The Last Affair
Love may be blind, but obsession's a real killer.Nora Holliday is not that kind of woman. Not the kind who has an illicit affair with a married man. But Josh Landon is everything Nora's alcoholic husband isn't. And now she and Josh are so infatuated, they can't stay away from one another.Abby Landon, Josh's daughter, is home from college nursing a broken heart. She's seeking solace, not more scandal, so when she catches her dad kissing Nora, she vows to take the homewrecker down.And as for Abby's mother and Josh's wife, Gwen? To anyone on the outside looking in, the mother of two appears to be living the ideal suburban life.Until she winds up dead.The serene seaside town of Shoreham has always been the perfect place to raise a family--not somewhere housewives are brutally murdered. So who killed Gwen Landon, and how many twisted secrets will be exposed as the vindictive plot comes undone?

The Last Affair Details

TitleThe Last Affair
Author
ReleaseNov 26th, 2019
PublisherMira Books
ISBN-139780778309222
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery Thriller, Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Thriller

The Last Affair Review

  • Dita
    January 1, 1970
    Holy crap! This book grabbed me from page one, where a grisly murder takes place, and did not let up for one single second until the very end when I found out which of several characters in this crazy, juicy thriller did the deed.I zoomed through this one like it was my job and hated it when I had to set it down. Thank you to Margot Hunt, HARLEQUIN - MIRA (U.S. and Canada), and NetGalley for giving me a widget for this book.
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  • Norma * Traveling Sister and proud Grandma!!!
    January 1, 1970
    Mindless fun, juicy unlikeable characters, & wickedly entertaining!THE LAST AFFAIR by MARGOT HUNT is an interesting, easy to read, easy-going, thrilling and fast-paced story that immediately piqued my interest and thoroughly entertained me. THE LAST AFFAIR has an awesome opening scene! I have quite the fondness and love for when an author opens up her story to a revealing, horrific and ghastly murder scene, allowing us to be pretty much privy to who the victim is right at the very beginning. Mindless fun, juicy unlikeable characters, & wickedly entertaining!THE LAST AFFAIR by MARGOT HUNT is an interesting, easy to read, easy-going, thrilling and fast-paced story that immediately piqued my interest and thoroughly entertained me. THE LAST AFFAIR has an awesome opening scene! I have quite the fondness and love for when an author opens up her story to a revealing, horrific and ghastly murder scene, allowing us to be pretty much privy to who the victim is right at the very beginning. This technique definitely keeps me intrigued, my curiosity piqued, and turning those pages as fast as I possibly can right to the very end. I love being right dab in the centre of all the action as I’m trying to piece all those clues together of who those shocking and juicy suspects might be.I wouldn’t necessarily say that there was anything new on the table here though but the character dynamics and antics had quite the unique spin to it that definitely gripped and thrilled me. I might have done some gasping and shaking my head numerous times at these characters. This was a Traveling Sister read that I read along with Brenda and Lindsay @lindsaytravelingsister - we all thought it was a fun and enjoyable book. Thank you so much to HarperCollins Canada for gifting me a copy of this book. It was an enjoyable reading experience that I was thoroughly entertained with. Expected Publication Date: November 26, 2019Norma’s Stats:Cover: An effective and fitting representation to storyline that depicts the storyline extremely well and really allows us to experience this story as if we were sneakily peeking in just like the cover suggests. Title: I wasn’t all that drawn to the title of this book as it just appeared to be another one of those “affair” stories. Boy was I wrong!Writing/Prose: Easy to follow, well-written, entertaining, immersive, and gripping. Plot: Engrossing, interesting, suspenseful, soapy, gripping, scandalous, fast-paced, and entertaining.Ending: I wasn’t completely in the dark but let me tell you that ending was totally awesome and I loved how it all played out. I might have found it a little off-putting though - the extreme end but regardless the author did a great job wrapping this one up. Overall: Would absolutely recommend if you are looking for an easy-going, relaxed, and mild domestic thriller to spend some time with. This was the perfect read for me while recovering from surgery. It definitely was a great escape and mellowed out some of the pain that I was feeling. Thank you so much to Margot Hunt for making me forget just a little bit!This review along with Lindsay & Brenda's can also be seen at Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog:https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    I was super excited to read Margot Hunt's latest because I so enjoyed her last, For Better Or Worse. BUT, this one was just okay for me.We have some unlikeable characters and it took a while for me to really get into the story line. There is some drama and a twisted love triangle that some may enjoy, but pretty middle of the road for me. Nothing that really shocked/surprised me or stood out as something original. Believe me, I kept waiting.....Also, wasn't a big fan of how it ended. I do enjoy I was super excited to read Margot Hunt's latest because I so enjoyed her last, For Better Or Worse. BUT, this one was just okay for me.We have some unlikeable characters and it took a while for me to really get into the story line. There is some drama and a twisted love triangle that some may enjoy, but pretty middle of the road for me. Nothing that really shocked/surprised me or stood out as something original. Believe me, I kept waiting.....Also, wasn't a big fan of how it ended. I do enjoy this author and her writing style. She has a way of keeping you engaged to find out how things will end (even though I wasn't thrilled with this one.) I do look forward to her next. Thanks to the Publisher for my early review copy. OUT November 26,2019
