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The Mistress's Revenge. Tamar Cohen

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  1,213 Ratings  ·  352 Reviews
You think you are rid of me. You think you have drawn a line under the whole affair. You are so, so wrong.

For five years, Sally and Clive have been lost in a passionate affair. Now he has dumped her, to devote himself to his wife and family, and Sally is left in freefall.

It starts with a casual stroll past his house, and popping into the brasserie where his son works. The
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Published June 27th 2012 by Black Swan (first published January 1st 2011)
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Nov 23, 2014 Cher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
2.5 stars - It was alright, an average book.

An interesting character study in which you essentially follow the main character's descent into mental instability due to heartbreak and depression following the after effects of poor choices.

I found it rather insightful regarding why people may do "crazy things" after break-ups, as you see why the MC does the things she does and her reasoning (often irrational) for such.

On the other hand, there is much bitterness and vitriol in the book which make
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Well this was a surprise! After very mixed reviews I was expecting a mediocre book, but no, this is a clever, dark and brilliant book. I loved it. The ending was mind blowing too.

Sally is the female protagonist and the entire book is written from her perspective, I loved getting into her mind, I liked the book format unlike others. It doesn't have chapters either, just section breaks but I didn't care, I was hooked.

Sally and Clive are both married and had an affair for years then it ended. The b
Jan Norton
Jun 10, 2011 Jan Norton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 10, 2011 Yvonne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although both Sally and Clive have partners and children, they embark on a five-year elicit love affair. When Clive ends the relationship, Sally doesn’t want to let go. She becomes so obsessed, she allows her whole life to crumble.

I couldn’t help but wonder if this was going to be just another formulaic female stalker novel, à la Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction. Other than being told in the first person through Sally’s journal entries, would The Mistress’s Revenge have anything new to offer?

Apr 16, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With a title like The Mistress's Revenge, I really wasn't sure what to expect - the title reminds me of the pile of Mills and Boons that my Mum would have stacked by her bed when I was growing up. Please, don't be put off by the title!! This is as far away from mushy romance as you can get.
The story is narrated by Sally - it's a rambling narrative and she is speaking directly to Clive, her ex-lover. Sally and Clive have been having an affair for five years, he's married and a TV presenter, she l
Jun 12, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sally and Clive had an affair for five years. Sally can remember the night that Clive told her that the affair was over. She had arrived at the restaurant for dinner and she had barely one arm out of her sleeve when Clive informed her that he was giving his wife another chance. Things just go from bad to worse Sally writes Clive and than she becomes friends on facebook with Clive’s wife and daughter. As if that was not bad enough, Sally even goes to the coffee shop that Clive’s son works at. Soo ...more
Jun 22, 2011 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I won this through the Advanced Readers. This one was a tough for me to get through. I really like the ending, but I found the book to be a little slow. It wasn't really the page turner I was expecting. I found it a little slow and kinda painful because I like to emerse myself in the main character, but this one I really couldn't. I have never had that kind of obsessive love and it was painful for me to feel it through the main character. I wanted there to be SOOOO much more Revenge than just wh ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012

I won this book & was thrilled...and what a great read it was. Very different story line loved how it was written by the 'scorned' woman Sally,what a bunny boiler!!! She made me so angry how she neglected her kids-every mother reading this will feel the same. Very unexpected twist at the end which I couldn't put down until I'd finished-resulting in me neglecting my kids breakfast!lol!
Very well done Tamar-cracking book I strongly recommend :0))
Tracy Fenton
Apr 24, 2013 Tracy Fenton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very difficult book to review... whilst I found the writing wonderful and the humour was great - this is a book with a central character I just did not like at all. Unhinged and selfish but nevertheless I could not put this down. It's one of those books that you read with dread and butterflies in your tummy as you know something bad will happen. I will definitely be reading her other books soon.
Donna McBroom-Theriot
When a book begins the way this one did, you begin to feel the suspense on the very first page. By the end of the first page, (see quotes above) I could hear eerie music playing in my mind and the beating of my heart in my ears. I was starting to hear the voice of Glenn Close as Sally and Kirk Douglas as Clive. In fact, the more I read, the more I could hear the matter of fact voice of Glenn Close speaking to me. I found myself holding my breath as I was reading so I did not miss anything.
I am
Jun 26, 2011 Jadaloves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow…REALLY!? Just WOW! I totally and completely enjoyed this book and found myself immersed in it from the very first word. I must have hit the different book jackpot because The Mistress’s Revenge is also unique in that it is told completely through Sally’s journals. And her journal entries took on the form of letters to Clive Gooding, the man she was having a long term affair with.

