The Mistress's Revenge
There’s a fine line between love and hate.
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 starts following Clive’s wife and...more
The plot, which centres on a middle-aged woman's failure to come to terms with the break-up of her affair with a married...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Sally has been having a passionate affair with Clive for five years. Now he has dumped her to return to his wife and family, leaving Sally devastated.
Sarcasm is used as a weapon by both characters in the destructive game of 'look what you made me do' that follows.
From the beginning Sally pulls you into her head and takes you on a gripping and intense ride through her life as...more
Sally has been having a passionate affair with the older and married Clive Gooding for five years. He has made promises to her, and suddenly, decides that it is over, an action which sends Sally reeling, seeming to the verge of insanity.
While Clive says h...more
This book is like nothing I have ever read before. Si...more
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...more
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?
Watching how her fixation on revenge built over time in her journals, her manipulation of peo...more
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...more
As I was heading out the door to a dentist appointment this morning, I decided to grab this to read while I was in the waiting room. Little did I know that I would end up spending my entire reading this book since I couldn't put it down once I was drawn into the demented world of a scorned woman as she begins to insinuate herself into her ex-lover's life.
Sally, though she has her mate Daniel and two children, is willing to give up ever...more
The story is told in journal entry format. Sally starts a journal at the suggestion of her therapist. The journal entries are basically letters to Clive. Sally and her partner Daniel, have been casual friends of Clive (Sally's lover) and Susan (his wife), for quite a few years. After Sally & Clive's...more
I thought when I picked up this book that this would be a current version of “A Fatal Attraction” but it is more cerebral as we read what is Sally’s...more
The back cover referred to the story as an updated Fatal Attraction and indeed it was. The story is told through writing in a journal that is being kept by Sally Islip. She is writing the journal as a form of therapy to overcome the end of her five year a...more
The fascinating book is a journal written by the spurned mistress as a form of therapy; a cathartic out-pouring to her former lover in an attempt to purge herself of her feelings of rejection following the end of their five-year affair. The end has been forced on her. She has been 'dumped/chucked' ( why does no one say that anymore?) a unilateral decision and not hers...
It is a disturbing, hard-going read, though there is plenty of bitter irony and black-humour, clawed and...more
The whole book is written in a journal style. Whilst set out in a standard look, each page is written from Sally explaining her thoughts, actions and understandings to Clive. (The man she was having the ‘affair’ with). It took me a while to like this writing style as it is very unusual.
The story is e...more