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The Affair

(The Affair #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  2,593 Ratings  ·  348 Reviews
After eighteen years of marriage, Kathy Walker has settled into a pattern of comfortable routines—ferrying her two teenagers between soccer practice and piano lessons, running a film production business with her husband, Robert, and taking care of the beautiful Boston home they share. Then one day, Kathy discovers a suspicious number on her husband’s phone. Six years befor ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2013)
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Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe I'm rating this five stars. It's a book about an affair! But I could not put it down. Broken into three parts, this book revisits many of the same situations and dialogs from the perspectives of the three main people affected by the affair: the wife, the husband, and the other woman.

I knew I would empathize with the wife. I'm married, and I've been cheated on in a long-term relationship (though not a marriage, thank goodness). What I didn't expect was how grueling it would be to
I honestly could not tell you how I ended up reading this book. I think it was one of those "if you liked this, try this" sort of bad recommendation algorithms on some website or another. Maybe even a bad list. Anyway, I know I was looking for something simple and brainless and easy to read while half-asleep from turkey and talkative relatives over Thanksgiving. In that state of mind, I somehow wound up purchasing this.

And you know what, sure. It was bad. There was so much about it that was bad,
Feb 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
You know how sometimes you just keep reading a book, expecting it to get better, and it doesn't, and by the time you've finished it you feel stupid for wasting your time finishing it when there are so many other good books to read? Yeah. That's how this book made me feel. The characters were stereotypes, the dialogue was stilted and trite and a decent premise -- telling the story of an affair from the perspectives of all three of the people involved -- was completely squandered. Do not waste you ...more
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: to-trade, arc
Meh...this has 3 sections, The Wife's Story, The Husbands Story, and The Mistress''s Story. They often repeat and overlap in conversations, with emphasis on whomever seems to be ' in the right' at the time. I enjoyed the wife's story but half way through the husband's story it became a little tedious to go over the same conversations again, without learning anything but a few new minor details. By the time the Mistress''s story arrived I was like," hurry up and get it over with already!"
This is
* Sara Johns*
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting story that sucked me in from the beginning, even though the characters are much older than those in my normal read. As its name states, it’s about an alleged affair. The story is uniquely told in three points of view giving the perspective of the wife, the husband, and the alleged mistress. With each change in the point of view I found myself understanding and sympathizing with the character telling their side of the story. The author did a great job with the characters. ...more
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-adult
This is an interesting look at cheating, from all three sides involved. Told in three parts, one focusing on each person, this one felt a little too redudant for me, especially by the third section, replaying the same few days over and over. By that point, I really didn't care at all about the mistress at all, and most of my loyalty was with Kate, the wife who's husband has been cheating on her. Still, this one did a great job of capturing the confusion that comes on all three sides, and while R ...more
Shirley Frances
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
A riveting story about an affair, what caused it and the effects it has on the parties involved.

This is not a story about love, nor is it a story about commitment. This story is about real life and how it can come between a husband and a wife. The author, Colette Freedman, does a wonderful job of presenting the story from the point of view of the people affected by the story - the wife, the husband and the mistress.

From the start I related to Kathy. Her life and circumstances, similar to that of
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a riveting account of an affair told from the three perspectives of the husband, wife and mistress. The writing is very strong, immediately drawing the audience into each of the character's mindsets. I particularly liked Jimmy Moran and his mentor/father like relationship with Robert. He is a funny character who jumped off the page and gave the audience a peek into Robert's own future if he doesn't change his ways. I also enjoyed Maureen's sass and Rose's earnest accounts of her philande ...more
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found parts of this book so uncomfortably honest that it was equally hard to read and put down. The author goes straight for the jugular, exposing the bare bones of an affair; yet, she does it in a cleverly nuanced way. By sharing the same set of events with different perspectives, she introduces a unique form of story telling. Like RUN LOLA RUN almost. I found myself sympathizing with all three characters and even though I was furious with the husband, I found myself feeling sorry for him and ...more
Mike Haber
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm a thirty-something guy and my fiancé begged me to read this book. I shouldn't say "begged," but "strongly recommended." My resistance was due to my obvious fear I wouldn't relate to it in quite the way she did. Well, as usual she was right and I was wrong. This is going to be the cornerstone of our marriage and probably the recipe for its hopeful success. That and sharing great reads like "The Affair." It's just so well done that I admired the humor and the plotting greatly. Did it make me c ...more
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I have no idea where I heard about this one. A magazine I read on the airplane? It is so obviously fluffy -- I must have requested it at the beginning of the summer when I was imagining lemonade and time at the beach.

And indeed, I read this in 24 hours, mostly in the sunshine. The story is broken into different parts, each retelling the same scenes from the perspectives of a wife, her husband, and the husband's mistress.

