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The Other Half

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  424 ratings  ·  96 reviews
In the internationally bestselling author Sarah Rayner's The Other Half, Chloe, bright, hip and single, is a feature writer with ambitions to launch a magazine of her own. When she meets James, her potential new boss, she knows she shouldn't mix business with pleasure, but finds it impossible to resist...

Maggie appears to have it all. She's beautiful, a talented writer, an
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Published March 25th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 1st 2001)
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Yup, I have an ex-husband- A cheating ex-husband...I call him "Those We Don't Speak Of"...but sometimes I slip and speak of him just to poke fun- because I find it therapeutic and it amuses me. Although it was looong go, and I am indifferent to him personally- the betrayal left behind some big trust issues that never go away. Cheaters leave a trail of carnage in their wake- humiliated and hurt wives or husbands, children left to pick sides, mutual friends in awkward positions. It isn't pretty-an ...more
Jul 08, 2014 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: Delee
A perfect beach read for my Jersey vacation. A smart take on wives, mistresses and cheating husbands. Chloe (the mistress) and John (the cheater) think they're being oh-so-discrete, but the reader is privy to all the stupid 'mistakes' they make and how their smoothness is anything but smooth. You also get to watch as Maggie (the wife) ever-so-slowly comes to the (rather obvious) realization that her husband is a weak, immoral man. Then she deals with things in her own way. Even though this is a ...more
Frishawn Rasheed
The Other Half is one of those rare books that while shining a rather glaring spotlight on a very touchy subject, (adultery) still manages to entertain the reader and maintain a light hearted tone.
Telling the story of infidelity from both the point of view of mistress (Chloe) and wife (Maggie); author Sarah Rayner expertly navigates the twists and turns of loves, lives, betrayals, and growth with a respect and sensitivity that is unmatched.

Although there are a great many things that make this bo
Cleo Bannister
Sarah Rayner’s book starts by describing good time Chloe, an up and coming star in the world of women’s magazines who goes for a drink with her boss, James and ends up taking him to bed with her. Chloe is trying to pitch an idea for a new magazine which is different (a concept that is long overdue in my opinion) and his contacts could be the break she needs.

Later on we get to know Maggie, the perfect wife, a well-known food writer who is well groomed and more sensible than Chloe. James and Maggi
Judy Collins
This was my first book by Sarah Rayner, and so look forward to reading more of her work!

“The Other Half” grabs you from the first page, to the last with such intensity, emotion, and seduction as this complicated sexy love triangle faces life, temptation, and desire in the sexy and hip UK and US glamorous magazine world. Set between modern London and lively New York, the suspense will keep you on edge until the wee hours of the morning.

This book was so much more than the “other woman/mistress”
Chloe is a features editor on a magazine. She has what she thinks is a good idea for a new type of magazine for thirty something women and she pitches the idea to James, a publisher. In the course of their meetings she falls for him and the feeling is mutual. Their affair leads to consequences neither of them could have foreseen when they first met.

Unfortunately I didn't like Chloe as a character. She seemed shallow and self centred - not to say hypocritical. She condemned others for having aff
Apr 10, 2014 Helen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: book clubs
Fair warning--there's lots of emotion and sexual attraction here, but this is no romance novel. "The Other Half" is the story of a marriage and an affair told from the viewpoints of the two women who lived it.

Set in England, it covers some interesting ground--what attracts us to people, whether we ever truly get over important past loves, how we justify our actions to ourselves, how much of ourselves we give up--or should give up--to maintain a relationship.

Though very different in appearance an
*ARC kindly provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Cheating isn't the easiest subject to read about and I imagine it's because no one ever wants to think about being in that situation themselves. But don't let that deter you, this was a great book! The author tells the story from the perspective of the wife and the mistress with dual POV's, which makes for a unique story. Don't get me wrong, I don't agree with cheating, but it was hard not to sympathize with both Ma
Absolutely loved it, Started Sarah's books with One Moment, One Morning and this revamp of her earlier work is just as good.
Beverly Diehl
This was a tough read. Chloe is an ambitious, curvy feature writer, who shares a London flat with Rob, her gay best friend, and wants to launch her own magazine. Maggie is a married mother who wants to expand her one-child family and her own feature writing career.

