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{January 21, 2012}   {Review} The Mistress’s Revenge by Tamar Cohen

From Goodreads: There’s a fine line between love and hate.

For five years, Sally and Clive have been lost in a passionate affair. Now he has dumped her to devote himself to his wife and family, and Sally is left in freefall.

It starts with a casual stroll past his house, and popping into the brasserie where his son works. Then Sally starts following Clive’s wife and daughter on Facebook. But that’s alright, isn’t it? These are perfectly normal things to do. Aren’t they?

Not since Fatal Attraction has the fallout from an illicit affair been exposed in such a sharp, darkly funny, and disturbing way: The Mistress’s Revenge is a truly exciting fiction debut. After all, who doesn’t know an otherwise sane woman who has gone a little crazy when her heart was broken?

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Aside from being interesting because it has “fatal attraction” qualities, this novel really pulled me in through the use of the second person point of view.  I can’t remember ever reading any fiction novels that truly evoke this point of view, and I became extremely excited when I realized that this book was different from anything I’ve ever read before. 

Sally Islip is keeping a journal about her life after her former lover, Clive Gooding, leaves her by the wayside, concluding a five-year, passionate affair.  Although the journal is about Sally’s daily activities, these journals are written to “you,” (Clive) creating an intense look into the past and present relationship of Sally and her former lover as Sally  obsessively attempts to get over “you.”  However, her words and attempts are much more scornful that she lets on.  Sally is indeed an angry woman; her life is all but ruined once the affair ends, and she spends her days stalking “you” until the very last page. 

Who will have the last laugh?  This is an intense read that really pulled me into the story once I realized what was happening and the storyline picked up.  I found the beginning of the novel to be a bit boring, as it had to set up the background and Sally seems like a very fickle, sad character.  But, as we learn just who “you” actually is, and Sally records the phone calls, facebook messages, dinner parties, etc. in her journal, the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together at an alarming rate, sucking the reader into the story and not releasing it’s hold until the very last page.  This is a story of meeting one’s comeuppance.  This is a story of revenge.  But, whether or not it’s sweet revenge or bittersweet is up to you.  I highly suggest reading this novel.  Four stars.

I won a copy of this novel from Goodreads First Reads.

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This book sounds great. I’m sure I’d enjoy it.



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