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.
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
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.
"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
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.
"like comfort food..."
Found it to be a relaxing and exciting read. One that any 40 something woman could appreciate. Well worth the read.
"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.
"Not a Thriller/Mystery"
This would best be suited for someone who likes romance books.
Probably not, the concept sounded great, but it just fell short.
This narrator just sounded like a kindergarten teacher. It would have been better to have someone with a bit more personality.
The book wasn't bad, the problem I had was with the narration.
"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.
A story with great bones. What started out a great story and seemed to keep a good pace, just ended poorly.
"An unexpected surprise."
Finally, a story that didn't give away the ending. I loved the way each chapter was titled either Before or After and allowed you to follow the story in the present and past. A truly realistic view of how she sees herself through someone else's eyes and becomes that person, and finally finds her true self by looking deep within herself without letting others influence her.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the story the narration, and the characters.
"Easy listen, story was okay."
This was a good book to pass the time. The writing was decent and the story simple. There was very little character development for any other character other than Evelyn. Evelyn went on a journey and we experienced her emotions and thoughts from before and after a monumental event in her life. It is not a book I would read again, but it wasn't a terrible story either.
The story. I'm sorry, but it simply gave me nothing.
The story should have lead up to something. Since the time frame doesn't change . . . what is the 'before' .... and 'after?' Before and after what? That is really unclear. The ending is very unsatisfying. There's very little conflict . . . or mystery. Who pays for what happens to the girl? Nobody.
Yes. The male characters should be more believable.
No, I don't. I would ask, what's to follow up? It left me not needing or wanting to know any more about Evelyn.
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