The Ever After – Review
by: Sarah Pekkanen
In this intricate and enthralling domestic drama the author of the “gossipy page-turner” (Glamour) The Perfect Neighbors goes deep into a marriage in crisis, peeling back layers of secrets to discover where the relationship veered off course—and whether it is worth saving.
Josie and Frank Moore are happy… at least Josie thinks they are. As parents of two young girls in the Chicago suburbs, their days can be both busy and monotonous, and sometimes Josie wonders how she became a harried fortysomething mother rather than the driven career woman she once was. But Frank is a phenomenal father, he’s handsome and charismatic, and he still looks at his wife like she’s the beautiful woman he married more than a decade ago. Josie isn’t just happy—she’s lucky.
Until one Saturday morning when Josie borrows her husband’s phone to make a quick call—and sees nine words that shatter her world.
Now Josie feels as if she is standing at the edge of a sharp precipice. As she looks back at pivotal moments in the relationship she believed would last forever, she is also plunging ahead, surprising everyone (especially herself) with how far she will go to uncover the extent of her husband’s devastating secret.
The Ever After – Review
So let me preface this with: I absolutely loved THE WIFE BETWEEN US. It’s on my Top 2018 reads list, and it was the first book I read in 2018.
That being said, I go into this review, after finishing the book, totally disappointed. THE EVER AFTER started out really good, and it instantly captured my attention. I enjoyed the letter to the reader, and I think that’s what really did it for me. But after the first few chapters, it really started to go downhill.
Josie believes she is happily married to Frank. Low and behold, her marriage is not happy. He is cheating on her. Soon, Josie makes it her mission to find out everything that is going on with this affair, the small details, literally everything. Once her fact-finding mission is over, nothing happens.
This whole book lacked passion. There was no passion in the marriage, no passion for the kids, no passion for anything. It was frustrating. There wasn’t anything to keep me on the edge of my seat. I often shook my head due to Josie’s inner dialogue. At times, I couldn’t even feel sorry for her because of her back and forth. I felt for the situation, but neither character really struck me as genuine.
Small details of the book confused me and left me wondering why. It lacked suspense, it lacked believable, strong characters, and it lacked the depth I was wanting from the characters and from the book.
As the book went on, I wasn’t sure if I was going to root for the couple or what. By the end of the book, I felt like nothing was truly resolved, and whatever was resolved, did not go below the surface. I went away from this book just feeling disappointed at the outcome.
- December 11, 2018
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