The Other Half
By Sarah Rayner
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 3/25/2014
My Rating: 5 Stars
In the internationally bestselling author Sarah Rayner's The Other Half, Chloe, bright, hip and single, is a feature writer with ambitions to launch a magazine of her own. When she meets James, her potential new boss, she knows she shouldn't mix business with pleasure, but finds it impossible to resist...
Maggie appears to have it all. She's beautiful, a talented writer, and has a gorgeous husband. But something's not quite right: his job as a magazine publisher is keeping him in the city until late most evenings, and some nights he doesn't come home at all...
Told in the alternating voices of the mistress and the wife, this story of an affair is a sharp, seductive take on modern love. Who, if anyone, comes out unscathed? In writing that is lively, sexy and sharp, the international bestselling author Sarah Rayner explores modern-day relationships and age-old moral dilemmas.
A special thank you to St Martin’s Press (St Martin’s Griffin), via NetGalley for an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
This was my first book by Sarah Rayner, and so look forward to reading more of her work!
“The Other Half” grabs you from the first page, to the last with such intensity, emotion, and seduction as this complicated sexy love triangle faces life, temptation, and desire in the sexy and hip UK and US glamorous magazine world. Set between modern London and lively New York, the suspense will keep you on edge until the wee hours of the morning.
This book was so much more than the “other woman/mistress” typical scenario. This love story had depth and meaning-- told from the man, mistress, and wife (mother)’s point of view, as well as a few of the secondary characters, making you sympathetic to each of them at times.
Sarah did an outstanding job of transitioning between Maggie, Chloe, and James (Jamie), each facing powerful raw emotions and difficult moral dilemmas. The book depicts an emotional journey with exploration of feelings and erotic content. Friendship was also a big component, as quite adored the relationship between Chloe and Rob.
A novel of strong tenacious women, ambition, lust, seduction, and relationships; lessons learned, being true to yourself, taking control of your life, and finding your way when obstacles get in the way.
After reading “Tempting Fate” by Jane Green and “The Other Half” back to back (two excellent yet powerful 2014 novels of love affair triangles by brilliant authors); will surely convince any man or woman to seriously think twice before embarking on an affair (as you may get more than you bargained for).