Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Last Affair” by Margot Hunt, Mira, Nov. 26, 2019
Margot Hunt, Author of “The Last Affair: has written an intriguing and captivating novel. The Genres for this novel are Thriller, Domestic Fiction, Psychological Thriller, and Suspense. The timeline for this story is set in the “author”s” present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes the characters in the story as complex and complicated. Some are unlikeable, flawed, dysfunctional and narcissistic. I usually enjoy a story with different types of characters, as it gives the story more spice or flavor. If every character were “good” or “nice”, the story would be boring. So I do have to say that the characters, although a mixed combination does help make this story.
I would also say this is not a “chilling thriller”, that would keep me up at night, or biting my nails. There are conflicts, obsessions, jealousy, betrayals, and murder in this story, but it is not intense enough to keep me on the edge.
Some of the characters know each other from years ago. In the present, Nora Holiday is a “predictable” wife who stays at home with her children. Her marriage doesn’t have any ” sparks”, and somehow she knows she wants something more out of life. Josh Landon, is a teacher, who is engaged to Nora’s sister. When there is a tragic accident, deep betrayals and dark secrets emerge, which shatters everyone’s lives as they know it.
Josh’s wife Gwen is extremely narcissistic and often wishes that she never had children and could be free to pursue whatever her dreams are. Gwen doesn’t have many positive feelings towards Josh and becomes more than ambivalent when she suspects that her husband is having an affair.
There are certainly enough problems in this novel, including a possible affair. There are some twists and turns in this story, and the ending of the story was perfect, until the author continued with the epilogue, and my reaction was “Are You Kidding?” I would recommend that you read this and determine if you feel the same way. Happy Reading!