The Mistress's Revenge

A Novel

The Mistress's Revenge

There’s a fine line between love and hate.


For five years, Sally and Clive have been lost in a passionate affair. Now he has dumped her to devote himself to his wife and family, and Sally is left in freefall.

It starts with a casual stroll past his house, and popping into the brasserie where his son works. Then Sally starts following Clive’s wife and daughter on Facebook. But that’s alright, isn’t it? These are perfectly normal things to do. Aren’t they?

Not since Fatal Attraction has the fallout from an illicit affair been exposed in such a sharp, darkly funny, and disturbing way: The Mistress’s Revenge is a truly exciting fiction debut. After all, who doesn’t know an otherwise sane woman who has gone a little crazy when her heart was broken?


“A cracking debut. . . .very Fatal Attraction with a clever twist at the end. Addictive stuff.”
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  • Free Press | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451632828 | 
  • June 2011
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Mistress's Revenge includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Tamar Cohen. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


When her affair with the sexy, successful, and happily married music moghul Clive Gooding unceremoniously ends, Sally Islip decides to take matters into her own hands. Her partner, Daniel; their two young children; and her once-promising career in magazine journal­ism can’t quite compare to Clive’s burgeoning triumphs in the music business, his St. John’s Wood home, and his picture-perfect family. Sally’s romance with Clive unspools in her recollections of their collaborations, their intimacies, their secrets and lies. When Clive wins a prestigious music award and plans to renew his wedding vows, Sally decides that he must suffer for dumping her. And she’ll stop at nothing, including befriending his devoted wife and his newly pregnant daughter, to get back at him.


1. How does Sally feel about her therapist’s advice to chronicle her feelings about the end of her affair with Clive? To what extent does The Mistress’s Re see more

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