The Other Woman by Sandie Jones: when a woman falls in love with someone, one of her biggest fears is that another woman will come between them. While most women who are fighting for a man’s attention are competing with another potential date, Emily is competing with someone who Adam can’t leave: his mother. The Other Woman was a great read full of twists that kept my interest throughout the entire read.
The Other Woman by Sandie Jones Synopsis
“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.”Goodreads
The plot of a mother not liking her son’s new love interest may not be completely unique. However, Sandie Jones takes it to the next level! Every time I thought I knew where it was going, something unexpected would happen. It wasn’t just the bigger aspects of the plot that had twists but the smaller things as well, which kept things exciting.
What I Loved
I loved the conflict between Emily and Pammie, Adam’s mother. The subtle sass and cattiness was really well-executed. It was great to see Pammie go after Emily even in front of Adam without him noticing. From personal experiences, men can definitely be clueless about things like this even if you try to explain them. Luckily, my mother-in-law is not a Pammie, but I have had people insult me in front of my husband without him noticing.
Other than the great relationships between the characters, I also loved the progression of the story. It was exciting from page one and it never lulled. I had trouble finding a good place to pause when it was time to go to bed, or return to work from my lunch break. It only took me two day for me to finish. If it ever comes out as a movie, I’ll watch that too!
What I Didn’t Love
Maybe it’s just my imagination, but I feel like the male characters in this story weren’t quite as developed as the female ones. This could be because the author is female or that the focus is simply on the women so the men fall into the background. There is nothing else for me to criticize, so if I had to say one negative thing, that would be it. At the same time, it didn’t bother me and I loved everything else.
Other readers were, as always, more critical than me. The Other Woman was rated 3.77 out of 5 on Goodreads. Critics complains that there was a lack of substance and that the book was boring. I did not have the same experience and there were many others who gave it five star reviews!
You can buy The Other Woman by Sandie Jones on Amazon using this link. The author has two other books, which I have already ordered. You can buy The First Mistake and The Half Sister on Amazon as well.
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