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The Other Woman

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  7,258 ratings  ·  234 reviews
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 sh ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 29th 2004 by Dutton Books (first published May 12th 2003)
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Diane Wallace
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fabulous read! descriptive,eloquent,edgy,distinctive,great characters and good writing (paperback!)
Nov 01, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 25, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.
Delaney Diamond
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
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
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I haven’t been a fan of EJD since the 90s, but I decided to give this a chance because someone I admire kept suggesting here we go!
This was really good to me. I don’t know if it’s because I’m going above and beyond reading into certain situations and behaviors, but that Freckles was something else and I do not for one second believe she is as innocent as she wants us all to believe.
May 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

“Sometimes I think about all I do, how I’m trying to be a career woman, a good wife, trying to be everything to everybody and nothing to myself, and I feel overwhelmed, scared, sadness covers me, makes me want to cry. But I don’t, not with tears.”

•⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 💫/ 5 stars
•Page Turner
•Unpredictable plot, TONS of plot twist
•A story of the ultimate affair between husband and wife. Love. Revenge.
Hurt. Lust. Ambiguous truths.

•This was my first introduction to Eric Jerome Dickey. And it
Billi Martin
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good read. If there's a husband/wife on this earth who can not or do not understand what a man/woman goes though when infidelities are concerned, they need to read THIS book. I forgot this book was even written by a man, it was THAT thorough of the pain a woman feels towards her husband, the other woman and herself. The book was about cheating spouses, neglected marriages and poor communication, but it was mostly about honesty.

Charles is a coward who deserved that bullet. Even when he was
Jul 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
I like Eric Jerome Dickey books. I thought from the description it sounded really good, so I decided to read it. The storyline was slow & boring. The characters was okay. The story could have had more drama. The ending was shocking & surprising to me. I thought the ending was the best part of the story.
Winter Sophia Rose
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Intense, Sizzling, Emotional, Realistic & Gripping! An Awesome Read! I Loved It!
Taminika Washington
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book!!
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eric Jerome Dickey has done another amazing job with his novels. I would say that I personally felt a deep connection with this particular novel (especially the female POV). Just for a quick summary, "The Other Woman" is a novel gripped by infidelity--between two rocky marriages but EJD brought both rocky marriages to create a revenge-like relationship between the black female POV and her new lover. Dickey did a wonderful job by weaving back and forth while keeping the reader's main attention fo ...more
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
(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
Ms Goss
Oct 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
The author writes well, I like his style of writing, I like his voice. Enjoyable read.
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love books that I can't put down and this book was just that! Loved it! ...more
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved-it-1000
Loved this book! I love cheating books, the more gut wrenching the better! If you are into the same types then read this!
Paula Hall
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

The book was good just not my cup of tea. I'm a fan of happy endings and when I don't get one i feel like I'm in reality and that's not where I want to be when I read.
Emily Mozzone
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I've never actually read an adult romance novel before, this was my very first! I used to read them a lot more in middle school, but let's be real, young adult romances can lean abusive or completely unrealistic. EJD took the time and effort to craft some amazingly realistic characters who showcase some of the dangers and downsides of modern marriage. I adored how no person in his novel was a villain, they all were doing what they thought was best (and when they didn't, felt heartbreak or guilt) ...more
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is well crafted. I especially love the fact that it both was and wasn't actually about the other woman. The story was told in such a way that I hadnt even realized I didn't know her name until I was writing this review.

Charles and Jessie had an affair but just how deep did that go? Was it "just" sex or was it a full fledged emotional connection? Why hadn't she even noticed? Why hadn't Jessica's husband David noticed?

The ironic twist at the end is the revelation that the evidence Davi
Byron Washington

This tale dealing with infidelity left me so raw. The pain and anguish that the aggrieved party goes through is something we seldom dwell upon after the initial reveal. Is our advice really for the person in pain, or are we getting even for past wrongs done to us by our "loved ones"? The "get over it mantra" is so trite when a person loses a REAL love, or what is purported to be real.

I sensed the book would end the way it did, but I also wonder if the ending could've been different and ma
Monique Golden
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
There are many things that can make a man choose another woman. In this book it happens to be availability. This book makes you realize how important it is for couples to make time for one another. You'll see how one small nice gesture can lead to a lifetime of loss and pain.

Take a ride on this roller coaster of ups and downs and see how the relationships turn out. Find out if these two couples can bounce back from these dangerous affairs.

I enjoyed the book. However, I would say is some of the
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Eric Jerome Dickey is a great story teller. The Other Woman is a rollercoaster ride of emotions-marriage, infidelity, the struggle for balance between work and home, the fight to stay in love, the possibility of a new love and a the excitement of new life. He has a way of drawing you int the characters, and despite the actions of each character, I had empathy for each at different points in the story, even Jessie & Tyra. Just when you think it’s safe to wait and see if/how marriages will be salv ...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
Ronnie Burns
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the book I chose to read going into my 51at birthday and I'm glad I did because it reaffirm for me that the grass is not greener on the other side I been happily married 22years and never straid.

This was the book I chose to read going into my 51at birthday and I'm glad I did because it reaffirm for me that the grass is not greener on the other side. I been happily married for 22years and never straid.
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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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