Title: A Hidden Affair
Author: Pam Jenoff
Genre: Contemporary fiction, romantic thriller
Publisher: Atria Books
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: ARC from the publisher
First line: I gaze across the veranda, beyond the rows of yachts and sailboats bobbing in the Porte de Monaco toward the sparkling Mediterranean waters.
Spoiler warning: This review will not contain plot spoilers for A Hidden Affair, but will include plot spoilers for Almost Home.
Jordan Weiss is still reeling from the news that her college lover, Jared, didn’t die by drowning, something she has believed for more than a decade. What kind of man fakes his death and allows everyone who cares about him to mourn his loss? And why would Jordan waste her time looking for this man? Jordan simply can’t let it go – she has to know why Jared did what he did. She leaves her job with the State Department and travels to Monaco, following the last clue as to Jared’s whereabouts. She is determined to find Jared – and some answers – but isn’t prepared for the other discoveries she will make, or for Ari, the man who is looking for a woman connected to Jared. Is he who he says he is? How can she trust a man again after Jared’s decade-long deception?
When I opened A Hidden Affair, I was a bit worried that I would be lost, since the events pick up directly after the events at the end of Almost Home, and it had been a while since I read it. I shouldn’t have worried – the author gave enough info at the beginning to bring the story and characters right back to me. I was immediately drawn into the intriguing mystery of where Jared had been all this time, and why on earth he had allowed Jordan to go on believing he was dead.
Jordan has been stuck in the past – even before she knew Jared was still alive, she had been unable to get over him. I could completely relate to her need for answers and closure. It’s almost as if her relationship with Jared had assumed mythical proportions – the “perfect” love – because it ended with Jared’s supposed death. She has questions and is determined to find the answers – but first she needs to deal with some of her own hidden things. Which brings me to a note about the title. When I got my ARC, it was called Hidden Things, which in my opinion was a much better title. I suspect the new title was chosen to emphasize the book’s status as a romantic thriller, but it doesn’t fit nearly as well.
If you are looking for a suspenseful read with a sizzling romance, plus some travel to exotic locations in Monaco, Italy, and Greece, this is a perfect book for you. Keep this one in mind for your summer beach reading.