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The Other Woman

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  5,340 ratings  ·  173 reviews
The New York Times bestselling hitmaker scores again with a wonderfully written (Washington Post Book World) new novel...
ebook, 336 pages
Published June 29th 2004 by New American Library (first published May 12th 2003)
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Delaney Diamond
Haven't read an EDJ book in a while. This one reminded me of how good he is! It started kinda slow, but as the story unfolded, the crazy came out. So did all the emotions and pain of the characters as they dealt with adultery. I felt so bad for the heroine. The story was twisted, realistic, and quite the roller coaster.

The romantic in me wanted an HEA, but I had to accept this was not a romance. It was, however, about love - loving yourself. Something the heroine learned to do after the drama i
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Just
This was a heart wrenching tale of love, lust, and betrayal. Dickey weaves this story from beginning to end in first person. An intimate position from the wife's perspective allows the reader to share a POV that is slightly more appealing, different, and invigorating. All events happening in less than 72 hours and you walk in on a world full of secrets. Two marriages become the epicenter of a catastrophic world. The characters in this novel are flushed out into a fluent existence. Their characte ...more
Crystal Belle
so i took a break from what i was reading to read this. trashy fiction with a cliche story line about two married people who have an affair. it was a bit too simplistic and trashy for me, but i did have fun reading. some symbolism at points that made you think, however, it was coupled with trash and very mediocre writing. now i know why i only read his books when i was a teenager.
Jackie
Freckles and Charles are a young, married African American couple living in Los Angeles. Charles is a middle school teacher who cares about his students and takes his responsibility as role model seriously. His wife, whose given name is not disclosed, has a high-powered, stressful job as a television producer. He uses the excuse of the stress and the long hours of her job as a justification for his infidelity and begins an affair with a married fellow teacher, Jessica Lawrence. Freckles has no c ...more
Danielle
I'd heard amazing things about the work of EJD, so I popped on here to find a book of his to start with. The Other Woman got such high reviews, so I picked it up from the library.

I started it late at night and didn't think much of it, picked it up on my lunch break the next day and couldn't put it down. Here I am 24 hours later, finishing it over the next day's lunch.

This book is so raw, both emotionally and sensually. Passionate and erotic in ways I haven't read before, sometimes you read an er
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Shawnette
First Read From E.J.D. Collection

The books description states, "She works nights. He works days. Their sex is routine. Conversations are empty. Something's got to give. It does, when she discovers her husband's affair. But an unforgivable betrayal is about to yield unexpected results, as a husband and wife face a challenge of trust, faith, and the staying power of love..."~~~~~~~This book breaks all the rules of the norm. Eric Jerome Dickey has definitely managed to WOW me. I could not put this
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J
(FROM JACKET)In his newest novel, Eric Jerome Dickey strides boldly over the minefield that is modern marriage. The central couple's biggest challenge is timing: He works days; she works nights. Instead of growing together, they're rapidly drifting apart, coexisting on stolen phone calls from work, punctuated by occasional bedroom encounters that leave them both feeling even emptier and more alone. When she finds out about his affair-and starts her own-the delicate fabric of their marriage is to ...more
Lennie
Freckles and Charles exist in a difficult marriage in which one works days and the other one works nights. While both enjoy their own successful careers, they don't spend a lot of time together and eventually they drift apart. When Freckles finds out that Charles is having an affair, she seeks revenge and starts her own affair with the mistress' husband. Although this book is a work of fiction, I feel the author has a talent for writing stories that deal with real-life situations. It seems like ...more
Patricia
My first foray into urban lit was a real page-turner. Emphasis on "urban" rather than "street". It's about a married tv news reporter and high school teacher as they discover and deal with the fallout from their infidelities. I'm usually a pretty slow reader, but I cruised through this one and stayed up late last night to finish.

