at creating doubt.

    I kind of had an inkling of what was going on, but I didn’t want to believe it. I managed to push my theories to the back of my mind and get lost in the suspense of it all. I ended up knocking this out in two sittings because it was

    My only wish - I wanted a tiny bit more of a confrontation at the end. Ever the critic, I felt like things were wrapped up too quickly and neatly for my tastes. That’s not to say this wasn’t a

  • Meredith
    Dec 11, 2016

    has some surprising twists and turns. Fast paced and easy to read, I flew right through this thriller.

    Marine biologist Kyra Winthrop suffered a traumatic brain injury in a diving accident leading to memory loss. She walks around with a feeling of unease trying to gather snippets to help her remember the past four years of her life, including marrying her husband Jacob. As Kyra slowly begins to slowly remember the details of her life, she realizes she can’t trust anyon

    has some surprising twists and turns. Fast paced and easy to read, I flew right through this thriller.

    Marine biologist Kyra Winthrop suffered a traumatic brain injury in a diving accident leading to memory loss. She walks around with a feeling of unease trying to gather snippets to help her remember the past four years of her life, including marrying her husband Jacob. As Kyra slowly begins to slowly remember the details of her life, she realizes she can’t trust anyone, including herself.

    The events in this novel slowly unfold. At times, I was waiting for something to happen, but I was happy with the pay off in the end. I also felt like the ending deserved more attention—it felt rushed and left me with questions.

    Overall, this book didn’t knock my socks off, but it has potential!

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Dec 22, 2016

    Thinking on this one. Review to come.