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The Perfect Affair

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This is a debut author for me so I went into it hoping that I would enjoy the writing style and I absolutely did. I love a good domestic thriller which packs a punch and this one didnt disappoint.

Cheating, disappearances, secrets a plenty and just all round anxiety when turning the pages
I loved this one

4 stars

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I was pulled into this one from the start, it is a suspenseful story with lots of twists and I never saw the ending coming the way it did, it did keep me guessing and changing my mind many times as the clues the clues were uncovered.

Aaron is happily married to Paige and they have eight year old twins Bailey and Bryce, Aaron is a professor at the university and Paige a nurse, when Aaron is given a promotion the pressure is on, he is spending more time at work and Paige already has a stressful job she can feel them drifting apart and when she turns up to a faculty mixer she knows that Aaron is having an affair, with a colleague Dr. Cara Morton and Cara seems to be flaunting that she is.

When Paige insists that he end it Aaron agrees and Paige believes him, they need to save their marriage for their family, but it appears that Aaron is not strong enough and soon there are accusations from Cara and it appears Aaron may lose his job, Paige stands by her husband but when Cara goes missing and Aaron becomes the prime suspect, can she trust him to be truthful, after all she also holds secrets that no one knows herself, will they come through unscathed, what secrets will be uncovered and will they ever discover what really happened?

Both Aaron and Paige are determined to get to the truth and do a bit of investigating themselves and what they discover is shocking.

I do highly recommend this one there are many fabulous characters, good and bad and it is sure to keep any mystery, thriller reader turning the pages as all is uncovered and reveled, with a twist.

My thanks to the publisher Storm and Netgalley for my digital copy to read and review.

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The first part of this book had a great premise and I was fully invested in the dynamics occurring between characters. By the end I hated everyone and felt like the wheels had fallen off. It felt very convoluted, and the number of random suspects kept growing.
I do prefer to feel a little sympathy for the victim but I couldn’t do it here.
In saying that, I wasn’t bored and the book flew by in an entertaining style.

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3.75 stars

I love discovering new authors and getting my teeth into their psychological suspense novels, but Ms Henry’s The Perfect Affair threw me for a loop! Don’t get me wrong, it kept me guessing throughout, and that whodunit feel with the killer twist was what I liked most about the book. But in some instances, I felt a tad uncomfortable about the goings-on, which, in all honesty, was my first point in favour. Although there was a lot of plot depth to get my head around, I wish I hadn’t had so much trouble connecting to a few of the many characters. Also, the diverse timelines felt too convoluted for my liking.

I can’t deny that she went above board to hook her readers from the word go. Nonetheless, my biggest concern was giving the author the benefit of the doubt when I reached the middle of the story. I kept going. Her writing style is strong; I liked the short chapters, which built up the suspense, and even though I wasn't keen on the protagonists, the tough spot they were in fostered my empathy. I don’t need to like all the characters in a book to enjoy it—a detail Henry developed satisfactorily, especially with whom I thought was not just a troublemaker but also the one who’d disappeared into thin air. Hence, this person who caused so much unrest and consequently rattled my cage was another positive point.

The saying, ‘Don’t foul in your own nest’, fits Aaron Nicols to a tee. Paige, his wife, knows something’s off even before she meets his love interest. I applauded this scorned woman’s astuteness. From here on in, there are more tortuous bends than you’d find on the worst possible mountain road. Did my reasoning suss who the culprit was? When I convinced myself that I’d cracked it, I was way off the mark—not surprising that the ending floored me big time. Here comes that extra point and a half.

Told from multiple perspectives, drama, secrets, and betrayal abound. Good job done to Ms. Henry, and I’ll certainly be reading more of her books.

Many thanks to Storm Publishing and NetGalley for the advanced reader's copy.

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The Perfect Affair by Angela Henry is a suspense that centers around a cheating, lying husband and the secrets surrounding his affair with a colleague.

Here is what you need to know about it:

When Paige Nichols meets her husband’s glamorous new colleague at a faculty mixer, she instantly knows they’re having an affair. It’s the way he looks at her, like she’s the only woman in the world. Aaron used to look at her like that, too. And with her beautiful, knowing smile, Cara Morton seems to enjoy flaunting their romance right under her nose.

Paige believes Aaron when he says he’ll break things off. What else can she do when she’s determined to hold her family together? But then Cara makes a shocking accusation about Aaron that threatens to end his career as a college professor and shatter their barely patched up marriage. Paige stands by her husband, but doubts creep in. Is Cara telling the truth? Or is this all part of her dangerous game?

Then Cara Morton disappears without a trace.

Paige knows her husband can keep secrets. She’s keeping dark secrets of her own. But is he a killer? The police seem to think so. But they don’t know Cara. They don’t know about her past. They don’t know what she’s capable of…

The story kept my interest for the most part, I was turning the pages, curious to see how everything would play out. I always enjoy an academic setting and untrustworthy characters. This is out now!

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A riveting thriller that never lets up. Paige suspects her husband Aaron's having an affair with his new colleague Cara. Lies and plenty of twists in this excellent book I couldn't put it down. The characters are hiding secrets and when you think you've worked it out, think again. I received this book from Storm publishing and Netgalley for a review.

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I had never read anything by Angela Henry prior to this book. But she will now be at the top of my TBR. This book was great, I had a hard time putting it down. Every time I thought I had something figured out, I was wrong. I love books that make me think, only to prove my thoughts wrong. Get this book. Read it. You will not be disappointed.

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My first Angela Henry book but definitely not my last! Such well developed characters that kept me flipping pages long into the night. Well laid out and expertly delivered. So many secrets and lies.
Thank you NetGalley, Angela Henry and Storm Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this cracker of a book.

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Wow! What a book! Addictive and unputdownable - i read it in one sitting. Tense and thrilling, a wonderful page turner.

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I've not read Angela Henry before, but I will most definitely read her again. It is a great thriller who-done-it with well placed twists that keep changing your mind along the way. Are the main characters likable? Not really, but I don't suppose they are supposed to be. Very often, I figure things out early on, but not in this case. I really didn't see the perpetrator coming. The last chapter? That threw me a bit, and I'm still mulling over how I feel about it. I think it wasn't necessary, but then again, maybe it was to make it even twisted than it already was.

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Thank you to Netgalley and Storm Publishing for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest review!

This book had it all…an affair, secrets, a missing character, and a prologue to draw you in. The book was told from different POVs at 2 different points in time; this sounds confusing but the author was able to sort this in a way that made sense to the reader. The build of the story was interesting; however, the end of the story fell flat to me. The end had a lot of moving parts which made it seemed rushed in parts. Overall, this would be another book great for someone new to thrillers or looking to check out the genre.

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Addicting fast paced thriller! The opening hooks you right away! Definitely recommend!!

Thank you netgalley for the ARC!

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When Paige Nichols meets her husband’s glamorous new colleague at a faculty mixer, she instantly knows they’re having an affair. It’s the way he looks at her, like she’s the only woman in the world. Aaron used to look at her like that, too. And with her beautiful, knowing smile, Cara Morton seems to enjoy flaunting their romance right under her nose.

I absolutely loved this book, it was a five star read for me and if I could have given it more I would of. It is one of those books that you start, then you find you are already half way through and then you realise a big chunk of the day has already gone as you have now finished the book. My elderly mother has been in hospital for the last few weeks so I read this at her bedside which helped pass the time while she was sleeping.

Great characters and a very entertaining story that will keep the reader engaged. I highly recommend you give this one a try. Thank you to Netgalley, the author and publisher for an advanced copy, all opinions are my own.

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Thanks to #NetGalley and #StormPublushing for the book #ThePerfectAffair by #AngelaHenry. It was the perfect mixture of drama, finger pointing and a pretty big twist ending. First time author and I am interested in reading more of her work.

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What a fun book! The tale of Dr. Aaron Nichols and his affair with Dr. Cara Morton takes so many twists and turns that you really must be fully present to read this book. The detail and planning that must have taken the author is astounding. Honestly, every character feels fleshed out, and you get to see them in their good and bad moments. The story does an excellent job of showing the far-reaching effects of an affair (or generations of them!) and details a very cool mystery.
Things came together beautifully from 85%-the end of the book. I love when books treat their audience as the smart people they are! When I got to the end, I found myself thinking of starting the whole book again to see if I missed any clues.

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Unfortunately, this book was a miss for me. I felt like there were far too many characters, and it was hard to keep track of who was who, and how they tied in to the story. None of the characters were very likeable, and all the twists and revelations seemed far-fetched and over the top. I appreciate that Angela Henry was trying to knock my socks off; but any seasoned psychological thriller reader will find this read full of tropes and ultimately, predictable.

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This book completely sucked me in and had me in a chokehold. I hated Cara so much, but couldn't get enough. I could not put this down. This was told in dual POV with multiple flashback scenes. Just when you think you have everything figured out, just wait... there's more.

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Brilliant thriller 👌 full of twists, mystery, and suspense. Every chapter brought new secret. Gripping and intense read. I was on the edge throughout. Pace is fast, with a shocking end. Although every character was morally gray, I couldn’t stop reading. Every one has their own agenda. The affair gone wrong in a devastating way. The perfect affair is highly recommended. I will love to read more by the author. I have both audiobook and eArc and I loved both. Thanks a lot to Netgalley and Storm Publishing for the same.

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The book had great potential, but overall all felt clunky and flat. The first 20% of the book felt strong - but then it seemed to lose what to book was actually about after that.

It didn't get me invested, it didn't motivate me to first the book to see whodunnit, and it felt like the author thought if they threw in as many curveballs and crazy plot points, the book would be great.

I personally think the book needed more time in the Beta stage to look at the flow and the pacing of the novel. A lot of the time, it was one giant paragraph that could have been split into three or four smaller ones.

The sex scene that was shown was flat, and choppy with the wording. I gave it a .25 spice rating as a warning for a semi-explicit attempt.

By the time I was 50% through the book, I wanted to just finish the book for the sake of finishing.

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This was a great book. I was shocked by that ending. There was so many twists and turns throughout this entire book. Read it, you’ll enjoy it!

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