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Publisher's Summary

Evelyn Tester is sleepwalking through her suburban life - until a late-night phone call startles her awake. Her husband, a prestigious psychiatrist, has been in an accident. And he isn't alone.

Suddenly Evelyn's world isn't as tidy as she thought. And in the midst of it all is Juliette, not only her husband's secret lover but also his patient. If news of the affair were to get out, it would ruin more than just Evelyn's marriage. Although it's a bitter pill for Evelyn to swallow, protecting her family means staying silent - even if, as she begins to discover, the night of the accident has consequences far more dangerous than the unmasking of an affair.

But the more Evelyn learns about Juliette's picture-perfect life - complete with a handsome, unsuspecting husband - the more she yearns for revenge...and satisfaction. Her growing obsession fuels her rage, burning away her complacency. What will be left of her after it flames out?

©2016 Victoria Helen Stone. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Self pitying schlock

First world pampered selfish woman self-obsessed wallowing in her victim-hood. Omg she needs to go and work in the Peace Corps or something. So badly written too. Can't believe I wasted time on this

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emotional drama

I thought this was about a murder, but it's all about an affair. if you like that kind of stuff the narrator is good . personally, it's not my taste.

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like comfort food...

Found it to be a relaxing and exciting read. One that any 40 something woman could appreciate. Well worth the read.

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Not a Thriller/Mystery

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This would best be suited for someone who likes romance books.

Would you be willing to try another book from Victoria Helen Stone? Why or why not?

Probably not, the concept sounded great, but it just fell short.

How could the performance have been better?

This narrator just sounded like a kindergarten teacher. It would have been better to have someone with a bit more personality.

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

The book wasn't bad, the problem I had was with the narration.

Any additional comments?

No

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Mixed...

I started off commiserating with Evelyn, but it grew distasteful the way she was more focused on revenge on Juliette than justice for a dead girl. She seemed progressively psychotic in her reasonings. Not only that, but she was so distant from her son, like they lived in 2 different worlds, like 2 ships passing in the night. She mentioned him in such fleeting terms that it cemented her selfishness, even though I understood that she was in pain.

But really, her husband was a sociopath.

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Keeps you guessing

This is my first book by Victoria Stone. From the first chapter, I was hooked. A successful psychiatrist finds himself at the mercy of his wife after being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Two couples who do not know each other find themselves forever entangled as lies and deceit weaves its way through their lives. Compounded with a suspiciously death and you have a great book.

It moves graciously from present to past but you can easily follow as their are not that many subjects in the story.

I did not however like the end of the book. All this suspense has been laid out and you think the end will be thrilling. But it just kinds slows down and mentions how everyone's life moved all. There could have been a huge dramatic ending, but maybe the writer lost interest. I was disappointed.

All in all I would recommend it.

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Psychological maybe, but definitely not a thriller

The concept for this book was probably the best part.
To begin with , I didn't like the narration (a bit like having a sex book read by someone use to reading nursery rhymes) and halfway through I wasn't even sure I could finish (but not because of the narrator) . Although it did have some redeeming qualities toward the end, I definitely did NOT like the protagonist, and can't really recommend this book... especially if you are looking for a psychological thriller... it is definitely not that.

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Not a good read

Too much sex. Not enough story line. Same dialog over and over Couldn't make myself finish it.

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Not as great as I hoped

I actually grew bored of the story. Even tried to read it myself thinking I would get more involved but I was glad when it was over.

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Evelyn after

This is a very intriguing book gives insight in the hurt of an affair and also the consequences of seeking out the truth.

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  • Ann D
  • 12-15-16

Good, relaxing read.

Any additional comments?

It's true, as other reviewers have highlighted, that this is not really a thriller. It is however an absorbing, enjoyable read/listen. My favourite genre is modern crime fiction. Sometimes I need a break from the violence, death and misery, but I don't like the cookie cutter stuff thta has become known as 'chic lit', so it can be difficult to find a lighter read in fiction. This fits the bill nicely. It is not alltogether light, but aside from the consequences of an accident which we view from afar, there is no death or violence. There is marital discord, despair, frustration, anger, jealousy, lust, sex and regret. If you like stories focused on relationships, this may be for you. It also has a nice twist toward the end.

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  • scoots
  • 09-05-17

A good read

I really enjoyed this book, particularly the 'what if's' that it conjures up in your mind. A good coming of middle age book, and enjoyable summer read.