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“Thank you,” I say sweetly when she tells me I’m lucky to have such a beautiful family. But I want to tell her it’s not just luck. A family is like a fortress you have to defend all the time. You can’t relax because there’s always someone looking for a breach, always someone trying to get in. Someone just like her…

When I arrive unannounced at my husband’s studio in need of
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Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published November 27th 2020 by Bookouture (first published November 24th 2020)
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MarilynW
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to MarilynW by: Michael David
Unfaithful by Natalie Barelli

This book was fun, hooked me hard, and even though I tried to go to bed, I ended up staying up way too late to finish it. Anna is a humdinger of a character. She's an extremely unreliable narrator and will lie at the drop of a hat. She also drinks way too much and will verbally vomit embarrassing truths that she should never tell anyone...she'll start babbling to friend or stranger, alike. She also just might attempt to go for a roll in bed or on the floor, with som
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Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
3.5 stars

There’s a thin line between desperate and crazy!


Anna, a happily married mother of two, is about to have her semi-perfect life crumble. She loses a promotion, finds out her husband is having an affair, and her advisee kills himself. Sick of being a pushover, she fights back, but instead of winning, she creates even more chaos as her life is turned upside down.

Told through the eyes of Anna, the reader gets to experience first hand what desperation will lead one to do. I kept wondering i
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holy-freaking hell! This started a little mediocre but as you get closer to the second half things just start getting more tense, sharp, dark, twisty and final revelation that I honestly did not expect it coming out of nowhere was a delicious sucker punch! It sealed the deal. I loved it! I can sing I’m a sucker for you after that well played twist!

Unreliable narrator/ heroine you feel sorry for and sometimes you truly want to punch in the face ( your husband acts like stinky cheater and you don
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Farrah
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this 5⭐ because I thought Anna was a really well developed character :)

She was a 𝘔𝘌𝘚𝘚 at times and made some terrible decisions but she was written in a way that made her feel like a real and relatable person.

When her character was sad or anxious or happy I felt those emotions right along with her so Natalie Barelli showed me she's a very talented author.
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Jayme
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
ALL of my Goodreads friends were reading and raving about this one and I caught the FOMO virus!
FEAR OF MISSING OUT!

Anna Sanchez is a Mathematics Professor at a Prestigious College.

She is happy, when other people are happy..born for the role of wife, homemaker and mother.

She rallies at work. No task is too small. She is a team player.

That is what she says...if you can believe her.

So why do bad things keep happening to the people around her?

The book description says MORE than it needs to.
A
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Sheyla ✎
HAPPY RELEASE DAY!

Wow just wow!! Nail-bitting and suspenseful in the best way possible!

What a ride! Thank you so much Natalie Barelli for writing this dark thriller.

I devoured this book in one sitting. From the first page, I knew it was going to be good. Then I started getting worried about how the author was going to end the tale. I was thinking there was no way I was going to be surprised by it.

BUT. I. WAS.

I could feel my adrenaline surging through my veins the closer I got to the end. I wa
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Michael David
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!

Wow...props to the publisher for giving nothing away in the synopsis!

Anna is an associate math professor. She’s working with her student, Alex, on something that will change both of their lives...and that it does. Anna quickly finds her life turned upside down as the sh!t hits the fan...in many different ways.

There are secrets galore, and things I never saw coming. I think it’s best to go in blind.

This is a suspenseful and twisted read. There are many red herrings. I ne
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Jen
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stop what you're doing and read this book.. I'm not kidding! This was a can't put down, read in one sitting, wonder what is going to happen next read! It was SOOOOO good!!! Definitely a 4.5⭐

I have no idea how to even summarize the plot.. Natalie Barelli, you wrote a great book!!! So, Anna Sanchez is a math professor with an idyllic life, the perfect husband and two perfect children, sighing with content.. well isn't that usually the harbinger of doom in a thriller? Well, after her PhD student, o
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preoccupiedbybooks
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars! This book stressed me out, and for most of it I wanted to slap Anna or shake her, but that last 20% woah!

A twisty, thriller full of unlikeable characters, Unfaithful didn't really grip me until about half way, and the main character, Anna gave me a headache with her constant bad decisions! But then boy did it kick off in dramatic style! I didn't see any of it coming and gasped out loud a couple of times! By the end, my heart was racing, and I definitely sympathised with Anna a lot m
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Jessica | JustReadingJess
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Unfaithful by Natalie Barelli is a great domestic thriller that will have you questioning everyone.

