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"The Other Woman" by Sandie Jones
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* Minor Spoilers *
Russ Green and Vivian meet and fall in love. By the end of the first page I was sure I knew where the book was going. I was sure she would die in childbirth and Russ would have to raise their daughter alone. I could not have been more wrong, but I almost wish Mr. Sparks would go back to his old cliché.
Instead the book comes off more like a Taylor Swift break-up song she writes for the sole purpose of revenge. At first Russ and Vivian are a happy newlywed couple. Very quickly their daughter London comes along and they settle into a typical middle class life with her staying home and him going off to his fancy PR job. But when he feels insecure at work he quits his job and starts his own company without getting a single client ready first. He then becomes bitter and feels insecure. Vivian gets a job with Walter Spannerman (read that as Donald Trump) and Russ is resentful. The next 7 chapters are from his point of view as he complains because he has to spend time with his daughter, taking her to her activities and doing household chores like grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and laundry. As if that is not enough he grumbles because he is not getting enough attention in the bedroom. When the couple does spend time together they bicker and snipe at each other constantly. While reading it I start feeling agitated and cranky too.
If all that is not enough the book is poorly edited. Words are missing and sentences repeat themselves. You can figure out what he was trying to say, but it feels like Mr Sparks is either just not interested in writing anymore, this book was rushed to release, or it was written as a way to get back at his wife after their divorce. I mean no disrespect to either of them, because it is horrible when any marriage ends, but this book is definitely in my top 5 worst books I have ever read
Update: Our power went out shortly after I wrote this review and the only light available was from my Kindle. I ended up reading the whole book. There is a further update in the comments section
I almost didn't finish it. Honestly, I think the story and the characters have promise, but the book feels like a draft, rather than a polished product.
For starters, there are some obvious nitty-gritty editing errors, at least in the ebook version. The book also asks for a bit more content editing, to pare down some of the passages that focus too much on the trivia of Russ' job or random memories/conversations that don't add enough to the story to justify their word count. Some of the dialogue, especially Emily's, isn't there yet. It feels too much like writing, and not enough like natural speech between characters. It's just too obvious which characters are in place to say what, in order to move Russ' character and the plot forward. These kinds of mechanics get smoothed and polished and blended in later drafts. Likewise with those little explanatory sentences, usually at the end of a paragraph, that summarize what the reader should've inferred from the preceding text.
The characters, too, needed more work. They were still mostly two-dimensional. They read as types, not as real, complex, unique individuals. Never once were we forced to challenge ourselves on what we thought of Vivian or Emily, or any of the other characters, for that matter.
Also, so much of the story was told via internal monologue, it naturally defaulted to telling vs. showing, which keeps the reader at too far a distance.
I don't doubt this could've been a sweet, engaging story. But it needed more work to get it there before it hit the prime time.