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Publisher's Summary

A husband. A wife. A mistress. And the ultimate plan for revenge....

James never intended to lead a double life; with a wife in London and a mistress in the country, it's exhausting. But that's all about to change....

Stephanie, his wife, isn't really snooping when she finds a text message from a strange woman on her husband's mobile. But now she's found it, how can she ignore it? It's time to track the woman down and find out what's going on....

Katie has no reason to believe her boyfriend, James, is cheating on her until someone claiming to be his wife gets in touch. Now she's been cast in the role of mistress. Not one she's happy with....

Once Stephanie and Katie know about each other, they must decide what to do. They could both just throw him out or they could join forces to make his life hell first; but revenge isn't always sweet. And what happens when one woman thinks enough is enough but the other doesn't know when to stop?

©2008 Jane Fallon (P)2008 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Fallon injects a smart edge into the chick-lit genre." ( In Style)

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Pretty good chic lit

I enjoyed this book right up to the last few chapters. It had a weak ending in my opinion. Good narration. Little boy character was a brat - not sure if author meant it to be that way. What 7 year old gets away with calling his mother stupid repeatedly??!

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A Monster fueled by Schadenfreude

This was another good Jane Fallon story with her usual elements of friendship, fidelity, rightful retaliation, schadenfreude (pleasure from the misfortune of another) and without being cheesy. This story closely parallels the 2014 romantic/comedy, “The Other Woman” with Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton – where the mistress and wife collude against the husband (except in the movie, there is a second mistress). In this book, a man leads a double life for over a year, splitting his time in the city and the country as a veterinarian in two different clinics. His “real” life is in the city with his wife and son and his other life is with his mistress in the country. The two women get into contact after one learns about the deception and instead of taking out their fury on each other, they plot against the husband. They devise the ultimate plan to disgrace and oust him at his 40th birthday party, but as it is months away, they make his life miserable in the meantime. However, one of them starts to take it too far and the other must decide whether to put a halt to everything or continue with the plan he deserves. The ending is satisfying and the narrator was particularly excellent with a range of realistic voices from a young and old woman to a little boy.

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Great narrator!

One of the best narrators I’ve heard. I’ll be looking for more of her books. It was a fun listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-10-18

Good Listen

I enjoyed this book but I wasn't gripped like I have been with some of her others.
performance was excellent.

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  • Pam
  • 01-19-18

Desperately short of a story

Would you try another book written by Jane Fallon or narrated by Jane Collingwood?

Absolutely not if it was based on the same weak formula. Narrator was fine

Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Fallon again?

NO

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jane Collingwood?

YEs

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

none at all.

Any additional comments?

I struggled through to the end oping it would redeem itself to no avail

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-18

Average / disappointing

A good plot generally speaking, but the execution was not great. I felt that the characters were a bit superficial and unrealistic and it ultimately just bored me.

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  • Ariana
  • 07-01-18

A bit silly

Author attempts to make reader dislike the husband then tries to get him to win the reader over again. She manages to do neither. The mistress is a drip and the wife is a bit of a doormat. All in all, the book was boring. The narrator however, kept me listening

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  • Kate
  • 06-29-18

Didn’t quite deliver

Entertaining in a light hearted way, but lost its way towards the later third of the book. Felt like a concept not quite fully developed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-29-18

Hated this one

I had to switch off half way through as one of the characters bothered me so much