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It Isn’t Cheating If He’s Dead by Julie Frayn
It Isn’t Cheating if He’s Dead is the BigAl’s Books and Pals 2014 Reader’s Choice Award winner for women’s fiction.
Jemima Stone waited four long years for her missing fiancé to come home, burying herself in her job and feeding the homeless. When Gerald is found dead halfway across the country, she is devastated. Detective Finn Wight promises to uncover the truth behind Gerald’s mysterious death.
Delivering sandwiches to her homeless friends, she discovers a newcomer. Though he refuses to speak, his haunted eyes tell Jemima that he is in trouble — hiding from someone or something. Jemima turns to Detective Wight in hopes of helping the man. But uncovering his true identity leads to the discovery of secrets none of them could have imagined.
(Warning – language, sex)
I grabbed It Isn’t Cheating If He’s Dead when it was free on Amazon. I saw the cover, read the blurb, and my 1-click finger took over. Let us give a shout out for that beautiful dramatic cover. I love it!
What a great book and a great way to get people interested in mental health issues. That is a central theme throughout the book from Jemima coping with Gerald’s behavior before his disappearance, his disappearance, and than death, and another character that is going through some seriously traumatic events that occurred in their life.
The way she reached out to the homeless in her community touched me too. It made me think about what I do/don’t do to help those in my own community and how I don’t think it’s enough. I’ve been giving a helping hand during some hard times in my life and this book made me think about those moments and how I should be doing more to help others the same way I have been helped.
I loved Detective Wight and how he interacted with both Jemima and the homeless people that he ended up helping too. I loved the way their relationship built and just who he was a person. Very likable and in real life I probably would have a slight crush on someone like him. 😀
On top of all of that, those who were homeless in this book weren’t just nameless faces. I think that is what gave me that moment to do some introspection. I got to know some of these people, their stories, and a bit about their lives now. Yes, they are fictional characters in this book, but there are too many real people living that life right now.
There was a huge twist revolving around one of the characters that I didn’t see coming, but the way it was resolved let me with happy emotional tears in my eyes.
Excellent book! This was a great story that touched on some important issues that affect our society today, from homelessness to mental health issues. I really enjoyed it and will be checking out more of Julie Frayn’s work.
5 stars from me!
Bean counter by day, Julie Frayn spends her off hours (emphasis on “off”) reveling in the written word. She pens award-winning novels and short stories that pack a punch. And a few stabs. When not working or writing, Julie spend as much time as possible with her babies. Well, they’re grown adults now, but they still think she’s cool. Right kids? Right? Hello?
In grade school, Julie was a math whiz, loved to write stories and poems in English class, and had an artistic flair for pencil drawings and pen and ink pointillism. When it came time to choose a career, she was torn between three loves. Her artistic brain ached to create. But her practical side, and the need to eat, won out. She devoted her career to numbers. She counts beans by day, but still revels in the written word.