I’ve finally got a free evening to myself, so I thought I’d use it to catch up with some of the reviews for books I’ve read over the last few weeks and months. One of the books I read in the month of December was My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon, a contemporary published by Penguin Michael Joseph. Thanks to them for my copy of the book!
I’ll start off by saying that this book intrigued me from the offset: our protagonist Paula has just discovered, through glancing over at her husband’s abandoned mobile phone as it lit up with a message alert, that he is having an affair with one of his colleagues. Instead of confronting him about his adultery, she comes up with the perfect plan to enact her revenge: to make him fall back in love with her so she can snatch it all away, break his cheating heart and leave him with absolutely nothing but egg on his face. She hitches a very cunning plan to lose the extra pounds she’s accumulated over the years, all the while sneakily increasing her husband’s daily calorie intake exponentially. She starts running, she signs up to the gym and hires a personal trainer: you name it, she’s considered it. The entire novel was full of twists and turns and remarkably bad acting; which was a shame, considering that 3 of the 4 main characters were actors. All jokes aside, the book read incredibly well and is definitely one of my highlights of the end of 2016.
I personally wouldn’t be able to pull it off. I would fume monumentally if I ever believed that my husband was having an affair; even more so if the proof was right in front of my eyes. In spite of this, the book was an incredibly enjoyable and clever contribution to the contemporary fiction genre. I loved Paula’s character and thought her plan, albeit longwinded and incredibly risqué – befriending the woman her husband was having an affair with was definitely something that I would never do in my wildest dreams- was one which was incredibly clever and sneaky. It was incredibly easy to read and easy to stick at as well, which is always a bonus as far as I am concerned. It was well written and humorous and just what I needed to pick me out of a horrendous reading slump. I’ve never read anything by Jane before but I’ll be sure to add her name to the (extremely long) list of authors to watch out for!