Book Review – The Affair – Sheryl Browne

Book Review – The Affair – Sheryl BrowneThe Affair by Sheryl Browne
Published by Bookouture on August 10, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Psychological, Suspense
Pages: 383
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

Ok, this was not what I expected, although I wasn’t disappointed. 

The Affair started with a bang and it really didn’t slow down or stop, which made for a very quick, gripping read.

Each chapter spoke from a different character’s perspective, which was interesting and could have been why it felt so fast paced. I haven’t seen this before….usually it’s one or two characters, but I really liked that we heard from most of the characters in the book. I will say that didn’t feel particularly attached to any of the characters and perhaps because we heard snippets from all of them my attachment to any one of them was minimal.

My initial feelings about the characters, their motivations and drivers, were correct. The book wasn’t overly twisty or turny (professional literary speak right there)  in my view…but perhaps this is because I guessed several of the outcomes. Again, this is not a bad thing. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

I’ll be honest, I was expecting more affair and less thriller, but the book is so much more a thriller and very much focused on family. It was a surprise. I liked the relationship between Justin and Alicia very much because despite any difficult situations and misunderstandings – they really loved each other.

He was always attentive in that way, making sure she was safe.

The theme of safety crops up throughout the book and the importance of family is emphasised. Justin is a very admirable character in this respect.

The events occur so quickly in this book that I think it would be hard not to enjoy for most readers.

Synopsis

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.

About Sheryl Browne

I’m a member of the Crime Writers’ Association, the Romantic Novelists’ Association and I have several books published, along with two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies where I completed my MA in Creative Writing, finally. It took me some while. Please see above. Undertaking my MA was something I’d put off due to life commitments, as we sometimes have to. When I managed to make the time, I had to summon up a huge amount of courage to walk through those university doors. What if I failed? Where was my confidence? Well, the road to publication being paved with rejection letters, as it sometimes is, my confidence wasn’t much in evidence. The MA course didn’t offer any magical solutions to my writing dilemmas but it did expand my knowledge and confirm my belief that, no matter how bumpy the road, I needed to continue to write. To quote the title of one of the university anthologies, “I am a writer, therefore I am”. I wouldn’t know how to be any other way. I’ve also recently completed a forensics course which I undertook as necessary fuel for my thriller writing. I’m relieved to say I passed that with flying colours and found it totally inspiring, which brings me to a question I’m often asked: What gives you inspiration for your books?

The short answer is people, and the whole gamut of emotion that comes with them. I’ve always been fascinated by what shapes people and whatever genre I write in I like to strip away the layers and, hopefully, share with readers a little of what lies beneath the surface. A writer’s mind thrives on exploration. Every scenario, every place, every face tells a story. I see people as not all good or all bad, more opposite sides of the same spectrum with some crossover in between. I can’t resist exploring what might push someone over the line. I hope you will continue to join me on my journey.

About Sheryl Browne

I’m a member of the Crime Writers’ Association, the Romantic Novelists’ Association and I have several books published, along with two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies where I completed my MA in Creative Writing, finally. It took me some while. Please see above. Undertaking my MA was something I’d put off due to life commitments, as we sometimes have to. When I managed to make the time, I had to summon up a huge amount of courage to walk through those university doors. What if I failed? Where was my confidence? Well, the road to publication being paved with rejection letters, as it sometimes is, my confidence wasn’t much in evidence. The MA course didn’t offer any magical solutions to my writing dilemmas but it did expand my knowledge and confirm my belief that, no matter how bumpy the road, I needed to continue to write. To quote the title of one of the university anthologies, “I am a writer, therefore I am”. I wouldn’t know how to be any other way. I’ve also recently completed a forensics course which I undertook as necessary fuel for my thriller writing. I’m relieved to say I passed that with flying colours and found it totally inspiring, which brings me to a question I’m often asked: What gives you inspiration for your books?

The short answer is people, and the whole gamut of emotion that comes with them. I’ve always been fascinated by what shapes people and whatever genre I write in I like to strip away the layers and, hopefully, share with readers a little of what lies beneath the surface. A writer’s mind thrives on exploration. Every scenario, every place, every face tells a story. I see people as not all good or all bad, more opposite sides of the same spectrum with some crossover in between. I can’t resist exploring what might push someone over the line. I hope you will continue to join me on my journey.

2 B Read….

What is a TBR List? 

It is a term I only learnt about since starting my blog (and reading other wonderful book blogs) but it’s something every enthusiastic reader has – a To Be Read list.

Some people like to write their list of next reads down, others will keep a TBR list on Goodreads, or keep a pile of physical books they are going to work through.

My TBR list is mostly in my head and if I want to keep a track of recommended books, I make a note of the title and author in my Notes app on my phone.  After my dismal efforts at my Goodreads reading challenge, I decided I need to have a reading plan moving forward. I need to be excited about the books I am going to read and carefully select them.

I’m currently reading Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage. I’m half way through and already excited to tell you all about it (will review as soon as I’m done) it’s unlike anything I’ve read recently and pretty dark…but you know, that’s my thing.

I put this list together from books I have yet to read on my kindle, a couple of picks from the NY Times Best Seller List and a couple of recommendations from friends and other blogs. I noticed a slight theme…books which have now been adapted into tv shows. I enjoyed the tv shows, so I’m convinced I will love the books too. I do prefer the thriller genre but I tried to mix it up and be realistic – sometimes even I get bored with just reading thrillers.

My TBR List…in no particular order

 

hillhouse

                           The Haunting of Hill House   – Shirley Jackson

I have just watched this series by the same name on Netflix and I loved it. From what I’ve heard the book is quite different, but I don’t mind that. I read on Twitter that even Stephen King is satisfied with this adaptation from book to screen and that is enough for me to give the book a read. Classics are not lost on me and I’m never afraid to go back in time and find a gem. I’m a firm believer in mixing old with new.

 

nineteenminutes

 

Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult 

I never used to be a fan of Jodi Picoult’s books, after attempting one and failing miserably to be engrossed, or interested and then I recently read The Pact after a friend recommended it. I enjoyed it so much and read it easily and quickly. The same friend advised me to read Nineteen Minutes and admittedly, it is a topic I’m very interested in. Wow, that sounded creepy, but it is about a school shooting and I have read a few books about this topic. Columbine by Dave Cullen being one of them, which was a heartbreaking, but fantastic read. I’m prepared to be moved and challenged. I’m ok with that.

 

sharpobjects

Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

Another series I enjoyed very much on TV by the same name. I really can’t get enough of some tv shows or movies and when I read the book…there is so much more depth there. More of the characters I loved. They are more developed and there are nuances that may not be depicted in the show or movie. That is what I’m hoping to get out of this book. More of everything I loved about the TV show. Of course I’ve read Gone Girl and I enjoyed it (even if I did feel it was a little hyped up). I have high hopes for this one.

 

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The Affair – Sheryl Browne

This one has been sitting in my kindle just begging to be read and I’m quite excited about it. There is nothing like a thriller mixed with a scandal. It’s like the best, juiciest gossip you can have with a very close friend.  It’s rated 4 stars on Goodreads and I’m convinced. Fingers Crossed it lives up to my expectations. I haven’t read any books by Sheryl Browne previously and if I love it, I’ll be excited to research a brand new author.

 

Ok, folks, that’s it for now. I’m keeping the list short and sweet because I want to actually accomplish it and be able to give you some GREAT reviews and recommendations. Please let me know in the comments if you have read any of these and were impressed or let me know what’s on your TBR list… I’m open to recommendations.