As Long as We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Chaney
Published by Flatiron Books on January 15, 2019
Genre(s): fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller
Format & Length: e-book, 336
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What happens when you’re really, truly done making your marriage work? You can’t be married to someone without sometimes wanting to bash them over the head…
As Long As We Both Shall Live is JoAnn Chaney’s wicked, masterful examination of a marriage gone very wrong, a marriage with lots of secrets…
“My wife! I think she’s dead!” Matt frantically tells park rangers that he and his wife, Marie, were hiking when she fell off a cliff into the raging river below. They start a search, but they aren’t hopeful: no one could have survived that fall. It was a tragic accident.
But Matt’s first wife also died in suspicious circumstances. And when the police pull a body out of the river, they have a lot more questions for Matt.
Detectives Loren and Spengler want to know if Matt is a grieving, twice-unlucky husband or a cold-blooded murderer. They dig into the couple’s lives to see what they can unearth. And they find that love’s got teeth, it’s got claws, and once it hitches you to a person, it’s tough to rip yourself free.
So what happens when you’re done making it work?
As Long as We Both Shall Live started out strong from the very first sentence and kept my attention straight through to the end.
“If you try to kill your wife without a plan, you will fail.”
Dare I compare this to Gone Girl? I think I do. I wouldn’t call it a direct comparison but it does strongly remind me of that story structure. Almost the entire first half of As Long as We Both Shall Live seems fairly straightforward, but then a series of twists take place to reveal the underlying truth of what is going on. Told through a few different perspectives and timelines, this is well-plotted to slowly reveal everyone’s secrets. There was one subplot that was a bit of an outlier, and although it helped to round out one of the characters, it didn’t do much to help drive the narrative forward.
Stylistically, this was different than anything I’ve read in a while. The tone is slightly noir with dark humor that fit in perfectly with the characters and their crazy drama. Much of what they do and the events that occur within these pages will require the reader to suspend disbelief, but if one can, it’s an exciting ride.
In the end, I very much enjoyed the wild ride that As Long as We Both Shall Live took me on. If this sounds like your kind of book, I encourage you to check it out.
*Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.