17/03/2015

Book Review: The Wednesday Group by Sylvia True.




MY SYNOPSIS
Imagine This: You thought you had a perfect life. The perfect job as the mother of two adorable children, the perfect husband who still turns you on even after years of marriage.

Until you find out a secret. Your husband’s a sex addict. Sex with him is great, if you should add. But of course, there are the cons: The looks you give him when a hotter, younger girl with a firmer body passes by. The constant fear that his business trips might have pleasure included (and no business whatsoever). How he always has a grin on every time he visits the restroom of a plush place you guys are supposed to be dining in.

Might your husband be cheating on you? Well, you are not certain since his love for you hasn’t dissipated. And trust me, you are reading all the SIGNS YOUR HUSBAND MIGHT BE FUCKING SOMEONE YOUNGER articles both online and in Cosmo.
Then one day, out of sheer interest and the pertinent desire to stop having these fears, you follow him. You drive behind cars as you keep his car in focus, you almost crush your car into the taillights of another truck, but you are not perturbed.

He stops at a mall. You get out of a car to follow him. He goes into a restroom. You do not mind reading the label that says ‘Male’, you still go in. You find out he’s in one of the stalls.

Christ, if he’s shitting why should he keep so long? And why would he be driving all the way to a mall to shit when you have a less frequented toilet at home? And why the fuck is he groaning as he’s shitting? Constipation? You ask yourself. As the fix-it housewife-type, you search into your bag for medication. Until…

A man walks out of his stall. All you think of that moment is throwing up. And joining a group of wives of sex addicts who all have their men into weird things.

Hannah’s life summed up for your delight.



MY REVIEW
First of all, one thing that drew me to this book is its blurb. Here’s what I am talking about:

Gail. Hannah. Bridget. Lizzy. Flavia. Each of them has a shameful secret, and each is about to find out that she is not alone… Gail, a prominent Boston judge, keeps receiving letters from her husband's latest girlfriend, while her husband, a theology professor, claims he's nine-months sober from sex with grad students. Hannah, a homemaker, catches her husband having sex with a male prostitute in a public restroom. Bridget, a psychiatric nurse at a state hospital, is sure she has a loving, doting spouse, until she learns that he is addicted to chat rooms and match-making websites. Lizzy, a high school teacher, is married to a porn addict, who is withdrawn and uninterested in sex with her. Flavia was working at the Boston Public library when someone brought her an article that stated her husband had been arrested for groping a teenage girl on the subway. He must face court, and Flavia must decide if she wants to stay with him. Finally, Kathryn, the young psychologist running the group, has as much at stake as all of the others.

As the women share never-before-uttered secrets and bond over painful truths, they work on coming to terms with their husbands' addictions and developing healthy boundaries for themselves. Meanwhile, their outside lives become more and more intertwined, until, finally, a series of events forces each woman to face her own denial, betrayal and uncertain future head-on

Exactly. So from the blurb, you could tell this book had a kicking storyline. Main characters who are gutsy and are not afraid to share awful experiences with their sex-addict partners. A star to the storyline.

There’s Gail, the wife who’s in denial that her husband is not recovering from his addiction and still isn’t shagging his younger students up his desk while they stare at the globe of the world. There’s Hannah, who doesn’t want to share that her husband is into men or doesn’t even want to believe he’s gay. There’s Bridget, the angry one who’s always calling other women’s husbands assholes and as well as hers. There’s Lizzy, the low self-confident one whose thinks she’s ugly because her husband isn’t stuffing his cock in her mouth like he envisages himself doing for the barely eighteen year-olds he sees in porn gagging up-close the screen for his dick. Fab main characters.
I thought this book had a marvellous storyline. But it dragged too much when the girls kept nagging about the same topics to their husbands. Yes, some nagging was good. But I felt at a point they should take action and not wait rather later in the book. Also, I thought by the storyline, the author could have made the book more funky and entertaining, I wish the humour was upped and plot was pacey.

My rating: 3 out of five stars.

Sylvia True’s debut is available on amazon.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a book about women dealing with sexual-addict husbands. Anyone who wants a book regarding therapy for subjects they are curious of should grab this as the therapy sessions are very insightful. Anyone who wants a book with relatable main characters should get this too.

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