The Last Affair

The Last Affair

by Margot Hunt


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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778309222
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 11/26/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 61,403
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Margot Hunt is theUSA TODAY best selling author of FOR BETTER AND WORSE and BEST FRIENDSFOREVER. Her newest book, THE LAST AFFAIR, will be released by MIRA inNovember 2019.

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The Last Affair 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
andreajanelreads 4 days ago
I was provided with an ARC of this title from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Nora and Joseph are thrown together by chance. They’ve existed on the fringes of one another’s worlds, but the chance meeting launches them into unexpected intimacy. They are both trapped in loveless marriages, and it’s inevitable that they will fall in love – seeking the things they are missing in their lives. Joseph’s wife Caroline and Nora’s husband Carter are flawed, imperfect and villainous. They are extremely easy to hate. I’ll admit that once I was halfway through the book a part of me applauded Caroline’s demise. But who killed Caroline, and why, and how the crescendo built to the bloody finale at the introduction of the book was an astonishing revelation. This one will keep you guessing, with its cutthroat examination of suburbian manipulation and deceptive appearances.
Honolulubelle 5 days ago
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.
Anonymous 5 days ago
Nora Holliday is not the kind of woman to have an affair with a married man, but Josh Landon embodies everything her abusive alcoholic husband isn't. The pair quickly become infatuated with one another, and can't stay away. When Josh's daughter, Abby, returns from college nursing a broken heart, the last thing she expected to see was her father and Nora kissing. She was hoping for solace, not more drama, and vows to take the homewrecker down at all costs. And as for Gwen, Abby's mother and Josh's wife? To the outside world, she's living the perfect suburban life. Until she winds up dead. This was my first book by Margot Hunt, and I was hoping for a twisty drama filled love triangle, and while that is what I got, I was hoping for just a smidge more. There were tons of dark secrets and characters who are a more than a bit morally gray, but nothing really stood out for me as being different than any other love affair thriller/soap opera you may see. Despite not much shocking me, I did enjoy Hunt's writing style but the story as a whole just fell a bit flat for me.
vaness77 7 days ago
Wow!!! Margot Hunt does it again with her newest addicting psychological thriller! Nora, middle age, struggles with her unhappy marriage. While traveling for a work convention, she runs into her kids’ orthodontist, Josh at the hotel bar. Josh and Nora have an instant connection and the affair begins. Told from multiple point of views, this thriller explores the consequences of our actions. Hunt’s novel will have you hooked from the start! The characters feel so real including some that you grow to hate. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves psychological thrillers. It’s an easy, fast paced read.
nfam 7 days ago
A Love Affair Leads to Murder Nora Holliday, a food blogger, is at a convention.JoshLandon, an orthodontist, is at a different convention at the same hotel. He’s taken care of Nora’s childrenso it seems harmless to have a drink together. However, the drink and conversation last much too long and then, even though they’re not that kind of people, they’re having an affair. Josh’s wife Gwen, seems like a lovely person on the outside. She and Josh appear to be the perfect couple, but then she’s found in the Landon’s yard with her head bashed in. This puts a great deal of strain on the family, but also on the Nora and Josh relationship. I liked Nora and Josh. Affairs are wrong, but I couldn’t help wanting them to be together because their partners were so bad for them. Gwen was a self-centered bitch. She certainly made the perfect victim. Abby, Gwen and Josh’s daughter, was a hard character to figure out. She was home from college having suffered a romantic disappointment. However, her response to the trauma seemed out of proportion to the injury. The setting was well done. Lovely suburban communities like Shoreham while serene on the surface often are a seething mass of discontent and anger. I thought the book was well done. The identity of the killer is hard to figure out. I felt it was almost an anticlimax after so much emotion surrounded the affair between Nora and Josh. I received this book from Harlequin for this review.
bookfan-mary 8 days ago
The Last Affair is the story of Nora and Josh. They are both in unhappy marriages so when fate throws them together they grab the chance for some happiness. That happiness lasts until they are found out by Josh’s twenty-something daughter. She waits until the right time to spill the beans which unleashes a series of events that could bring down both families. The novel starts with a dead body so I felt a sense of impending violence while reading. I just wasn’t sure how or when it would occur – and at whose hand. The final scene makes me think there could be a sequel – either that or it’s just a really creepy final scene. The Last Affair was an addictive read for me – a one day read – and I recommend it to fans of stories about revenge.
