When seemingly happily married lawyer Sarah discovers her husband, Tim, has been having an affair with her sister, her perfect little world falls apart. Forced into change, Sarah makes herself go over all the decisions she’s made that have led to her being in her current situation, and comes to some surprising conclusions.
Megan Crane’s writing is very intelligent. She cleverly allows Sarah, and the reader, to discover the truth behind her seemingly idyllic life and marriage. What’s so brilliant is that Sarah really has no idea that pretty much everything in her life is a compromise, and all because she gave up what she really wanted years before.
I liked Sarah immediately, and her character continued to grow on me even more as the novel progressed. She was a complex heroine, and her reactions to the situations she finds herself on are completely honest. She doesn’t often make the most sensible decisions and she behaves badly at times, but in a very understandable way. These flaws seemed to make Sarah a very rounded protagonist, and fascinating to read about. I was extremely indignant on her behalf when it came to how her family treated her, it was quite appalling!
To begin with, I wasn’t completely enamoured by Sarah’s love interest, Alec – he seemed to take the whole sexy, brooding male thing a little too far, and I found it hard to imagine how Sarah and Alec could have had a relationship together. However, he soon won me over, and I’m now a firm Alec fan.
Crane’s style is light and very readable; she manages to maintain a good pace to the novel throughout, and I was impressed and captivated by her clever storyline. Sarah’s plight had me gripped: I loved following her on her journey to reassess her marriage, and how she was going to move forward and into the life she wanted, which turns out to be very different to the one she currently has.