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A gripping story with a twist I didnt see coming. Loved it.
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I have read a few Clare Allan novels and this one will be hard to forget. There were several twists throughout that had me second guessing everything we were told and who could be trusted and then that sent my head in a complete spin. This book is full on drama and deceit and I couldn’t read it fast enough. Highly recommend for psychological thriller lovers 5 stars

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A slow burn psychological thriller but it keeps you hooked and guessing until the very last page. I found it hard to put down once I started it.

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This book was not at all what I expected. The characters are so vividly portrayed that I felt as if I knew them and I really cared about their outcome..I was so involved in their lives that I was totally unprepared for the twist at the end. As a fellow Northern Ireland girl it's lovely to read about places I know but I won't be taking up wild swimming anytime soon.
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My Review
Author Claire Allan is one of my go to authors. She writes good psychological thrillers that keep you interested in the storyline, interested in the characters and leave you wondering and guessing every time.
The Affair starts off with us seeing her main character as being somewhat of an introvert.
She has this unusual fixation with blogger and influencer Sophie Hannon and very early on I wondered had she some sort of hidden agenda for trying to get close to her. She seemed strange and came across almost with a tendancy to be a little stalkerish....
You can just feel that there is more to her and she is hiding a multitude of secrets.
I guess many people can feel quite jealous of others, wishing they had their life when they see all the good parts on social media.
The story does evolve around social media and the reality that what we see on it isn't necessarily the truth.
A slow burner for me but that's good too isn't it as we are building our knowledge of a character and getting to know them.
Friendships that are not real, secrets that are kept and an affair that started it makes for a cracking read.
Well worth your time.

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I have read several of this author's books and this one certainly didn't disappoint. Can't wait for more by her.
An interesting plot, with likeable characters and a great twist.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion

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I am finding the book very slow. I have been trying for the last month to read it but I am not feeling the story enough. I will get back to it at some point.
Besides that, the writing itself is good.

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As soon as I read the prologue of The Affair I knew I was hooked and I couldn't read fast enough to find out how it all got to this heart-pounding point.

Claire Allan really gets under the readers skin and inside their minds with her fabulous psychological thrillers and The Affair is no exception. I started off with very little sympathy for Tina as she made her bed by sleeping with a married man and now she's trying to befriend his wife. Sorcha seemed a little too perfect for me and she almost lives and breathes the perceived perfection of Instagram. Nobody is that perfect!

As time went on, I started to feel sorry for Tina. I think Ronan Hannon knew exactly what he was doing when he started his affair with co-worker Tina and when he'd had his fun he couldn't drop her fast enough, leaving her not only devastated but in a very difficult position at work.

Tina wasn't Ronan's first affair and Sorcha has had enough but she has her 'Sisterhood' to support her as she goes through her divorce. My feelings for Sorcha Hannon ebbed and flowed like the tide; I felt sorry for her as the wronged wife but I struggled to see the real Sorcha beneath her perfect persona.

Filled with suspense and intrigue, The Affair is quite a nail-biter as nobody is showing their true colours. I really enjoyed it and think it's well worth a read.

I received a digital ARC to read and review for the blog tour and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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Thanks Netgalley for my copy.

I enjoyed this book. I liked the twists and I enjoyed how it was from the point of view of both the wronged women and even though I'm all for the revenge plot and the baddies getting their comeuppance, I really enjoyed the direction this went in.

Looking forward to reading more by Claire Allan.

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Having enjoyed several of Claire's previous books unfortunately I found this a bit lack-lustre in terms of plot and I found the characters a bit one-dimensional and it was all a bit boring to me, however it's an easy read and a decent enough page turner with enough to keep you reading to find out how things will play out, it just didn't live up to her previous books for me.

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I am a huge fan of Claire's work and have been since I had the good fortune to read and review her first book called 'Her Name Was Rose', which was released in 2018. Since then I have read and thoroughly enjoyed every book that she has released. Claire's latest release is called 'The Affair' and it was released on 21st May 2024. It's another cracking read from a cracking author. I really enjoyed reading 'The Affair' but more about that in a bit.

