HE LOVES YOU: Adam adores Emily. Emily thinks Adam’s perfect, the man she thought she’d never meet.
BUT SHE LOVES YOU NOT: Lurking in the shadows is a rival, a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.
AND SHE’LL STOP AT NOTHING: Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie.
There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.
My Thoughts: The Other Woman was a book that captured my interest right away, as I watched the unfolding power struggle between our narrator, Emily, and Pammie, the mother of her fiancé. To others, Pammie was sweet, so Emily could find no allies in her quest to get the upper hand.
Her own mother colluded with Pammie in setting up the “hen do,” when an unexpected and unwelcome guest appeared. But Emily hadn’t shared her thoughts and feelings about Pammie with her mother, not wanting her to worry. What? That was one of her biggest mistakes.
Then there was Adam, almost as annoying as Pammie, always running to his mother’s side and never supporting Emily as she tried to stay afloat.
James, Adam’s brother, seemed supportive, but then he made the moves on her.
What was happening in this Twilight Zone of a family? What has Emily discovered about her predecessor, who died suddenly one day? What are the secrets behind this tragedy?
As I kept turning pages, I wanted Emily to stand up and say “no more!” But she didn’t. She kept forgiving and offering second, third chances…until the final twist had me stunned and saying “no way!”
I had whiplash by then, but something felt wrong and too easy about this ending. After expecting a whole different kind of denouement, I felt a little…let down. It seemed almost unbelievable, which dropped this book down to 3.5 stars for me.