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Review: The Affair by Sheryl Browne

I’ve been in my new job, new state, new city, and new routine for about a month! So far, I’m loving exploring a new city, trying new restaurants, and planning fun, weekend getaways–to seaside towns and to the mountains for a quick hiking trip! The hardest part has definitely been the social aspect; making adult friends is h.a.r.d. In grad school, I had an built-in group of peers that were in my program; we hung out socially, we worked together, and had class together. Here, I’m definitely making connections with my The Affaircoworkers, which is awesome; there are already a few that I can hang out with for a bit in between meetings and I don’t feel like the awkward new girl. At least I have my books and Bibliophile’s Binge to distract me as I still try to get settled in.

The Affair by Sheryl Browne was the last book I finished during last month’s #24in28readathon. Alicia, the mother in the book’s central family of characters, has a secret that seems to be hanging over her; that stress is only intensified when their infant son is killed in a car crash, an old friend mysteriously comes to the funeral, her husband starts to become distant and suspicious, and her teenage daughter starts acting distant and moody. Honestly, it’s hard to even provide a synopsis because so much happens. So, thanks to Goodreads…

You trusted her. You shouldn’t have. Alicia’s been telling lies. And now they’ve come back to haunt her.

When an old colleague turns up at a party, Alicia comes face to face with the man who has the potential to ruin her perfect family life. He wouldn’t, would he?

In order to keep her secrets, Alicia has to tell yet more lies and when a devastating car accident makes the situation even more dangerous, it’s only a matter of time before everything falls apart. Can secrets really stay hidden forever?

I feel like this book is trying to do the most and failing. You have a wife with a secret, an old friend who seems a bit off, a jealous and suspecting husband, a teenage daughter with a flair for the dramatic, an aunt who seems suspicious, and a tragic car accident that results in the loss of their infant son. I just felt like this book was pulling me in fifty different directions and, for a quick read, tried to focus on too many things, too many secrets, and too many plot points.

The Affair started off rather slow; again, because of all the different elements, I wasn’t quite sure what was going to be the focal point of the story. And, because of the slow pacing, it was hard to connect to the characters or get really invested in the story. Once it picked up–maybe halfway through the book–it moved along rather quickly. It wrapped up nicely, if not unrealistically, and I felt a sense of closure. It wasn’t the most satisfying or dynamic ending, but it was still a decent read for a rainy afternoon. The Affair will be released on August 10th, so you still have a bit of time if you’re interested in pre-ordering! (And it’s only $2.99 on Kindle!)

Rating: 3/5

Best binged with: a chilled glass of chardonnay. 

[I received a digital, advanced reading copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.]

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