Just from the cover, I knew I had to read this book. I mean, come on, look at it. It’s gorgeous.
The story focuses on Lucy and Jake, a married couple who seem to have it all. A beautiful family with beautiful children, a perfect marriage… really what could go wrong? Well, Jake could have an affair. And what do you know… he does. The knowledge of this shatters everything that Lucy knows and thinks. Her world is turned upside and filled with sadness and rage. She confronts Jake about it and after some tense moments, they agree to simple terms. Lucy, in retaliation, gets to hurt Jake three times.
This book was really interesting. I loved the idea of exploring a couple where one is having an affair, the other finds out, and instead of ruining the relationship (or outright killing one of the partners), they decided to stay together and work it out. This one just added a bit of spice to the mix. I think if it didn’t have the spice, I might not have read it. I’m not one for the cheating trope. This story plays with the whole idea of morality and goodness and the way it does it lends the story to a more nuanced exploration of the subject. Lucy and Jake are pretty unlikeable characters in my opinion, but that didn’t stop me from relating to Lucy or understanding her motivations.
If you’re looking for a twisted tale of love and betrayal, I think you might like this one. It’s a pretty short book coming in at only 194 pages so you can probably read it in a day or weekend depending on your reading speed and available time.