Tuesday 17 December 2019

Book ~ "The Last Affair" (2019) Margot Hunt

From Goodreads ~ Nora Holliday is not that kind of woman. Not the kind who has an illicit affair with a married man. But Josh Landon is everything Nora’s alcoholic husband isn’t. And now she and Josh are so infatuated, they can’t stay away from one another.

Abby Landon, Josh’s daughter, is home from college nursing a broken heart. She’s seeking solace, not more scandal, so when she catches her dad kissing Nora, she vows to take the homewrecker down.

And as for Abby’s mother and Josh’s wife, Gwen? To anyone on the outside looking in, the mother of two appears to be living the ideal suburban life.

Until she winds up dead.

The serene seaside town of Shoreham has always been the perfect place to raise a family - not somewhere housewives are brutally murdered. So who killed Gwen Landon and how many twisted secrets will be exposed as the vindictive plot comes undone? 

We know right away that Gwen gets murdered.  Gwen is not a nice person so there could any number of people who kill her.

Nora and Josh are from the same town and happen to run into each other at a hotel where their conferences are being held.  They have dinner together and there is an attraction.  And so begins their affair, which continues after they get back home.

Nora is the mother of three children.  Carter, her husband, is an alcoholic and there's no longer any love between them.  Josh is married to Gwen and they  have two children.  Josh realized many years ago that despite her outward appearances, Gwen is all about Gwen and there's no love between them.  No wonder Nora and Josh get together.  Josh also had to deal with the return of his daughter, Abby.  She was at university and abruptly quit and came home with her heart broken.  Once Abby catches her Josh kissing Nora, she becomes obsessed with finding out who she is.

This is the third book I've read by this author and I liked it.  It is written in third person perspective in Nora, Gwen, Josh and Abby's voice.  It could have been many who murdered Gwen and I was okay with whodunnit.  As a head's up, there is swearing and some violence.

Despite their cheating, I liked Nora and Josh and it seemed like there was real affection between them.  The author did a good job in making Gwen hateful.  I wasn't a fan of Abby ... I found she was a bit extreme.  She left university because of her boyfriend and then was a big baby while she was living back home.  I found her a bit unbelievable given her age.

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