Monday, November 15, 2021

Book Review: The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

Title: The Other Woman
Author: Sandie Jones
Publication Date: March 29, 2018
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages: 304
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Emily thinks Adam's perfect; the man she thought she'd never meet. But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

The Other Woman is an addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between Emily, her boyfriend Adam, and his manipulative mother Pammie.

When Emily found her perfect man, Adam, she couldn’t believe her luck! She’d never felt this way about someone before and never thought she could. That is until she met his mother, Pammie. Pammie took the term “monster-in-law” to a whole other level. Pammie did everything she could to break up Emily and Adam. There was only room for one woman in life: her. In my opinion, no man, perfect or otherwise is worth dealing with a monster-in-law but Emily was determined to hold on to her man. A man who, in my opinion, wasn’t worth holding on to because he treated her terribly. Even in an imagined world I can’t see how any woman would choose him. Emily was also extremely attracted to Adam’s brother, James. The whole family was cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, but it made for a thrilling ride.

This was a REALLY good, unexpected, fast-paced psychological and domestic thriller. I loved the story, but I did not like any of these characters. I pretty much hated each one. I found it extremely difficult to care about the main character but that’s just because I found her whiny and annoying. However, the characters did feel real to me. So real that I ended up throwing this book across my room a few times. This book definitely kept me guessing and it had some twists I didn’t see coming. My favorite part of this book was the climax because it had one of those twists that makes you want to reread the book with your new knowledge. This was a suspenseful page-turner that actually gave me palpitations.

As mentioned earlier, what I hated about this book was the characters, especially Emily. She was this desperate, unintelligent, whiny, annoying, pick-me woman and I loathed her. That is my most hated character trope ever. However, the twist and the story themselves were SO good that my hatred of Emily still made this book a definite five-star rating for me. I know that some people like to know as much as possible about a book before they read it, but this is one of those books you just have to go into blind! I’m even planning to read it again sometime next year when I’ve had time for my brain to forget the little things in the book.