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Posted May 6, 2011
Couldn't put it down
The Mistress's Revenge: A Novel by Tamar Cohen is one strange book. It was well-written, but totally different from what I was expecting. The Mistress's Revenge is the "journal" of a woman who was just dumped by her married lover after a five-year affair.
At first, you get the idea that this "poor woman" was strung along by the this horrible man. Then you start to realize that the woman isn't so wonderful herself, and the man is even more horrible than you first believed. The ending was a total surprise and this is absolutely NOT a book you want to "cheat" on and read the ending first. (Do people really do that? It would drive me crazy to already know the ending. I can't even stand to read series books out of order.)
This book was hard to put down. It's one of those train-wreck things. I just had to keep reading to find out how much worse it was going to get. Not the writing; that was great. I'm talking about the downward spiral into delusion and insanity by the main character. Wow.
The description of this book says it's "fiery, passionate, engrossing, unsettling, manipulative, and graphic." I'm not sure it's fiery, passionate or terribly graphic, but it is good in a Fatal Attraction-minus-the-bunny kind of way.
My only complaint is that it takes place in England, so there were several words I had to look up. How did people read international books before the internet?
Content warning: This book contains explicit language and one (maybe two, I can't remember) sex scenes. Not romance-novel sex scenes; more like drunken one-night stand scenarios. It ain't pretty.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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Posted August 21, 2011
A Voyeuristic Journey into an Unstable Mind
I recently read The Mistress's Revenge by Tamar Cohen, which I won in a Goodreads giveaway. As this was an ARC copy, I will be careful to be unspecific about the things I read as parts may have been edited or cut before release. The entire story is told through the journaling of the mistress. It is an interesting point of view, and Cohen pulled it off well. Not an easy feat, I am sure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
At times, it can be difficult to follow. This is due to the fact that we are reading the journal. We only hear the thoughts of the main character, Sally. But even then, we only hear the thoughts she wishes to share with Clive, whom she is ultimately writing the journal for. The difficulty to follow is not a bad thing in this book. It lends credibility to the deterioration of Sally's mind as time progresses.
I was shocked and appalled by some of the things Sally confesses to doing. There were times I wanted to reach into the book and shake her myself. Cohen did an excellent job of showing how others were being affected by Sally's decline, while maintaining the journalistic aspect and keeping it somehow obvious that it wasn't front most in Sally's mind.
Just when you think you know what will happen next, or you are sure that she won't do what you think she is about to do, Cohen pulls another surprise from her bag of tricks. The ending was something I never saw coming. In all my predictions, in all the lead up, you will never guess where it all ultimately leads to. Cohen pulled it off smoothly and perfectly.
The Mistress's Revenge is an excellent read for anyone who has loved and lost. All the times you've dreamed about hurting them the way they've hurt you. Follow one woman's journey as she struggles to overcome a loss so great she feels she will never be whole again.
~Tiffany A. Higgins, children's author
Posted July 31, 2011
"THE MISTRESS'S REVENGE" (REVIEW)
"THE MISTRESS'S REVENGE" BY TAMAR COHEN (REVIEW)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book was fascinating, spooky, humorous, insane, and even a little bit heartbreaking. There are multiple emotions throughout this book and in the end, even though you know it's not right you find yourself glad that the heroine in this story got her final revenge.
When Sally Islip is dumped by her married next door neighbor after a five year illustrious affair she finds herself going off the deep end as she launched an insane plot to remain forever in his life. She befriends his wife, tries to befriend his children, and stalks him relentlessly. Though when the tables turn and he decides he has to get her out of his life, one way or another... well... let's just say things don't turn out as you'd expect.
Tamar Cohen writes with a knowledge of this type of obsession that is almost scary. All in all, this is a great book! A must-read!
-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
Posted July 13, 2011
The Mistress's Revenge
Thought this book would be great by reading the cover. Only got to page 21 when I realized that this author was the most boring I have read in a long time. Didn't want to waste my time going any further - very boring narrative type writing. I won't be buying any other books by her. Don't waste your money on this one!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2011
Could have been better
I started this book and then immediately did not like the way it was written. It reminded me of how someone talks when they do not want to be interrupted or answered: they just want you to listen to their woes. Their talking is annoying and self satisfying only, that is the kind of individual that I would not choose to be friends with for any length of time. But, as I read further the writing annoyed me less and less. I realized it was letters she was writing, but come on it was annoying.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
*Spoiler Alert * The story itself was depressing and sad, how many lives were damaged by this affair? I realize that Sally had a mental breakdown and that is what was ruining her life and those lives around her, but Clive was no better. Clive had had countless affairs and broken many hearts, thank heaven one finally caught up with him. How much damage can one person do?
The families that were hurt made me sad, I didn't care for the story and the problems Sally encountered. She was her own worst enemy. Fatal attraction was never one of my favorite movies so I'm not surprised I didn't really care for this book. Like I said before, the writing turned me off at the start but improved with time. I did find it interesting how easy it would be to stalk someone now days with all the social networking we all do.
Revenge is a dish best served cold, or so I've heard and Sally is quite cold in this book.
Posted July 8, 2011
Posted May 28, 2011
A good debut
Told by the main character, Sally, through entries in a journal that her therapist believed would be helpful - the reader is presented with a story that focuses on the incredibly high costs of having an illicit affair. Sally is a woman who 'lives' life in a cubbyhole. Her job is mundane and boring, but she does have two children she loves and a husband named Daniel. This trio has always been the most important part of Sally's life. Daniel is a nice, calm, harmless man who is certainly a good father, yet doesn't exactly offer much in the way of excitement. There came a time when Sally and Daniel became friends with a lovely woman named Susan and her husband, Clive. Clive is a wealthy man, but not exactly the 'Brad Pitt' type. In fact, when Sally first meets Clive she observes him as a short, stocky man with a Chinese dragon tattoo on his forearm. Little did Sally know at that time that she would one day be sending Clive one hundred emails a day trying desperately to get him to speak to her again. At the beginning, the emails were scattered as Sally and Clive became friends and spoke about various life events. In fact, Clive joked that Sally was the first female friend that his wife Susan even allowed him to have. Unfortunately, for Sally, she found something in Clive she couldn't find in other areas of her life, which put her on the path of self-destruction. Believing what Clive actually said was her downfall, as Sally and Clive began an all-out affair which was exciting, romantic, and.soon over. Although Clive walked away and went back to the arms of the wife he loved, Sally could barely get up in the morning. She became obsessed. She began to follow Susan around and have lunch with her, trying to get the latest information about the man she thought she loved. Susan is a kind woman and deals with Sally well, yet even she, after a while, feels as if there's something incredibly wrong with the woman. At home, Daniel suffers as he watches Sally turn into a woman he's never met before. As Sally grows even more cold and distant toward Daniel, her daughter soon begins to despise her, and Sally even forgets her own son's birthday. Literally, all she can concentrate on is Clive.what he's doing.what he's thinking. Sally becomes so obsessed, in fact, that she soon finds people following her; threatening letters begin to amass, and her car window is smashed by a brick. A warning from Clive, perhaps? With the twists and turns - and a very surprising ending - this book takes a good long look at obsession and the exacting of revenge. Quill Says: A good debut. Although there were slight 'reminders' of Fatal Attraction, Sally is a bit mediocre when it comes to being an obsessive woman on the edge.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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