It took me next to no time to get into 'The Affair'. In fact by the time I got to the end of the first chapter I realised two things - firstly that I was going to enjoy the story and secondly that I would become addicted to reading it. I was spot on with both predictions. This was one of those stories that really got under my skin and stayed with me whether I had the book in my hand or not. Part of the reason why I enjoyed the book so much has do with the characters in the story. I can't say that I particularly warmed to any of them. I had my own suspicions as to what was going to happen and how the story was going to pan out so I had to keep reading to see if I was on the right track or if I had wandered off in the opposite direction. I was so wrapped up in the story and in the lives of the different characters that I didn't realise just how quickly the time was passing and how quickly I was getting through the book. All too quickly I reached the end of 'The Affair'. I found 'The Affair' to be a gripping, tense, well plotted and dramatic read, which certainly kept me guessing.

'The Affair' is extremely well written but then I have come to expect nothing less from Claire Allan. Claire certainly knows how to grab the reader's attention and draw them into what proves to be one hell of a story and then some. For me, 'The Affair' is more of a slow burn type of story in that it started off slow but as the story continued the pace gathered momentum. The story is divided up into chapters with each chapter being 'voiced' from the point of view of either Christina or Sorcha. The chapters interlink well and the story flows seamlessly as a result. Claire describes her characters so realistically and vividly that they seem just as real as you and I. Reading 'The Affair' felt like being on an at times rather unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way. I love the way in which Claire makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story and at the heart of the action. That's how I felt anyway.

In short, I really enjoyed reading 'The Affair' and I would recommend it to other readers. I very much look forward to reading more of Claire's work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.

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This was a great read, I couldn’t put it down. It has plenty of suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat, brilliant twists and turns all the way through with a very good ending. The characters were interesting and the style f writing was perfect.
I have read a number of books by this author and I have loved them all. I can’t wait for the next one to come out ..
I would highly recommend this book and the author to anyone that enjoys to read psychological thrillers.
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Thank you NetGalley for giving me the chance to read this book ahead of time in exchange for a review. It didn't disappoint! Must read!!

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I found both of the characters intriguing and both a bit bonkers, tho I did warm to Christina during the middle of the book, despite all of her losses, she still manages to have the biggest front ever! I mean, the mistress befriending the wife, perfectly normal! 😂

This is full of the usual twists and turns, as you expect with the author, but I feel this is my favourite so far, I was completely shooketh at the last few chapters.

This is a must for thriller fans!!

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Review for 'The Affair' by Claire Allan.

An absolutely gripping thriller by the fantastic Claire Allan!! Where have you been all my life?!? I cannot believe this is the first book I have read by you, well it certainly wont be my last!! If you are ever looking for a fast paced thriller then Claire is definitely the author for you!!! I absolutely LOVED the storyline!!! I found it to be extremely fast paced and I just could not put it down and ended up reading it in one sitting. I cannot remember the last time I flew through a book so quickly. Each and every time I went to put it down to do something my fingers were itching to pick it back up as I just HAD to know what happened next!! The storyline is ram packed with mystery, suspense, drama, secrets, crime, friendship, lies, infidelity, tension, deceit, twists and everything you could want in an unputdownable psychological thriller! Claire includes sensitive topics in her storyline which includes mental health and abuse but does so in a sensitive manner whilst still highlighting the issues in an appropriate manner. This is something to take into consideration before reading this book as some of these themes may not be suitable or may upset some readers. Claire weaves the storyline, characters perspectives and chapters together perfectly to make a seamless, page turning and intriguing storyline that flows perfectly taking you on twists and turns throughout! Claire's evocative writing skills ensures you are dragged deep into the storyline seeing everything that is happening and feeling the tension and suspense throughout. I was on the edge of my seat and biting my nails wondering what was going to happen next. My heart was in my throat throughout reading this fast paced, gripping and gritty psychological thriller! If you want to know you'll have to grab yourself a copy!! You won't regret it!!

Clear your schedules before picking up this book as once it has you hooked there will be no getting away until you get to the very last word!

