{Review} The Other Half by Sarah Rayner

{Review} The Other Half by Sarah RaynerThe Other Half by Sarah Rayner
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on March 1, 2001
Genres: Chick Lit, Love Triangle
Character(s): Businessmen/Lawyers/Entrepreneurs
Pages: 304
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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.

Part of me wants to give this book five stars. But the rest of me wants to give it zero. So, I’ll settle for two.

You already know the story. Englishman publisher James has a (mostly) happy marriage with a forty year old wife when a sweet young thing pitches a magazine idea that has him intrigued. He begins a whirlwind romance with this girl, Chloe, who knows from the outset that James is married and has a kid. I don’t want to give away anything else that happens in this story, but I will say that I liked the way that Rayner told it–in alternating points of view between the wife and the mistress.

That’s about it, besides the crazy realism that this certainly had, back in 2001, when it was originally released. There are lots of things I didn’t like, including the fact that I hated Chloe. She was a total brat and homewrecker, no ifs, and, or buts about it. I wasn’t rooting for her, and I was so happy with what Maggie (the wife) does. Chloe can jump off a bridge. The empathy that we’re supposed to feel for her makes me want this book to go with her.

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