Book Review

Book Review : A Hidden Affair by Pam Jenoff.

Ten years ago, intelligence officer Jordan Weiss’s life was turned upside down when her college boyfriend Jared drowned. But in a shocking discovery, Jordan realises that she has been lied to and betrayed by those closest to her.

Reeling from the knowledge that Jared faked his own death, she sets out from London to find him. At Jared’s last known address in the opulent French Riviera city of Monaco, she meets Nicole, a mysterious blonde who refuses to disclose what she knows about Jared. She also encounters Aaron, a seductive Israeli private investigator, who is chasing Nicole for cryptic reasons of his own.

What lies ahead is a perilous chase across Europe as Jordan searches for answers about the only man she has ever loved. Will the truth be too devastating to handle?

This was the first book I had read by Pan Jenoff and I wasn’t sure what to expect. A Hidden Affair is the sequel to Almost Home, I only realised this when I was reading the Acknowledgements at the end of the book – I never felt like I was missing out on any background information. The book does jump straight into the plot with the action starting within the first few pages, I loved this as it meant I got swept straight up with the book.

I really liked the lead character Jordan. I found her to be an interesting character, whilst she is a tough intelligence offer she is still very feminine. I also found Ari to be an intriguing character, the interactions between the two of them worked really well for me.

I enjoyed the plot a lot. I found that having both Jordan pursuing Jared and Ari pursuing Nicole worked well, their individual stories and motivations were interesting but neither one over powered the other. There are political issues covered within the plot, I found this worked well and at one point actually put the book down whilst I considered a viewpoint I’d not previously encountered.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely be reading Almost Home to find out more about Jordan and Jared.

A Hidden Affair is published in paperback by Sphere in the UK from 17th February 2011 priced £6.99. Whilst I was provided with a review copy of the book all of the opinions expressed are my own.