The Mistress’s Revenge: A Novel by Tamar Cohen is one strange book. It was well-written, but totally different from what I was expecting. The Mistress’s Revenge is the “journal” of a woman who was just dumped by her married lover after a five-year affair.
At first, you get the idea that this “poor woman” was strung along by the this horrible man. Then you start to realize that the woman isn’t so wonderful herself, and the man is even more horrible than you first believed. The ending was a total surprise and this is absolutely NOT a book you want to “cheat” on and read the ending first. (Do people really do that? It would drive me crazy to already know the ending. I can’t even stand to read series books out of order.)
This book was hard to put down. It’s one of those train-wreck things. I just had to keep reading to find out how much worse it was going to get. Not the writing; that was great. I’m talking about the downward spiral into delusion and insanity by the main character. Wow.
The description of this book says it’s “fiery, passionate, engrossing, unsettling, manipulative, and graphic.” I’m not sure it’s fiery, passionate or terribly graphic, but it is good in a Fatal Attraction-minus-the-bunny kind of way.
My only complaint is that it takes place in England, so there were several words I had to look up. How did people read international books before the internet?
Content warning: This book contains explicit language and one (maybe two, I can’t remember) sex scenes. Not romance-novel sex scenes; more like drunken one-night stand scenarios. It ain’t pretty.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.