Thursday, July 5, 2018

Review: The Ever After by Sarah Pekkanen

The Ever After
by Sarah Pekkanen

Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 272
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Josie and Frank Moore are happy… at least Josie thinks they are. As parents of two young girls in the Chicago suburbs, their days can be both busy and monotonous, and sometimes Josie wonders how she became a harried fortysomething mother rather than the driven career woman she once was. But Frank is a phenomenal father, he’s handsome and charismatic, and he still looks at his wife like she’s the beautiful woman he married more than a decade ago. Josie isn’t just happy—she’s lucky.

Until one Saturday morning when Josie borrows her husband’s phone to make a quick call—and sees nine words that shatter her world.

Now Josie feels as if she is standing at the edge of a sharp precipice. As she looks back at pivotal moments in the relationship she believed would last forever, she is also plunging ahead, surprising everyone (especially herself) with how far she will go to uncover the extent of her husband’s devastating secret.

Kritters Thoughts:  There are two big things I want to say in my review.  One I love Sarah Pekkanen and after this book I will still continue to read everything she has written.  The second thing is I knew before going in and continue to believe that I just don't like cheating story books.  It is a subgenre or something that I just will keep avoiding in my reading life.

I know most will ask and I understand, if you don't read cheating books then why the heck did you even pick this one up, well because it was Sarah Pekkanen.  I have read 90% of her books and have loved them all.  I knew I wouldn't love the subject, but I wanted to see what she would do with it.  I thought she may be able to find a way to do the story in a way that I would possibly like.  She gives her characters such depth and humanity and the stories are layered and interesting that I thought I would give it a try.

I am sad to report that not only did I not like the subject matter, but I didn't love what she did with it.  I thought the characters were very plain and uninteresting and I didn't even care to see how they would end up after the implosion of their marriage.  I thought it was awkward and rushed and I just couldn't.  

I say all this and want to repeat, I will read every other Sarah Pekkanen book - and probably love them!  I would just warn any fans that this one will be at the bottom of my list of her books. 

Rating: not such a good read

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Atria Books.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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