Let’s get down to business! Weekends are for family matters, right? Well, this review is all about family…
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Title: The Affair
Author: Sheryl Browne
Date of publication: August 2018
Number of pages: 351
You will think you know what happened to Alicia that night.
You will see a desperate wife, lying to her husband.
You will watch a charming lover, trying to win her back.
You will judge her, just like everyone else.
You will assume you know what happens next. But everything you think you know about the past, the relationships, what drives Alicia and her husband to lie… is wrong.
If you loved The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and The Sister, you’ll love this compelling and gripping psychological thriller from Sheryl Browne. The Affairwill have you hooked from the very first page!
‘Can secrets stay hidden forever?’
When will we ever learn that THEY NEVER STAY HIDDEN? Probably never. Let’s face it, the human brain is trained to lie. Some of us do it better than others, and some lies are bigger than the small white lies we allow our mouth to let go once in a while, but secrets are what always get us in trouble.
And trouble is what finds Alicia and Justin’s family. I know, little information here, but should I give you the slightest hint at what’s coming your way, I’d ruin the twists (of the novel and of your heart!)
With a clever and worrying prologue, the author had me hooked! Life-changing questions. A second to decide. Who are we? What are we capable of? No explanation, no result, just a million questions rushing through my head! Oh my! I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop reading until I knew what had let to such an opening!
Told through different perspective, The Affair deals with so much more than … an affair! Through carefully intertwined chapters, we discover slices of life, choices, memories, and most of all, feelings.
What do you need to know? Something happened long ago. Then you meet a nice and cute family, but Sheryl Browne makes sure you see the cracks in the picture as soon as you meet them. Why? Because those cracks will grow and gnaw at each character in the rawest way. Sit and read.
I think I have never talk to protagonists as much as I did during my time with The Affair. I was advising, whispering comforting words, getting very mad and almost shouting at people for doing what I knew they shouldn’t be doing. My heart broke more than once and I absolutely LOVED that the author managed to put the right words on emotions we go through when our world falls apart.
The Affair is like a domino game. One bad move sets a series of events in motion, sending you to the darkest places, hoping to find the light along with the characters you’ve grown attached to. Because I did get attached, and fast! It wasn’t difficult as everyone in the novel has something so human, so real, that you have no choice but to follow them to hell and back.
This book raises many questions. Parenting, responsibility, grief, guilt, everything gets muddled and tainted, the world turns grey and the author addresses uncomfortable matters. Family bounds are pulled at, and had me stop breathing, longing for the pain to stop. How come a man from the past can bring such devastation? I found myself torn between a million emotions, not knowing which side to be on, or even if there was a point in choosing a side! A whirlwind of feelings left me emotionally exhausted but with a more open mind on certain things!
Alicia and Justin are thrown in a storm. Through them, the reader gets to judge, weigh the good and bad, and receives a reminder that some things are out of control, that you can’t ever take anything for granted. But also that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Dim, maybe, but strong and possibly ground for another chance, a different life with a more solid foundation.
The Affair is an addictive read that gives lies all their strength!
Liar, Liar, life on fire.
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So why does Sheryl write in two genres? Quoting E. L. Doctorow, Sheryl says: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights…” This she thinks sums up a writer’s journey, you never quite know where you are going until you get there. You might start with an outline, but a strong character will always divert from the plot. If Sheryl’s not sure where a character is going, she simply has to trust him to show her the way. Plus, according to one reviewer, she also has a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath.