Author: Tamar Cohen
Genre: Adult Fiction
Source: Emer Flounders
Goodreads: Think marriage means happily ever after? Think again…
Selina and Lottie are complete opposites. Where Selina is poised but prudish, Lottie is quirky and emotional. Selina is the dutiful mother of three children and able manager of their stylish suburban home. Lottie lives with her eccentric teenage daughter in a small city apartment fit to bursting with color and happy chaos. But these women also have one shocking similarity: they’re married to the same man…and they’ve just found out he’s dead.
Selina has been married to Simon Busfield for twenty-eight years, Lottie for seventeen. Neither knew a thing about the other until the day of Simon’s funeral, where the scandalous truth is revealed in front of everyone they know. Another wife, another family… And they’ve only just scratched the surface of Simon’s incredible betrayal.
With dark humor and razor-sharp wit, Cohen expertly unravels a story of deception and betrayal, where two very different families will discover they are entwined in ways that will change them all forever.
Ope’s Opinion: The synopsis of this book really intrigued me. I am not a huge fan of British writing or humor, so I was a little hesitant to read this. The British writing is not overwhelming, but at times I felt like the story rambled on.
The two wives are so different. As the wives moved through the stages of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, the book moved through their lives. It had double meaning – accepting the death of their husband and accepting the fact that the other one existed. It was an interesting way to look at the situation.
The ending had it’s twists. It was kind of sad. The epilogue tried to tie things up. I am not sure it felt complete to me.
Rating: Three Chairs – I like this book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.
I appreciate your review – I’d been wondering about this novel.