#BlogBlitz: THE AFFAIR by SHERYL BROWNE @Bookouture @SherylBrowne @KimTheBookworm
Another fantabulicious psychological thriller by the amazing Sheryl Browne, every time a new book is published by Sheryl its always bumped to the top of my TBR pile. I’m not a person to wait, I must have it now, Sheryl never disappoints.
Title: The Affair
Author: Sheryl Browne
Publication Date: 10th August (Bookouture)
What the Book Says
The moment she opened her eyes, she knew everything had changed. The stale taste of alcohol; her uneasy stomach. She looked at her husband sleeping peacefully, and knew she would never tell anyone what happened last night.
You will think you know what happened to Alicia that night.
You will see a desperate wife, lying to her husband.
You will watch a charming lover, trying to win her back.
You will judge her, just like everyone else.
You will assume you know what happens next. But everything you think you know about the past, the relationships, what drives Alicia and her husband to lie… is wrong.
If you loved The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and The Sister, you’ll love this compelling and gripping psychological thriller from Sheryl Browne. The Affair will have you hooked from the very first page!
Hooked from the first page they said, oh no……. hooked from the cover more like.
The light pink rose signifies joy and happiness but, the wilted, dying roses which fail to bloom epitomises the darkness, the cracks, the trust within the pages of The Affair. Should I trust what lies beneath. The undertones of the psychological tension emitting from the cover becomes widespread, the deeper I delve into the pages, the more intensifying it becomes, the harder it is to lay the book down until I reach the very last page.
A family of four becomes three, a devastating car crash, lives have changed, Alicia holds a secret, a lie, Justin is trying to hold his family together, Sophie a teenager becomes sullen, withdrawn with secrets of her own, Luke the child the family have lost. A gapping hole, a wound which may never heal and an affair. I’m telling you all nothing else its impossible without spoilers. Sheryl has managed to render me speechless, mind-blown in which I have been depraved of my very thoughts.
Its so easy to label a person without knowing them, I had Alicia down as the biggest manipulator, the bitch who deserved everything that was coming to her but as time and the pages wore on it became apparent that all was not as it seemed. I had read Alicia’s character with a blinkered perception that was laid in front of me within the first few chapters, but with hindsight and foresight two powerful tools, my conclusions where justifiably incorrect. Hence the old adage………..
Never Judge a Book By Its Cover
I don’t know how Sheryl manages to do it time and time again. The progression of a natural narrative borne from an emotional start which tears at your heart, cycling through to the morale compass which each and everyone one of us live by, encompassing the secrets, the lies, the dark psychological mind bust, then the almighty Wham, Bam Thank You Mam of a sucker punch ending. Each and every scenario was like an intensely wound coil, the release throwing the words from the book to every corner of my brain, a puzzle to be solved.
My thanks and thoughts of praise go out to Sheryl Browne, Bookouture and Kim Nash for the advanced readers copy of The Affair, in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. Thanks to Kim for my spot on the Blog Blitz for The Affair.
Sheryl Browne brings you powerful psychological thriller and contemporary fiction. Sheryl’s latest psychological thriller THE AFFAIR – the second of a three-book deal – comes to you from fabulous BOOKOUTURE. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and previously writing for award winning Choc Lit, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.
So why does Sheryl write in two genres? Quoting E. L. Doctorow, Sheryl says: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights…” This she thinks sums up a writer’s journey, you never quite know where you are going until you get there. You might start with an outline, but a strong character will always divert from the plot. If Sheryl’s not sure where a character is going, she simply has to trust him to show her the way. Plus, according to one reviewer, she also has a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath.
To find out more about Sheryl, go to www.sherylbrowne.com