I received a free copy of this novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the IDEA of this novel, with alternating chapters between the mistress and wife in a love triangle. I thought Maggie's voice and character was
I was completely prepared not to like this book, I mean it was all about having an affair which I've always been very against. However, some how the characters in this book found a way to make me love them. I felt for Chloe the mistress and also Maggie the wife. I could see how they both got into the situations they did and I certainly sympathized with them both. That being said, I'm not sure this book would be for everyone. People who have dealt with infidelity might not find this book a great ...more
The Other Half is the story of human frailty and failings, loss and betrayal - a story filled with deception and lies. A step-by-step-guide to marital infidelity is not a subject I find interesting or approve of. The overt sexual theme, painted by the author, was not for me - very disappointing.

Most of the characters were not likable and I never connected to them, with the exception of Maggie, the wife. I did find her to be a strong woman and it was interesting to find out how she handled her m
Juliet Loves Books
I came to this from Sarah Rayner's more recent novels, One Moment One Morning and The Two Week Wait, and whilst it's clearly written by younger woman, I enjoyed it hugely nonetheless. It tells the story of an affair from the alternating perspectives of the wife and the mistress - so one chapter is from Maggie's point of view, the next Chloe's, and so on. Because of this romantic theme it arguably sits more in the 'chick lit' genre, but there is meat to this novel nonetheless, and the familiar th ...more
Gail Machlis
Originally I gave this three stars simply because it was engrossing enough to get me through many long hours sitting in the hospital with a friend. however, as my son pointed out, the jeopardizes the credibility of all other reviews and stars, so I'm giving it two stars for being adequately engrossing and not requiring much cerebral effort. The kind of book that makes you feel so smart cause you figure out the plot before midway.

So, for those snowed-in-at-the-airport times, it gets two stars.
Kathy Reinhart
Better than some of the books I've read lately. I liked the female characters (Chloe and Maggie). I felt they were developed enough to make them not only believable, but I was able to feel empathy for both of them. James was a different story. Not only did he create his own problems, he wasn't man enough to find his way out of them or do right by either woman in the end. For someone who seemed so secure and confident in the beginning, he turned out to be a real wimp in the end. Not appealing at ...more
Books like The Other Half have the tendency to elicit a lot of cheap emotion from me. I inevitably get sucked into family drama/marriage-in-trouble stories, and I've recently found a plethora of novels that fall into that genre subset. This book was neither the best of those that I've read nor was it the worst.

The main players are Maggie, the freelance writer with a house, husband, and kid in the 'burbs, and Chloe, vivacious and bubbly and very naive. Maggie and Chloe are total opposites in look
THE OTHER HALF is a thoroughly modern tale of an affair told by Maggie and Chloe, wife and mistress. Some things never really change.

Maggie Slater, wife to James or Jamie as she calls him. Maggie is tall, blonde, classic and understated. Maggie is reserved and controlled. She also manipulates and controls Jamie in every way she can. Maggie is thirty-nine and wants another child. She refuses to acknowledge that Jamie doesn’t share that desire. Jamie, though he adores him now, wasn’t thrilled when
Where do you fall on the infidelity scale? Do you always blame the cheating spouse? Or are you one of those who thinks that the the one the spouse cheats with is at fault? Do you lay any responsibility at the feet of the one cheated on?

Sarah Rayner confronts that issue to some degree in her story, introducing you to Maggie (the wife) and Chloe (the mistress).

Maggie and Jamie's marriage is staid and comfortable. Parents to a seven-year-old son, they live in the English countryside, from which Jam
My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher St Martin's Press for the digital copy to review and give my honest feedback.

I was quickly drawn into the story and into the lives of the characters. They were all very well written and believable – so believable in fact that at first I thoroughly disliked the husband James (Jamie) who I thought was quite withdrawn from his wife and what she was going through how what he was doing was causing such stress for her, she new something was off in the relations
I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review. If you have ever wondered how someone could get involved with a married man/woman then this is a book for you. The Other Half tells the story of a man and two women, his wife and his mistress. When I first read the cover I wasn't sure how I would feel about reading this book because adultery is a big no-go for me. However, Sarah Rayner pulled me into the story of Jamie and how he chose to cheat on his wife. Maggie is a loving and committe ...more
Jill Doyle
The Other Half is the story of the affair between Chloe and James and the resulting fallout once the wife (Maggie) discovers what has been going on. The story unfolds in alternating chapters told by Chloe and Maggie. Consequently we get to know about James through the eyes of his wife and his lover, which allows the reader to form their own opinion as we take a more dispassionate view of his actions.