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  • Brenda -Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsThe Last Affair starts off with quite the bang with that opening line and scene. I knew I was going to be entertained by Margot Hunt’s writing and I was from beginning to end.Margot Hunt takes your typical affair and turns into a fun story here by adding some sass and spunk to the writing and the unlikeable characters you love to hate.The pace is easy and quick, with just the right amount of drama to the story to move it forward for me. The dynamics between the characters are engaging, 3.5 StarsThe Last Affair starts off with quite the bang with that opening line and scene. I knew I was going to be entertained by Margot Hunt’s writing and I was from beginning to end.Margot Hunt takes your typical affair and turns into a fun story here by adding some sass and spunk to the writing and the unlikeable characters you love to hate.The pace is easy and quick, with just the right amount of drama to the story to move it forward for me. The dynamics between the characters are engaging, and I found myself drawn into the drama by silently yelling at the characters. The ending came together well for me as I started to piece together who left “the woman’s blood-covered body splayed facedown in the grass”, in this “typical upscale Floridian backyard.”I received a copy from the publisher
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    **4.5-stars rounded up**From the outside, suburbanite Mom, Gwen Landon, seems to have it all. With successful husband, Josh, two children and a Labrador, they are the epitome of a picture perfect family.That is, until Gwen winds up dead, bludgeoned to death in her own backyard with a driveway paving stone. She had been racking up the enemies, so whodunit?!Nora Holliday also appears to be living in suburban bliss, although behind closed doors, things are a bit darker for Nora. Her husband, Josh, **4.5-stars rounded up**From the outside, suburbanite Mom, Gwen Landon, seems to have it all. With successful husband, Josh, two children and a Labrador, they are the epitome of a picture perfect family.That is, until Gwen winds up dead, bludgeoned to death in her own backyard with a driveway paving stone. She had been racking up the enemies, so whodunit?!Nora Holliday also appears to be living in suburban bliss, although behind closed doors, things are a bit darker for Nora. Her husband, Josh, once an abusive alcoholic, now in recovery, is challenging to live with and the spark is definitely gone from their marriage. For Nora, it's hard to believe it was ever really there. She does what she can to try to keep it all together for their children but the charade is hard.When Josh and Nora run into each other at an out of town hotel bar they make a irrevocable and passionate decision that will alter all of their lives forever.Full of the domestic drama we all love, glazed with a delightfully devious revenge plot, The Last Affair will keep you vigorously turning the pages until the very end. Once I started down this twisted road of secrets and lies, with an entire fast of adults behaving badly, I could not put it down!Jumping back and forth between multiple perspectives helped this one to never lose its pace. There were so many secrets, so little honest communication, it was frustrating and amazing all at the same time. If you are looking for a fast-paced, cleverly-plotted domestic drama to help get you through this holiday season, you should definitely consider picking this one up!I am so happy that I had the opportunity to read this early. Thank you so much to the publisher, Harlequin -- MIRA, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I had a lot of fun with this story and am definitely looking forward to Margot Hunt's next novel. I think her writing has grown a lot for this book compared to For Better and Worse so I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!
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  • Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
    January 1, 1970
    Gwen Landon has it all- a beautiful family, married to husband Josh whom is a orthodontist that everyone in town adores. Gwen lives in an idealistic seaside town called Shoreham that nothing exciting ever happens in. Except for that day when Gwen was found in her backyard next to the pool with her head bashed in with a driveway paver...except for that day. That was a pretty eventful day for Shoreham....Wow! Just wow! What a start to a book! I am not giving up any spoilers here people, this is Gwen Landon has it all- a beautiful family, married to husband Josh whom is a orthodontist that everyone in town adores. Gwen lives in an idealistic seaside town called Shoreham that nothing exciting ever happens in. Except for that day when Gwen was found in her backyard next to the pool with her head bashed in with a driveway paver...except for that day. That was a pretty eventful day for Shoreham....Wow! Just wow! What a start to a book! I am not giving up any spoilers here people, this is the real deal. This actually happened in the very first chapter and then we are left the entire book to try to play detective and figure out who killed Gwen?!Perhaps it was Nora who also has a pretty perfect life. Except for that drunk husband of hers...hmm..then there is Gwen's daughter who she forever is giving a hard time for literally everything. Or perhaps it is a husband who isn't as perfect as he seems? Or maybe, just maybe it is one of the many people that Gwen has pissed off with her I am better than you demeanor that she puts out. The suspects are endless and that is what made this so darn good.I was totally in the dark this entire book, I must admit. I jumped at the chance to read my second Margot Hunt book. For Better or Worse was one of my very favorite books last year. Hunt can spin a twisty domestic thriller web with the best of them!I was caught off guard with the opening chapter not only revealing that someone got murdered, but who exactly got murdered! I was wondering how is this going to pan out for the rest of the book. Yet it really worked. It had me squinting my eyes in suspicion when every character revealed a side of them that made me think, ohhh that is the killer ( thanks Margot Hunt for the adding to my squinting wrinkles).Thanks so much to Harper Collins/ Harlequin for this ARC and inviting me on this blog tour!
