Had I been the editor of this book, I would have instructed JF to scrap the "love story" with Lynn and Marc. It was not the least bit interesting or compelling, and the "sexual tension" between the two of them made for a rather boring read. Renee, on the other hand, did have a much more interesting character and storyline (and PLEASE, let her pronounce her name Re-NAY instead of REE-NIE!) However, Renee and her story were not without flaws. For one thing, Renee is a successful divorce lawyer who's a mere 10-15 pounds overweight and does all the housekeeping and cooking. However, because of her lousy childhood and cold-hearted parents, she believes she is a fat, frowsy loser who was "lucky" to land her philandering, condescending, handsome husband. I had trouble believing that someone as intelligent as Renee would give Phillip the time of day, let alone marry him. Also, why are all the idiot women (including Phillip's "other women") constantly telling Renee that Phillip is such a good catch? Don't they know better? The character of Kathryn, Renee's sister, is the most baffling. She seems to have no sense of herself (didn't this woman ever have to get a job?) and is a childless widow who clings to other people, including her younger sister, and unfortunately, good old philandering psychiatrist Phillip. What bothered me even more than Phillip's taking advantage of Kathryn's mental state was his lack of ethics in dealing with all of his attractive female patients over the 6 years of his and Renee's marriage. Shouldn't Renee, as a lawyer, have been appalled by this, instead of quietly putting up with it? I would have liked to see her bring a mass lawsuit against him at the end, on behalf of his former patients. Instead, the ending was anticlimactic. Just so I don't spoil it, let me sum it up by saying that there's a quote from Phillip's spoiled-brat daughter from his first marriage that says it all: "How much more are you going to stand for? Why don't you tell! him to go to hell? Why don't you tell ME to go to hell?" The daughter, Debbie, spends the whole book putting down Renee, and it is never quite clear why (was Renee an "other woman" too?), nor does it strike me as believable that Renee, the warrior lawyer in the courtroom, would meekly put up with a mouthy stepdaughter at home. Phillip would have been a better character had his sadism been more subtle. A weakness of the book is that he is presented as "handsome" (which of course we can't see) and "charming" (of which there is no evidence whatsoever to support it). Again, Renee, no matter how bad her self-image is, seems far too sharp to have put up with a bad marriage for so long.