Review: Slip of the Tongue by Jessica Hawkins (Slip of the Tongue #1)


Slip of the Tongue is one of those books that I feel myself torn over. The basic story line--married woman feels her marriage with the love of her life on unsure footing finds herself drawn to another man--was one that I liked because it delves into forbidden, albeit not all that uncommon, facets of love and lust. Cheating isn't a no-go for me and I've read my fair share of books and stories, both fictional and non-fictional, and have seen many a television show and film that tackle the subject or make it a vital aspect of the story. With cheating, though, I want to be able to feel that there's something more than one character getting an itch that he or she needs scratched outside of their marriage. There has to be a reason for them to feel that need--that desire--to break their marital vows. In the case of Sadie Hunt, her self-justification for having an affair with her new neighbor, Finn Cohen, was flimsy at best and put her marriage with Nathan at risk.

Sadie and Nathan Hunt have always loved each other. Theirs was the kind of marriage that everyone else around them envied and it looked like it was one that many aspired to have. But Nathan has become cold and distant, so unlike the warm and loving man Sadie has always known him to be. She doesn't understand what could have caused him to change. She finds solace in Finn Cohen, their new neighbor and a man who doesn't seem to have any problem providing whatever it is Sadie is currently missing in her relationship with her husband. But Finn has his own complications and Sadie still wants to know why Nathan appears to want to be anywhere other than by her side and in their home. Finn has reawakened the passion within her that's been dormant for the two months Nathan has treated her with coolness and disdain, but Nathan has always had her heart. Sadie has to figure out what she wants before three lives and hearts are broken.

It's difficult for me to become fully invested in a novel when I can't stand the main character and I'm sorry but I couldn't stand Sadie. The fact that she had both Nathan and Finn in love with her leaves a bit flabbergasted because the woman was a self-centered, spoiled, immature bitch. Like I mentioned earlier, her reason for cheating was shaky. She and Nathan were far from poor, so why not seek counselling? Heck, why not actually talk to your husband and ask him what the hell is wrong? Sadie is supposed to be an intelligent, successful woman. Seriously? It's not as if Nathan was some abusive, domineering husband that made her fear for her life. I liked Nathan and Finn. Why couldn't they have ended up together instead? If I had to look at each part of this book and my dislike for Sadie far apart from the rest, Slip of the Tongue was actually good. But I have to take everything into account, so I have to give this three stars. ♥

Date Read: 09 August 2016

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