Book Review: Evelyn, After by Victoria Helen Stone

Evelyn Tester is sleepwalking through her suburban life—until a late-night phone call startles her awake. Her husband, a prestigious psychiatrist, has been in an accident. And he isn’t alone.

Suddenly Evelyn’s world isn’t as tidy as she thought. And in the midst of it all is Juliette, not only her husband’s secret lover but also his patient. If news of the affair were to get out, it would ruin more than just Evelyn’s marriage. Although it’s a bitter pill for Evelyn to swallow, protecting her family means staying silent—even if, as she begins to discover, the night of the accident has consequences far more dangerous than the unmasking of an affair.

But the more Evelyn learns about Juliette’s picture-perfect life—complete with a handsome, unsuspecting husband—the more she yearns for revenge…and satisfaction. Her growing obsession fuels her rage, burning away her complacency. What will be left of her after it flames out?

I began reading this book beleiving from the back cover discription that it would be more of  a psychological thriller. As I read on, the book went on to be anyhthing but that. However, I couldn't have loved more of what this book actually was. Evelyn, After by Victoria Helen Stone turned out to be a sexy thriller, that greatly explored  that it's never too late for a women to truly come in to her own.

The book is not large (thank God because I'm such a slow reader) and  it took me no time to finish reading it. Part of the reason I read the book so quickly was because the tension was incredible. Evelyn's life is in constant chaos and the reader is not allowed to forget that for a moment. I also found Evelyn to be pretty unpredictable which kept me flipping the pages perfusely. I'm not one to usually read a book with an erotic pulse to it, but since there was so much more to the storyline, the sex scenes were shocking while feeling right at home.

I'm a more of a plot driven reader. The plot line in this book is constantly moving and expanding. There were several twists in the story that really kept me wondering what would happen next as none of the charracters predictable. The story is split between before Evelyn finds out her husband is cheating on her and after. It makes for a much better reading experience.

If you're going to read this book (which I highly recommend), don't go in to it thinking it is a psychological thriller like Shutter Island (one of my favorites by the way). Evelyn, After will connect with you on a psychological level and it does have some very thrilling aspects, but it's more complicated that. It's more of a pulse-pounding drama with some grown-folk sexiness thrown in there.

I'm so glad this was the first book I got to finish in 2017.

5 Stars

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