My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What could possibly drive someone to have an affair? When you really sit down and think about it, you can think of many reasons and ways it could happen. If it did would you know what how you wanted to handle it? Would you end the relationship or would you stay? What about the children, the house, and anything else mutually owned? Is it really so easy to say what you would do? I think we’d all say “yes,” we’d leave, that we wouldn’t stand for our spouse having an affair. Colette Freedman makes you wonder if it really is that simple.
THE AFFIAR starts with the wife’s story and how an innocent act led to her being suspicious of an affair. After talking to friends she decides she has to find proof before she can talk to her husband about it. Kathy starts by going through his home office, his email and eventually going through his work office. Just when she thinks she’s wrong and jumping to irrational conclusions she finds the proof she’s been looking for. Kathy takes it one step further and finds a way to see it with her own eyes. We then get to see the husband’s side of the story and lastly the mistress's. At the end of THE AFFAIR we see the confrontation of wife and mistress and the way they both force the husband to sit down and talk to them so that they can decide which relationship will survive. Will he choose to stay with his wife? Will he decide his mistress is better? Will the mistress let him pick her? Does the wife even want him to stay? Can you guess what happens?
I loved how THE AFFAIR was written. At first you feel sorry for the wife, then you see the husband’s side and realize it’s not that cut and dry, but once you see the mistress’s side you are left wanting it to work out for everyone. Colette Freedman weaves a tale that forces you to see that not every story is cut and dry. Yes the husband cheated, yes the mistress knew the husband was married, but she shows that both the husband and the wife had a part in their marriage deteriorating to the point of both of them being unhappy. The only reason I couldn’t give THE AFFAIR a full 5 stars is because conversations seen from one person’s point of view are repeated, word for word, in the husband’s story or the mistress's. Not all of these conversations were short and I had trouble not skimming ahead to hear what he or she was thinking rather than rereading a conversation I’d already read once. THE AFFAIR is definitely worth reading especially if you think you KNOW what you’d do if your spouse ever cheated or even if you’re happy within your relationship.
✳✳ Copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review.
✳✳ Reviewed on I ♥ Bookie Nookie Reviews by Reviewer, Leah