Book Review – The Affair by Colette Freedman

April 19, 2013

in Books

the affair

The Affair by Colette Freedman is a story in three parts. After 18 years of marriage, Kathy suspects her husband is having an affair.

She is right.

Part 1 of the book tells Kathy's story. I think all women who have ever been in a long term relationship can relate to Kathy. She asks tough questions that we never want to face like what will she do? Will she stay or will she go? She really takes a hard look at her marriage and her life. By the end of this section, your heart is broken for Kathy.

Part 2 of the book tells the husband's side of the story. Robert is easy to dislike. He is a vain workaholic who cheats on his wife. But there is a lot of humanity there too. He isn't just a one dimensional bad guy. He has depth and seeing the story from both sides is fascinating and draws you in even further.

Part 3 is the same story, but from the mistress' perspective. As much as I tried, I just couldn't hate Stephanie. I really wanted to, but her strength and her desire to be loved made her too easy to identify with.

This is a great story and each section adds so many new layers to what happens.

My only real complaint about the book is that the dialogue in each version is identical. I would expect that three different people would hear the dialogue differently.

Colette Freedman has said that a follow up is coming soon and begins just minutes after this book ends. I will be reading that one!

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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