I’m so thankful I received The Mistress’s Revenge via the Goodreads First Reads program because otherwise I would likely never have come across this indescribably powerful book.
Sally and Clive had a 5 year affair. Both of them were partnered and both of them made plans to leave their partners to be together. Clive put a deposit down on a flat and a few days before they were supposed to move, tells Sally that, actually, instead of leaving his wife, he’s going to go ahead and not leave his wife. Which is different. It’s at this point that the book begins.
It’s written as a journal / letter / confession to Clive. Initially Sally is heartbroken but fairly reasonable, given the circumstances. The author does an impressive job of portraying exactly how it feels to be completely in love with someone who’s completely in love with you, only to have them one day just turn their back on you with no fanfare. It was a situation I could unfortunately relate to all too well.
Quickly Sally loses her grip on reality and her entire life begins to slip away. Her relationship with her partner hasn’t been good for many years but she begins to lose the grip on her children as well. She begins her creepy revenge and Clive responds by ensuring she’ll never work again. And then… Well, I am rarely surprised by the ending of books but holy cow I didn’t see this one coming.
I am not a person who particularly likes ‘chick-lit’ and I was initially afraid that’s what I had here. No. Definitely, definitely not. This book was so god damn affecting. I literally felt sick to my stomach as I read it. I felt like I was watching a good friend drive straight towards a wall at 140 miles per hour and there was nothing I could do to stop her.
I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend and I will certainly be keeping an eye out for future books by Tamar Cohen.