After eighteen years of marriage, Kathy Walker has settled into a pattern of comfortable routines—ferrying her two teenagers between soccer practice and piano lessons, running a film production business with her husband, Robert, and taking care of the beautiful Boston home they share. Then one day, Kathy discovers a suspicious number on her husband’s phone. Six years before, Kathy accused Robert of infidelity—a charge he vehemently denied—and almost destroyed their marriage in the process.
Now Kathy must decide whether to follow her suspicions at the risk of losing everything, or trust the man with whom she’s entwined her past, present, and future. As she grapples with that choice, she is confronted with surprising truths not just about her relationship, but about her friends, family, and her own motivations.
Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star
I actually got The Affair while shopping one day. Usually I don't just pick up a book and buy it when I am not out in a bookstore itself but something about this cover spoke to me even though the design itself is quite simple.
I am truly glad that I did decide to get it - one impulse purchase that I can honestly say I do not regret one bit! This story had me from the first page with the excellent dialogue both inner and outer. I loved how the three main characters each told their version of events for about a third of the book with everything getting tied up together at the end. I found this was a great way to tell a difficult story because there are always many sides to a story after all.
This novel was very heartfelt and difficult to read at times because I could imagine each person's point of view so intensely that I would get caught up in the emotion, no matter who was narrating at the time. This doesn't often happen as one character usually sticks out in a story for me to empathize with, but the writing in this book was so utterly gripping that I felt that I could even identify somewhat with the husband though I am sure in real life I would have been very upset at him.
I literally had trouble putting this book down. The Affair was the best of what I deem "true fiction" - a story that could happen in real life, almost a story a friend would tell you.
Thank you to Kensington for our review copy. All opinions are our own.
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