The characters all come to life with Claire's fantastic writing skills and absolutely epic character development. They are well rounded, complex, realistic and strong making them all the more believable. My heart went out to both Christina and Sorcha at different times throughout the story for different reasons. They are our main protagonists in this book and Claire did an absolutely fantastic job bringing them to life ensuring the reader goes through everything with them while feeling you are standing close enough to touch them. They each had their own unique personalities and I was intrigued by their interactions and developing friendship. I don't want to say too much and risk giving anything away but Claire does an absolutely brilliant job of making the reader step into their shoes and feel differently about them as you turn the pages and definitely not how you may expect yourself to react to them. I know that may be confusing before you read the book but when you do read it you will understand what I mean! I was completely invested in them both and just had to know what was going to happen! Claire really has done an absolutely amazing job constructing an addictive and explosive psychological thriller with varied characters that you just won't be able to put down!!

Congratulations Claire on an absolutely fantastic and gripping read!!! This is exactly why i would like to welcome you to my favourite author club!! Here's to many more successes 🥂!!!

Clear your schedules before picking this up as you will not be able to put it down!!!

Overall an absolutely page turning, addictive, gripping and gripping must read that will keep you addicted from the very start to the fantastic ending!!!

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I've read a few books by Claire Allan now and I was very excited to see that she had a new one out. The Affair is a thriller, that focuses on the fall out and way that an affair effects the women who are involved.
There were so many twists and turns with this story that I didn't see coming. I couldn't put it down once I'd started and got hooked on Socha and Christina's story. It took me right up until nearly the last page until I was sure who my sympathies should lie with and who was a wrong-un.
This is a really great read. If you're looking for something to get stuck into that you'll struggle to put down, then you won't go far wrong with The Affair. I really enjoyed it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own and given voluntarily.

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The Affair has an atmospheric and claustrophobic beginning, which paves the way for a tense story of betrayal, obsession, and toxic relationships. Christina is at a low point in her life. She is reclusive, working from home whenever possible, and her anxiety limiting her life and forcing her to live vicariously through social media, primarily through the life of social media influencer Sorcha. The story plays out through Christina and Sorcha's viewpoints. Christina draws your empathy, but she is an unreliable narrator. Sorcha seems to be living the dream even after her marriage breakdown, but is this the truth? The characterisation and relationships are believably complex and relatable. The author builds a toxic ethos that keeps you absorbed in the story. I like the characterisation, the claustrophobic and menacing atmosphere and the chilling twists, some of which you see coming but still resonate.

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This is the authors first thriller and it was written with such skill. Told in dual POV the story is based on a lonely woman trying to make friends and a popular woman whose life is not as perfect as it seems. The twists are well spaced out and not all the details are given at once. The author hints at a twist and dangles it in front of the reader for a little bit before revealing it. This kept me guessing until the end of the book.

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Christina is a lonely middle aged woman who rarely leaves her house, she has been following soul sisterhood a group on Facebook and has now plucked up the courage to join. The group is headed by Sorcha, an Instagram perfect influencer, inspiring others with how she is coping with a marriage breakdown.
The group helps Christina leave her comfort zone and experience life outside her own four walls as they regularly meet for wild swims, book clubs and beach parties.
When Christina receives threatening messages to leave the group it’s clear that she has not been welcomed by all, but which one of the soul sisterhood group would be so mean and how far will they go to get rid of her?

I enjoyed the plot and the premise, the story is well told from Christina and Sorcha’s POV.
I really like Claire Allan’s voice and read the dialogue in an Irish accent so it felt authentic.
The theme of loneliness and finding it difficult to make friends in middle age is a very relatable one, I’m sure everyone who reads this will relate in some way to Christina.
I really liked the twist at the end as it was one I didn’t see coming so it was a complete surprise.

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This is a quick, keeps you guessing read. I flew through the short, identified POV chapters. The insight into an influencer’s staged life was interesting. I liked how the POV flipped and kept the intrigue building. I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Thank You to NetGalley, Boldwood Books and Claire Allan for the opportunity to read an ARC of The Affair.

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