REVIEW: UNFAITHFUL, BY NATALIE BARELLI

 

When I arrive unannounced at my husband’s studio in need of a shoulder to cry on after hearing that my best student, Alex, has died, I see a pair of wine glasses drying by the sink and my deepest fear is confirmed: my husband is having an affair.

Most women would fall to their knees in tears and throw him out of the house–but I just can’t bring myself to do it.

Instead, I go home and cook a healthy dinner for our children, walk the dog and unload the dishwasher without complaint. I will make him see that I’m still the woman he married; attractive, successful, the glue that holds our perfect family together. I need this marriage to work to protect a terrible secret of my own, something that would destroy everything I’ve already sacrificed so much for.

But when the police arrive at my door asking questions about Alex’s death that I can’t answer, and threatening text messages start appearing on my phone, I know that someone close has been watching me very carefully.

The truth is, there are three people in my marriage, but only one of them is deadly…
 
 
 


Anna has had such a complex and layered life that I expected the story to take us down one path, but as more secrets are revealed, I am shocked by what we eventually learn.

There were so many tricky aspects to Unfaithful that I kept turning the pages until the final and stunning conclusion, wondering how I could have anticipated a different set of events when the complexity of Anna’s life could only have gone the way it did.

As she was our primary narrator, I believed in Anna, although she appeared unreliable at times. When we finally learn all the intricacies of the past and the present, everything finally falls into place. Twisted and compelling, this book earned 4.5 stars for me.
 
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