There are so many secrets and twists in Unfaithful. I really thought I knew where this book was heading and I was wrong. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. All of the characters are so complex. All the different aspects of Anna and Luis made this book very exciting.

Anna is a math professor that is always trying to make her family happy. I felt like I learned some about the mathematics com
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Tina
4.5 *
Wow! I listened to the audio in 2 days. The narrator is excellent and really brings Anna to life so vividly! This story is very well written and developed!

I mostly went in blind for this one and I think that's the way to go. Anna Sanchez seems to lead a perfect life. She has a loving husband and two children. She is a Mathematician and Professor at a leading college. Life looks good! Then things quickly change. She is passed over for a promotion, one of her students commits suicide and she
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Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
That was a crazy ride! Anna Sanchez is an associate maths Professor, married with two young children. She and her husband adore each other. Life is great - until it isn’t! She is working with a graduate student, Alex, to solve a long-standing maths conjecture which will have life changing implications for the solvers. But then suddenly, and strangely, Alex kills himself and Anna’s world starts to crumble.

She begins to suspect her husband, Luis (an artist), is having an affair with Stephanie - th
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Christina
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY to this super fun read, now available everywhere!

Unfaithful is undeniably a scandalous and juicy fall read! Once again, Natalie Barelli kept me on the edge of my seat as she has so many times before. This book is chock full of over-the-top gaslighting, slightly to very crazy characters, scandal and intrigue, and fights over infidelity AND intellectual property. Oh, and by the way, the narrator might be going totally mad. The perfect ingredients for a stew of crazy thriller
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Javier
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
HOLY SH*T!! If Ms. Barelli's intention was to misdirect me in my suspicions and leave me completely speechless she managed it!

Anna Sanchez seems to have it all. A perfect husband, two kids and a good job as an associate math professor where she's supervising a grad student thesis. They are on the verge of solving a math conjecture that could change their lives, but after her student's death everything in her life starts to unravel. As the plot progresses, her mental health takes a turn for the w
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Berit☀️✨
yes yes yes loved it! Natalie Barelli not going to lie whatever goes on in that imagination of yours scares me a little. Seriously Natalie has written some of the most unreliable unhinged characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Meet Anna. mathematician, loyal colleague, devoted wife, adoring mother, faithful friend... maybe? No need to mention any of the plot here you get more information than you need from the blurb and truly that is not the highlight of this book. This Book takes y ...more
Bharath
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Unfaithful is a very different psychological thriller novel with very interesting characters – all complex with shades of grey.

Anna is very particular about her family – she is married to Luis and they have two lovely kids Carla and Matti. Anna is a math professor and is at a critical juncture of her career – her research student Alex and she are close to solving the Pentti-Stone conjecture which has been unsolved since years. She has had a fascination for it since long and spent considerable t
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Natalia  R
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Math professor Anna Sanchez has it all: a great job, a loving husband, and two beautiful children. But when one of her students dies and she becomes convinced that her husband is having an affair, her life quickly spirals out of control. But Anna is not about to sit in a corner and cry about it. She is determined to do whatever it takes to protect what's hers.

A dark and suspenseful read, with plenty of twists and turns and an unreliable narrator to keep you on the edge of your seat anxiously ant
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Ceecee
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dependable, team player Associate Maths Professor Anna has a good life, she’s happily married to Luis and has two lovely children. One night she gets a call from her PHD student Alex which leads to her comfortable life imploding. Secrets and lies pile on top of each other until she doesn’t know which way is up, so there’s more cover up lies but someone is adding accelerant and torching her life .... ooohhh the intrigue!

This is really good! Anna should be a reliable narrator but she’s not, which
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
I am a big fan of Natalie Barelli books, the lady sure can write a twisty psychological thriller! Unfaithful is a fantastic page turner full of unlikeable characters. It was a fun read that will take you on a crazy ride.

Anna is a well respected math lecturer with the seemingly perfect family. She has a talented artist for a husband who is on the brink of his big break and 2 adorable kids. But all of that is about to come crashing down. Her life is falling apart bit by bit.. first she suspects he
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Bibi
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
*Spoiler*

Too crazy.
I could understand the Alex angle, but to make Luis the bad guy isn't consistent with how his character was initially portrayed. Also, holy flinking hell, there were too many frayed threads.

