The Other Woman by Sandie JonesTitle:  The Other Woman

Author:  Sandie Jones
Release Date:  August 21, 2018
Publisher:  Minotaur Books
Source: ARC received from the publisher

Emily thinks Adam’s perfect; the man she thought she’d never meet. But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

The Other Woman is an addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between Emily, her boyfriend Adam, and his manipulative mother Pammie. (Goodreads)


As someone who had to deal with a manipulative mother-in-law for years, The Other Woman was a tough read for me. I kept wanting to yell at Emily to trust her gut and RUN!

And I couldn’t stand how many times Adam put Emily second, always choosing his mother over the woman he supposedly loved. Ugh!

And Emily left me feeling conflicted.

I could identify with her in so many ways, as who doesn’t want their boyfriend’s mother to like them?

Who can believe that his mum would deliberately set out to sabotage your relationship?

When you’re in love, you’re able to ignore so many warning signs.

But c’mon, Emily!

For an otherwise intelligent woman, she made some really dumb decisions!

As for Pammie…well, she’s the worst type of woman in my opinion. Nice in front of others, but will stab you in the back at every opportunity. Ugh!

Why does Pammie hate Emily so much?

Why is Pammie trying to break them up from their very first meeting?

And why is a grown woman still going by the childish nickname of Pammie?

To be honest, none of these characters are very likable.

Emily makes stupid decisions, ignores giant red flags, and makes excuses for Adam’s boorish behavior.

Pammie is a mean, vindictive, over-the-top caricature of the evil mother-in-law.

Adam is a charming jerk with concerning mommy issues, who turns into something worse.

As I said, none of them are likable in the least.

But I couldn’t stop reading.

Despite being unlikable, the characters were still interesting.

The plot was paced well enough that I didn’t get bored. There’s nothing worse than a slow moving plot!

Jones is definitely a talented writer and I’m sure she’ll get even better with every new book release.

While I didn’t like (or believe) the ending, I still enjoyed the book overall.

About the Author:

Sandie Jones has worked as a freelance journalist for over twenty years, and has written for publications including the Sunday Times, Woman’s Weekly and the Daily Mail. She lives in London with her husband and three children. The Other Woman is her debut novel.

Where to find Sandie:  Facebook | Twitter | Website

4 thoughts on “The Other Woman by Sandie Jones (book review)

  1. I’m not following blogs any more; I need a break but I had to see what you thought of this one. I had so much fun with it. Pammie drove me bonkers and I hated the husband and didn’t get why Emily put up with any of it. The ending kinda took me by surprise and made me laugh. I bought it. It was just fun for me.

    1. Pammie was definitely bonkers! Glad to hear that you had fun with it. Weird how you can like a book but hate the characters, but I guess that just means the author is talented. I’ve taken a break from following blogs too, but plan on getting back into it. Hope you have a great summer!

  2. How lovely to be visiting you in your new abode.

    I kept changing my mind as to whether I wanted to read this book or not;

    OOH! a mean, vindictive M-I- L who would deliberately set out to sabotage your relationship … sounds good to me. But an OTT caricature with a name like Pammie? (Not a name I’d personally associate with such a woman but there you go) Hmm! Perhaps not.

    The fact that you neither liked nor believed the ending the thing that sealed the deal so to speak, I really don’t think this a book is for me.

    1. Books where you don’t like any of the characters but still enjoy are a different breed, aren’t they? Pammie was horrible though, so I don’t think you’re missing anything.

      So happy that you found my new “home”, Tracy!

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