Momma_Becky 9 days ago
There have been a ton of domestic dramas/thrillers lately, and chances are if you've read any of them, you've read most of them. The Last Affair is no different in that respect. There's really nothing new here. It's the execution that sets it apart. We have the usual bunch of players in this twisted game, and honestly, none of them are particularly likable. The story starts with a dead body, so there's no question about who is going to die. She's already been murdered. Then we head back a few months to what started it all. Well, some of the issues these people have took a lifetime to hone into real problems, but a few months before the murder is where we go. The blurb tells us there's an affair, and Gwen Landon is dead. So it's just a matter of figuring out the whodunit. I have to hand it to Margot Hunt. The red herrings are everywhere, and nearly everyone who comes into close contact with this woman has reason to at least hate her, and given the issues among this crowd, it wouldn't take much to turn that hate into murder. She's about as unlikable as it gets, and she's not even the one who had the affair! I mentioned earlier that the execution is what sets this one apart, and that's where the pacing and the author's ability to draw me in play a part. Both were well done, and I particularly liked the climax for the murder. Hunt did an excellent job of keeping everyone a suspect to the bitter end. Okay, not the very end. The story does go on a bit longer after the big reveal to tie everything up, and there's one last twist that I really didn't find completely necessary. Other than that, I completely enjoyed the story, and I look forward to whatever Margot Hunt does next.
ExtremeDamage 10 days ago
From the opening scene, until the very end, this book will have you turning pages and guessing. This book kept me intrigued and entertained, plotting theories and trying to find the truth, and tell me if that’s not the best thing about suspense’s books: the emotion to play detective, follow clues and get the answers. This was my first time reading the author, and I found in the book a thrilling story, characters were well developed fueling the plot with their particular relationship dynamics, and lots of surprises. All started with a body found in the backyard of a house. But then the author takes us back in time to meet Nora, Josh, Abby and Gwen. Nora is a food blogger who will attend a convention. Josh is an orthodontist who found himself in the same place as Nora. They have met before. They talk. That chat turns into flirting, and the flirting drives them to share a bed. The only problem there is that Josh and Nora are married to other people. Then we have Abby. She’s Josh daughter and she’s back home after a heartbreaking experience in college. She’s having a hard time. And they she discovers her dad is cheating on her mother. Finally we have Gwen. She’s Josh wife and Abby’s mom. She’s the body found in the backyard in the opening scene. Through the pages you will know part of her story, as well as follow the clues to discover who killed her. I couldn’t put this book down. It was amazing! I had a great time reading it and I recommend it to all fans of suspense out there.
GratefulGrandma 13 days ago
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.
mamalovestoread22 13 days ago
Nora Holliday knows what she is doing is wrong on so many levels, but the connection she has with Josh isn't something she can ignore. He is everything her husband isn't, he showers her with attention and makes her feel loved, and she hasn't had that in a long time. They know they shouldn't let what happened at the conference follow them home, but they just can't seem to help themselves... and it's about to cost them everything! They are not the only two mixed up in their little affair, Josh has a daughter that knows a little too much and a spouse that is about to draw attention to their little affair... but not in the way you think! The Last Affair is a thrilling little domestic suspense novel that will keep you on your toes from beginning to end! Nothing says enthralling like a little family drama, secrets, forbidden romance, and murder. I loved what I discovered between the pages of this novel, the story line is plausible and inventive, and the characters are superbly crafted, their antics kept me flying through the pages. This was quite the memorable first time read, the words were addictive and the drama was high, I had no problem keeping my eyes glued to the pages of this one!! Highly recommend! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, via NetGalley request, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
SilversReviews 13 days ago
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 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. 4/5 This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
thicks 21 days ago
There are a lot of pieces that fit together to make this story work and the author does fill it in nicely but for me this was just okay. Although I am not a big fan of cheating books there was something about this one especially the promise of a good mystery that made me go for it. Sadly for me this was anti-climatic. The author spent a lot of time building it up, filling all the gaps, then it ended. This is my first read by this author and it wasn't a bad one so I will most definitely check her out again. While this one didn't thrill me it was a good read.