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The Ever After

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  3,502 ratings  ·  548 reviews
In this intricate and enthralling domestic drama, perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and The Affair, the internationally bestselling author of the “gossipy page-turner” (Glamour) The Perfect Neighbors goes deep into a marriage in crisis, peeling back layers of secrets to discover where the relationship veered off course—and whether it is worth saving.

Josie and Frank Moore
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Washington Square Press
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Apr 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I hate to be so harsh, but this book was painful to read!

The Ever After starts off strong. One morning while sitting in the car while her husband Frank runs into Starbucks, Josie sees an incriminating email on Frank’s phone. She soon discovers that he is having an affair and must decide whether or not to stay in her marriage.

I couldn’t wait to see what Josie was going to uncover about Frank and her seemingly perfect marriage. But shortly after Josie finds out all of the details about her h
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
That “dream sequence” walk down the aisle. The sacred vows to live, love and cherish for a lifetime. Isn’t that what we all dream of? The happily ever after.

Well that’s certainly what Josie thought she had. The perfect marriage to her loving, handsome husband Frank.

Then one simple question opens a deep, dark fracture that would ultimately turn her entire life upside down. 💔

Josie is on a one-woman crusade to dig into the past to determine the true extent of the damage done.
Did she really liv
Susanne  Strong
3.25 Stars* (rounded down).

The moment Josie discovers that she has been betrayed by her husband, Frank, her life is shattered. The discovery of an email exchange between her husband Frank, and another woman on his cell phone, changes everything. Trust is gone. Wiped away in mere seconds. Love, destroyed. Their family? Torn apart.

What makes someone cheat? And how does one cope? “The Ever After” is a domestic drama which explores the subject of infidelity in a marriage. Josie’s feelings are both
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
4 dramatic stars to The Ever After! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Sarah Pekkanen is back with the domestic drama, The Ever After. Inspired by a conversation Pekkanen overheard in a coffee shop, The Ever After has the ring of truth throughout, almost as if it is a journalistic study into one woman’s deeply personal experience with a wayward spouse.

Josie and Frank Moore appear to have it all. A Siena van with two adorable young daughters, living life in the Chicago suburbs.

Frank is a devoted, loving father and hu
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
The Ever After is a domestic drama high on the drama that examines a marriage in crisis after our main character Josie finds out her husband is having an affair. We are drawn into Josie’s frantic search for answers as she examines her marriage and past. It all became so overwhelming to me and I just wanted to get to the end and close the pages to this story.

Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Husband cheats. Wife is devastated. I just saved you several hours.
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Josie is a young mother who believes that while her marriage may not be without flaws it certainly is solid. That is until the day Josie and her husband Frank are rushing to get their two young daughters to a birthday party they make a stop at a Starbucks where Josie realizes she forgot her own phone and needs to borrow Frank’s.

Before Frank returns to the car an email pops up on his phone that looks as if Frank has been having an affair. Livid and hurt Josie is more in a state of shock in the be
Jun 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
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May 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was a huge fan of The Wife Between Us which Pekkanen co authored with Greer Hendricks but I had never read her solo stuff before. This is very different from TWBU, it’s more of a psychological drama than a thriller, so I just wanted to make sure that you guys were aware of that, because if you’re looking for something similar it’s really not. BUT this was good, just in a totally different way, think less tension, no twists, straight up women’s fiction with an emphasis on Josie’s emotional jour ...more
Joce (squibblesreads)
Well this was the epitome of mediocrity
Stacey Camp
**3.5 Goodreads Stars**

Sarah Pekkanen's The Ever After merges the genres of suspense and domestic drama to tell a story of a husband's infidelity. The lead character, Josie, discovers a salacious text from another woman on her husband, Frank's, phone by accident. The book follows the aftermath of this discovery, peering into the mind of Josie as she struggles to understand why her husband cheated on her. Was her marriage always a sham? Were there signs she missed?

To make matters worse, Josie a
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Genre: Domestic Drama. Women's Fiction.
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

This is the first book I have read from Sarah Pekkanen and I am thoroughly impressed. What an emotional journey this one was. I wasn't expecting to feel like this when I read it but it certainly has taken me on an intense ride. One of the things that was most noticeable about this book (besides the emotion that it evokes) is the way the author builds the characters. This can be a heard feat especially
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**2.5 stars**

The Ever After by Sarah Pekkanen. (2018).

