Friday 26 October 2018

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones Book Review

It's time for another book review! My last one was This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay and today I have something very different to that, a thriller - The Other Woman by Sandie Jones.
The Other Woman book in front of candles, autumn props
When Emily meets Adam she knows he is the one. That together they can deal with anything that is thrown at them. But lurking in the shadows is another woman, Pammie. Emily chose Adam, but she didn't choose his mother. There's nothing a mother wouldn't do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants...

My review

I was so excited to read this book. As soon as I saw it on Amazon and read a little more about it, I ordered it - it just seemed like another book that was going to have me gripped and offer lots of twists and turns throughout. The first thing I liked about this book which might sound a bit silly is that it was all told from Emily's point of view apart from the very beginning and the very end. A lot of the books I've read recently have had at least a two person narrative or have moved from one year to another and back again, and whilst sometimes that's brilliant and really allows you to get to know more than one character or build up a clear backstory, if it's not done well it can be so confusing and it becomes a task to get through. 

We do start this off with Pammie but it's very short, she's watching Emily try on a wedding dress and she tells us she won't be letting the wedding go ahead. We then go straight into Emily's point of view and we find out pretty quickly that Adam, her new boyfriend and his whole family aren't all that seem in very different ways. You assume Pammie is this over the top, controlling woman who just can't let her son go and you assume Adam is this lovely, caring man,a perfect match for Emily but it's really not that simple. Why is Pammie the way she is? Is she purposely trying to push Emily away? I asked myself so many questions throughout this book and even from the beginning I definitely didn't think it would be as clear cut as this overbearing mother just taking a dislike to Emily. 

I do think Sandie Jones has written this really well in that you feel such a range of emotions when reading this, or at least I did. There were times I felt full of suspense not knowing what the next twist would be and other times I felt sympathy for characters I never expected to, from the first page I was desperate to know how it was going to end. That being said, I do think the twist ends up being quite easy to figure out.

Within a few chapters, I had it sussed and I was just waiting then for this big reveal to happen therefore when it did come, it was a little disappointing. I don't know if I was just straight away overthinking and looking too deep into things which is why I figured it out or if it's the way it was written that makes it quite obvious early on who the real problem is going to be. This did mean for me that the ending was quite flat and I didn't feel there was a major wow moment. You do still find yourself one minute suspecting one person for something and the next minute suspecting someone else and question, actually have I really got this right or is there going to be more? but I just feel overall you know it's not going to be as simple as the mother in law being this big bad person and that just being the end of it. I just feel very mixed about this book though as there were parts of it that were brilliant - it's very well written, I liked how certain other relationships were brought into the story rather than just Emily and Adam and it's just such an easy read.

I wouldn't say it's quite on the level that The Sisters was for me but in my opinion it was better than Never Let Me Go, two other thrillers I've read this year which have similar reveals later on in the book. I'd love to know if you've read this too and if you felt the same? or if you have any book recommendations?

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