From the beginning Sally pulls you into her head and takes you on a gripping and intense ride through her life as
Cleo Bannister
Tamar Cohen's debut is written with real style and some very dark humour. The story is that of a married woman who has recently been dumped by her married lover, she starts a journal on her therapist's advice that she should be "journalling her emotions" Sally's aside is "Did you know journal is a verb now?"
The journal follows Sally through her steady descent into madness as she obsesses over the things Clive said to her and his responses (he does respond to her desperate efforts to get in touch
Book Him Danno
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.

This was definitely a strange one.

Written in journal form (first-person) this was difficult to get into at first because since it's from Sally's point of view and Sally is literally going insane and you can't help but want to slap some sense into her it's a bit rough going at first. At least it was for me.

So, the gist of the story is Sally was having an affair with this guy Clive for the past 5 years but as this type of story typically goes, Clive dumps her to spend more time and focus on his r
Sally has a problem and her therapist thinks that "journaling" about is will help. Her problem is that after five years, Clive has ended their affair. He wants to give his marriage and family another try. But, Sally can't let it go. It didn't matter that her affair overlapped her relationship with Daniel, or that Clive was a married man with children. He left her, deserted her, and she needed resolution. She couldn't be the only one feeling this pain. So, Sally begins to ingratiate herself into ...more
Amanda J
Jun 10, 2011 Amanda J rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda J by: Goodreads First Reads Giveaway
Shelves: first-reads
Billed as "fiery, passionate, [and] engrossing" I couldn't help but think this would be a fast paced provocative read about a mistress who takes revenge on the man with whom she had an illicit affair. Unfortunately the most captivating writing is the blurb on the back cover. The title "The Mistress's Revenge" implies that there will be plenty of vengeful action - but this book is actually about inaction, the inability to move on from a bad relationship, rather to wallow in its shattered remains. ...more
Jul 07, 2011 Cathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The actual story was nothing like the book cover described! This made it seem light-hearted, perhaps humor peppered throughout. What it should have said-this book follows a mistress that was dumped after a 5 year affair, suffering from severe depression through the entire book. She did not extract any revenge, just a few desperate attempts to stay in his life. He extracted revenge against her, systematically destroying her life after breaking her heart. Kept thinking she was going to pull hersel ...more
Aug 25, 2015 Lainy rated it really liked it
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Pages - 346

Publisher - Black Swan

Blurb from Goodreads

You think you are rid of me. You think you have drawn a line under the whole affair. You are so, so wrong.

For five years, Sally and Clive have been lost in a passionate affair. Now he has dumped her, to devote himself to his wife and family, and Sally is left in freefall.

It starts with a casual stroll past his house, and popping into the brasserie where his son works. Then Sally befriends Clive's wife and daughter on
Jun 10, 2011 l rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
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I can honestly say that this book was like nothing I'd ever read before...and I'm not sure if that was a good thing. No matter how much Sally empathized with the people in the world around her, I could never form any type of connection with the main character. The journal-like format of the book forces the reader to spend too much time in Sally's head and, for me personally, this close connection forged a relationship of annoyance on
Jun 26, 2011 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like drama
Recommended to Pat by: was an ARC giveaway
I recieved this book as an ARC giveaway from Goodreads/Simon & Schuster.
Starting the novel I knew I would have absolutely no sympathy for Sally. She has an affair with a married man with three children - while she was living for several years with her two children and their father. The couples were friends socially. I had a little difficulty getting into the flow of the "letter" style, but was comfortable after several pages.
Reading this novel was like watching a train you knew was going
Jun 30, 2011 Aimee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
The Mistress's Revenge is written as a journal written by Sally who has just been dumped by the man she had been having an affair with for the last five years. Clive tells Sally he wants to try to work things out with his wife, Susan, and be there for his two adult children. Sally, who has a partner and two children of her own, cannot let go of Clive and so begins an obsession with Clive's family and the beginning of a debilitating depression.

