Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Book Review: The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

Pages: 304
Genre: Adult Fiction
Pub. Date: August 21, 2018
Publisher: Minotaur
Source: Library
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads says, "A deliciously disturbing, compulsively readable debut domestic suspense--prepare to meet The Other Woman: there’s nothing she won’t do to keep you away from her son ...  Emily thinks Adam’s perfect; the man she thought she’d never meet. But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.  Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.  The Other Woman is an addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between Emily, her boyfriend Adam, and his manipulative mother Pammie."

Emily meets Adam in a London bar, and since that moment they have been inseparable.  They are planning their wedding and all seems perfect that is until his mother, Pammie, steps into the scene.  At first, she just makes snide comments to Emily, which only makes it more awkward, because Adam never picks up on them.  He just thinks his mother is the greatest and doesn't do anything wrong.  Then the comments become a bit more aggressive and then she starts undermining Emily in every manner.  She makes everything about herself, but does so in such a way that Adam would never pick up on it and if Emily complains, she is made to look cruel and, well, crazy.  Obviously, this puts a damper on her relationship with Adam, so what is a girl to do?  The Other Woman by Sandie Jones is an edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller that left me anxious, but wanting more.

Emily is the type of character that you want to shake like a rag doll in The Other Woman. I liked her and I felt bad for her regarding what she was going through with Pammie, but why.put.up.with.this?  I mean Adam is nice, but he is he truly worth all of this torment and unnecessary drama? I mean he barely notices his mother's shenanigans and dotes on her like she is the Queen of England. It's exhausting and Emily can't compete with the motherly guilt that Pammie spews.  Adam's family would have had me running for the hills, but I guess this is what makes for an entertaining story.

Planning a wedding is stressful enough, but the events that ensue in The Other Woman are freaking insane. I couldn't believe some of the crap that Pammie pulls and gets away with!  It really is psychological warfare and she steps up her game by becoming more and more aggressive.  Cue all the drama! There are some twists that took me by surprise, so that was also very unexpected and fun!

I can see why Reese Witherspoon would endorse this novel as her November pick, because it has everything readers like to make it an edge-of-your-seat tale. There's drama, romance, secrets, and a mother-in-law that is every bit of nightmare.  I was cringing the entire time, but I had to know how it would end up for Emily. If you are looking for a psychological thriller that will keep you entertained, check out The Other Woman. What a ride!


  1. Glad you enjoyed it! I am impatiently waiting for this one from my library.

    1. I hope you get it soon. It was quite the ride! Thanks for dropping by, Michele.

  2. Yikes, sounds like so many red flags! I kinda want to know what happens to Emily!

    1. Yes! It was like a train wreck and so, so many red flags, but I guess that is what makes it entertaining, right? Thanks for visiting, Angela.


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