Wednesday, August 18, 2021

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ Unfaithful by Natalie Barelli


By: Natalie Barelli
Narrated by: Emily Rankin
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC

An absolutely gripping psychological thriller

When I arrive unannounced at my husband's studio in need of a shoulder to cry on after hearing that my best student, Alex, has died, I see a pair of wine glasses drying by the sink, and my deepest fear is confirmed: my husband is having an affair. 

Most women would fall to their knees in tears and throw him out of the house - but I just can't bring myself to do it. 

Instead, I go home and cook a healthy dinner for our children, walk the dog, and unload the dishwasher without complaint. I will make him see that I'm still the woman he married; attractive, successful, the glue that holds our perfect family together. I need this marriage to work to protect a terrible secret of my own, something that would destroy everything I've already sacrificed so much for. 

But when the police arrive at my door asking questions about Alex's death that I can't answer, and threatening text messages start appearing on my phone, I know that someone close has been watching me very carefully.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow! What a rollercoaster ride! What this story lacks in believability (it requires a fair amount of suspension of disbelief), it makes up for in fun. Yep, that's right, I said fun. Don't get me wrong, it is a thriller, and it does have that rising tension as things progress, but seriously, it's one entertaining read, or listen as the case may be. The story gives us an unreliable narrator in Anna who is an absolute hot mess. This woman's actions and decisions had me bouncing between feeling sorry for her and wanting to shake her until her teeth rattled - I'll admit that I spent more time in the latter frame of mind. I don't want to get too far into the details of the story, but I will say that what the blurb gives away is just the tip of the iceberg. This is one of those books that keeps you up way past bedtime because you just have to know what happens next. Emily Rankin voices Anna for this twisted tale, and she does an excellent job of capturing the chaos and tension surrounding Anna. In the end, I can't say that I liked Anna - honestly, I didn't care for a lot of the characters in Unfaithful, which is certainly a suitable title. So, don't expect to like or agree with our narrator, but do keep reading. The story may not be believable, and there are times when it's downright crazy, but it is definitely worth the read or listen. 

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