For October’s Kindle First read, I chose Evelyn, After, a novel by Victoria Helen Stone. I felt like reading something completely different and I was absolutely hooked from the synopsis/blurb.
Evelyn Tester is sleepwalking through her suburban life—until a late-night phone call startles her awake. Her husband, a prestigious psychiatrist, has been in an accident. And he isn’t alone.
Suddenly Evelyn’s world isn’t as tidy as she thought. And in the midst of it all is Juliette, not only her husband’s secret lover but also his patient. If news of the affair were to get out, it would ruin more than just Evelyn’s marriage. Although it’s a bitter pill for Evelyn to swallow, protecting her family means staying silent—even if, as she begins to discover, the night of the accident has consequences far more dangerous than the unmasking of an affair.
But the more Evelyn learns about Juliette’s picture-perfect life—complete with a handsome, unsuspecting husband—the more she yearns for revenge…and satisfaction. Her growing obsession fuels her rage, burning away her complacency. What will be left of her after it flames out? – Amazon
I quite enjoyed this book even though without risking any spoilers, I felt that the ending was slightly anti-climactic; I had so many questions left after I finished the book. Perhaps that is the mark of a great author, in that they are not too worried about over-feeding their hungry readers but feed them just enough to keep them hooked until the end.
(Very clever there Vic :))
Victoria certainly did that. This was the perfect mix of suspense and steamy(ness). There are enough sexy scenes to make you blush but then she also quickly brings you back on track with another suspenseful tidbit. The book very believably deals with the themes of family, adultery and deception and it certainly made my commutes to and from work whilst reading it, even more dramatic. There were parts of the book that were quite shocking though insightful into different psyches; the reader gets unfettered access to Evelyn’s thoughts and feelings.
Evelyn was a very interesting character whose dramatic transformation (physically and emotionally) may have sometimes seemed a little far fetched, though when I considered that she was heavily ‘medicated’ for a long period of time leading up to the incident, it is no wonder that she is re-learning who she is. What she likes. Her limitations.
I also enjoyed the way in which the book alternated between the past and present day as it really kept the pages turning.
Overall, a great suspenseful read, though I wanted more answers and more drama. I also found Evelyn annoying at times and I wanted to give her a friendly shake. She was often far too restrained for someone who has gone through half of what she has experienced in the book.
The secret is very good though…
Worth a read!
Have you read this book? What did you think?
I’m looking forward to November’s read already! 🙂