Book Review: Unfaithful

A fatal attraction… with a deadly twist…

JL Butler

Synopsis

Rachel Reeves has it all. The perfect family, a rich husband and a gorgeous home. But when her precious only child flies the nest, Rachel gets itchy feet. And succumbs to a mind blowing one-night stand.
Instantly regretting her infidelity, Rachel cuts ties with Chris. But he won’t let her go that easily. Throwing herself into work, she erases him from her life. Until a text from an unknown number changes everything.

Someone knows. A twisted text, a menacing email, a sordid photo… each one more sinister than the last. Someone’s out to destroy everything Rachel holds most dear. And they’ll stop at nothing until they do…

Review

*contains spoilers*

This book should’ve been one that I devoured in one sitting. It sounded fantastic and it started off pretty well;, with some interesting characters. Rachel seems fairly likeable and relatable, which is unusual for a lot of thrillers where the MC has an affair.

However, once she sleeps with Chris it all falls apart. Rachel is still an interesting character but she’s no longer likeable in the way she acts towards those around her.

There are several red flags at the start (hello controlling husband), but after this big event, it becomes painfully obvious who the perpetrator is. There are just too many books where a cheating wife is stalked by her seemingly loving husband and although the author tries to throw readers off the scent (making every character suspicious), it’s not fooling anyone.

This wouldn’t have been so bad, but towards the end everyone’s personality changes and there are dodgy dealings with the Russian Mafia, embroiling the characters in an unnecessary plot that adds nothing and is just confusing.

The insight into publishing, plus the characters Iris and Bill are the reason this gets 2 stars, rather than 1. The old couple next door are well-written and believable; I genuinely cared about them and they brought a little humanity into what is really a story of whiny, privileged people. The rest of the characters – even daughter Dylan – and especially Rachel’s friend Serena, are despicable.

While I can get past unlikeable characters, the real nail in the coffin is the ending, which is utterly ridiculous.

A strong start, but the book unfortunately descends into chaos and utter fantasy.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I was provided a copy of the book by Random Things Tours. Opinions my own. 

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