This book is like nothing I have ever read before. Si
RATING: 3.5)THE MISTRESS'S REVENGE by Tamar Cohen is a fiction. This is a debut novel.It is a story about mistress,marriage,separation,adultery,married men,love hate,and revenge.
It is the story of Clive and his mistress,Sally, who have been having a five year long passionate affair. When Clive dumps Sally,she seeks revenge. After Clive dumps Sally,he received a prestigious music award,plans to renew his marriage vows.Sally feels Clive should suffer for not only dumping her,but for causing her pa
Kelley Ross
I received this novel through the first-reads program.

About 30 pages in I flipped through the book, and I was a little disappointed to find that the entire novel was written as a diary. Later, I decided this writing style was a little different, but ultimately more effective for the particular story being told.

Sally is a strong narrator and an interesting study of the female mind. She seems to follow the classic symptoms of grief, which was an interesting yet subtle way for the author to treat
Jun 21, 2011 Arlene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads program. It's written in the form of a diary, written by Sally, who has just been dumped by her lover of 5 years, Clive. Clive has decided to concentrate on his marriage with Susan, and Sally is devastated.

I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I have. Her use of metaphor is very entertaining, especially when describing the sex scenes. It's refreshing to read her less than flattering descriptions of her encounters. Her metaphors are
Jul 28, 2011 Aileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read mixed reviews on this book. The book starts with Sally seeing a
Therapist (Helen), the book is written in form of a Journal to Clive,
as the Therapist suggested it would improve Sally’s understanding
skills. Sally is the Narrator throughout the book.
Sally is 43 a mum of 2 with a partner Daniel. Sally has been having an
Affair for the past 5 years with Clive (who is married man with Wife
sally and 2 children) Susan and Daniel are close friends with Clive and
Sally. Sally’s world falls apar
Jun 10, 2011 Camaree rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I was really looking forward to reading this book. I loved the idea of Fatal Attraction in the Facebook era. However, I was disappointed (I possibly had to high of expectations). My concern was that I never liked the main character, Sally, or the man she had an affair with, Clive. It is difficult to enjoy the book when you really wish that both Sally and Clive would ruin each other and leave all the innocent bystanders alone.

However, I did enjoy that the book was written in a journal format. Th
I almost gave up on this book but I felt that I should continue to read it because it was a first reads giveaway. The writing style was annoying pretty much from the start. It is a story about a woman who is dumped by her married lover after a five year affair. The story is written as a journal that the main character is keeping to help with her recovery during therapy. She rambles too much and fills her journal with snide little asides that became distracting after a while. I would have enjoyed ...more
Mar 11, 2012 Chrys rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, I read it when I was going through a 'I hate men'moment so I loved the revengful 'innocent' streak. I was a bit disappointed that she ended up being a bit of a psycho drug addict, I would have preferred her to have been a bit more lucid and in control but just as obsessed at getting back at her ex lover. I found it really pacey and couldn't wait to see how it ended. I was also really glad it ended as it did and she got away with it... Well done, looking forward to her next nov ...more
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Jul 18, 2011 K likes Tea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of the Mistress's Revenge and have to admit I wasn't terribly excited as it is not the sort of novel I ordinarily read. That said, I really enjoyed the book. Cohen brilliantly depicts a woman unraveling after a bad breakup. Each chapters is frenzied and frantic, pulling the reader deeper into Sally's depression. The reader feels every pill she takes, cringing as we wait for Sally to take her final revenge on Clive. The book ends with a surprising twist that elevates th ...more
Katie Pesznecker
Narrator Sally completely unravels after her lover calls off their 5-year affair to refocus on his marriage. But I struggled to care. Sally is unsympathetic, narcissistic, totally disassociated from the impact her actions have had on her husband and kids. If she'd been just a shred more relatable, this could have been a really good book -- about how a logical person can become completely irrational and obsessed when passion is yanked out from under his/her feet. But I found it really hard to car ...more
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Tamar Cohen is a freelance journalist who lives in London with her partner and three teenage children.
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