05 November 2011

His Other Lover by Lucy Dawson

His Other Lover by Lucy Dawson

Published: 13 March 2008 by Sphere

Pages: 272 (paperback)

Genre/s: Adult contemporary

Source: Own library

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Synopsis

Mia understands that relationships need work; that in a grown-up partnership, passion and spontaneity give way to something different but more lasting. With Pete she knows that her search for 'The One' can stop.

Until, tripping over Pete's phone one night, she reads a text from the mysterious 'Liz' that sends her blood cold. Should she confront him? Perhaps. But, alone in the dark with the world crashing around her, Mia starts to hatch a plan that will send her racing straight into the eye of the storm. In the game of deceit, trickery and lies, Pete's not the only one who is playing to win.


My Thoughts

Sounds like fluffy chick-lit, smells like fluffy chick-lit, looks like fluffy chick-lit. However, my senses betrayed me on this one.

Mia is a grown up, in a grown up relationship, in a grown up world. Her sister is immature and childish, and has no idea what real love is. Relationships need work, and Mia is confident that the work she has given her relationship with Pete has completely cemented the fact that he is ‘the One’.

Until she finds a message on Pete’s phone that leads her to believe that Pete is cheating on her. As more and more signs appear, Mia finds herself on an increasingly bizarre downward spiral to infiltrate and destroy the woman who wants to steal her boyfriend away.

To Mia, Pete is not the villain, the other woman is the enemy, who has corrupted her wonderful boyfriend and seduced him into a world where he doesn’t belong nor does he want to belong to. It’s up to her to show him…..

His Other Lover is not chick-lit in the traditional sense. There are no ditzy humorous moments, no ‘feel good’ factor or life changing revelations. It’s a dark book, and Lucy Dawson has managed to crawl into Mia’s head perfectly. In doing so she brings us a scary thought – how far would you go to keep the one you love and keep your life on the perfect track?

The ending of this book is gripping, and leaves you with some unanswered questions (in a good way) and open to your own interpretation, which is part of its appeal.


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