The writing isn't great, but it's fine (although the part where he defines "perineum" in the middle of a sex scene is a little awkward) and Dickey manages to pull off w
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Michelle
Well I finished it, but it was one of those books where you finish it hoping something might happen, or it might start getting better. This one didn't. I didn't really like any of the characters. Any sympathy I had for the main female character (spoiler alert) was gone when she had an affair with her husband's lover's husband. And there was far to much explicit sex in this book - which was kind of creepy because it was written by a man, but in the voice of a female character. Just unnecessary re ...more
Ms Goss
EJD is the king when it comes down to this book. He wrote the entire thing from the wife's perspective. Realize how difficult that is for anyone to write from the point of view of the opposite sex, when half the time we don't understand how they can do the things they do, but he did it, and did it well. This book talks about the after effects of one little mistake and how it can all get out of hand. This book should be given to anyone that is thinking about cheating on their spouse, and it might ...more
Taylor Fan
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The Other Woman is the first book I read by EJD and it got me hooked on this author. Got this book as a gift and thought it would be unsurprising and riddled with clichés. Boy was I wrong. TOW had me hooked from the first page. The twist and heartbreaks will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will keep guessing throughout the entire book about what will happen to each character. Plenty of people say they could see where the ending was headed but it took me to
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Jamaica
Honestly, I had my thoughts about this book. I kept wondering how does a man know a woman's perspective as the narrator is a woman called Freckles. Not only did Mr. Dickey tell the story of a woman who had it all; a successful career, a home, and a fine husband who also had a good job whose world crashes after receiving a call from a David Lawrence informing her of his wife's infidelity with his wife, Jessica. He tells the story so well that you wouldn't believe it was written by a man.

This boo
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Arzella
I got this book as part of Banned book week. It was amazing. It was slow starting and the first chapter seemed to almost be another story, but then it got so good I almost didn't go to church to finish it. This is a wonderful take on adultery from a man's perspective. EJD wrote a woman's point of view about his perspective on the subject. The characters are believable and the conversations between girlfriends and lovers and jilted lovers is spot on. I found myself saying the next line aloud befo ...more
Andrea
I read this book about 10 years ago was more impressed with it back then than I was this time around. A LOT of sexual descriptions, but written from a typically male point of view (generally speaking). Though I could relate to a number of characters, I don't fell they were all developed as well as I would have preferred. Also, the ending was kind of too open ended.
Wanda
I love me some Eric Jerome Dickey, but this was not one of his best. It was more sensational and salacious than anything, and I know he can do better in regards to content. I felt like the focus was more on the sex versus anything else, and if I wanted to read all that, I would have picked up a tacky Zane novel.
Dazhia
I love books that I can't put down and this book was just that! Loved it!
Valerie Williams
The central couple's biggest challenge is timing: He works days; she works nights. Instead of growing together, they're rapidly drifting apart, coexisting on stolen phone calls from work, punctuated by occasional bedroom encounters that leave them both feeling even emptier and more alone. When she finds out about his affair-and starts her own-the delicate fabric of their marriage is torn irrevocably asunder. Or is it? In Dickey's expert hands, what begins as a seemingly unforgivable betrayal seg ...more
Marissa
I have mixed emotions about this novel.. To begin, the start was a little dry and slightly boring which I am not a fan of; I like the introduction to be attention grabbing and a page-turner. As the story progressed, I was turned off by all of the sex scenes and how descriptive they were. I did enjoy the story line though which is what kept me reading. The ending was such a twist you will NEVER see it coming! Kept me jaw dropped until I finished and even a few minutes after. Overall, I rated it a ...more
Kierra
Words cannot describe how good this book was I would suggest to ANYONE....I loved it soooo much! EJD is a good author anyway!
Devaney Roberts
OMG! This book was amazing!If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would because Eric Jerome Dickey did phenomenal with this read.

