Saturday, October 13, 2012

Rotten Apple by Natasha A. Salnikova

From Goodreads - Alexander Tallman enjoys life to the fullest. He has his own advertising company, a few girlfriends and a perfect wife, who is so naive she doesn't even notice her husband’s multiple affairs. But, one day, Alexander meets Karen. The woman is five years older than he and she wants to marry Alexander instead of letting him go, as others did. She doesn't want to give up; she wants Alexander to belong to her and only her. Alexander finds a reason for leaving that he thinks is good enough for Karen – his wife is pregnant. He obviously can’t leave her now (except she’s not). He hopes it will bring them to the finale of the relationship. He just doesn't know how far a woman in love can go, a woman who was betrayed. When Karen finds out that Alexander wants to break off their relationship she doesn't step back, but takes the reins of fate into her own hands. She decides to fight for her love no matter what the consequences. But everything turns out differently than she had expected and she becomes a marionette in somebody else’s game.

Rotten Apple fleetingly reminded me of the movies, Sleeping With the Enemy and The Hand that Rocks the Cradle.  Alexander is handsome, owns his own advertising business and thinks he is God's gift to women.  He loves 'em and leave's em  - women are a dime a dozen, except his wife, who has no idea her husband is a philanderer.

When he meets Karen,  he treats her just like the rest of his women.  Only this time, she wants the happily ever after and won't take no for an answer.  She'll do whatever it takes to get him.  When Alexander comes home from a weekend 'business meeting' and finds his wife is gone, that's when things really start to get interesting.

Rotten Apple starts with a fuse and ends with a bang.  A perpetual thriller that escalates as the plot arcs and pivots, the reader not quite knowing what is going to happen next or how it could end and everything be okay.  There are some edit problems, quite easily  fixed, but they didn't deter me from the underlying current of this dynamic thriller.  

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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