Author: Megan Hart
Format: Uncorrected ARC
Review by: Onnica
Basic story: Elisabeth has been married for twenty-something years to Ross. Her twin girls have flown the nest and are at college. This leaves a lot of time to think about her life and the way things were and how they are now. At a gallery showing she meets Will. Enigmatic, open and interested in what she has to say, Beth is intrigued. Ross, her husband hasn’t noticed her for years. Their life is steeped in routine, non-communication and apathy has crept into their relationship.
Beth comes into contact with Will, an artist, more and more. Meeting innocently through her job it soon becomes obvious that their meetings are anything but innocent. One encounter turns into several and soon Beth is unable to think of much else beyond how alive she feels. Will has woken her up inside in a way that Ross was never able. The only rule is not to become too attached, not to form strong feelings for the other. Each person can walk away any time it stops being fun. But life isn’t like that. Beth has fallen out of love with her husband and her homelife. Routines and housework and an absent husband who takes her for granted press upon her, until she has to ask herself, whether she can give it all up to be happy…
Why you should read this: perhaps this book doesn’t really belong on a romance site, but I felt I needed a change from the usual stuff I’ve read lately. Megan is a super smart writer who isn’t afraid to go to difficult and even taboo places. Infidelity is an ugly topic, but it’s not uncommon – it’s fascinating to delve into the reasons why people find themselves cheating on their partners. I felt for Beth at times and then there were times when I wanted her to pull herself together. The dialogue and the encounters she has with Will are spot on – I couldn’t put it down I was so absorbed in the story and how things would end up. Megan didn’t disappoint – don’t expect a happy ending, but enjoy the journey and if you needed further proof that life isn’t black and white, you will find it here.
What you might hate: the subject matter. I know a lot of people can’t even read about fictional infidelity – and I get it, I do, but I do enjoy reading about human frailty. We make mistakes. It is worth reading for Megan’s ability to write real characters, who are realistic and flawed.
Rating: 4/5 for this bitter-sweet tale of forty-somethings trying to find happiness outside of themselves. I was absorbed from the start and if you enjoy original writing that doesn’t shy away from the darker side of human nature, you should read this! It’s hot – for some of the scenes between Will and Beth my mouth must have been hanging wide open. Even my other half guessed I was reading one of ‘those’ books!
Tear You Apart is out September 6.