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    “Other than the woman’s blood-covered body splayed facedown in the grass, it could have been any typical upscale Floridian backyard.” That is the opening sentence of Margot Hunt’s soon to be released third novel, “The Last Affair” available on Nov. 26, 2019. Josh and Gwen’s daughter Abby, left college when she discovered her boyfriend cheating on her, with her best friend.She comes home to discover that her Dad, is cheating on her mother, with Nora. Already feeling irrational, she vows to take “Other than the woman’s blood-covered body splayed facedown in the grass, it could have been any typical upscale Floridian backyard.” That is the opening sentence of Margot Hunt’s soon to be released third novel, “The Last Affair” available on Nov. 26, 2019. Josh and Gwen’s daughter Abby, left college when she discovered her boyfriend cheating on her, with her best friend.She comes home to discover that her Dad, is cheating on her mother, with Nora. Already feeling irrational, she vows to take the home wrecker down! But public personas don’t always match private ones, and she has no idea what she is about to unleash..Because that dead body on the grass...that’s her mother, Gwen...and you won’t know who is responsible till the last few pages...“That’s the thing about love. It’s not rational.” ❤️Margot Hunt writes riveting DOMESTIC SUSPENSE! Just like Best Friends Forever, and For Better Or Worse, I could not put this one down! Her characters are so real that I recognized myself, or someone I knew in each of them, despite the fact that their thoughts and actions are not always those that you would be proud of. As ALWAYS with her books, I was completely engaged from start to finish-she is an author whose writing consistently works for me. I enjoyed all three of the narratives in this one: Nora’s, Gwen’s and Abby’s...Now that ending that has been alluded to...🤔Yes, it may have been a bit of a stretch...but then again...sometimes life is stranger than fiction, so maybe not?? Thank you to Edelweiss, Mira books and Margot Hunt for the digital ARC that I received in exchange for a candid review! If you enjoyed the author’s previous work, pre-order now! I don’t think you will be disappointed!
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  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.A fast-paced, easy and thrilling read!This is one of those books that you can fly through without having put much effort in. The pages and chapters quickly coast by as the storyline keeps you guessing. It was exactly what I was in the mood for. It kept me intrigued and entertained from start to finish. There were a few dramatic scenes, but nothing that overshadowed my enjoyment. The characters and their relationship dynamics were unique and interesting and the suspense kept me curious 3.5 stars.A fast-paced, easy and thrilling read!This is one of those books that you can fly through without having put much effort in. The pages and chapters quickly coast by as the storyline keeps you guessing. It was exactly what I was in the mood for. It kept me intrigued and entertained from start to finish. There were a few dramatic scenes, but nothing that overshadowed my enjoyment. The characters and their relationship dynamics were unique and interesting and the suspense kept me curious until the very end. This was my first book by this author and I look forward to reading more from her. This was a Traveling Sister read with Brenda and Norma - one that we all enjoyed!Thank you to HarperCollins for sending me a physical copy to read and review!Expected date of publication: November 26, 2019.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    You know the type of book that holds your attention, yet brings nothing new to the table from the previous 97 domestic suspense novels you've read before it? Yea, that was this one. Don't get me wrong, it has soapy drama and a love triangle and enough unlikable characters to put a Real Housewives round table to shame, but I feel like I've read this exact book so many times that it may be time to put the genre behind me. If you enjoy middle of the road characters and are looking for an easy, You know the type of book that holds your attention, yet brings nothing new to the table from the previous 97 domestic suspense novels you've read before it? Yea, that was this one. Don't get me wrong, it has soapy drama and a love triangle and enough unlikable characters to put a Real Housewives round table to shame, but I feel like I've read this exact book so many times that it may be time to put the genre behind me. If you enjoy middle of the road characters and are looking for an easy, entertaining read to pass the time, give this one a try. *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley.
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    Margot Hunt has done it again! A book full of twisted unlikable characters behaving badly? Yes please! I was completely invested, intrigued, and entertain from first page to last. The book starts with a bang, the murder of Gwen a housewife living in an upscale Florida neighborhood. The story is then told from the perspectives of Gwen, her daughter Abby, and the woman her husband is having an affair with Nora. None of these women were tremendously likable, but I glimpsed a piece of myself in each Margot Hunt has done it again! A book full of twisted unlikable characters behaving badly? Yes please! I was completely invested, intrigued, and entertain from first page to last. The book starts with a bang, the murder of Gwen a housewife living in an upscale Florida neighborhood. The story is then told from the perspectives of Gwen, her daughter Abby, and the woman her husband is having an affair with Nora. None of these women were tremendously likable, but I glimpsed a piece of myself in each of them. Such a wild and addictive ride, I was all in trying to figure out who killed Gwen, and why? As I mentioned none of these characters were tremendously likable, but Gwen? Wow! What a piece of work! Seriously by the end of this book I could’ve killed her myself, and I certainly didn’t blame anyone for doing it! Nora was probably the character I related to the most, I do understand what it’s like to have an alcoholic husband, but that doesn’t give you permission to cheat. Just could not understand why she just had not left him, because clearly she was not happy in her marriage. Then there was daughter Abby. Abby was heartbroken, her boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend, and she has now returned home and dropped out of college because of it. I think I would have lost it completely if my daughter came home having dropped out of college because of a boy! Abby definitely embraced her new role as the woman scorned, she was out for revenge in whatever form that might take. There were so many other possible suspects including Gwen’s husband Josh, can anyone possibly be that good? The ending was surprising and I’m still not sure if I liked it or not? Another absorbing domestic thriller from one of my favorite authors!🎧🎧🎧 The audiobook is narrated by Vivienne Lehany. She did an amazing job of giving each of the narrators in this book their own unique voice. I was never lost and I always knew who is narrating the story.This book in emojis. 💣 🎢 🏖 🏩 😰 😯*** Big thanks to Harlequin/Mira for my copy of this book ***
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  • DJ Sakata
    January 1, 1970
    Favorite Quotes:It was the very picture of suburban domestic bliss. It could have been the set for a commercial advertising anything from laundry detergent to allergy medicine… except for the dead body.Even though Josh didn’t touch her or make a single inappropriate comment, there was an energy between them. It shimmered there, almost like a separate entity, a third party sitting at the table with them.They’re very sporty. In fact, they own one of those CrossFit places where people go and Favorite Quotes:It was the very picture of suburban domestic bliss. It could have been the set for a commercial advertising anything from laundry detergent to allergy medicine… except for the dead body.Even though Josh didn’t touch her or make a single inappropriate comment, there was an energy between them. It shimmered there, almost like a separate entity, a third party sitting at the table with them.They’re very sporty. In fact, they own one of those CrossFit places where people go and torture themselves flipping tractor tires and whatnot, and the women all end up looking like linebackers.She’s as deep as a puddle and about as interesting. She’s not the kind of person you ruin your life over.Nora is the kind of person who always does the right thing. It’s deeply important to her. It’s like she wants to live in a world of straight lines and squared corners.I thought his crippling shyness was adorable, and evidence that he was so in love with me, it rendered him speechless. It was only later I realized that he simply didn’t have anything to say.My Review:This marks my third time enjoying the nimbly written works of Margot Hunt, who appears to possess quite a clever and impressive toolkit of words and perceptive observational skills, as well as a big honking brain. The story begins with a dead body, and we aren’t informed of the culprit of the deadly deed until the last few pages. I had spun and discarded various theories while I made my way through this slowly building and deftly penned tale of betrayal, family tension, addiction, personality disorders, and spiteful vengeance; with characters that became incrementally darker and increasingly twisted as the storylines and threads unfurled in all directions. Despite my best efforts, I did not foresee this ending in my calculations and I found the last few pages to be the most chilling of all. Margot Hunt has more than earned my undying respect for her wordcraft, as well as a bit of fear.
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    Nora Holliday is married to an alcoholic when she has an affair with Josh, who is also married. None of this is what Nora normally “does.” Abby is Josh’s daughter. She comes home from college with a broken heart only to find her father cheating, so she vows to turn him in to her mother. But Gwen? Abby’s mom and Josh’s wife? She is found murdered. Who killed her? The tension in The Last Affair was present from page one. Margot Hunt excels with writing about marriage dynamics in a suspenseful way. Nora Holliday is married to an alcoholic when she has an affair with Josh, who is also married. None of this is what Nora normally “does.” Abby is Josh’s daughter. She comes home from college with a broken heart only to find her father cheating, so she vows to turn him in to her mother. But Gwen? Abby’s mom and Josh’s wife? She is found murdered. Who killed her? The tension in The Last Affair was present from page one. Margot Hunt excels with writing about marriage dynamics in a suspenseful way. The characters aren’t super likable here, but they are definitely fallibly human. I was always hoping for more and better for them!Overall, I had fun with The Last Affair. It kept my attention and was filled with drama. It was easy to read, and I flew through the pages! I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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  • ABookwormWithWine
    January 1, 1970
    / 5If you are looking for a really good, slow-burn of a domestic drama then look no further because Margot Hunt has got you with her new book The Last Affair.I wouldn't say that any of the characters are likable in this book, but Nora came close for me, even if she does have an affair with a married man. I really like that The Last Affair starts out with the murder of Josh's wife Gwen, and then switches back into the past to tell the reader how Nora and Josh started the affair and all of the ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5If you are looking for a really good, slow-burn of a domestic drama then look no further because Margot Hunt has got you with her new book The Last Affair.I wouldn't say that any of the characters are likable in this book, but Nora came close for me, even if she does have an affair with a married man. I really like that The Last Affair starts out with the murder of Josh's wife Gwen, and then switches back into the past to tell the reader how Nora and Josh started the affair and all of the events leading up to the murder. This is a book with multiple viewpoints, and even though the majority of the time it is Gwen, Nora, and Abby (Gwen and Josh's daughter), eventually we also get the viewpoints of Josh and Nora's husband Carter as well. I really liked this choice because you get to see what is running through everyone's heads and their personalities, even though at times I was ready to smack most of them. I would consider The Last Affair to be a slow burn, but I ended up being fine with the pacing and had a hard time putting it down. This book was so addictive that I read it in just over 4 hours so it would probably be a one sitting read for a lot of people. I loved all the drama that this book had to offer, and a couple of these characters were just downright evil so prepare yourself! Song/s the book brought to mind: Then What? by Clay Walker Final Thought: The Last Affair does have a mystery aspect but overall I would consider it mostly a straight up domestic drama. This was my first time reading a book by Hunt and I can see why people like her writing, it really sucked me in, and everything flowed very well. The ending left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth and I can see why everyone wouldn't love it, but it also really makes you wonder! Book 2 anyone?
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  • Darinda
    January 1, 1970
    Josh and Nora are having an affair. Josh’s daughter is home from college, and she discovers her father’s secret. Josh’s wife Gwen is living what appears an ideal life, but she is not a happy woman. Family drama and suspense combine to make for a gripping read.Told with alternating points of view of the women – Nora, Abby, and Gwen. Each woman is behaving differently than her usual self. The characters are well-developed and add a different and intriguing layer to the novel.A fantastic book for Josh and Nora are having an affair. Josh’s daughter is home from college, and she discovers her father’s secret. Josh’s wife Gwen is living what appears an ideal life, but she is not a happy woman. Family drama and suspense combine to make for a gripping read.Told with alternating points of view of the women – Nora, Abby, and Gwen. Each woman is behaving differently than her usual self. The characters are well-developed and add a different and intriguing layer to the novel.A fantastic book for fans of domestic suspense. This is my third novel to read by Margot Hunt, and each one has delivered an addictive story. The Last Affair combines my favorite elements found in domestic suspense – unlikable characters, family drama, and a twisted plot.I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Frank Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    Freaking solid!! Especially the last quarter of the book, totally rocked my world! Last time around hunts novel called for better or worse didn't impress me as much as her debut novel did, this one completely redeemed her. The only complaint I would make about this one is that it was mostly a family drama and dealt with the affair itself, logistics, how the affair effects the family members on both sides, etc, rather then the murder and the mystery surrounding it. I feel like if the murder had Freaking solid!! Especially the last quarter of the book, totally rocked my world! Last time around hunts novel called for better or worse didn't impress me as much as her debut novel did, this one completely redeemed her. The only complaint I would make about this one is that it was mostly a family drama and dealt with the affair itself, logistics, how the affair effects the family members on both sides, etc, rather then the murder and the mystery surrounding it. I feel like if the murder had happened sooner, and this novel was more of a thriller it might have been closer to a 5-star rating for me. Regardless I would definitely recommend this to everyone, I especially enjoyed it on audiobook!
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  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    January 1, 1970
    EXCERPT: 'Do we have an ID on the victim?' Reddick asked. 'It's her house,' Monroe grunted. 'Yeah, but I like doing things the official way, you know?''I's dotted, t's crossed, all of that. Building a case, basic detective work.'Despite the chilling scene in front of them - the woman's body still sprawled on the grass, the back of her head a pulpy, bloody mess - the corner of Monroe's mouth quirked up in a half smile. 'Sure kid, tell me all about basic detective work. I've only been doing this EXCERPT: 'Do we have an ID on the victim?' Reddick asked. 'It's her house,' Monroe grunted. 'Yeah, but I like doing things the official way, you know?''I's dotted, t's crossed, all of that. Building a case, basic detective work.'Despite the chilling scene in front of them - the woman's body still sprawled on the grass, the back of her head a pulpy, bloody mess - the corner of Monroe's mouth quirked up in a half smile. 'Sure kid, tell me all about basic detective work. I've only been doing this for, what...thirty-two years now? The husband ID'd her. Victim is Gwen Landon, age forty-nine. Married, mother of two. Husband said she hasn't had any recent conflict with anyone.''Other than the person who caved in the back of her head with a paving stone,' Reddick pointed out. 'Wouldn't be the first time a husband didn't know his wife as well as he thought he did.''Possible. But there's another possibility, too.''What's that?'Reddick turned to look at his partner. His eyes were small and dark, and he had a habit of squinting when he concentrated intently on something. 'The husband is a liar.'ABOUT THIS BOOK: Nora Holliday is not that kind of woman. Not the kind who has an illicit affair with a married man. But Josh Landon is everything Nora’s alcoholic husband isn’t. And now she and Josh are so infatuated, they can’t stay away from one another.Abby Landon, Josh’s daughter, is home from college nursing a broken heart. She’s seeking solace, not more scandal, so when she catches her dad kissing Nora, she vows to take the homewrecker down.And as for Abby’s mother and Josh’s wife, Gwen? To anyone on the outside looking in, the mother of two appears to be living the ideal suburban life.Until she winds up dead.The serene seaside town of Shoreham has always been the perfect place to raise a family—not somewhere housewives are brutally murdered. So who killed Gwen Landon, and how many twisted secrets will be exposed as the vindictive plot comes undone?MY THOUGHTS: I liked, but didn't love The Last Affair by Margot Hunt. It's a domestic drama that kept me guessing, though it does take a long time to get to the point. We start with the death of Gwen, (nasty woman, every town has one), then go back to the events leading up to her murder. There are plenty of suspects. Hunt's characterisation is, as always, excellent, particularly with Gwen, the woman who has a wonderful public facade behind which she is toxic. While there is nothing startling in the plot, it is well crafted and kept my attention. 🙂🙂🙂.5# TheLastAffair #NetGalley My favourite quote: We make these huge decisions when we're in our twenties - who we're going to marry, what we're going to be, how we're going to spend the rest of our lives. And yet....we have no real perspective. THE AUTHOR: Margot Hunt is the pseudonym of a bestselling writer of twelve previous novels. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Harlequin-MIRA for providing a digital ARC of The Last Affair by Margot Hunt for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This and other reviews are also published on Twitter, Amazon and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...
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  • Erin (from Long Island, NY)
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book! Except for the fact that I HATED 1 of the characters! I can’t remember the last time a character rubbed me as wrong as this person did! Still, I was so in to the story I just kept reading (& hoping they would get theirs!) It was interesting because a lot of times in books there are the “good” people who do the right thing, & the “bad” people who do the wrong things. Definitely not the case here.. Just a handful of people acting like.. people! The good, the I really enjoyed this book! Except for the fact that I HATED 1 of the characters! I can’t remember the last time a character rubbed me as wrong as this person did! Still, I was so in to the story I just kept reading (& hoping they would get theirs!) It was interesting because a lot of times in books there are the “good” people who do the right thing, & the “bad” people who do the wrong things. Definitely not the case here.. Just a handful of people acting like.. people! The good, the bad, & the ugly! (Except for that 1- ughhhh- that I mentioned before!😡😡) Plus I was afraid it was going to turn into a typical dragged out whodunnit, but not at all! It was original & alot better then the description makes it sound, so if you’re on the fence I totally say go for it!
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  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    January 1, 1970
    Playing a dangerous game...What is the one thing you must not do when you are married that's worse than any other offense...aka leaving the toilet seat up or giving the silent treatment? It's having an affair!!! Or was it murder? I don't know...but in the case of Margot Hunt's novel, she makes it pretty convincing that either could be justified...fictionally speaking, of course ;)So, here is a quick synopsis of what's going down in The Last Affair. Two married couples, Nora, a prominent food Playing a dangerous game...What is the one thing you must not do when you are married that's worse than any other offense...aka leaving the toilet seat up or giving the silent treatment? It's having an affair!!! Or was it murder? I don't know...but in the case of Margot Hunt's novel, she makes it pretty convincing that either could be justified...fictionally speaking, of course ;)So, here is a quick synopsis of what's going down in The Last Affair. Two married couples, Nora, a prominent food blogger, mother of two teenagers is married to a recovered alcoholic husband and they have had their rough patches over the years due to drinking, some violence, and gambling. Gwen, a fitness fanatic and mother of two, is the wife to an orthodontist who is liked just a bit too much by the ladies all over town. Abby, their daughter, has just returned from college after a break-up, throwing the semester to the wind and sulking in PJ's all day in her room. It's at a convention that the two of them meet. Nora is enjoying the weekend away from home, meeting with other bloggers and looking for a peaceful little retreat alone, in quiet, in a fancy hotel room. Josh just spent the day at his dental conference and runs into Nora at the hotel bar. They vaguely know each other, just from her kids needing braces, and they immediately hit it off talking, casually, relaxed. So, the conversation leads to dinner, the laughter leads to wine, and the atmosphere turns flirty into the elevator. Let's just say the sheets needed changing and both of them had an unforgettable night...so much so, that they can't stop thinking of each other in the next days and weeks. This isn't something we haven't all read or heard of, but it's here at this point in the novel, where Margot Hunt's talent comes in. The story is told from each protagonist's view, including Josh and Gwen's daughter, so the reader gets a feel for what any and all the players are thinking or where they are coming from in their argumentations. Because you know...they will get caught!!! To make the whole thing more interesting, Hunt adds in several other narrative trails to figure out and casts a foreshadowing campaign to throw the reader of the course (I love when that happens and works out), so the players don't always act as we anticipate after all. Though we are all on the moral high ground of course (right?), reading in the pov of the adulterers, one might come to find sympathy for these characters perhaps when learning what goes on behind closed doors in their homes and marriages. A justification that makes sense can be found for either of them if you spin it right! Well, either way, Hunt seems to have the upper hand and understanding of what goes in the minds of everyone. It stays relatable and plausible, written with insight into the human psyche and behavior of American suburbia, it's housewives and the domino effect of rumors...until everyone is going down and someone has to die!So, what happens to the bad apples in the end? Is it a Happy Ever After?Well, let's just say it gets messed up good! A train wreck in slow motion. You don't want to look, but you can't stop looking either. Hmm....would that not be the affair itself???? You don't want to have one but you can't stop it..... Never mind, not where I was going. The cringe and thrill turn way up when other secrets come forth and everything becomes a gritty and sticky territory. Easily readable, fast-paced and entertaining, this is a great little thriller dish best paired perhaps with a vacation ;)EnjoyMore of my reviews here: Through Novel Time & Distance
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    My third Margot Hunt book and let me tell ya - her writing is addictive. She captivates you from the beginning and it really doesn't let up throughout the entire read. Also, I'm a BIG fan of domestic thrillers. They do tend to run the same gambit though - illicit affairs, families in disarray, unlikable characters, obsession and murder. This one is no different but honestly, I love them so what can ya do? You like what you like! I tore through this one on my commutes - was looking forward to My third Margot Hunt book and let me tell ya - her writing is addictive. She captivates you from the beginning and it really doesn't let up throughout the entire read. Also, I'm a BIG fan of domestic thrillers. They do tend to run the same gambit though - illicit affairs, families in disarray, unlikable characters, obsession and murder. This one is no different but honestly, I love them so what can ya do? You like what you like! I tore through this one on my commutes - was looking forward to opening it up when I had a moment to see just how crazy it all got. I love to not like characters and there's one in particular in here that I absolutely loved to despise. We get a little hints here and there of some other crazies that tickle your "I'm figuring this out" bone. Unfortunately for me, what was going so great went a little kaput in the ending. I actually sighed and went, "No. Whyyyyyyy?" There needed to be a bit more about a certain character to make it worth it, in my opinion and really it was unnecessary. Was the twist supposed to rock your world? Maybe but it didn't even give mine a shake.Out of the three I've read, I'd recommend Best Friends Forever by this author the most. If you like domestic thrillers, this is still a fun read and I'm curious to see what YOU would think of the ending. While this one didn't *quite* work for me like I wished it had, I absolutely look forward to anything Hunt brings us in the future.
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  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Gwen Landon is tired of being a homemaker and wishes that she could rewrite her past. Planning for the day that her youngest attends college, she will embark on the life she has only dreamed about. Although her marriage to Josh has become stale, she is biding her time in it due to social status and appearances. She is a narcissist, who calls the shots in her home, community, and in her marriage. Gwen’s plans take a hit when she suspects that her husband is having an affair and she becomes Gwen Landon is tired of being a homemaker and wishes that she could rewrite her past. Planning for the day that her youngest attends college, she will embark on the life she has only dreamed about. Although her marriage to Josh has become stale, she is biding her time in it due to social status and appearances. She is a narcissist, who calls the shots in her home, community, and in her marriage. Gwen’s plans take a hit when she suspects that her husband is having an affair and she becomes emotionally unhinged.Nora Holliday was not looking to have an affair, just the courage to leave her unhappy marriage. She waits in fear of a relapse of her husband’s addiction to drinking and gambling. Nora never expected her initial contact with a married man would lead to heartfelt communications and secret rendezvous. When Gwen is found dead in her backyard many suspects are revealed as the story goes back in time. The Last Affair by Margot Hunt focuses on murder but also touches on midlife crisis and stale marriages. This book reflects the saying, “ You never know what is going on behind closed doors.''
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely devoured Margot Hunt's debut novel!! I was super excited to get my hands on another one of her books! But, this one was just ok for me. It took me awhile to get into the storyline and we have some unlikeable characters in this one. We have a nicely laid out love triangle here with a mix of drama but it was missing that extra cherry on top for me. I was waiting for something to knock my socks off and it just wasn't happening! I do love how Hunt writes... she definitely keeps you on I absolutely devoured Margot Hunt's debut novel!! I was super excited to get my hands on another one of her books! But, this one was just ok for me. It took me awhile to get into the storyline and we have some unlikeable characters in this one. We have a nicely laid out love triangle here with a mix of drama but it was missing that extra cherry on top for me. I was waiting for something to knock my socks off and it just wasn't happening! I do love how Hunt writes... she definitely keeps you on your toes with her stories. I definitely will be watching for what she comes out with next.Thank you so much to Netgalley and Harlequin/Mira for the arc in exchange for an honest review.3 stars
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  • Keanna
    January 1, 1970
    Was a good premise, well written, enjoyed the characters, loved the drama, but not a huge fan of the ending.
  • The Lit Bitch
    January 1, 1970
    As many of us know, domestic thrillers are quite the rage right now. I’ve read some that were outstanding and others that were just ok, but I’ll be completely honest…..even the just ok ones fascinate me!There is something about taking a peak into the lives of your neighbors and coworkers that just never gets old. You know the whole, the grass is greener situation never ceases to disappoint me.This book of course is a domestic thriller, but I thought it sounded promising. Torrid affair, perfect As many of us know, domestic thrillers are quite the rage right now. I’ve read some that were outstanding and others that were just ok, but I’ll be completely honest…..even the just ok ones fascinate me!There is something about taking a peak into the lives of your neighbors and coworkers that just never gets old. You know the whole, the grass is greener situation never ceases to disappoint me.This book of course is a domestic thriller, but I thought it sounded promising. Torrid affair, perfect suburban family, secrets, lies, and of course murder. I couldn’t wait to start turning the pages of this one!When I started this book, I tried to keep my expectations within reason. As I said, there are so many domestic thrillers out there and not all of them are 5 stars but that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable for me. But I still wanted to go into this one with an open mind so I didn’t read any reviews of it before I started.It was fairly quickly and there were enough plot twists to keep me reading and wondering what the hell was going on with this family. But I also felt like a lot of what I was reading wasn’t anything ground breaking and new. But that was ok with me. I mean there were plenty of unlikeable characters with questionable morals and motives and there was enough drama to keep me glued to the pages, but if you are picking this one up thinking it’s going to be the next ‘Gone Girl’ or something of the like, then you might be disappointed.I started this one on a weekend night and was so mad because I had to get to sleep somewhat early and after the first couple of chapters I was not ready to just put it down. I wanted to keep reading all the drama and get to know the characters and their intentions. But sadly I did have to book mark it but as soon as I got up in the morning it was the first thing that I thought about and immediately dove back into it over my morning coffee. I really enjoyed this one more than I had anticipated. It wasn’t earth shatteringly different but it was engaging and interesting with enough drama to hold my attention any time I picked it up!I am looking forward to there being a sequel as I think there is enough left untied to justify another installment.See my full review here
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  • Janice Lombardo
    January 1, 1970
    This book revolves around two families who have become intertwined due to a love affair.The Landon's and the Holliday's both have their own problems. Abby Landon leaves college, probably never to return, in the midst of her junior year. This, over a break-up with her boyfriend. (To me that is beyond being ridiculous and immature). Of course, later on she pulls another stunt - this time even worse. Gwen Landon is so self-serving that the reader loves to hate her. Yet, Gwen's husband, Josh, is This book revolves around two families who have become intertwined due to a love affair.The Landon's and the Holliday's both have their own problems. Abby Landon leaves college, probably never to return, in the midst of her junior year. This, over a break-up with her boyfriend. (To me that is beyond being ridiculous and immature). Of course, later on she pulls another stunt - this time even worse. Gwen Landon is so self-serving that the reader loves to hate her. Yet, Gwen's husband, Josh, is calm and mild-mannered.Colin Holliday has a history of alcoholism and addictive gambling. His wife, Nora, who has a thriving food blog attends a conference in Tampa.She has dinner with Josh after a coincidental meeting of two different conferences at the same hotel. They know each other because he is the orthodontist who worked on Nora's kid's teeth.They have a hot affair that continues to spill out into their return from the conference.It's what occurs after this affair gets started that rattles the cages. A roller coaster ride of unexpected events occur that may explode at any time! I highly recommend!!!Many Thanks to Harlequin - MIRA and NetGalley for a sound story.
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  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book that kept me hooked till the last page.It's well written, gripping and I loved the well written cast of characters.I look forward to reading other books by this author.Highly recommended!Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinion are mine.
