A shocking story about a 15-year-old girl and the man who took advantage of her.
"You might as well know from the start, I'm not going to tell on him, and I don't care how much trouble I get in. It's not like it could get any worse than it already is. I can't. Don't ask me why, I just can't."
When Nina finds out that her 15-year-old daughter, Scarlett, is pregnant, her world falls apart.
Because Scarlet won't tell anyone who the father is. And Nina is scared that the answer will destroy everything.
As the suspects mount - from Scarlett's teacher to Nina's new husband of less than a year - Nina searches for the truth...no matter what the cost.
©2017 Amanda Valentine (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
Praise for Amanda Brooke: "An emotional journey and a great read!" (Fionnuala Kearney)
"Full of twists, this is a deeply emotional, poignant tale that will remain with you long after it ends." (Ella Harper)
"[A] touching sensitive story...an extraordinary, moving tale." (The Bookseller)
"Enchanting, moving and hard to put down." (Closer)
"Life affirming." (Sunday Mirror)
"A haunting and heartbreaking story that stayed with me long after I'd finished." (Fern Britton)
"Magical and unputdownable." (Katie Fforde)
"An extraordinary debut novel" (Daily Express)
I think the plot was good but I didn't enjoy the way it was read. Unfortunately this detracted from my enjoyment of the book to the point where I'd advise people to read it for yourself rather than listen to the audiobook.
"Whodunnit with a Twist(s)"
The Affair is one of those stories that makes you want to scream at the characters, "open your eyes!" I had a love- hate relationship with this. The story is told from several alternating pints of view and centers around one 15year old girl's relentless need to keep a secret from her mother, having been suspected of an illicit affair with her English teacher. In the process, her stubbornness born of immaturity and obsession threatens the very core of her mother' sanity, her marriage, the teacher's young family, and her community. I strongly disliked the character of Scarlet and sympathized likewise little with her mother. The soft yet hidden toughness of the voice of the teacher's young wife lends a sense of truth and reality to an otherwise oft-unbelievable tale. I kept blaming the victim and that wasn't fun, but I'd be dying to know what other readers think! Overall, worth listening to, even though it seems long and is terribly frustrating at times, the end result brings you some relief and sense of fulfillment for the characters. Recommend with caution.
"The Underage Affair"
This audio edition was a pretty good listen. Poor Scarlett, I felt for her and Victoria both robbed of their teen hood years. The ending was not graphic enough, I'd like to have seen the perp face actual jail time. Unfortunately the Author left out what could have made this a five star audio book. I'm sure a lot of girls her age would learn from this audio, since the world see set to glorify such romances on teen shows like Pretty Little Liars. It is not glamorous and not cute for an older man to take advantage of a teenagers.
Review by Author, Blogger, Narrator DeAnn Deville
I couldn't put it down. it keeps your interest from the beginning. it had a lot of twists and turns, do when you think you know. You really don't know.
"Slow burn at first, but riveting when it got going"
Her performance was, for the most part, very good. She did a great job of voicing each character and her tone was always consistent with mood. However, there were quite a few ocassions when she read a sentence with an obviously incorrect emphasis, and on one occasion she mixed-up the 'he's' and 'she's'.
This book seemed a little slow at first. By chapter 7, I was wondering if I would stick with it. However, when it got going, I found it really compelling. All of the characters are really well fleshed-out into flawed human beings. I was often thinking 'ooh, I wouldn't handle it that way' or 'don't say that', but on each of these occasions, it was in response to a portrayal that was very realistic. People are, after all, fallible and parenting a teenager can be a challenge at best, and a bit of a nightmare at worst. I warmed to most of the characters and the ones that I didn't warm to were, nevertheless felt very 'real', since they are superbly drawn.
It's not like me to leave a bad review but I'm struggling to find much I enjoyed about this book. The narrator really spoiled it for me. She seemed to be reading at half-pace and the voice she used for the men was creepy and menacing. The story was boring and drawn out and none of the main characters were likeable.
"Twists and turns"
If you were ever a 15 year old schoolgirl or a mum then you will identify with this excellent story. I was riveted throughout.
The only thing that spoiled it for me was the narration of the male characters. They sounded a bit menacing and creepy. I dont think they were intended to be, it was just very one dimentional naration from Avita Jay. Not great.
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