So, ' The Other Woman' is a book a book about this wife who has been married to a man for a few years and they are drifting apart. They don't see eachother as much anymore, only able to talk on the phone because they are both never at home together, at the same time. The wife then finds out that her husband is having an affair and she's heartbroken because of t
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Courtney
The book and story started out very promising. It kept me reading page after page in the beginning. However, towards the middle it seemed to get very long. It felt like being a guest in the home of a couple that continually argued but got nothing accomplished, just argued for the sake of arguing or to just hurt one another. As some point you just want to leave. By the end I had no compassion or pull to any of the characters and the 'shocking' ending didn't have quite the affect on me since I was ...more
La Mala
Leer este libro fue como ver una obra de teatro . Cuando estàs viendo una escena , absorbès solamente lo que los actores estàn diciendo . El decorado no te interesa , elambiente carece de importancia . A veces ni siquiera existe muebles ni àrboles de cartòn . Lo que te llega , lo que te provoca dolor y te hace un nudo en la garganta es lo que en ese momento , sentado en una butaca con otras decenas de personas, estàs compartiendo vos como mero espectador con los actores . Lo que se vive arriba e ...more
Julaine Mercil
Eric Jerome Dickey is such a great author. He knows how to keep his readers attention and keeps you wanting to pick that book up at every available moment. I enjoyed this book. This was the first story I read by this author and I have to admit, I have read 5 more of his books after! His books are for adult eyes only as they do get deep down and dirty, but they are great attention keepers! Highly suggestable author!
Cindy
I liked this book, I was a big fan of Eric Jerome Dickey for the last years but I kinda lost the drive to keep up with his books. This book reminded me why I like him as an author. He brings a lot to this book, infidelity, sanctity of marriage, forgiveness, balancing work and life. I like that these themes were explored in the book. Dickey wrote from a very raw place and I literally feel like I was going through and picking up the pieces with the Protagonist.
A great read!!!!
Liv Reads
I love how detailed the author was in describing this emotions felt among each of the characters. I love how Dickey uses decription. Like, when he described the black eye, I could actually picture how bad the hit was to cause a mark like that. The climax of the book was written so well I gasped out loud while reading it. Dickey never disappoints.
Sherrall
THIS BOOK BRINGS BACK MEMORIES IT WAS THE FIRST URBAN EROTICA BOOK I READ. I BOUGHT IT FROM MY FRIEND IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR 5 DOLLARS IT WAS THE BEST 5 DOLLARS I'VE EVER SPENT (LOL) WHEN I GOT OLDER I RE'READ IT AND I enjoyed this book and it kept me interested! The twists and tragedies bring people together and unleashes sadness and devotion. In the end, happiness is unveiled and the importance of moving on...This book is difficult to put down so please note that you'll be up in the wee ho ...more
Darnell
The Other Woman is similar in tone to Between Lovers. Your relationship to the protagonist (who's unnamed) is very personal. A lot of time is spent looking inward emotionally. That part I really liked. The problem with The Other Woman, however, was the lack of joy in going on the ride with these characters. Dickey's earlier books always had a sense of humor, of fun, while dealing with the emotional fallout of broken relationships. This one was overwrought to the point of melodrama. This was his ...more
Stephanie
BEST book EVER! This was one of the first books I read by EDJ, and it blew me away :) All of his books are set up like movies; super intense, suspense, love, romance! I LOVE IT ALL.
Liza
This book was great. She (for the life of me, either I cant remember her name or she never had one, as I don't recall her being called anything but Freckles by her girlfriend) finds out that her husband is cheating her. She finds this out from the mistresses husband.

Turns out her husband, Charles, had been having an affair with his, David, wife, Jessica. They worked together, how convenient. "Freckles" meets up with David to discuss their adulterating spouses and find themselves in a revenge re
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Eric Jerome Dickey was born in Memphis, Tennessee and attended the University of Memphis (the former Memphis State), where he earned his degree in Computer System Technology. In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in engineering.

After landing a job in the aerospace industry as a software developer, Eric Jerome Dickey's artistic talents surfaced, inspiring him to become an actor and a
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“I wish I had met you first. Before we met them.” 10 likes
“He says, “Your husband fucked my wife.”
We look at each other and this time it’s different. Now I know him.
“My husband didn’t fuck your wife.” My voice is soft. Not amorous, but the tone of a bewildered child. “They had a relationship, then came home and fucked us.”
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