Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Other Woman - Sandie Jones

The Other Woman is newly released from Sandie Jones.

Emily has finally found him - the man she wants to be with for the rest of her life. He's absolutely perfect. The only problem is  his mother Pammie...she determined to split them up. And Adam, so devoted to his mother, doesn't notice a thing. Emily tries really hard to win Pammie (this is just the perfect name for this character!) over, but is bested every time.

"I wanted to tell him what had really upset me. I didn't want there to be any secrets between us, but what was I supposed to say? I think there a chance your mother could be a vindictive witch?"

Oh, there's no doubt, Pammie is a real piece of work. She smiles to Emily's face and thwarts her at every turn. The nastiness only increases as the relationship moves forward. Jones's depiction of Pammie is downright disturbing. Just when I thought she couldn't get any worse, she did.

Now my thoughts on Emily. I get that she wanted to be with Adam (more on him in a minute). But for the life of me I couldn't understand why she didn't turn tail and run. The behaviour, the apron strings and the devotion was way beyond the norm. This reader would have packed up the suitcase and let out a big sigh. I think Emily saw it as a competition with only one winner to be left standing at the end. And....Adam. Okay, in my eyes he was no prize. I think Emily had her blinders on and her game plan wasn't going to change. Some of his behaviour should have also had her putting on her boots. So, unlikable characters all round for me.

But... I couldn't stop turning pages! I wanted to know how far things would go. Who would 'win'. Jones throws in a twist and turn at the end that will change your thoughts on what you've read. Nicely done! Here's an excerpt of The Other Woman. #bewareofpammie


bermudaonion said...

I need an unputdownable book like this!

Dianna said...

YES to this! The only characters I liked --- Emily's friends.

Luanne said...

Bermudaonion - I just couldn't believe Pammie's behaviour and Emily's sticking around!

Ah Dianna - you've read it! I agree - Emily's friends are the only likable characters.