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Oh this was so disappointing! Love her, love her kindness. But these characters were so unlikeable (particularly Holly). The ending made the entire read feel pointless. I sat in my car thinking...seriously? I even checked my app to check I hadn’t skipped the remainder of the book. But no, that was the end. It was so unresolved.
I was today years old when I learned Stephen Curry does audiobooks - so it sounds like I've been driving around being read to by the Hungry Thirsty Guy. And for a short story, this was great. People are never as they seem, are they? Hurt breeds hurt breeds resentment and mixed up in some melted Neapolitan ice-cream nightmare. Wasn't sure what I'd think of this one, but well worth the download.
This story was engaging and interesting, with a husband and wife who were both unfaithful. Honestly, both of the characters are pretty awful, engaged in a constant fight about which one of them "cheated worse" and whose fault it was that the other cheated. Both think they have good reasons for cheating, which as usual appear laughingly ridiculous to outside observers. But I've heard of all those reasons in real life cheating, so it was realistic. It was interesting because of the drama. It was kind of like a bad car crash that you can't look away from. Holly and Cam just kept becoming worse and worse people. Not worse characters per se -they were complex and had twists and secrets, so the characters seemed well written. Just they were terrible people. If you knew them in real life, you would gape at them in astonishment. I'm surprised the counsellor in the book could put up with them, I couldn't. Cam kept reiterating how deeply he loved his wife Holly, which honestly was really not clear through his actual behaviour towards her. The depth of his lies and betrayal was outstanding, as was hers. The most interesting thing about it was how they both glossed over the cheating and tried to shag it away, without ever acknowledging just how terrible they were to each other. Nevertheless, the audio narration was pretty engaging. The classic Australian accent of the narrator really brought to life the husband Cam, and made the scenes engaging through the dramatisation. As an Aussie, I actually loved hearing a story told in that accent, and the way the characters spoke was very Australian. For me this made it much more real and much more interesting, and I started really looking forward to the next "twist", the next terrible betrayal that would be unearthed.
The reason I'm rating this so low was because it just ENDED. Like, totally adruptly. The whole book was almost tit for tat- one character did something bad, so then the other one did too. And then one chapter, where they both did something bad, suddenly the book just ENDED. There was no reason for it to end. It didn't seem over at all. There was no character arc completion- no final form of redemption, revenge, break up or make up that would leave the reader satisfied. I honestly thought it was just the end of one chapter and I was looking forward to the fall-out in the next chapter, when I realised it was the end of the book. I sat there flummoxed for ages trying to figure out if my download had been corrupted and I was missing a few final chapters. When i realised it was truly the end of the book, I honestly felt annoyed and dissapointed. It was extremely unsatisfying and felt really cheap. It felt like the author had not bothered to give the readers a satisfying ending of any kind. I can see I'm not the only reviewer who feels that way too.