Review + Giveaway: The Mistress’s Revenge – Tamar Cohen

Cover of The Mistress's Revenge by Tamar Cohen

Title: The Mistress’s Revenge
Author: Tamar Cohen
Publication date: June 27, 2012
Publisher: Black Swan (Transworld Publishers)
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-552-77754-4
Length: 346 pages
Genre: Women’s fiction
Age group: Adult
Source: Publisher
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Buy it: Amazon US | Amazon UK | The Book Depository


You think you are rid of me. You think you have drawn a line under the whole affair. You are so, so wrong.

For five years, Sally and Clive have been lost in a passionate affair. Now he has dumped her, to devote himself to his wife and family, and Sally is left in freefall. It starts with a casual stroll past his house, and popping into the brasserie where his son works. Then Sally befriends Clive’s wife and daughter on Facebook. But that’s all right, isn’t it? I mean, they are perfectly normal things to do. Aren’t they?

Not since Fatal Attraction has the fallout from an illicit affair been exposed in such a sharp, darkly funny and disturbing way. After all, who doesn’t know a normal, perfectly sane woman who has gone a little crazy when her heart was broken?

My thoughts

Do you know those books that start out really slowly and then, when you least expect it, they suddenly turn into something you just can’t put down? The Mistress’s Revenge is one of them. I found the first 75-80 pages a bit slow and uneventful at first and I couldn’t really get into the story. But – and I’m holding my index finger up here – having read the remaining 270 pages, I realise it’s been an inevitable part of the story and it’s necessary for us readers to understand what happened between Clive and Sally and what their relationship was like and why it came to an end.

This long-winded start was almost like the calm before the storm – Cohen gradually builds up the tension and you cannot help being drawn into the story. Seeing Cohen’s story unfold was like watching a horror movie. You know something is about to happen and you’re afraid to watch, but at the same time you can’t help being glued to the screen, mouth open, heart pounding in your chest. I felt the same way about Sally. As the days go by, she becomes more and more obsessed and she’s getting more and more swallowed up by something like a nervous breakdown. And you can’t help wondering – how far can this go? Apparently, a lot further than I thought. For every time I thought this is it, something bad is going to happen and someone’s going to get seriously hurt, Sally still managed to sink further down into her own madness and the story still went on.

What made The Mistress’s Revenge even more interesting for me is the fact that it’s written in a diary format. After her therapist advised her to write down her feelings, Sally starts this journal to talk about her affair and what they went through with Clive. And that’s how we’re presented with the facts – through Sally’s notes. And it’s not just a simple diary, a collection of facts and events – the entire journal is addressed to Clive, almost as if she was telling all this to him. It would have been interesting to see certain parts of the story from Clive’s point of view, but I do think it really worked. It’s definitely different from everything I’ve read so far.

It’s an utterly engaging, superbly written book that kept me up until way after midnight, two days in a row. Cohen keeps you in the dark until the very last page and the ending is definitely something I would never have predicted in a million years. If you’re looking for a dark, mysterious read full of twists and turns and with a witty writing style, you’ll love The Mistress’s Revenge.


“Let me start by explaining. I know you might see this as incendiary, malicious, even creepy. Call it what you will. But believe me, nothing is further from the truth.”

*Many thanks to Transworld Publishers for sending me a copy of this book*


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  1. says

    Sounds like the character has convinced herself that she’s doing nothing wrong and thereby sanctions herself to do things she’d probably be horrified at if she were an impartial observer, I’d love to see how Tamar Cohen pulls that off. Great review, Vicky.
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  2. Janine Bailey says

    I love to lose myself in a really good read, and by the sounds of this review this book would be right up my street x

  3. says

    You know how sometimes you’ll crave a certain setting/era/character and won’t be satisfied until you read it? Oddly enough, I’ve been in the mood to read a book involving an affair for a while now & this one sounds perfect.

  4. Gemma says

    This book sounds great! I love your blog, whenever I pass a bookshop and see something I think I’d like to read, you always seem to review the same book within a week! Hooray!

  5. sarah morris says

    Very nice review, I do like a book that builds tension. I love the fact that the book is written in diary format. Interesting change from the norm!!

  6. says

    hi, I’ve been looking for something to read and despite this being completely the opposite of my usual genre choice, I’ve gone straight on to Amazon to get it on my kindle :) thanks for a great review!
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