Title: Slip of the Tongue
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 25, 2016
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.
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When I first saw the cover for Slip of the Tongue I knew I had to read this book and not one to shy away from infidelity or a well-written love triangle, intrigue consumed me. From the very first page I was hooked. Completely invested in the development and outcome of this story. As this was my first book by Jessica Hawkins, I was extremely impressed. Her ability to write about the ugly side of life, paired with speckles of beauty that break your heartache makes this book memorable for so many different reasons.
The blurb says a lot and really I do not want to elaborate on it much more, because I feel that the plot of this book needs to be FELT by every reader. Each reader will perceive this story, the character and their choices differently. The questions and emotions evoked by Hawkins’s complex story line will remind readers, how close to reality this “fictional” story really is. I commend Hawkins on her ability bring to life the secrets hidden in many real life relationships. The fear of imperfection, the threat of insecurity and that realization that in a blink of an eye the world you worked so hard for is falling apart.
Through Sadie, Hawkins highlights a journey of hate, hurt, love, lust and redemption. Baring Sadie’s soul isn’t easy or pretty, but Hawkins does it with ease and confidence, allowing readers to love, hate and empathize at every turn. With the heavy presence of both Nathan and Finn, Jessica is once again emphasizing Sadie’s strengths and flaws. Like a tug of war between the dreams and illusions of what could be and the heartbreakingly ugly truth; the domino effect of everyone’s choices is crippling.
The Slip of the Tongue is a book that I do recommend highly BUT it isn’t for the lighthearted or the easily offended. It may hit too close to home, or bring up memories you would rather forget or for the lucky this story is complete fiction you. Regardless Jessica Hawkins shows the terrifying beauty of finding love, the unexplainable reality of losing love and the unimaginable lengths one takes to get it all back.
Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.
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