Book Review: The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

Image result for the other woman bookThe Other Woman by Sandie Jones
Release Date: August 21, 2018
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages: 304 pages
Source: NetGalley

Description from GoodReads: “A deliciously disturbing, compulsively readable debut domestic suspense--prepare to meet The Other Woman: there’s nothing she won’t do to keep you away from her son ...

Emily thinks Adam’s perfect; the man she thought she’d never meet. But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

The Other Woman is an addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between Emily, her boyfriend Adam, and his manipulative mother Pammie.”

First of all, this book is super frustrating!  And it’s supposed to be.  Did you ever watch "Anger Management?"  This book was like that.  It will give you serious are you kidding me???? anxiety!  It will keep you flipping pages and throwing it across the room in frustration! Ha!  But in the end, I just didn’t get it.  I wasn’t a big fan of the ending and I wasn’t a fan of the main relationship of the book.  Emily and Adam – I just didn’t get it.  She was going through all this stuff with the mother and I’m like for what??? Just cut and run girl!  There are other fish in the sea!

Emily loves Adam.  (Again why?  Because he’s gorgeous?  Seriously girl, it's not worth it.)  But his mother Pammie has it out for her.  She is like Marie in “Everybody Loves Raymond” except for a million times worse, tearing Emily down any way she can.  Lies, manipulation, deceit… But in the end who will win?

To be fair, I had super high expectations going in because all the reviews I read before built this book up super high, so it could be that that’s why I was slightly disappointed?  Even though my favorite books are mysteries and thrillers – and I like ‘em dark and twisty :-P – I am a sentimentalist at heart and I want a love story.  Like it can be a super sadistic and twisted obsessive love story - Hello!  I LOVE Gone Girl and also loved the new J.P. Delaney: Believe Me.  But I get those!  Love will make you do some crazy stupid stuff ya’ll.   But the “love” story was central to this book and it didn’t make sense to me. 

It was still a quick, suspensful read and the writing style was very readable.  I liked the book as I read it but I was just so frustrated by the points mentioned above I couldn’t move past it.

Entertainment Value: 3.5
Characters: 3
Voice: 3-4
Plot: 3
Overall: 3 stars

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review!
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