Tuesday, June 14, 2011 Posted by Dina N
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?
The Mistress's Revenge tells the story of one extramarital affair - after it's all over. Or is it? The book is narrated by Sally, the mistress, whose life unravels with quiet inevitability after her married lover ends their relationship. Although Sally has a family of her own, to her any existence outside of the affair seems empty and pointless. She sinks deeper and deeper into despair, depression, and pain. Sally feels abandoned, betrayed, and alone, neglecting her children, her partner, and herself. She becomes obsessed with her ex and his family. Unlike her, the ex seems perfectly content and untroubled by their long history. Then odd things start happening, and Sally, who thinks she's lost everything that matters to her, discovers there's yet more to lose.
Ms. Cohen writes with a deep understanding of the troubled mind. Sally's character is quite convincing in her mad obsession. The plot has its twists and turns, and the ending is somewhat unexpected yet justice is served.
The Mistress's Revenge is new this month from Free Press.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.