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"The Other Woman" by Sandie Jones
“The Other Woman is an absorbing thriller with a great twist. A perfect beach read.” ― Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of "The Great Alone" Pre-order today
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Meantime, Claire Anderson has no idea that her husband has died. Richard had supposedly been off on a long trip as an independent contractor working with the U.S. government. Being the beneficiary is not enough to comfort Claire, who thought Richard was the perfect husband.
Tension builds as the two women move towards an inevitable confrontation, but the plot twists and new characters muddle up the drama. The author closes with an exciting meet-up and satisfying finish, with a few surprises.
I was looking for a fun read and enjoyed escaping into this light and easy story. I like reading about characters with secret lives and think the plot premise is the strongest part of The Other Wife. I think Eleanor’s character is the most developed, enabling the reader to identify with her situation.
There’s a great deal of repetition, however, which takes away from the experience. In addition, plot developments are somewhat unrealistic as well as are some of the lightweight details that drive the story. This is the kind of book that you pick up, read for fun, and move on. Put your analytical mind on the shelf and enjoy the escape!
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The ending was too abrupt. It looked like the writer ran out of steam.
And the last chapter was thrown in to end the movie. The mystery and suspense was introduced at the as appropriate time but ended to early. After the cemetery scene the writer appeared to have exhausted her material. Had the chapters been written differently this book would been 5 Stars.
I found this story totally by accident and I'm very glad I did. I've never read anything by this author but she does tell a gripping story.
The story tell the story of two women, twenty years apart in age, who lose their husband and steps they go through to heal. What makes it worse is they've both lost the same charming husband. The story is told using both women's point of view and it's not just a skimming of emotions but a deeply involving story of the road each travel to deal with the betrayal.
Richard is a narcissistic--handsome, fun, smart, high-powered, wealthy and extraordinarily self-centered man who feels the rules don't apply to him. The women he marries are good and smart in their own ways but most important they admire him.
Ellenor is from his generation, comes from a wealthy family, has good connections, and has loved him since she was a young teen. She's not particularly attractive but she is from a family which is closely connected to his and is grateful that he's chosen her, after he was jilted, and best of all, won't leave him. She is a convenience but a good mother, does charitable work and doesn't ask too many questions.
Claire is a professor from a pretigious university. She's in her thirties, independent, successful, and bares a resemblance to the finance who jilted him before he married Ellenor. They have two children together.
The story shows both women's reactions to learning they have been betrayed by a man they admired greatly and loved and thought they knew. Both are victims of a womanizer. I like the way the author lets you get to know both women (and I liked them both) and how each of them react and grow from this disaster. Neither one remain victims in their thinking. I liked that as well.
There is a good cast of three dimensional characters in this story, well paced, with some good tension that builds as these women come to terms with what Richard has done. There is also a few suprises and ending isn't what I expected but it is well done and satisfying.
If you like women's fiction this book is well worth reading.