Welcome to my spot on the blog tour today! I’m delighted to post my review for this brilliant book. After the Affair is written and self-published by Jonathan Kaye.
After the Affair
Do you like a book with a gripping story? A page-turner you can’t put down? A book with believable characters, a twisty yet credible plot and an easy-to-read pace? If that’s you, then this thriller set in Dublin should be right up your street.
“University Lecturer David Ryan is having an affair. And he thinks no-one knows.
He’s wrong. Someone does know. And that someone is out to blackmail him.
But when the blackmail attempt goes wrong, both Ryan and the blackmailer find themselves dragged into an underground (and decidedly seedy) world of secrets, lies and violence. A world where no-one can be trusted and everyone has something to hide.
Set in modern-day Dublin, ‘After the Affair’ is the unputdownable debut thriller from author Jonathan Kaye.”
If you are a fan of dark psychological thrillers, this is perfect to snuggle down and lose yourself in on a rainy day. It has a nail-biting tension that weaves through the plot, keeping you immersed in the pages. Can’t recommend it enough!
It isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill thriller revolving around two characters having an affair. This book is so much more than that and as you peel back the layers in After the Affair, the grim totality of the plot reveals itself to you. It has a much darker side to it than originally expected when I started reading. Much darker. It’s compelling and fast-paced. I loved it! After the Affair stuck in my mind after reading which is always a tell-tale sign of a good book for me.
David Ryan is sitting in a coffee shop when a young man presents him with an envelope, inside are two pictures. Two pictures that illustrate David and a woman locked in an intimate embrace, and all of a sudden the life he shares with his wife and son is threatened. Suddenly he is at the mercy of a black mailer – the only other person who knows of his affair and the person who wields the power to blow his secret wide open. But when the woman is found dead in her bed, David is drawn into a horrifying new world tinged with the darkness of abuse, seedy secrets and the horrific corners that lurk in the online world.
The characters in this novel are superb. David isn’t the most likable chracter in the world but nevertheless, I did warm to him a little more towards the end. I really liked Martin. His and David’s relationship I thought was brilliantly written. The scenes with them both flow so smoothly and their colourful conversations kept me hooked.
And the ending. I did NOT see the ending coming. Wow!
This heart-pounding, hair-raising thriller will keep you engrossed right up to its shocking conclusion!
Dark. Twisty. Original.
If you would like to buy After the Affair here is the link
Jonathan Kaye is a stay-at-home dad who decided to write a thriller when his son started school. The house was tidy by ten every morning so what else was he gonna do till, like, three? Apart from drink coffee with moms – which he is very good at by the way.
It took him a while to figure out the plot. He even had to use google to find out what policemen and judges and people like that did. Characters were easier. He just based one of them on himself and all the others on people he knew. Seriously it’s what all writers do. Why do you think Stephen King’s protagonist is invariably a novelist?
Three years after starting out, he wrote the words ‘The End.’ It was quite the experience. Then he proofread and proofread and proofread again … but he knows there might still be one or two typos and he asks you to not be too upset by the fact.
Finally, he’s sitting here now wondering why he’s writing about himself in the third person. It is making him feel important and aloof though!
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Huge thanks to Helen for my review copy and for including me on the blog tour!