Given the subject matter, I was not inclined to be sympathetic towards the guilty parties, as I,
I really enjoy books written by Sarah Rayner and this one is no exception. Its a book with three main characters, James (the husband), Maggie (his wife) and Chloe (his mistress). In the book we explore the relationships James has with each woman and how each affects the other. I found it a really interesting book to read because as you get to know the characters you forget about the assumption of an affair always being wrong and instead allow the characters to shape your views as they explain th ...more
This is really 3.5 stars (I liked her other book better) but since no half stars I averaged up and gave 4 stars. This is yet another book about affairs (seems like that is the topic to write about lately). This one told in alternating views of the wife and the mistress. How funny the guy is a liar! Big surprise! Good fast easy read!
4.5 Stars

Well, this is different from what I normally (the happy, lovey-dovey, lessons-bombarded) read.

The Other Half alternates between the lives of Maggie, the wife, and Chloe, the other woman.

I'm not really sure what draw me to the book. The topic is very rampant here in the Philippines, with a lot of movies and TV shows telling stories about cheating, mistresses and such. Nonfiction aside, there are a lot of books that are written of married characters cheating on their spouses/significant o
Jamie Garde
The Other Half tells the story of an affair, with alternating chapters from the wife’s point of view (Maggie) and the girlfriends (Chloe). Both women were attractive, intelligent, sympathetic, complex characters. The cheating husband, James, is described as being good-looking, sexy, charismatic and ambivalent about both relationships.

I enjoyed the way the author explored each character, their friendships, their work and their romantic yearnings. I was rooting for both women to find satisfying re
The mistress. The wife. Each has their own story.

If you've ever cheated, been cheated on, or labelled 'The Other Woman' you'll understand the unbearable pain of infidelity. No matter which role you play in the miserable situation, usually no-one escapes unscathed or unhurt.

In The Other Half, nearly-30 Chloe meets charismatic James Slater and falls hopelessly in love, despite him being her boss and married to a woman he adores, with whom he has a son.

James is feeling neglected, bored and in ne
Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What was I thinking when I requested this book? Given my stance on cheating as a plot point, I have no idea what I thought I was doing when I requested a book told in alternating views between the mistress and the wife. At no point did I get the sexiness the description mentioned. I think I only finished it so I could see what happened at the end. I found a lot of the book convoluted and far fetched. I did give it higher marks because the
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So I picked up this book thinking it was going to be like the movie coming out later this month, The Other Woman, lighthearted and funny as well as emotional.

Instead, I was bored to tears. I really liked chloe, and probably would've been fine if the book was told completely from her perspective, but I found myself skipping much of Maggie's part of the story. She was the boring housewife to Chloe's young glamorous lifestyle. And James was a non cha
I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

I liked Sarah Rayner's writing - she is clearly a skilled writer and I would definitely be up for reading more by her. The subject matter of this particular book is a challenging one, possibly more so to me as it happens to hit close to home. Yet it was not so painful that I wasn't able to read it, which I think really reflects positively about how she handles the issues.

I can hardly believe the UK Cosmopolitan review
This book had an interesting premise, told through the story of the mistress and the wife of James, a publisher. You like both Chloe, the magazine editor who wants James help launching her new magazine concept.(the mistress) and Maggie his wife of many years who writes cooking and food articles for magazines and cares for their son Nathan in suburban London. There are no winners in this story except both women become wiser and stronger. James is a wimpy childish man who blames everything that go ...more
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Sarah Rayner is the author of the international bestseller, 'One Moment, One Morning' (2010). Her two latest novels, 'The Two Week Wait' (2012) and 'Another Night, Another Day' (2014), are also set in Brighton, England, and feature some of the same characters.

As a novelist, Sarah is known for tackling difficult subjects such as bereavement, infertility and mental illness with empathy and insight,
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