Sally and Clive had a passionate love affair for five years. Then one fateful night, which Sally refers to as York Way Friday, Clive dumps her. Trouble is Sally refuses to let go. She vows revenge and plots to always be in his life. First she cruised by his home. Then she befriended his wife...on Facebook. Then his son. Then his daughter. Before you know it, she's involved with the whole family.
The story is told through journal entries that Sally's therapist suggested her to keep. (Yes, a therapist. What does that tell you?) The entries are mostly addressed to Clive, about her two kids, and partner. I usually like to relate to main characters. But this chick was so far gone, I couldn't see where she was coming from. Do women really go obsessively insane when their hearts are broken? Even though I was far removed from the character, I couldn't stop reading. I had to know what frightening crazy action she'd take next and what Clive's defensive retaliation would be. I certainly didn't expect the ending.
Tamar Cohen's debut novel is engrossing, yet unsettling. Because the book is based on Sally's emotions and thoughts, the reader gets a close look into how her twisted mind works. The chick is disturbed. I firmly believe that social networking sites like Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter are a stalker's dream. The location settings on such sites along with detailed status updates from users make it too easy for someone to literally follow a person's every move. This novel reinforces my belief.
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Title: The Mistress's Revenge: A Novel
Author: Tamar Cohen
Published: June 2011