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The Last Affair by Margot Hunt
Narrator: Vivienne Leheny
Published by Harlequin Audio on November 26, 2019
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 9 hours, 51 minutes
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Nora Holliday is not that kind of woman. Not the kind who has an illicit affair with a married man. But Josh Landon is everything Nora's alcoholic husband isn't. And now she and Josh are so infatuated, they can't stay away from one another.
Abby Landon, Josh's daughter, is home from college nursing a broken heart. She's seeking solace, not more scandal, so when she catches her dad kissing Nora, she vows to take the homewrecker down.
And as for Abby's mother and Josh's wife, Gwen? To anyone on the outside looking in, the mother of two appears to be living the ideal suburban life.Until she winds up dead.
The serene seaside town of Shoreham has always been the perfect place to raise a family--not somewhere housewives are brutally murdered. So who killed Gwen Landon, and how many twisted secrets will be exposed as the vindictive plot comes undone?
I am enjoying more of these mystery / thriller/ personal dramas over the past year. I have to say I HOPE truth is not stranger or worse than fiction because fiction can be terrifying enough. Why can’t some people let others have whatever harmless thing brings them a little joy?
Of course, this is much more complicated and what some people want – to drink all day or gamble all the time or to take someone else’s husband – are not harmless things. I know how hard it is to end a relationship when it isn’t really one. It’s easier but certainly leaves a person feeling hopeless if they continue along as things are.
There is an affair between two people whose marriages are truly toxic, which they should have chosen to leave before they even met. There are no on page sex scenes. There are children who have no idea about relationships and the real world, in their self-absorbed bubbles. Malicious people on the inside and outside of the families wanting everything from gossip to revenge.
The characters were well developed and definitely had some flaws. I did care about some of them, while I was afraid of others. I did appreciate they were not all good or bad, but much more complex.
As much as this kind of situation is hurtful and devastating, the person killed wasn’t nice to anyone, even her children. She truly only cared about herself, felt entitled and arrogant. I don’t think she deserved to die but she considered it for others. The people in the world were black or white, for or against her. The bad people were to be destroyed and the ok people barely tolerated as she manipulated them to serve her purposes.
I found this to be a suspenseful read. I was worried about what all those who thought everything should be their way would do when it wasn’t. I had this creepy worry and was on edge as I listened. I want things to work out and everyone to be happy, which wasn’t going to happen here. The Last Affair was an exciting listen where the innocent and guilty both get hurt, but it would be true without the affair.
I have listened to this narrator and enjoyed her work in the past. The voices for the various characters, both male and female, were very distinct and appropriate. The performance was very enjoyable. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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