Sandie Jones goes for it all with her fast-paced, suspense-filled debut ... At first, the plot feels generic, like a re-telling of stories featured in about a hundred chick-flicks and rom-coms, before Jones pivots hard, allowing her plot to take on a darker tone in the process. It’s here where she shines the most, raising the stakes while throwing a heavy dose of wicked curves to readers . . . buckling knees and dropping jaws in the process. Sandie Jones is the real deal. The Other Woman is a stunning psychological thriller on par with Harlan Coben’s Fool Me Once, and a serious contender for best twist of the year.
The startling if unbelievable twist at the end of the road will spin readers’ heads, but not enough to compensate for all the contrivance to engineer it. Still, fans of plot-driven psychological thrillers will enjoy the ride.
Emily, who narrates, is relatable even if readers will root for her to put the fiendish, and fiendishly clever, Pammie in her place and smack Adam for not sticking up for her. Jones ratchets up the tension to the breaking point and throws in a curveball that will make readers’ heads spin. Melodramatic yet wildly entertaining, with a smashing twist.