It Isn’t Cheating If He’s Dead by Julie Frayn is an emotional read that is hard to put down. I found myself swiping page after page to see what was going to happen next.
Jemima Stone has been waiting for her missing fiance for a long time. He was suffering from a mental illness and had stopped taking his pills, and she feels guilty for not being able to help him. She does not know how she has survived the whole time he has been missing and the guilt she is feeling, but somehow she has. She keeps busy with work and helping the homeless. While helping the homeless she meets Joe and finds that she has a second chance to help someone in need.
This book is very well written. It is emotional, suspenseful and heart wrenching at times. It also offers hope, a chance at new beginnings, forgiveness and romance. That is quite a lot to handle in one book and the author handles it all skillfully. It delves into the world of mental illness and the homeless, topics that are dark and depressing. Topics that are current and problematic in our society. You can tell that the author did a lot of research on these topics because it shows in her writing. I really appreciate this.
The writing style flows smoothly and is very descriptive. The book pulled me in from the very beginning and kept pulling along until the very end. I have not read any other books from this author but I plan on checking out her other books. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted suspenseful contemporary read.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And I honestly enjoyed this book a lot.