5 STAR REVIEW: Obsession by Amanda Robson

By Amanda Robson
Publisher: Avon UK
Publication Date: 4th May 2017
Format: Paperback (464 pages)

One evening, a wife asks her husband a question: who else would you go for, if you could?

It is a simple question – a little game – that will destroy her life.

Carly and Rob are a perfect couple. They share happy lives with their children and their close friends Craig and Jenny. They’re lucky. But beneath the surface, no relationship is simple: can another woman’s husband and another man’s wife ever just be good friends?

Little by little, Carly’s question sends her life spiralling out of control, as she begins to doubt everything she thought was true. Who can she trust? The man she has promised to stick by forever, or the best friend she has known for years? And is Carly being entirely honest with either of them? (Goodreads)

When you are a blogger, there will be times when you agree to blog tours, only to forget that you have agreed to them. Then you get the email reminding of your date and if you are lucky, you might have the time to get it read and reviewed for your date.

Obsession fell into this category, so after familiarising by re-reading the blurb, I cracked open the book and settled down to read it. Oh boy! Reading the first page blew all pre-conceptions of this book and I was instantly hooked.

After Rob makes his admission to his wife, it starts a series of events that result in a really shocking and unexpected ending. With each chapter, my mind kept wandering back to that very first page. My guesses on who it was about kept changing due to how Carly and Jenny seemed to fall deeper and deeper into this hole where there suspicion kept growing. The conclusion was explosive and even now, on retrospect, I still don’t know what was true and what was false. It is just so perfectly crafted that you are left with the lingering doubt on the series of events.

Multiple POV books are not usually my favourite type of books as I either find them confusing or skipping some characters in order to get to my favourite. This really wasn’t an issue for me as both couples held my interest with ease.

Robson shines a light onto two couple’s relationships and the breakdown of them. While at first, Jenny and Rob came across as the victims at first, I began to develop an empathy with Carly. To the outside world she was this bubbly, popular, flirty woman. The term “man-eater” seemed to be a good way to describe her, but as you delved beneath the surface, the mask starts to crack and I could see that she had her own demons to battle. Though I could not condone what Carly did, I felt for her as it was clear she was suffering from depression. I began to think that she acted out the way she did for attention from her husband. It was rather sad and upsetting to see Carly battling this and though a small part of me thought this was Karma, it was difficult to read.

As for Jenny? Oh Jenny, Jenny, Jenny. She was the most surprising of all the characters in this book. Yet, she turned out to be a real snake in the grass. Her wounded animal persona slipped and I saw the conniving sneaky woman she really was. She was well within her rights to make her husband pay for what he did and I was surprised when she reconciled with her husband, Craig, as it seemed they were well and truly over.

The battle between Jenny and Carly was gripping. The one who I was cheering for kept flipping between the two and seeing Rob being caught between the two of them had me wondering who would succeed.

The men in the story are not blameless, but while Rob seemed to be the only victim in the story, I began to see how Craig was as trapped in his marriage as Carly was. It seemed he could never live up to Jenny’s expectations. For him to fall back into his bad habits was inevitable and I thought that he would break free from the shackles he was under.

As I finished this book, I was left in shock and awe. This is one of the few books that left me gobsmacked and even now I am unsure how others will hit this really high benchmark.

Obsession is such an apt title for this book, for once you start reading you are not going to rest until you see how this will play out. This book just screams out to be adapted for television for it has so many twists and turns you are kept constantly on your toes. With characters that have you switching between love and hate and a plot that never takes its foot off the peddle, you can’t go wrong.

Forget The Girl on The Train, Obsession is the one everyone should be talking about. This is a debut novel that is worthy of the hype. Pick it up; you won’t regret it.




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