I should know by now not to buy a book based on great reviews as they very rarely deliver. Psychological thriller? Not really. Alicia, Justin, Sophie and Radley are the main characters but none are really likeable. In brief, Sophie goes missing and Justin and Alicia must find her. Throw in Radley an unconvincing snivelly villain with a fear of heights and slight OCD. Chuck in lots of hand wringing angst and stomping around from Justin with constant referencing of a past family tragedy which ends up having little relevance to the story. I skipped lots of pages and by about 50% of the way in I felt like giving up. There's a loony sister and the usual locked desk drawer containing the all important final puzzle piece. Yes there's a twist but, like the rest of this book, its predictable and definitely not enough to redeem the rather lacklustre plot and dialogue. Poorly executed and never really gets off the ground in my opinion.
The characters were great. Got to feel sorry for the poor guy Justin though! He deserves a medal. I’m not sure why it’s called ‘the affair’ though as it’s not about an affair at all. The cover gives away one of the characters too which is a bit of a let down however it becomes obvious that the one in question is out to gain for herself. The only thing I found annoying about thebook is the over use of the words ending in ‘ly’ ‘disparagingly’ ‘narrowly’ ‘guardedly’ etc. There’s over a thousand in the book and it wears a bit thin after the first 500.
Followers of my book blog (momobookdiary) will be aware of how highly I rate the author Sheryl Browne. Whilst I have enjoyed her romance / chicklit novels, I must admit I really do prefer her gripping psychological thrillers. I love the way that Sheryl’s mind works – so much suspense and you just never know what twist is coming next. This book fantastically hooked me from the start and I had goosebumps return again and again throughout. The characters immediately come to life and I was left thinking about those who remain long after I finished the book. There are twists and surprises throughout the book which keep you guessing until the final twist. Thank you to Sheryl Browne, Bookouture and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review this book prior to publication. As soon as I received the approval email from NetGalley and Bookouture I got myself settled and started to read. It took me less than 6 hours to read cover to cover. I simply can’t “do” life when I have a Sheryl Browne book on my kindle to read!
I’ve enjoyed Sheryl Browne’s darker side for a number of years so when I read the blurb for The Affair, I knew I had to read it!
The cast are perfectly formed, each playing their own part in this twisted tale of the heart. Ms Browne took me on a rollercoaster of emotions; I cried, I feared….did I feel all warm and fuzzy? Well that’s my secret!
I really felt for Justin, one of the innocent parties in this story. He can see his family slowly falling apart and he can’t do anything to stop it. His emotions were all over the place, grief, anger, fear. Will this man ever be happy again
Sophie, oh my. She’s a strong lass for her age but when she hits rock bottom, I just wanted to save her! I wanted to give her a massive hug. My heart really went out to her.
I instantly disliked Paul. I know he was purposely written to be hated but Ms Browne has done an excellent job with him. I got the sense of entitlement from him and when he’s trying to destroy someone else’s life by taking what’s theirs, he was definitely not someone I was going to warm to!
As for Alicia, karma is a bitch! One mistake, a moment of weakness is coming to bite her in the backside big style! But what unfolded before my eyes was way beyond karma and I wanted to stop it all!
Sheryl Browne lets you think you know what’s going on and then wham she comes in from your blind side and knocks your thoughts. The Affair is a tense read, I couldn’t stop clicking through the pages. I was desperate to know whether the family would survive Hurricane Paul hell-bent on causing maximum destruction. And oh that climax. Bravo Ms Browne!!!
Omg this is definitely going into my top ten this year. Fast paced, tense and twists on twists. I read it in a day, couldn't put it down. I did guess the shock ending, but it didn't stop me loving it anyway. There were clues to the ending pretty early on if you know what you're looking for and it certainly helps when you read a lot of thrillers like I do. I really can't recommend it highly enough.
Again it is a hot hit from this amazing author. Never does she fail in bringing suspense, twists and turns to every single page. I was so excited to know she had a new book coming out and was not long in reading it either! This book will not fail to throw your mind into a turmoil.
I got so sick of the constant irritating self-centred whining of the protagonists, often missing any logic, making a mountain out of a mole hill (an affair) and sprouting contradictions, that I stopped reading after around a third of the book. Which makes this one of only 3 books I started without finishing in my whole life. The author is a terrific writer, able to create near unbearable suspense, but frankly, this book just got on my nerves.
This book not only screwed with my head, but it had my stomach in knots at the 77% mark because...suspicions! Then when I got over that, there was a seriously intense scene...THEN...two more twists I wasn't expecting at all. Talk about left field. This came zooming in from outer space and slapped me harder than a slappity slapping thing. Wow. This is an awesome read. Buy it. Inhale the words. But be careful...you might forget to breathe.