"The Other Half" Is Whole Lot of Wonderful Drama


Title: The Other Half
Author:  Sarah Rayner
Format: ERC
Length: 304 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Rating: 5 Stars

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.

-Goodreads

My Thoughts
The Other Half is one of those rare books that while shining a rather glaring spotlight on a very touchy subject, (adultery) still manages to entertain the reader and maintain a light hearted tone.
Telling the story of infidelity from both the point of view of mistress (Chloe) and wife (Maggie); author Sarah Rayner expertly navigates the twists and turns of loves, lives, betrayals, and growth with a respect and sensitivity that is unmatched.

Although there are a great many things that make this book a stellar read, the most important of these would have to be the fact that neither Maggie nor Chloe is ever made to play the victim.  They each are     
allowed to remain strong and accomplished in spite of the turmoil of their personal situations.

This read has a very Sex In The City feel.  This especially true in Chloe's case.  Unmarried, climbing the publishing ladder, and looking for adventure; Chloe may be the bad girl in this scenario, but she is a very likeable person, and it is quite clear that she is really not out to hurt anyone.
 
James, a.k.a "the man in the middle" is your usual married and approaching forty husband.  He is haggard, and feels a bit trapped by the conventions of married life and fatherhood.
He is quite the charming rogue, and it is easy to see why Chloe falls for him.
He also proves to be quite adept at making a mess of things, and as usual, it is up to the ladies to ge things sorted.

The Other Half will probably make you laugh; could make you cry; may even make you want to throw the book.  Most importantly however, it will defiantly make you think.
                                        
                                           This review will cross post to Night Owl Reviews
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