Monday, 30 April 2012

Secret Affair - Melissa Love

Carter Perry is a hardworking family man. Devoted to his wife and two children, he has a seemingly perfect life. Until one day, joking around with his friends and brother he starts to wonder that maybe his marriage isn't as perfect as he thinks.

His friend Curt has had to endure the heartbreak of his wife cheating on him - Jay is happy, as is Donte his brother, Kevin is the player of the group and maintains being single means a hassle free life. After discussing the signs that show your spouse is cheating, Carter can't help but mull over their conversation - is Keisha, his wife, seeing someone and if she is, who is it?

As a short story (68 pages) it doesn't take long discover that a) Keisha is in fact seeing someone and b) who it is. The story is fraught with emotion and you can easily understand Carter's pain and frustration when he asks then demands who Keisha is seeing.  Love's use of language (it's set in Detroit) adds to the grittiness of the breakdown of this marriage. With it being so short, it doesn't delve into why Carter behaves the way he does or why Keisha cheated and I feel that it's a shame. What about their children? The impact on the family the affair has?

Overall, it's a great plot and Love has written a fast paced exciting, sometimes disturbing story of how far one man would go to find out who his wife is cheating with and how he remedies the solution in a violent way. If you have an hour to spare it's worth picking up.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author to review. The opinions expressed here are my own and I am not required to give a positive review. 

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