The Mistress's Revenge
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 daughter on Facebook. B...more
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 ...more
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 ...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?
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
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))
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 ...more
From the beginning Sally pulls you into her head and takes you on a gripping and intense ride through her life as ...more
I am ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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
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
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
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 ...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
This book is like nothing I have ever read before. Si ...more
However, I did enjoy that the book was written in a journal format. Th ...more
I would have given this 3.5 stars if I could. The beginning is very funny, in a bitterly ironic way, and Sally's gradual unravelling is very believable. I read it almost with my hand over my eyes, looking between my fingers shouting "noooo, don't do it" but then almost laughing as she did. A quick read.