This is Linda’s story.
She’s lucky. She knows that.
It’s what makes being unhappy even worse.
Her friends advise taking medication. But Linda wants to feel more, not less.
A meeting with a politician, and ex-boyfriend, reawakens a side of her that she – respectable wife, devoted mother and ambitious journalist – thought had disappeared. She embarks on a relationship that is addictive, dangerous and undeniably exciting. But the consequences are far-reaching . . .
~Synopsis from Goodreads
Adultery – I think the title gives away the theme of the book and if you combine it with the book blurb, you get pretty much good idea about what this book is about.
Adultery is all about Linda who is bored with her blessed life and think herself to be depressed and she takes her short encounter with her past boyfriend to provide the best cure to come out of her mental situation. But can you force yourselves on someone else because you are looking for that ‘high’ when you are with him?
Adultery is a different take on adultery which did not go well. I could not feel any kind of conviction about the whole story which is just not about a happy married woman having an adulterous relationship with another married man. The point is that this story looks like a half hearted attempt from the author to convince the reader of something which he himself is not convinced.
The only way I can accept the character of Linda is to tell myself that she is mentally ill. But then I need to answer the question how she can function normally at all other times except when she is in the vicinity of that one person. Linda is nothing like what any woman, how much ever tempted she is will behave under any circumstances. That is what Paulo Coelho got it wrong. And what happens when the central character itself is weak? The whole story is like a deck of cards waiting to fall down !!!
In short Adultery is just about a woman who wants to feel her surging hormones when she is with another man who is not her husband, who is ready to go to any extend to get what she wants even if she will be throwing away everything precious in her life. I am not sure any sane woman will act like Linda did unless she is only fit to be in a mental asylum. Sorry, I know it is too harsh, but that is my take.
Publisher: Random House UK, Cornerstone
Source: eARC from Netgalley