Josie and Frank have been together for over 16 years. They have two young daughters. Sometimes life is monotonous but Frank is a great father and husband. Until one day Josie uses his phone and sees an email that shatters her world. Now Josie is standing on an edge, looking at their history and contemplating their future while trying to work out the extent of her husband's secret.
Caroline Niziol
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
and a 5 Star gorgeous cover!

Statistics indicate that an affair occurs in one of every three marriages.

Perhaps you know someone who has endured the pain of an affair.

Were you supportive or judgmental of HER decision to split up...or to stay together -with her spouse?

This raw, emotional book about the affair that Josie’s husband Frank had, and the decision, SHE makes, may cause you think twice about how YOU might handle this, or how YOU may treat a friend who is working through this difficult
mindful.librarian ☀️
☀️ Vacation read #2! Tense, taut and so, so raw, this domestic fiction story is marriage distilled to its very essence. So happy @saltwaterreads chose this as their July pick because it pushed me to read it, and I’m so thankful I did. Not a thriller, not a romance, not a comedy. Or maybe it IS a non-traditional romance upturning the entire genre? Because isn’t marriage and its survival ultimately a romantic and hopeful act with an end goal of an HEA?
I highly recommend this book to readers cravi
T.R. Horne
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read the first two chapters then put it down until this weekend. I finished it in two days once I picked it back up but unfortunately for me this novel falls flat. I found the story to be incredibly boring and one dimensional, no surprises. The story follows Josie and her husband, Frank, after she finds a racy email while using his phone. There’s no big drama here, which was a missed opportunity for the author to take us on a super sleuth journey but nope…she just tells her husband she found i ...more
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

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*While I could not personally identify with the plight of the main character in this book, I have had a front row seat to someone in a very similar situation for the last several months and I feel like The Ever After will be very relatable to a lot of women. There is a note from the author in the beginning of the book that shares a statistic that an affair occurs in one of every three marriages. There are man
Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
From the author of The Wife Between Us comes a story of a marriage that one day seemed fine on the outside, and in a matter of a minute a secret will tear it apart. I enjoyed every addicting, fast moving chapter.

Josie asks to borrow her husband’s phone to make a call when she discovers an email that will change her life and marriage as she knows it. Instead of collapsing she takes an investigative approach and is determined to figure out what happened. Throughout the story she will work through
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
I'm very torn on how I feel about this book. On the one hand, I love Pekkanen's writing and she was able to so effortlessly evoke pain and trauma.

My issues lie with Josie. She was a very hard character for me to like. And since the book is told from her perspective, and we are supposed to feel compassion towards her, I was never completely immersed in the story. I think I would have felt differently if I was in a long term marriage, or I had kids. But when I first learned what Frank had done, m
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
2.75 stars rounded up.

This should have been a book that I loved, but sadly, no.

By accident, Josie discovers that her husband Frank is having an affair. Her world is blown up. She becomes obsessed in finding more about the affair and if he has had any others. Frank is truly devastated about hurting her and their family. He’ll do anything to make it right, but Josie is consumed by hurt and anger. Together and apart, they try to figure out if their marriage is worth saving.

I found the characters
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Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
I received a free copy of this book from Simon and Schuster Canada for an honest review. This is the story of a seemingly good marriage going to the brink of possibly collapsing. Josie and Frank lead busy lives with their two small children. Sure Josie wishes Frank would help out around the house more but for the most part she forgives him since he is an amazing father and a loving husband. They have both reached a point in their marriage where they take each other for granted and their communic ...more
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
What would you do if you found out your husband had an affair? Would you try to end the marriage, or work it out? What if sex was not a part of the affair, would that make a difference? These are the questions that Josie has after she finds out that her husband, Frank, has been having an affair for the past seven weeks. Should she stay or go? He's so great with the kids, but what about her? This book takes you on Josie's journey from her discovery of the affair, to her final decision on whether ...more
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"When trust was demolished, it needed to be rebuilt."

💔💔💔💔 A heart breaking, gut wrenching book, thought provoking and absorbing. Even though the ending was a foreseeable one, the characters were strong, believable and even disarming in their individual ways. I enjoyed reading this very much.
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
3.75 stars
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First I want to thank netgalley and the author for an advanced copy for my kindle. This book hit me hard! I had tears while I read this book. This book starts with Josie asking her husband frank for his phone to call in a prescription for there daughter while he grabs coffee from Starbucks, nervously he hands the phone to her and the look on his face she knows something is wrong. While he’s grabbing coffee she glances at his emails and she realizes he’s having an affair. This book will tear at y ...more
Jamie Rosenblit
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
3.5 rounded up - review to come!
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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