Title: A Hidden Affair: A Novel
Author: Pam Jenoff
Release Date: July 6, 2010
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery
Rating: 4 out of 5
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.
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.