The Adulterer’s Handbook: A Gripping Psychological Thriller

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The Adulterer’s Handbook: A Gripping Psychological Thriller

When I read the title of Sam Anthony’s book, I was both intrigued and, honestly, a bit reluctant whether a book about cheating will be up my reading alley. If you’re wondering the same, I’m here to tell you that The Adulterer’s Handbook is a book that deals with adultery, but it is also so, so much more than that.

The first thing that got me interested in reading The Adulterer’s Handbook is actually the opportunity to read about the subject of infidelity from a man’s perspective. I was so eager to see how the author handled relationships between characters, their emotions, psychologies, and all possible plot twists that would follow unfaithful characters.

STORY

First of all, meet Lee Bolton. Lee considers himself a happily married man, with two children and a wife any man would be proud of. He loves his wife Tamsin, and they both are dedicated parents. However, Lee and Tamsin are starting to drift apart. He feels like she is less enthusiastic in the bedroom. At the same time, Lee receives more and more attention from his coworker Sofia. With her cheerful, easygoing personality, Sofia makes advances towards Lee, who, while trying to resist and remain faithful to his wife, finally caves in and has an affair with her.

They try to make a long list of rules with the most important being: don’t fall in love. One thing leading to another, it starts to look like Sofia is breaking that very same rule as she becomes more obsessed, giving the book true Fatal Attraction atmosphere.

CHARACTERS

As we dive more into the story, we see how characters twist and bend the rules, all to cover up the deception and avoid getting exposed. Things spiral out of control, making us see the protagonists many flaws. The thing I found most interesting is that Lee isn’t simply a one dimensional character presented as a hero. He‘s more of an anti-hero who, although he would say for himself he is a good man, he still goes down the road of deceit. Once the reader accepts Lee as the flawed, selfish character he is, the book becomes even more enjoyable.

The Adulterer’s Handbook is full of twists and turns, going from romantic atmosphere to psychological thrills and chills. Although there aren’t many characters in the book, each one of them is very well-defined with their own agendas and motivations. Some of them become more clear just near the end, keeping readers well on their toes.

As we follow the characters, some of them will make you smile (like Lee’s rationalizations and monologues), some will make you mad, but what I loved the most is that my opinion about them kept unexpectedly changing, which only says more about characters’ great development.

WRITING

The Adulterer’s Handbook will surely grab your attention in most surprising ways, especially if you would expect it to simply be a book about cheating. It is not.

Although there are many enjoyable aspects of the book, there are also some challenges which would require a bit more careful reading. In the first third of the book, we follow time jumps between when the story takes place, as well as when the affair started a few months earlier. Time jumps sure make for a great storytelling, but sometimes they can be a bit confusing, especially if the switch isn’t clear enough.

I have thoroughly enjoyed The Adulterer’s Handbook, because it kept me guessing what will happen next, and whether or not Lee will manage to save his life from spiraling out of control. It was as funny as it was nerve wracking. I did find the ending a bit abrupt as we’re left with a cliff-hanger, but once I saw that the sequel is on the way, it felt a lot more natural.

Sam Anthony’s writing style easily puts you in the mind of a character, but it also manages to surprise you all the time. Some aspects of the plot could use a bit more of foreshadowing, although it makes me more curious about the sequel and what will be revealed in it.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is thirsty for a good romantic, psychological thriller!

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18 Comments

  • I wouldn't normally be drawn to a book with this title but now I want to read it. I love a good psychological thriller. Sounds like a good one.

  • Like you, I am not sure this would be my favorite type of reading, however, you sold the book really well. I may have to download this before I head to Spain!

  • This sounds like such an intriguing book. I will have to pick it up. I do love to read!

  • It's not my usual genre but it sounds interesting enough that I would give it a try. I'm curious to read it from a male perspective as well.

  • This sounds like such a wonderful read. I can't wait to check it out. I love a good read.

  • This is not my normal reading material, but it sounds like an intriguing book.

  • This sounds like a real page-turner! I am not really into thrillers but know a few people who would really enjoy this.

  • Pam Wattenbarger

    That's not something I would normally read but you made it sound so interesting. If I hadn't read your review I would have passed over the book because of the title.

  • I don't normally go for books like this but thanks for the insightful review. It sure sounds like a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat! I don't think I'll stop reading this until I finish the whole book.

  • Interesting! Not my usual book to read too but I am so curious and would want a copy!

  • This does sound like an interesting read. I have always been interested in the way a man's mind works when he decides to cheat. In fact, I would be open to learning about a woman's perspective too. This sounds like it could be a series. I need to start with this one though, thanks for sharing!

  • Cathy Mini

    This book sounds interesting to read as you give me a great idea of how beautiful it is. I would take a look.

  • While I hope to never have to deal with adultery in my own marriage, I would enjoy reading about it from a man's perspective. I am curious where the characters end up in this story.

  • Sounds like this is a really interesting book. Not something I would normally read, but I'm interested in checking this out more. I think I may actually like reading this one.

  • This sounds like an interesting story. Unfortunately, my dad cheated on my mom and there was a lot of family shattering drama, so it might hit a little too close to home for me to enjoy.

  • This sounds like an interesting story. I'm always looking for a good book to read.

  • Sounds like great book and interesting story. I need to check it out in library.

  • I love thriller! This sounds like a good book, I definitely have to read it!

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