Title: The Other Woman
Author: Sandie Jones
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Fiction
Date of Publication: August 21, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Emily is a successful career woman with family and friends that she loves. But she’s never truly been in love before—at least, not since her ex-boyfriend, Tom, cheated on her years ago. When she falls deeply in love with Adam, it looks like she’s found everything she’s ever wanted in a man. Until she meets his mother. Pammie isn’t exactly happy to see her son with Emily. Quite the opposite. And it seems like Pammie will do anything to make sure that she is the only woman in Adam’s life.
This book was a pleasant surprise. However, it has a very slow start, and I had a hard time getting through the first 15%. But once it is revealed that Pammie isn’t a doting, lovable potential-mother-in-law, things become interesting. The ways that Pammie undermines Emily are so subtle, yet so conniving and ultimately utterly disturbing. No spoilers here, but the things that she does are a lot subtler that a rabbit in a pot of boiling water, yet nearly as creepy and evil.
The plot picks up its pace as it plunges forward, and I read the entire book in nearly one sitting. Of course, I was reading it during an Instagram reading marathon, but it was still unputdownable.
One thing that I particularly enjoyed was that Emily isn’t the typical saint that you see in these types of books. She’s got a mean streak of her own, which makes me wonder if she has more in common with Pammie than she even realizes. Sadly, the author doesn’t explore this idea as much as I would have liked. If Emily had turned out to be a lot like Pammie, it would have explained why Adam was so attracted to her in the first place. That said, aside from Emily’s hint of darkness, she isn’t quite as relatable a character later in the book as in the beginning. She’s attracted to James, Adam’s brother—which is something I don’t quite understand. She tells herself she’s madly, completely, wholeheartedly in love with Adam, yet she’s considering sleeping with someone else. She’s considering having both a physical and an emotional affair. That’s just not something that a person who is in love does. She also makes some mistakes with her friends – ultimately damaging her friendships – but she doesn’t suffer the consequences or even truly acknowledge that what she did was wrong. (I’m talking about what she does to her very tropey-yet-lovable gay best friend, whom she distances herself from because Adam is jealous. Ugh.)
I don’t understand being in love with a slightly narcissistic, homophobic ass, which also made Emily a less-than-relatable main character to me. However, Adam wasn’t like that in the beginning of the book. He was lovable. The perfect gentleman. I can appreciate how his character evolves as the novel progresses, demonstrating how people often reveal their true selves while trapped—erm–engaging in long-term relationships.
This book has a wonderfully surprising twist at the end, which makes up for any of the confusion and inconsistencies throughout. I recommend this book to fans of domestic suspense and dramas with a thriller-y edge.
*Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for this e-galley in exchange for an honest review*
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