The moment she opened her eyes, she knew everything had changed. The stale taste of alcohol; her uneasy stomach. She looked at her husband sleeping peacefully, and knew she would never tell anyone what happened last night.
You will think you know what happened to Alicia that night.
You will see a desperate wife, lying to her husband.
You will watch a charming lover, trying to win her back.
You will judge her, just like everyone else.
You will assume you know what happens next. But everything you think you know about the past, the relationships, what drives Alicia and her husband to lie… is wrong.
I have to admit I don’t think I’ve ever cried at a psychological thriller before but cry I did with this one. The start of this book is so powerful and emotional that I was an absolute wreck. You will understand when you read it for yourself but I can’t say anything about the why as to do so would be a bit of a spoiler to say the least. The story does turn though into a different direction becoming more tense and dark.
There is a small cast of characters in this book of which some have you changing your mind in how you think about them. The story itself flicks mainly between Alicia and her husband Justin with a scattering of a couple of other characters. This seemed to give the story an added edge as you get to see things from a few different point of views which allowed you get more into that characters head and gave you better understanding.
This is another author who I am ashamed to say I have not read any of their previous work. I will be rectifying that after this book though. The Affair certainly held so many surprises making this an unputdownable read. I loved that I had no idea what the author had in store next for me. When you think you know how the story is going to go the author steers you in another direction so that I had to keep turning those pages to find out what was going to happen.
The Affair is a great read that has left me desperate to read more books by the author. I have no doubt that fans of psychological thrillers are going to thoroughly enjoy this one.
My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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So why does Sheryl write in two genres? Quoting E. L. Doctorow, Sheryl says: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights…” This she thinks sums up a writer’s journey, you never quite know where you are going until you get there. You might start with an outline, but a strong character will always divert from the plot. If Sheryl’s not sure where a character is going, she simply has to trust him to show her the way. Plus, according to one reviewer, she also has a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath.