If She Were Dead
"Smith spins out a sensuous, sinuous psychological thriller that compels attention to the final line."--BooklistAmelie and Janet are in love with the same man: Janet's husband.One knows it; the other doesn't. Or does she?As bestselling novelist Amelie Ferrar knows, an affair with a married person is like a work of fiction: a kind of spy story with its rules and customs, negotiations and compromises, and many private rituals. But like any spy story, there will inevitably be a betrayal: something will slip, someone else will find out, someone may even die.As Amelie falls deeper into her obsession with the man she loves--and his wife--the line between the fiction she writes and the reality she lives begins to blur...and the twisted ending to this story is one that not even she could have seen coming.

If She Were Dead Details

TitleIf She Were Dead
Author
ReleaseJan 7th, 2020
PublisherPoisoned Pen Press
ISBN-139781492669036
Rating
GenreMystery, Suspense, Audiobook

If She Were Dead Review

  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    Amelie and Janet both love the same man. One is his wife ...the other his lover of two years.As a best-selling author, the lover knows it probably won't last forever ... not unless she herself makes some changes.What if his wife was dead .. it's a game she plays in her head. If she were dead, she and her lover wouldn't have to hide their relationship. If she were dead, his kids would grow to love her. If she were dead, her life would be perfect. And if she were dead, she wouldn't have to worry Amelie and Janet both love the same man. One is his wife ...the other his lover of two years.As a best-selling author, the lover knows it probably won't last forever ... not unless she herself makes some changes.What if his wife was dead .. it's a game she plays in her head. If she were dead, she and her lover wouldn't have to hide their relationship. If she were dead, his kids would grow to love her. If she were dead, her life would be perfect. And if she were dead, she wouldn't have to worry that someone would tell his wife.Book Blurb: As she falls deeper into her obsession with the man she loves―and his wife―the line between the fiction she writes and the reality she lives begins to blur...and the twisted ending to this story is one that not even she could have seen coming.This is a superior psychological drama with finely drawn characters who are unforgettable. The ending is a total shocker.Many thanks to the author / Poisoned Pen Press / Netgalley for the digital copy of IF SHE WERE DEAD. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    I have very mixed feeling on If She Were Dead by JP Smith. I really don’t know where to start. It took a while to get into this book and it felt very slow and drawn out for most of it. There was not a single character that I liked, all of them getting on my nerves and needing a serious shaking! And there there was the ending.. what was that all about? I am still not really sure how I feel about it at all.Amelie is a divorced writer having an affair with a married man., after her own husband left I have very mixed feeling on If She Were Dead by JP Smith. I really don’t know where to start. It took a while to get into this book and it felt very slow and drawn out for most of it. There was not a single character that I liked, all of them getting on my nerves and needing a serious shaking! And there there was the ending.. what was that all about? I am still not really sure how I feel about it at all.Amelie is a divorced writer having an affair with a married man., after her own husband left her after an affair. The man she is with Ben is really not worth her time or feelings. She is obsessed with him and struggles to separate fact from fiction. She fantasises about what it would be like I did his wife were no longer around. The book is basically their affair and the thoughts going on in her head. Thanks to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for my advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    Well... ladies and gents this cover is everything!! I had such high hopes for this book but unfortunately I'm not going to sugar coat anything about this review. This book was pretty bad. It's basically about a woman that's having an affair with a married man... and her thoughts during the entire affair. Let me TELL you.. nothing was happening here my god!! Around 75 percent it picked up a tad bit... and my goodness I was thinking wow something is about to happen. Nope it just sort of was Well... ladies and gents this cover is everything!! I had such high hopes for this book but unfortunately I'm not going to sugar coat anything about this review. This book was pretty bad. It's basically about a woman that's having an affair with a married man... and her thoughts during the entire affair. Let me TELL you.. nothing was happening here my god!! Around 75 percent it picked up a tad bit... and my goodness I was thinking wow something is about to happen. Nope it just sort of was complete mess again after that. Yikes this was just a hot mess in all and I can't recommend this. 2 stars for me on this one.Thank you so much to Poisoned Pen Press for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I was hoping that my second book by this author would be a little better, but unfortunately it suffers from somewhat the same problems for me as The Drowning I didn't like any of the characters, and especially disliked Amelie and Ben. I don't like cheating books, and so I probably should have known from the beginning that I wouldn't like this one.It is slow, not much plot (besides the cheating, musing about the cheating, etc). I was a bit confused in the end as well. I think this may be it for I was hoping that my second book by this author would be a little better, but unfortunately it suffers from somewhat the same problems for me as The Drowning I didn't like any of the characters, and especially disliked Amelie and Ben. I don't like cheating books, and so I probably should have known from the beginning that I wouldn't like this one.It is slow, not much plot (besides the cheating, musing about the cheating, etc). I was a bit confused in the end as well. I think this may be it for this author for me.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.
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  • Caroline Bertaud
    January 1, 1970
    I have mixed feelings about this book and I don't really know how to rate it. I found some parts very good, and in some others—probably the majority of it—nothing happened. It's very slow burning, and the conclusion is…how to say?…not shocking per se but either didn't make sense or there's something I missed about the main character that could have explained it.Amelie is a famous novelist. In love with a married man, she's been her lover for the last two years. She met him at their children’s I have mixed feelings about this book and I don't really know how to rate it. I found some parts very good, and in some others—probably the majority of it—nothing happened. It's very slow burning, and the conclusion is…how to say?…not shocking per se but either didn't make sense or there's something I missed about the main character that could have explained it.Amelie is a famous novelist. In love with a married man, she's been her lover for the last two years. She met him at their children’s school after recently divorcing her husband who was having an affair with a younger woman. There's nothing really new in the concept, except this: as a novelist Amelie make scenarios of what-ifs and that give readers some great parts where reality and fiction blend into one another. Too bad there weren't more of these moments.Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance galley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • booksbikesbooze
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars rounded up!This was a fast paced domestic thriller, completely different from Smith's last novel: The Drowning. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Drowning in early 2019, so I was looking forward to If She Were Dead. While the middle was a tad confusing, I was able to finish this quickly and enjoyed the unexpected twist at the end. I also enjoyed discussing this as the ending left me with some questions! (As did The Drowning!)Thank you to the publisher for my review copy #partner
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  • Brianas_best_reads
    January 1, 1970
    ReviewThank you Sourcebooks and Poisoned Pen Press for sending me a free ARC of “If She Were Dead” to read and review! “Amelie and Janet are in love with the same man: Janet’s husband. One knows it; the other doesn't. Or does she?” This book was so good! It was a fast read broken into five parts and I absolutely flew through it. I was drawn in by the fact that Amelie is a bestselling novelist as I love reading books where the main character is an author themself. They usually have a hard time ✨Review✨Thank you Sourcebooks and Poisoned Pen Press for sending me a free ARC of “If She Were Dead” to read and review! ☺️“Amelie and Janet are in love with the same man: Janet’s husband. One knows it; the other doesn't. Or does she?” 💔This book was so good! It was a fast read broken into five parts and I absolutely flew through it. I was drawn in by the fact that Amelie is a bestselling novelist as I love reading books where the main character is an author themself. They usually have a hard time telling fact from fiction and it makes for a great story. More than anything, “If She Were Dead” is a story of obsession. It really makes you wonder how well you know those around you and if you can truly trust the person you are in a relationship with. If you decide to pick this book up (which you should) then get ready for a wild ride full of love, hatred, and obsession! 4/5 ⭐️
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  • Steve Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    IF SHE WERE DEAD is a beautifully written and highly intelligent psychological thriller that takes the reader deep inside the head of Amelie, a divorced novelist, as she navigates her long term affair with a married man. It’s a tale of obsession, longing and betrayal and the author propels us along this emotional journey until we are unsure as to what is real and what is not. J.P. Smith has captured the essence of an affair and its wider implications, and shows with uncomfortable realism what IF SHE WERE DEAD is a beautifully written and highly intelligent psychological thriller that takes the reader deep inside the head of Amelie, a divorced novelist, as she navigates her long term affair with a married man. It’s a tale of obsession, longing and betrayal and the author propels us along this emotional journey until we are unsure as to what is real and what is not. J.P. Smith has captured the essence of an affair and its wider implications, and shows with uncomfortable realism what can happen when someone deceives themselves while perhaps being deceived by others.The author has written an impressive story with many twists and turns and he cleverly grabs the reader and does not let go right up until the masterful climax.IF SHE WERE DEAD is another terrific novel by J.P. Smith and very highly recommended.
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  • Jennie
    January 1, 1970
    3 stars. Amelie’s husband had an affair and divorced. Now Amelie is in love with Ben, but Ben is married. Amelie is the other woman, and the book revolves around her emotions and feelings. Overall, this was a bit too drawn out for me. Basically the ramblings and complaining of a woman who wants love and commitment from a married man. I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Olivia L
    January 1, 1970
    I'm having a difficult time reconciling my paradoxical reaction to this book. At times I thought the story was mired in exorbitant narrative, resembling a loopy stream of consciousness from a stark-raving, drunk, unemployed 18th Century philosopher. Other times, the prose was so taut and slick that the tension was palpable. At times, I thought the plot was absolutely brilliant... until other times when it wasn't. I felt the ending was an overshot. There were times when I grew tired of the back I'm having a difficult time reconciling my paradoxical reaction to this book. At times I thought the story was mired in exorbitant narrative, resembling a loopy stream of consciousness from a stark-raving, drunk, unemployed 18th Century philosopher. Other times, the prose was so taut and slick that the tension was palpable. At times, I thought the plot was absolutely brilliant... until other times when it wasn't. I felt the ending was an overshot. There were times when I grew tired of the back and forth of Amelie's thoughts, words, and deeds. Then there were other times that I could not put the story down.I gave it 4 stars because I have a suspicion that my appreciation for 'If She Were Dead' will grow like a cult classic—the more I think about it, the more I will love it. I would definitely recommend this book.BTW, Ben is the Almighty King, Lord of the Schmucks!Thank you to NetGalley, Poisoned Pen Press, and J.P. Smith for an ARC of 'If She Were Dead' in exchange for honest and voluntary review.
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  • Wrenn
    January 1, 1970
    Amelie Ferrar is a noted writer, divorced from her husband who had an affair.She has been having an affair with a married man for two years. Her lover Ben is married to Janet.With her powerful writer's imagination, Amelie daydreams about what her life would be like if Janet were dead.She is wrapped up in everything Ben. She wants him to leave his wife and marry her, but Ben is perfectly happy with the arrangement they already have.As Amelie falls deeper into her dark compulsion, the line between Amelie Ferrar is a noted writer, divorced from her husband who had an affair.She has been having an affair with a married man for two years. Her lover Ben is married to Janet.With her powerful writer's imagination, Amelie daydreams about what her life would be like if Janet were dead.She is wrapped up in everything Ben. She wants him to leave his wife and marry her, but Ben is perfectly happy with the arrangement they already have.As Amelie falls deeper into her dark compulsion, the line between fantasy and reality becomes obscured.This circuitous psychological thriller was a slow burn with a dreamlike quality.The writing was excellent and kept me interested, though it was deliberately paced and most of the action takes place in Amelie's head. I didn't find Ben particulary intriguing, or worthy of Amelie's fascination though.This one has a great unexpected ending!Thank you to Poison Press for the e-ARC via NetGalley.3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 stars.
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  • Neelam Babul
    January 1, 1970
    I have very mixed feeling on If She Were Dead by JP Smith. I have no clue where to start. It took a while for me to actually get into the story and it felt very slow and predictable. There was not a single character that I liked. I was not impressed with the ending as well and I felt like it just came out of the blue. The ending was unsatisfactory for me. The story revolves around Amelie, a divorced writer having an affair with a married man. After her own husband left her after an affair. The I have very mixed feeling on If She Were Dead by JP Smith. I have no clue where to start. It took a while for me to actually get into the story and it felt very slow and predictable. There was not a single character that I liked. I was not impressed with the ending as well and I felt like it just came out of the blue. The ending was unsatisfactory for me. The story revolves around Amelie, a divorced writer having an affair with a married man. After her own husband left her after an affair. The man she is with, Ben, is really not worth her time or feelings. She is obsessed with him and struggles to separate fact from fiction. She fantasises about what it would be like if his wife were dead. The book is centred around their affair and the thoughts going on in Amelia's head as she struggles to win over Ben.
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  • Gail M
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't realize that J.P. Smith is a man until I read the post-story interview. That would explain this sex scene: "when they got into bed, they moved with speed, the air filling with growling, hungry noises that came from something deep within them as they wrestled each other into position and in less than a minute it was over, the best she'd ever had, ever, ever." Hard to imagine one-minute-sex qualifying as best ever for anyone under any circumstances (except the author?).Awful delusional I didn't realize that J.P. Smith is a man until I read the post-story interview. That would explain this sex scene: "when they got into bed, they moved with speed, the air filling with growling, hungry noises that came from something deep within them as they wrestled each other into position and in less than a minute it was over, the best she'd ever had, ever, ever." Hard to imagine one-minute-sex qualifying as best ever for anyone under any circumstances (except the author?).Awful delusional main character, completely hopeless, story that meandered pointlessly and a ridiculous ending.
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  • Roma Sharma
    January 1, 1970
    This was not my cup of tea. The editing is choppy, the writing is good bu the plot did not do it for me. I could not relate to the plot or the characters much
  • Linda Bond
    January 1, 1970
    Love affairs can be complicated, exciting, disappointing, and deadly. Emelie Ferrar is a writer with a strong, creative imagination. When she falls for Ben, her life becomes a mix of happiness and fear that someone – her daughter, his wife, anyone else – will find out and bring the roof down on everyone. And then again, maybe his wife already knew about them. But it’s been two years and life goes on. Until he and his wife, Janet, and son are set to move to California. Not only that but Emelie Love affairs can be complicated, exciting, disappointing, and deadly. Emelie Ferrar is a writer with a strong, creative imagination. When she falls for Ben, her life becomes a mix of happiness and fear that someone – her daughter, his wife, anyone else – will find out and bring the roof down on everyone. And then again, maybe his wife already knew about them. But it’s been two years and life goes on. Until he and his wife, Janet, and son are set to move to California. Not only that but Emelie learns there may have been someone else. Or was there? And that’s when things REALLY get weird. Good book!I met this book at Auntie's Bookstore in Spokane, WA
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  • Janice Lombardo
    January 1, 1970
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not really sure how to feel about this one. I'm still slightly confused about the ending and final plot twist? The plot was kind of repetitive and definitely a slow burn. It felt like nothing really happened until the last quarter or so of the book, and then I just fell confused. Most of the plot consisted of Amelie's ramblings and complaining about her obsession for a man that wasn't worthy of her devotion. Three stars. Quick read but lacked the kind of depth I'm used to reading.
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  • PacaLipstick Gramma
    January 1, 1970
    I won an ARC of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Well. The best part of this book was the smell! I use the perfume samples I get in sale flyers as bookmarks. I really love Michael Kors Wonderlust!Short of that, I had a heck of a time getting through this book. The monotony. Drudgery. Painfully long soliloquies. It was never ending.....I did not feel any connection to any of the characters. They were just too one dimensional and emotionally flat. And the ending? What in the heck was that I won an ARC of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. Well. The best part of this book was the smell! I use the perfume samples I get in sale flyers as bookmarks. I really love Michael Kors Wonderlust!Short of that, I had a heck of a time getting through this book. The monotony. Drudgery. Painfully long soliloquies. It was never ending.....I did not feel any connection to any of the characters. They were just too one dimensional and emotionally flat. And the ending? What in the heck was that all about? It honestly made about as much sense as the previous 295 pages.I KNEW I should have baked Christmas cookies.
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  • Sarah Dickinson
    January 1, 1970
    What can I say about this book ? I don't believe in giving you a summery or a storyline. No spoilers are to be found in my reviews. Mainly because you can read that anywhere, and sometimes that's not what you need to know before you decide if you want to read a book. Or maybe that's just me, either way I intend to tell you the things that matter to me when I decide if I want to invest either my time or emotions delving into a book. The biggest question is was it a page turner, a story that What can I say about this book ? I don't believe in giving you a summery or a storyline. No spoilers are to be found in my reviews. Mainly because you can read that anywhere, and sometimes that's not what you need to know before you decide if you want to read a book. Or maybe that's just me, either way I intend to tell you the things that matter to me when I decide if I want to invest either my time or emotions delving into a book. The biggest question is was it a page turner, a story that needed 1 or more things different to be better, or worse, tossed into a DNF pile. It took me a bit to get into it, 20 pages or so, but then it was impossible to put down. It was simply gripping. Complicated, fascinating and is still crawling into my psyche as I question past relationships and scenarios, and wonder if I know what love or healthy love even is.Then there is the writing. Which stand alone, could send me back to some of the classics of literature. It was so well written that calling it well written didn't do it justice. The plot was interesting, and the twists were exceptional. For the most part the characters were crafted well enough to be likable , or at the very least you will feel invested in what happens to them. Don't let that tone dissuade you , as it's more geared toward my personal opinions. I for one am simply over female characters that , at their very core are dependent on a man. This is not the complaint of male writers creating female characters in a narrow sexist focus by any means. The character's views are important to the plot and tone of the book. Simply stated she needed to feel that way for the story and the character dynamics to work. But, if you're like me and this is a theme that grates on you , and threatens to push your "I'm over it" button please ride it out. As you will surely be glad you did. Thank you Netgalley for providing me with this ARC to review
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  • Suz Jay
    January 1, 1970
    “She knew it all too well. Sometimes Amelie wished she’d been born without an imagination; she found that it only led to grief and nightmare, as though by simply dreaming up things she allowed them a kind of life apart from her, like some monster in a film, growling and roaming the countryside, throwing innocent children to drown in the lily pond.”*Writer Amelie daydreams about how great her life will be once her lover divorces his wife and marries her. But while he is always ready for a romp, “She knew it all too well. Sometimes Amelie wished she’d been born without an imagination; she found that it only led to grief and nightmare, as though by simply dreaming up things she allowed them a kind of life apart from her, like some monster in a film, growling and roaming the countryside, throwing innocent children to drown in the lily pond.”*Writer Amelie daydreams about how great her life will be once her lover divorces his wife and marries her. But while he is always ready for a romp, Ben doesn’t seem interested in an exclusive relationship with Amelie. Soon she’s consumed with thoughts of eliminating the competition for Ben’s affections. Amelie is a well constructed protagonist. Her daydreams are nicely linked to her imagination, which makes her books bestsellers. Ben’s hot/cold treatment of her fuels her obsessions making her long for a time when she can have him all to herself. His actions, such as accompanying his wife to one of Amelie’s book signing events is thoughtless, if not out and out cruel. This book contains some beautiful passages, but being deep inside Amelie’s head for the duration of the novel is a bit taxing. The story unfolds slowly with plenty of Amelie’s daydreams taking primary real estate, giving the book a literary bent. Several twists, some constructed with the barest spiderweb silk of foreshadowing, and the ending are sure to be the topic of many a book club discussion. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to the NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press, an imprint of Sourcebooks, for providing an Advance Reader Copy.*Please note that my review is based on uncorrected text.
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  • Traci Medford-Rosow
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. I have a strong preference for nonfiction, so when I read Smith’s THE DROWNING I was surprised that I could not put it down. When I agreed to read his latest novel, IF SHE WERE DEAD, I was sure that I would struggle to get through it. And I did. For the first 30 pages. But then his story gripped me and did not let go. Part love story, part exploration into the difficulties of marriage and part psychological thriller, Smith’s latest I was given an ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. I have a strong preference for nonfiction, so when I read Smith’s THE DROWNING I was surprised that I could not put it down. When I agreed to read his latest novel, IF SHE WERE DEAD, I was sure that I would struggle to get through it. And I did. For the first 30 pages. But then his story gripped me and did not let go. Part love story, part exploration into the difficulties of marriage and part psychological thriller, Smith’s latest masterpiece dazzles and delights with plot twists and turns down to the very last sentence. Literally. A seemingly simple plot—married man having an affair with an unmarried woman—proves to be the instrument for an exploration into the tangled parts of our own psyches. I was left wondering who exactly was the most aggrieved—the cheating husband, the mistress, or the “innocent” wife? At different parts in the story I believed it was all three. By the last page, however, I felt it didn’t matter. They were all perpetrators and victims—of one another, and even more so, of themselves. And then there was the fourth “real”victim—the truly innocent one. Smith’s latest novel will leave me questioning the complex nature of love, crimes and punishments for a long time. Traci Medford-RosowUSA Today bestselling author of UNBLINDED: One Man’s Courageous Journey through Darkness to Sight and INFLECTION POINT: War and Sacrifice in Corporate America.
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  • Marco
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of works by Liv Constantine and Sandie Jones will love this next work by J.P. Smith, author of the suspense/mystery thriller "The Drowning".Author Amelie Ferrar is having an affair. After 2 years, the relationship seems to have become stagnent - until it looks like the wife, Janet, has found out.What happens next is a subtle work of psychological mind games that will have you wondering whether Amelie, in her furvor to protect the affair and bring it into the open and to eventual marriage, Fans of works by Liv Constantine and Sandie Jones will love this next work by J.P. Smith, author of the suspense/mystery thriller "The Drowning".Author Amelie Ferrar is having an affair. After 2 years, the relationship seems to have become stagnent - until it looks like the wife, Janet, has found out.What happens next is a subtle work of psychological mind games that will have you wondering whether Amelie, in her furvor to protect the affair and bring it into the open and to eventual marriage, is really seeing what she is seeing - or if her mind has fractured leading her to a more sinister end game that you won't see coming."The Drowning" is one of my favorite books and I could not wait to read this one. A stand-alone, "If She Were Dead" is a different kind of slow-burn that as the chapters go on and the parts of the novel pass, the story itself seems to get more and more frantic on purpose to show Amelie's own interior mind.It was a lot of fun (scary story, but fun for the ride). Perfectly perfect for a rainy day read - with the lights on.Thank you to Sourcebooks and NetGalley for early access to this title.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    If you like weak women who spend their time chasing a man not worthy of their love then this is for you.Notice I use the plural form of women (meaning more than one) and yes in my opinion they are all wasting their precious time.The latter of the group is Amelie who can't take 'NO' for an answer even after she's told multiple times that he doesn't want her anymore.Now of course, many prefer to have their cake and eat it too and this book is no different.In fact it may feel like 'a fantasy' 'a If you like weak women who spend their time chasing a man not worthy of their love then this is for you.Notice I use the plural form of women (meaning more than one) and yes in my opinion they are all wasting their precious time.The latter of the group is Amelie who can't take 'NO' for an answer even after she's told multiple times that he doesn't want her anymore.Now of course, many prefer to have their cake and eat it too and this book is no different.In fact it may feel like 'a fantasy' 'a dream' or heck even a 'wish' but for this feminine it was enough to make me wish it was over rather quickly.I couldn't connect with these characters, I couldn't lower my standards to try to care, and I couldn't wish it all away fast enough.Just not my cup of tea.The writing was ok but it just didn't work for me in all other forms so for that reason I gave it an ok rating.
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  • Lani
    January 1, 1970
    I'm intrigued by characters who spiral out of control due to obsession with another person, so this book had everything I loved in it. I was also amused by her imagination and her creation of stories about what it would be like if certain people were dead. The prose was so eloquent at times, I quite lost myself in it. I felt the character of Amelie was very real as were the supporting characters. It is more of a slow burn read, so if you're looking for a lot of action, you won't find it here. I'm intrigued by characters who spiral out of control due to obsession with another person, so this book had everything I loved in it. I was also amused by her imagination and her creation of stories about what it would be like if certain people were dead. The prose was so eloquent at times, I quite lost myself in it. I felt the character of Amelie was very real as were the supporting characters. It is more of a slow burn read, so if you're looking for a lot of action, you won't find it here. Instead it's more of a daily fixation in the life of an author who can't quite get a grip on her life. The ending I wasn't crazy about, but it didn't affect my overall enjoyment of this book. If you like to read about affairs and adultery, you will love this book.
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  • Jodi
    January 1, 1970
    Bad decisions tend to make good stories, and this novel begins with the bad decision by a divorced author, Amelie, to embark on an affair with Ben, married man. After 2 years, she wants more of a commitment. That said, I was more grossed out than engrossed by Amelie's actions. Over the course of the novel, she becomes increasingly obsessed with Ben, and with getting what she sees as her competition out of her way. I really didn't sympathize with any of the characters. It's an interesting Bad decisions tend to make good stories, and this novel begins with the bad decision by a divorced author, Amelie, to embark on an affair with Ben, married man. After 2 years, she wants more of a commitment. That said, I was more grossed out than engrossed by Amelie's actions. Over the course of the novel, she becomes increasingly obsessed with Ben, and with getting what she sees as her competition out of her way. I really didn't sympathize with any of the characters. It's an interesting psychological study on obsession and the destruction it can wreak, but not a particularly interesting novel.Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Jennifer Holloway Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Amelie is embroiled in a love affair that has almost met it's end. She is desperate to keep the man in her life and develops an obsession with being involved in his life. Ben has a wife Janet that she has started to form a relationship with and this seems to feed into her mania. She begins to think the wife and others know what is going on. Amelie draws into the obsession in her writing and becomes lost in the mania. I liked the premise of this book, however the end fell flat for me and just Amelie is embroiled in a love affair that has almost met it's end. She is desperate to keep the man in her life and develops an obsession with being involved in his life. Ben has a wife Janet that she has started to form a relationship with and this seems to feed into her mania. She begins to think the wife and others know what is going on. Amelie draws into the obsession in her writing and becomes lost in the mania. I liked the premise of this book, however the end fell flat for me and just seemed to drop off. This book was very repetitive and I became a little irritated hearing the same things again and again.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Poisoned Pen Press for my e-copy.I had such high hopes for this book...I made myself get through it though. It is basically the rambling thoughts of a woman having an affair with a married man after her own husband leaves her for the woman he is having an affair with. Around 70%of the book things pick up, and I think “Finally, something.” And for awhile things a good- the storyline is interesting even somewhat intriguing. But then it all falls apart again.I’m so I would like to thank Poisoned Pen Press for my e-copy.I had such high hopes for this book...I made myself get through it though. It is basically the rambling thoughts of a woman having an affair with a married man after her own husband leaves her for the woman he is having an affair with. Around 70%of the book things pick up, and I think “Finally, something.” And for awhile things a good- the storyline is interesting even somewhat intriguing. But then it all falls apart again.I’m so disappointed because I loved the book “The Drowning” by the same author. Not giving up though - will be interested in what he comes up next with.
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  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    I really struggled to finish this book. There is no real purpose to the story, just long, meandering thoughts of an unhappy woman caught in an affair that is not going to have a happy outcome. I think I dislike females characters who are portrayed as being this dependent on a man for fulfillment and would have enjoyed it more if the female characters had joined together.This one just wasn’t for me. Thank you to #netgalley and the publisher for the free ebook in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited for this book and thought there would be quite a few twists and turns, but I was pretty disappointed. A woman is having and affair with a married man and we are privy to ALL her thoughts and actions surrounding it. That was it, that was the book......I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen, and it never did.I am not sure how this was billed as any type of mystery or thriller. Because it is was far removed from that. I hate not being able to recommend a book I was given I was excited for this book and thought there would be quite a few twists and turns, but I was pretty disappointed. A woman is having and affair with a married man and we are privy to ALL her thoughts and actions surrounding it. That was it, that was the book......I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen, and it never did.I am not sure how this was billed as any type of mystery or thriller. Because it is was far removed from that. I hate not being able to recommend a book I was given as an ARC but, yeah here we are.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Seriously Amelie? Her husband cheated on her and now she's obsessed with another woman's husband. Does Ben's wife know? I found it hard to be sympathetic to her even as I read through her wild stream of consciousness. Not conscience btw. I wanted to like this but couldn't get past the fact that Amelie was doing to another woman what was done to her or that Ben is doing to his wife what Amelie's husband did. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Others might like this more than I did- it's twisty Seriously Amelie? Her husband cheated on her and now she's obsessed with another woman's husband. Does Ben's wife know? I found it hard to be sympathetic to her even as I read through her wild stream of consciousness. Not conscience btw. I wanted to like this but couldn't get past the fact that Amelie was doing to another woman what was done to her or that Ben is doing to his wife what Amelie's husband did. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Others might like this more than I did- it's twisty enough to keep you engaged.
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