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Today I am reviewing The Affair by Hilary Boyd, published by Penguin Michael Joseph UK.


Connie and her GP husband Devan have led a charmed life since they married in their twenties. Forty years on they are the couple their whole village envies. Life isn’t quite so rosy just now with Devan struggling to adjust to early retirement, but Connie hopes that getting away for a few weeks through her job as a European tour manager will help. 

But on one of her favourite tours, to Lake Como, it is clear one of her guests is falling for her. She resists, but Jared somehow gets under her skin, until she’s intoxicated and doing the unthinkable: breaking the marriage vows she’s always held so dear. But she tells herself the affair is not serious, it will end when the season does. And Devan will never find out.

But when Connie returns home, Jared follows. He isn’t going to give her up so easily. And as he grows ever more embroiled in her life, Connie begins to wonder if more than her marriage is in danger,…

“A summer she will remember forever…Because he’s not going to let her forget…”

As the saying goes, you stray, you pay! For Connie McCabe, she learns this the hard way after a brief affair, turns to obsession and threatens everything she holds dear.

Now, I don’t condone cheating in any way, but in saying that, I understood why Connie does what she does and I could muster up sympathy for her. Since retiring, Devan has become quite challenging and dismissive, which in turn leaves her feeling vulnerable and easy prey for the charming Jared to take advantage of.

The Affair is the first book I have read from Boyd and it won’t be my last. I really enjoyed her style of storytelling and how she brings it all to life. The tension is palpable as Jared’s stalking increases and the feeling of foreboding becomes stronger with each chapter in the lead up to its thrilling conclusion. All round I found this to be a very quick and entertaining read.

Thank you to Hilary Boyd, Penguin Michael Joseph UK and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Affair, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.


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Hilary Boyd trained as a nurse and a marriage guidance counselor before beginning a career as a writer and journalist. She has written six non-fiction books and is the author of Thursdays in the Park, the bestselling novel which spawned a whole new genre.

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