Why would Luis keep the EpiPen or the house deed or any of the many incriminating pieces of evidence he'd stored in the artwork? I'm sorry I thought the entire plot twist was juvenile and underdeveloped. Psychopaths aren't that considerate and normal (as Luis was initially portrayed).
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Tonya
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was a roller coaster ride from the beginning. What would you do if you worst nightmare comes true? Your husband is having an affair and your life is falling apart. Do you soldier on, or do you try to right the wrong? Anna is living a double life and time isn’t on her side. Is she a villain or an unwilling victim? The shocking conclusion had me feverishly reading until the end! A total thrill ride! This is an ant ...more
Luvtoread
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anna and Luis are a loving couple who have two wonderful children and have the appearance of the perfect life together until the day Anna finds out she did not get her promotion to a mathematics professor and that same day finds out her special student that she has been mentoring has died. From that point on Anna's life starts spiraling out of control but she doesn't seem to recognize the red flags around all the people she is close to which brings more problems and troubles to Anna. Along the w ...more
Brenda
Anna Sanchez was senior lecturer of Mathematics at Locke Weidman University, who’d worked hard on campus to support her husband Luis as his career took hold. Luis was an artist – a good one – and Anna didn’t regret the hours and days where she missed the children growing up while she supported the family. One of Anna’s top students, Alex, was working on a paper which she was co-authoring, and they weren’t far from publication when Alex suddenly died. Her shock saw her start to fall to pieces. He ...more
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
DNF @ 42%. Not connecting to the characters. Storyline is too far-fetched.
Susan Z
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Anna is an assistant math professor and is working with Alex, one of her graduate students. Alex is brilliant and is in the cusp of a huge discovery. Unfortunately, prior to publishing his work, a series of events unfolds that are unfathomable. From that point, everything in Anna's life starts to fall apart

This is a fast read, full of twists and shocking events. You know it's all going to blow up somehow, and you think you have a clear idea of what is going on but you don't. At least I didn't.

T
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Lou
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfaithful is a fast-paced standalone psychological thriller that really packs a punch. It follows senior lecturer in mathematics based at Locke Weidman University Dr Anna Sanchez, who is happily married to Luis; they have two young children together, Carla and Matti. She works hard on campus to support her husband's art career as he's beginning to gain recognition for his work. Anna is a thesis adviser to PhD student Alex, who is known for being extremely gifted. He had been working on attempti ...more
Vanessa Menezes
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This was one crazy read!

When Anna, a math professor, arrives unannounced at her husband’s studio in need of a shoulder to cry on after hearing that her best PhD student, Alex, has died, she sees a pair of wineglasses drying by the sink and her deepest fear is confirmed that her husband is having an affair.

Instead of confronting her husband and throwing him out of the house, Anna goes about her life without any complaint. She needs her marriage to work to protect a terrible secret, something that
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Teresa
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was quite the unusual book. It began with the normal, everyday family, like “Leave it to Beaver” and quickly morphed into The Bundys. Well, the parents anyway. Anna and Luis Sanchez are the picture-perfect parents juggling taking care of their two children while working two jobs. Anna is a math professor, and Luis is a sculptor. Very nice, normal people, right? Uh, no, not so much.

Very quickly, Anna’s life became a total mess, and everything she touched went sideways. I really can’t s
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Mark
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Zig zagged with ( look away if get offended 😁 ) twists, turns and clever red herrings
I think the one word, Unfaithful, probably conjures up what the reader will expect from this book but it offers a lot more than just an errant partner
Anna, the main character, narrates the book and leads us through what is happening in her ‘getting worse by the day’ life, she is a Uni Maths lecturer and with a student is on course to solve one of the worlds hardest mathematical problems, this is stressful enough
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Luvtoread
Dec 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Anna and Luis are a loving couple who have two wonderful children and have the appearance of the perfect life together until the day Anna finds out she did not get her promotion to a mathematics professor and that same day finds out her special student that she has been mentoring has died. From that point on Anna's life starts spiraling out of control but she doesn't seem to recognize the red flags around all the people she is close to which brings more problems and troubles to Anna. Along the w ...more
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You will usually find Natalie Barelli reading a book, and that book will more likely than not be a psychological thriller. Then Natalie decided to write one, and she hasn’t stopped writing since.

When not absorbed in the latest gripping page-turner, Natalie rides motorcycles, knits very badly and spends far too much time at the computer. She lives in rural NSW, in Australia.


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