Title: The Affair by Sheryl Browne
Date Published: 10th August 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller
The moment she opened her eyes, she knew everything had changed. The stale taste of alcohol; her uneasy stomach. She looked at her husband sleeping peacefully, and knew she would never tell anyone what happened last night.
You will think you know what happened to Alicia that night.
You will see a desperate wife, lying to her husband.
You will watch a charming lover, trying to win her back.
You will judge her, just like everyone else.
You will assume you know what happens next. But everything you think you know about the past, the relationships, what drives Alicia and her husband to lie… is wrong.
If you loved The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and The Sister, you’ll love this compelling and gripping psychological thriller from Sheryl Browne. The Affair will have you hooked from the very first page!
I want to thank Bookouture and NetGalley for my copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Justin and Alicia have the perfect life, he’s doctor, she’s a social worker, they have two children, Lucas is six months and Sophie is fifteen. An old work colleague of Alicia’s, Paul Radley, comes back into their lives, jealousy raises it’s ugly head and Justin suspects she’s had an affair.
A tragic accident causes their life to unravel even further, lies comes to the surface and soon their family is blown apart. Can they put the pieces back together?
I love when a novel surprises me! The Affair really is a hard novel to categorise, it’s part psychological thriller, part domestic drama and I was so emotional while reading, I even had a little cry.
This is a really character driven novel, each on with their own unique voice. Justin, before we even start the story properly, has had his mother, father and sister taken away from him after being murdered in their own home, then just when he thinks he’s got the perfect life, boom, the author throws more heart break at him. I genuinely wonder how he doesn’t just fall to pieces.
Sophie is your typical angry, hormonal teen, who I feel, as the mother of sulky teenager myself, Sheryl Browne got spot on.
Lastly there’s Alicia, who even though I know I shouldn’t really feel sorry for her, after all the lies she told, I really did which was some clever writing by Sheryl Browne.
Overall The Affair is a really powerful and suspenseful drama that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster until the very end.
I have a copy of The Babysitter, Sheryl Browne previous novel, I now can’t wait to read it!
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About The Author:
Sheryl Browne brings you powerful psychological thriller and contemporary fiction. Sheryl’s latest psychological thriller THE AFFAIR – the second of a three-book deal – comes to you from fabulous BOOKOUTURE. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and previously writing for award winning Choc Lit, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.
So why does Sheryl write in two genres? Quoting E. L. Doctorow, Sheryl says: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights…” This she thinks sums up a writer’s journey, you never quite know where you are going until you get there. You might start with an outline, but a strong character will always divert from the plot. If Sheryl’s not sure where a character is going, she simply has to trust him to show her the way. Plus, according to one reviewer, she also has a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath.