RATING: BUY IT
We all read for many reasons and each of us has our favorite subject matter ~ billionaires, sports, BDSM, YA, rock stars, etc. Today’s book, Slip of the Tongue by Jessica Hawkins tackles a subject that is very polarizing – adultery.
As KUBR readers know, I am very anti-spoiler. So, let me start with the book blurb, because it tells us quite a bit. It introduces us to Sadie Hunt – a not-so-perfect wife, married to the perfect man, Nate. “He worships the Manhattan sidewalk she walks on. Until one day, he just…stops.” It also tells us of their sexy neighbor, Finn, and mentions a “blistering affair.” I say all of this because while I don’t want to spoil anything, you need to know these things in order for this review to make sense.
I went into the book assuming that Sadie was going to have an affair, but when Nate’s sudden withdrawal hints at adultery as a possible reason, I was totally unprepared. I’m not sure why the possibility or actuality of each party, Sadie cheating vs. Nate cheating, made me feel differently, but it did. In a big way.
Now, I’m going to admit something I’ve been struggling with admitting. When the possibility of Nate cheating came up, for the first time ever (and I mean EVER), I sought out ‘spoiler’ reviews on Amazon. I just had to know. I’m slightly ashamed at doing so, but in hindsight, I think that is simply a testament to the quality of the writing in this book.
It. Felt. So. Real.
I love when a book provides an escape from reality, but every now and then, a book that makes me stop, think and really feel…that’s just everything!
The majority of books we read in this genre explore new relationships and, generally, end with marriage and sometimes children. The good ol’ HEA. In my experience, or maybe simply as a result of the books I choose to read, there are fewer stories that delve into what happens next. What happens five years into the marriage? Ten? Twenty? I know they’re out there. I just don’t see them as often.
On a personal note, I was married for almost ten years and while adultery was not involved, I think watching a marriage in crisis hit a little too close to home. The confusion, the sadness, the unknown – Ms. Hawkins absolutely nailed it. There is so much subtlety in exploring those feelings, I was just blown away.
I absolutely loved this book and cannot recommend it enough. As I discovered in looking at Ms. Hawkins’ catalog after finishing Slip of the Tongue, adultery is a topic she has explored in other books. I will most certainly be reading those and look forward to her future work.
P.S. If you can stand it, hold off on the spoilers.
As of 3.14.16, Slip of the Tongue is available on Kindle Unlimited.