Friday, June 3, 2011

Book Review: The Mistress's Revenge by Tamar Cohen

The Mistress's Revenge 
Author: Tamar Cohen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Free Press
Paperback: 288 pages 
Published: June 7, 2011

Amazon Summary: 

"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?"

My thoughts:
This book was shocking, thrilling and just plain crazy. I stayed up until 4am reading because I HAD to know how it ended. I'ts been quite awhile since that's happened (You know I love my sleep!). 

The story is told in journal entry format. Sally starts a journal at the suggestion of her therapist. The journal entries are basically letters to Clive. Sally and her partner Daniel, have been casual friends of Clive (Sally's lover) and Susan (his wife), for quite a few years. After Sally & Clive's breakup, Sally is quick to befriend Susan and opportunistically insert herself into (read stalk) his family. 

As the book progresses and Sally completely unwinds the journal entries get more maniacal and desperate (ahhhh Love it!). She embodies the phrase "descent into madness" perfectly. I felt every emotion right along with Sally and felt that I was being dragged through her hellish situation. I really enjoyed the first person voice in this novel, I think that it would have been a completely different book without it. 

There were only two minor complaints I had with the book. First of all, It was set in England (I've read a lot of English authors and usually have no problems with the translation of their slang), but sometimes the words and settings she chose weren't the easiest to decipher. So the ideas in a few of the paragraphs were a little....muddy for me. Secondly, Sally's extreme lack of any type of care, love or even concern towards her kids made me nauseous. Yes, I literally felt sick for her children. She would obsessively sit in her room and check her email over and over and over and over, completely forgetting about her children. 

The ENDING! Ahhh! The ending! Clive is such....scum. I didn't really understand this ending, Is it partly true? Is it not? Loosely based on reality? Someone tell me!  The twist at the end left me shocked! I was actually very pleased with most of the ending,  (not to be cliche) but you'll never guess what happens.

This book was a relationship thriller (Is that a genre? It should be!).  Someone please point me in the direction of more of her books, or books just like this! I couldn't put it down! 

*Also for the YA/ Clean readers this is an adult book. There is a some sex and lots and lots of prescription drugs, drinking and bad parenting in this book. 

Judge a Book By It's Cover:  I would have chosen a different title for this book, it makes it sound like a cheesy romance novel, when it's ANYTHING but that. But the cover is gorgeous. I love the dried roses.

  5 Stars! 

*Disclosure: I received an Advanced Reader Copy courtesy of Simon & Schuster's Galley Grab program. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The links in this review are not affiliate links.



  1. I have an advanced copy of this one also. I love the idea of a book about the revenge but I am struggling through it a little. I'm still towards the beginning but it's slow going. BUT if it's as good as you say it is then I should get my bum moving and read it already. :)

  2. I am sold, this sounds great, thriller is my favourite genre and emotional adult fiction my 2nd, great review.

  3. This sounds sooo interesting. I have never read anything like this before and I am sorely tempted. Fab review!

  4. I love a book that keeps you up - thanks for the review.

    Stopping by from Cym's Book Party.

    I am having a Father's Day giveaway on my blog if you would like to stop by.

    Hope you can visit.


  5. This sounds like a great read. I INSTANTLY thought "Fatal Attraction" when I started reading the synopsis. I love how clear you were about how you felt about the book, what you liked and what you didn't, and I always think people appreciate content warnings when necessary.