Released just in time for Labor Day Weekend, The Other Woman (Macmillan) by Sandie Jones is equal parts psychological thriller and juicy romantic beach novel that the New York Times book review calls “whiplash inducing.” Jones sets up the perfect love store: Girl (Emily Havistock) meets guy (Adam Banks) at a networking event for her illustrious London job, and the two instantly hit it off. Despite a rocky relationship past, Emily takes the leap with Adam, only to find he is “involved” with another woman.
That woman is his mother Pammie, whose helicopter parenting both subtly and outwardly attempts to thwart the pair’s relationship. Pammie’s jabs and manipulative moves (think Monster in Law on steroids) almost cause Emily to run when Adam refuses to acknowledge even one of the red flags, but she sticks it out in the name of love.
The delicious cattiness turns into real danger when Pammie’s attempts to remove Emily from her son’s life reach Gone Girl–proportions. You won’t want to put down this absorbing thriller, and you won’t see the twist ending coming…Just don’t forget to reapply your sunscreen every several hours.