Book Review: A Hidden Affair – Pam Jenoff

Title: A Hidden Affair: A Novel
Author: Pam Jenoff
ISBN: 9781416590712
Pages: 320
Release Date: July 6, 2010
Publisher: Atria
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Picking up directly after the events of Almost Home [which this summary/review contains spoilers of, so be warned], Jordan Weiss has resigned from the State Department and is on a quest to find Jared, her boyfriend from Cambridge.  Along the way, she meets a mysterious man named Ari that she isn’t sure whether she can trust and makes some shocking discoveries about Jared, as well as herself.

Review:

The second that I finished Pam Jenoff’s novel Almost Home, I immediately got online to find out when the sequel would be coming out.  That novel was suspenseful, exciting, and incredibly atmospheric, and I’m happy to say that A Hidden Affair has the same sense of urgency that made its prequel so thrilling.

Jordan’s character develops a lot in this book, and it was really satisfying to be along for the ride.  When she thought Jared was dead, she was able to freeze him in time, putting him up on a pedestal.  Now that she knows Jared is alive, she forces herself to rethink their relationship.  After all, even if he was trying to protect her, he has chosen to live without her all this time, while she has not been able to have a real relationship since Jared’s “death.”  It’s great to see this introspection and really see Jordan grow up and let go of the past.

A Hidden Affair also introduces two new major characters, both of whom are very intriguing.  Ari and Nicole both give the book a lot of flavor and add some mystery to it.  Additionally, the subplot of Nicole’s troubles gives the story a coherent structure, necessary in order to frame Jordan’s quest to find Jared – otherwise, it would just be her aimlessly looking for him, which wouldn’t work at all.  Admittedly, it doesn’t drive the story forward quite as well as the plotline of Almost Home, but it’s still a worthy sequel.

Despite the fact that the major story arc of the series was resolved in A Hidden Affair, I still can’t help but hold out hope that Jenoff will choose to do another novel about Jordan.  She’s such an intriguing and appealing character, especially after her realizations about herself in this novel, and the situation she finds herself in at the end of the book could really lend itself to another story!  Needless to say, I enjoyed this book, though I would definitely recommend reading these two books in order rather than as standalone novels.

Comments

  1. Okay, that was difficult to read without spoiling it for me! But I got enough out of it to add both books to my list.

  2. Okay, that was difficult to read without spoiling it for me! But I got enough out of it to add both books to my list.

  3. I read both reviews, they are going on my TBR list, I love that I get books from you that I haven’t heard of.

    This sentence was gorgeous writing – she was able to freeze him in time, putting him up on a pedestal.

  4. I read both reviews, they are going on my TBR list, I love that I get books from you that I haven’t heard of.

    This sentence was gorgeous writing – she was able to freeze him in time, putting him up on a pedestal.

  5. Until recently I had not heard about this author. I think I would enjoy her work and will add her name to my list.

    On an entirely different topic, I just noticed that you’ve read over 200 books this year! WOW, Swapna, you’re amazing.

  6. Until recently I had not heard about this author. I think I would enjoy her work and will add her name to my list.

    On an entirely different topic, I just noticed that you’ve read over 200 books this year! WOW, Swapna, you’re amazing.

  7. Oh, I love it when character development continues between sequels! It sounds as though you really enjoyed both of these books. I will have to do some investigating on them! Great review!

  8. Oh, I love it when character development continues between sequels! It sounds as though you really enjoyed both of these books. I will have to do some investigating on them! Great review!

  9. my wife might like this.. thanks for sharing. will check it out at amazon i guess…

  10. my wife might like this.. thanks for sharing. will check it out at amazon i guess…

  11. I received this one in the mail this week, too – and can’t wait to get to it!

  12. I received this one in the mail this week, too – and can’t wait to get to it!

  13. It sounds like I need to look for this one and Almost Home. Great review.

  14. It sounds like I need to look for this one and Almost Home. Great review.

  15. This sounds a little crazy, but when Almost Home was making its rounds, it sounded interesting but I didn’t run out and get it. Hearing about the sequel has definitely pumped up the need to read both!

  16. This sounds a little crazy, but when Almost Home was making its rounds, it sounded interesting but I didn’t run out and get it. Hearing about the sequel has definitely pumped up the need to read both!

  17. I need to get Almost Home and then this!

  18. I need to get Almost Home and then this!

  19. I’m so glad to see you really enjoyed this one. I’ve loved all of Jenoff’s novels, and I’m really looking forward to reading the latest.

  20. I’m so glad to see you really enjoyed this one. I’ve loved all of Jenoff’s novels, and I’m really looking forward to reading the latest.

  21. I got an unexpected copy of this and I’m really excited to get to it – I hope I can remember when happened in “Almost Home”!

  22. I got an unexpected copy of this and I’m really excited to get to it – I hope I can remember when happened in “Almost Home”!

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