The Other Woman

Minotaur: St. Martin's. Aug. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781250191984. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250192011. THRILLER
OrangeReviewStarWhen Emily encounters Adam in a crowded London bar, she is immediately attracted to his good looks and boisterous personality. Their relationship is fairy-tale perfect, until Emily is introduced to the other woman in Adam's life—his mother, Pammie, who takes an instant dislike to her. As the relationship with Adam progresses, Pammie's focus on criticizing, belittling, and undermining Emily rapidly intensifies. She craftily delivers her barbs with Adam out of earshot, which causes him to dismiss and resent her repeated claims against his mother. Emily seems to be fighting a losing battle as the woman's antics threaten to derail the romance. When the schemes turn more serious, Emily fears that her antagonist might be dangerous and decides to take matters into her own hands.
VERDICT Pammie is every young woman's worst nightmare: a mean mother-in-law (on steroids) in this addictive debut thriller. Readers' pulses will race as they anticipate how she might strike next and be completely knocked off balance by the shocking ending.

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