And as I was reading, I kept thinking that I would give this book three sta
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rarely have I come across a book that delivers three sides to the same story with such honesty, truth and depth. It sounds kind of cheesy writing it like that, but I am tellng you, this book is sooooooo great, you MUST read it if you have ever been or plan to ever be in any sort of relationship with another human being - it explores so much of our humanity - and not in an annoying, trudging your way through emotional BS kind of way - it is so entertaining and beautiful and funny and tragic and f ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It chronicles the discovery of an affair from the point of view of the wife, the husband, and the mistress, circling back to review and dissect the brief but life changing moments from each of their markedly different perspectives. So insightful and rings so true, the writing is poetic and on point, the situations uncomfortable and honest, the revelations at once frightening and comforting. And I love how each moment is made more meaningful through the repeating. Just a remark ...more
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Why do people cheat on their partners? Who is at fault? Can a marriage recover from such an intimate betrayal? These are just a few of the questions raised in Colette Freedman’s newest release, The Affair. It is a fascinating and riveting novel about the devastating repercussions of infidelity. Please click HERE to read my review in its entirety.
Emily Haber
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
By the time I finished this book, my arms were sore from gripping it so tightly -- I was so sucked in by the storyline (and the suspense) that I couldn't put it down! It is a MUST READ. Colette Freedman's writing style is beautifully visual. With each chapter, she transports the reader; you can nearly smell, taste, see, and feel the scenes as they unfold. What an incredible book! Buy it buy it buy it - then sit back, relax, and enjoy The Affair. This is one that you won't regret.
Lynne Moses
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just stayed up until 2:00 in the morning to finish Colette Freedman's "The Affair." Beautifully compassionate look at an affair from the perspective of each of the three people involved in it. Great book club discussion questions at the end too. Highly recommend.
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT.. read it in one day!!!!
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
She's the mistress, you're supposed to hate her, right? He's the cheating husband, just kick him out. Right? She's the innocent wife, you're on her side. Aren't you? You might think differently after you hear all three sides of THE AFFAIR by Colette Freedman.

"So what? Love is not some exclusive emotion that you give to one person. We love lots of people, our parents, wives, children. We love them unconditionally. I'm not talking about love. I'm talking about commitment."

Kathy and Robert Walker
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant in its simplicity, Colette Freedman's The Affair takes the reader on a beautifully observed 3 part journey of the heart, the mind, and of our own perspective.
The betrayed wife; the betraying husband and the mistress are each given full attention in turn over the same few days - and each viewpoint subsequently, and cleverly, changes the reader's emotional response and sympathies.
Freedman manages to giver her readers a totally visceral reaction as we shift from sympathy to empathy to und
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
It was disappointing. After 18 years of marriage, a woman for the second time in 6 years, suspects her husband of having an affair--with the same woman. This time she's right though. She stumbles across the evidence innocently enough and then she proceeds to conduct her own investigation. The emotions she experiences are reasonable and believable, her anger, self-doubt, guilt, pain, sadness. Even the terse exchanges she has with her husband during the few days before the confrontation. This was ...more
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thank you for the privilege of allowing me to enjoy an ARC of The Affair by Colette Freedman.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Colette Freedman creatively presented three different points of view of similar events leading to the same conclusion. The story revealed the different feelings, emotions and thoughts of the three parties involved...The husband, the wife, and the mistress.

Simply written, it was easy for me to connect with every one of the characters on an emotional level. It helped me
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating novel which gives equal substance to each of the three parties involved in an affair: The husband, the wife and the mistress. Each perspective is shared in a masterfully written style, as the characters seem to jump off of the page, demanding that the reader empathizes with them. By the end of the third section, author Colette Freedman proves that it is possible to love two people at once and her book club questions ask some hard and thought provoking questions. The support ...more
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book, "The Affair" is written to describe six days in December by three points of view, the wife, the husband and the mistress. I will say it gets tiresome to read the third account of the same six days. Having said that, it was interesting to relive how each felt about the break up of the 18 year old marriage.
I hesitated when selecting this book at the library mostly because of the title and what the contents might hold. But Colette Freedman drew me into the story almost immediately with t
Susan Ziegler
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this book, staying up LATE LATE LATE to reach the end. Couldn't put it down. Fascinating look into the politics/emotions/personal logic of an affair. You get to ride along with the wife, the husband, and the mistress; just when you side with one character, you see another point of view and everything alters. This book will start AMAZING discussions! Perfect for a book group. I couldn't stop thinking about it (and yearning to get back to it) while I was reading it.... and I'm still ...more
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. As a male from Boston, I both liked and hated Robert. Freedman did a terrific job allowing the audience to empathize with each of her characters. Backdrop of Boston added a great flavor to the thought provoking story. . The writing is strong, the voice is fresh and the dialogue; albeit stylistically repetitive, is honest and engaging. I particularly liked Jimmy Moran and his paternal relationship to Robert. As a reader, you can sees the potential parallels in their complicated l ...more
Sadie Turner
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Affair is a book you wont be able to stop reading. Its like three books in one. Each character has their own unique story and you really feel for them all. I felt like i knew what it was like to be all characters and and ended up seeing all sides of the story. I ended up reading the book in two days, because i needed to see what happened i couldn't wait! Beautifully written, easy to read with a good flow. I really recommend this book as one to read...

Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it

The Affair by Colette Freedman is a story in three parts. After 18 years of marriage, Kathy suspects her husband is having an affair.

She is right.

Part 1 of the book tells Kathy's story. I think all women who have ever been in a long term relationship can relate to Kathy. She asks tough questions that we never want to face like what will she do? Will she stay or will she go? She really takes a hard look at her marriage and her life. By the end of this sect
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Surprisingly, I liked this book. I was surprised because I fully expected a cliched and predictable tale of a love affair - i.e., a married couple grown apart with time, too much work and stress, children taking priority, a new and exciting someone on the scene - and while all of that DID ocurr within this story, what was truly unique was that the author gave voice to all three people within the love triangle. The husband, the wife, the mistress all had a huge chunk of the story devoted to their ...more
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COLETTE FREEDMAN COLETTE FREEDMAN- An internationally produced playwright with over 25 produced plays, Colette was voted “One of 50 to Watch” by The Dramatist’s Guild. Her hit musical Serial Killer Barbie played to sold out shows in 2015 in both Los Angeles and New Zealand.

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