This is a wonderfully compelling novel which looks unflinchingly at the power of sexual attraction and what can happen when people give into their desires. A page-turning portrait of a contemporary marriage where all is not quite as perfect as it seems.
The cover is what first attracted me to this novel. The colours are eye catching and it wasn’t until I finished the novel and really looked at it and noticed how apt it fits to the story itself.
The story flicks mainly between Ryan and his wife Emily. Each chapter is numbered with rules of an open marriage with a different subject matter. Some chapters are short and snappy, whilst others were a lot longer, allowing you to connect to the characters and get a feel of them.
I’ve never really understood the point of an open marriage and for me it made Emily comes across as being in control but as we get to know her, it’s as if she is covering up who she really is. The more I got to know Ryan, I felt sorry for him as its his love for his wife that has kept him there, trying to ignore all of his wife’s indiscretions. Don’t get me wrong, he isn’t perfect either but what he does is more in response to the attention he doesn’t get from his wife.
It is an interesting look into the dynamics of different relationships and what the feelings these characters have and how they act on them. All of who, seem to have ulterior motives. Ada and Leo help widen the cast and add more intrigue and tension to an already fraught story line.
The Codes Of Love is a very different type of read for me. It took me a little while to settle into the story but once I did, I was hooked into the characters lives and wondered if there could ever possibly be a happy ending for any of them. It was a bit like watching your favourite soap, waiting for revelations and the anticipation to how the characters would react. Overall I found this an enjoyable read. Personally I would have liked a bit more from the ending as it was a little abrupt but then I’m a sucker for everything being tied up nicely.
My thanks to Muswell Press for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
The Codes Of Love is available to purchase from Amazon.