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  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    The book opens with a dead woman in her back yard face down and bloody.Who could the attacker have been? It could have been a number of people...the flirty neighbor, the wife having an affair with Gwen's husband, the husband, or even the daughter. Who is the most likely one?And....this isn't the only crisis in this book...it is only the beginning.We have two families, two unhappy marriages, unhappy children, unhappy adults, an affair between one of the husbands and one of the wives, and a lot of The book opens with a dead woman in her back yard face down and bloody.Who could the attacker have been? It could have been a number of people...the flirty neighbor, the wife having an affair with Gwen's husband, the husband, or even the daughter. Who is the most likely one?And....this isn't the only crisis in this book...it is only the beginning.We have two families, two unhappy marriages, unhappy children, unhappy adults, an affair between one of the husbands and one of the wives, and a lot of drama with both the children and the adults.The characters all seemed to be distant with each other and focused on themselves with little regard for the other family members.I originally thought THE LAST AFFAIR would be about solving the murder even though the title should have been a clue, but the book is more focused on families. Most of the book was about family relationships more than the murder, but once the affair was revealed to the non-participating spouses and the murder scene described, the book’s tension ramped up and concluded with a chilling ending.This is my first book my Ms. Hunt. Her writing draws you in and creates situations that have you wanting to continue to see how everything turns out.I did enjoy this book and would recommend it to mystery readers who need a change of pace for a lighter take on a mystery. The ending definitely turned the entire book around for me.I hope you enjoy THE LAST AFFAIR if you read it. 4/5This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    "Love may be blind, but obsession’s a real killer."When vindictiveness becomes deadly for one housewife and mother things can never go back to the way they once were.How could this all have happened and why is the million dollar question.I mean truly Nora isn't a whore she's a married woman whose seeking comfort in the arms of another married man. Her husband wasn't the model husband having an abusive streak Carter turned to gambling, alcohol, and violence against his wife Nora.So how can you "Love may be blind, but obsession’s a real killer."When vindictiveness becomes deadly for one housewife and mother things can never go back to the way they once were.How could this all have happened and why is the million dollar question.I mean truly Nora isn't a whore she's a married woman whose seeking comfort in the arms of another married man. Her husband wasn't the model husband having an abusive streak Carter turned to gambling, alcohol, and violence against his wife Nora.So how can you blame her for wanting more in a marriage but what about Gwen who is Josh's wife and mother of their two children Katie (13 yo) and Dylan (17yo). What will happen if this secretive relationship progressives?Well the truth is we don't have all the facts at least not yet. That's where a great author with a fab mind comes in so enter Margot Hunt to take over this ever thickening and crazy wild plot twists.Folks hold on to your hat as you're in for one hell of a wild ride...
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  • Shalini
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun domestic drama with a bit of a suspense at the end.Unhappy marriages and an illicit affair, with one of the children seeing them together led to a blast in the routine of their lives where masks were removed and real nature of the characters came through.My first book by author Margot Hunt, I enjoyed it completely as it was a light read between my suspense thrillers. I felt like a voyeur waiting for my daily fix of gossip. Characters were varied, good and bad and mixed.The book This was a fun domestic drama with a bit of a suspense at the end.Unhappy marriages and an illicit affair, with one of the children seeing them together led to a blast in the routine of their lives where masks were removed and real nature of the characters came through.My first book by author Margot Hunt, I enjoyed it completely as it was a light read between my suspense thrillers. I felt like a voyeur waiting for my daily fix of gossip. Characters were varied, good and bad and mixed.The book did not require deep concentration, and it was formulaic in some ways. But Margot Hunt's writing helped me sail through the story at one go. Some known scenes and some dramatic ones along with an unexpected ending made this book quite entertaining. Overall, an enjoyable read.
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  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first book by Margot Hunt and I enjoyed it. I listened to this one in one day as I just had to find out what was going to happen. The Last Affaire opens with a ghastly murder and we are privy to who the victim was. This had me intrigued right from the start and my curiosity did not fade until the end. It was a very easy story to listen to with some edge of the seat moments. I enjoyed the family drama with both families in the story. It was quite interesting to see how a spousal This is my first book by Margot Hunt and I enjoyed it. I listened to this one in one day as I just had to find out what was going to happen. The Last Affaire opens with a ghastly murder and we are privy to who the victim was. This had me intrigued right from the start and my curiosity did not fade until the end. It was a very easy story to listen to with some edge of the seat moments. I enjoyed the family drama with both families in the story. It was quite interesting to see how a spousal relationship can break down easily, yet there was still some reason to stay together and not share true feelings. I will say that this story kept me guessing. What was going to happen next? When were the spouses going to find out? Who is the murderer? Again, I thought I had it all figured out, but oh no! That final twist was totally unexpected. I was entertained by this fast paced story. It was an interesting story with some angst, some drama, and some intrigue. The characters and their relationships were unique and interesting and the suspense kept me curious until the very end. If you are looking for an interesting story with some mystery and some suspense, as well as family relationships, then pick this one up. It will definitely entertain you. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Vivienne Leheny. I have listened to other books by this narrator before, but she was part of a cast. This book was narrated only by Ms. Leheny and she does a great job. I liked the voices she used for the various characters and the male voices were not too bad. She used various tones and inflection for each that gave them some personality. Her expression added to the story and I definitely will be looking for more books narrated by her. The publisher, Harlequin Audio, provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
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  • Hristina
    January 1, 1970
    I was sucked into The Last Affair by the opening line, and I had a hard time putting it down.This book was fast paced and intriguing throughout, especially with all the twists it had. I'm not normally a huge fan of unlikable characters being put in the forefront, but they were executed in a way that didn't make them frustrating.It was written really well, I liked how it flowed, but more importantly, it kept my attention at a period when nothing else did. This was my first Margot Hunt book, and I was sucked into The Last Affair by the opening line, and I had a hard time putting it down.This book was fast paced and intriguing throughout, especially with all the twists it had. I'm not normally a huge fan of unlikable characters being put in the forefront, but they were executed in a way that didn't make them frustrating.It was written really well, I liked how it flowed, but more importantly, it kept my attention at a period when nothing else did. This was my first Margot Hunt book, and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on her other work as soon as I can.*Copy received through NetGalley*Rating: 4/5 stars
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