The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Release blitz & Review for Jessica Hawkins "Slip of the Tongue."
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/219Ndx9
Sadie Hunt isn’t perfect—but her husband is. Nathan Hunt has her coffee waiting every morning. He holds her hand until the last second. He worships the Manhattan sidewalk she walks on. Until one day, he just…stops. And Sadie finds herself in the last place she ever expected to be. Lonely in her marriage.
When rugged and sexy Finn Cohen moves into the apartment across the hall, he and Sadie share an immediate spark. Finn reveals dreams for a different life. Sadie wants to save her marriage. Their secrets should keep them apart, not ignite a blistering affair. But while Sadie’s marriage runs colder by the day, she and Finn burn hotter.
Her husband doesn’t want her anymore.
The man next door would give up everything to have her.
Do you believe in fate? In destiny? Do you believe the stars align to put you on a pre determined path for the future? Do believe in soul mates? The one? Well Jessica Hawkin's "Slip of the Tongue" was about just that and so much more. This was one of those books that I know won't be for everyone, some of the content a definite hard limit for some readers.... but not for me. I loved the sound of the synopsis for this one and knew right from the word go, Sadie's story would quite literally rip me from my reading comfort zone and challenge me. And challenge me it did. I will say though, there were a couple of social media posts that said "if you like book x and book y, then you will love this." If you've read that anywhere, rest assured, you do not need to start looking for comparisons. This was definitely a unique story line in it's own right with twists, turns and red herrings thrown in for good measure. All the way through, I was kept on my toes wondering and second guessing and the outcome was one I never saw coming in a million years (which is always a good thing).
"A pebble can change the course of your life. You can run it over, get a flat, and never
get back on track. Or you can swerve around it and end up on a different road. "
I loved the way "Slip of the Tongue" was written. Told solely from Sadie's POV, I was really able to get inside her head and see why she did what she did and why she made the choices she made. Her character was so relatable. She was just your average woman who thought she had married the man of her dreams. Her life was perfect. Her marriage was perfect... but then it wasn't and she couldn't work out why. With a husband refusing to give answers and slowly slipping further and further away, would she turn to another for the comfort and solace she craved? Throughout this book, I felt like I travelled Sadie's journey right alongside her. I felt her pain, heart ache and sorrow and I felt those small glimmers of hope that came about so infrequently, that my heart would skip a beat at the thought of a positive turning point.
I'm in trouble, and I can't seem to put the brakes on.
I felt the uncertainty, self doubt, confusion and the guilt and I most definitely felt the paranoia. At every turning point I searched for a reason for Nathan's behaviour, trying to give him the benefit of the doubt but equally, pointing a possible finger of blame when something seemed to jump out and look not quite right. Was it this or that? Was it her or him? Why was he doing this? I just couldn't work it out. What could possibly have gone so tragically wrong for someone to completely check out of what appeared to be a very happy marriage?
Each of the characters in this book was a victim and at some point or other, they were also the villain. Between them all, they had my sympathy, empathy and pity but equally, some of the decisions that were made drove me crazy and left me so frustrated but I guess that's what happens when you reach the end of the line. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
“I want to kiss you,” he says without missing a beat. “
I won’t, but I thought you should know.”
"Slip of the Tongue" was definitely a thought provoking, compelling read that I read in a day... yup it was addictive reading. There were so many times I was tempted to skip to the end because my emotions were getting so battered and bruised but in the end I rode out this journey alongside the characters and yes, it was so worth it. For me, the ending was a little rushed and I do feel a little more could have been made of it but it was definitely the right ending for all characters involved.