I’m about to jump into the canal and pull her to safety when I stop at the edge of the towpath.
What if I do nothing…?
The must-read psychological mystery thriller for 2019.
If you’re having an affair and you don’t want to get caught, you must read this book.
The Adulterer’s Handbook is the story of a happily married man, desperately trying to prevent his wife from finding out about his affair. For months he is successful, but then things take a dark turn…
A love story, a betrayal, an accident, a murder? You decide.
Lee Bolton has it all: a wonderful wife who he adores and two lovely children. But something is missing from his marriage.
Sophia Miller, the office temptress, offers to fill the gap and they begin a carefully regulated and orchestrated affair.
Lee, delighted with his new and improved sex life, walks a tightrope of near discovery; forever trying to keep his secret safe.
But Sophia wants more. She wants it all.
Sophia starts to break the rules, and she puts Lee’s marriage in jeopardy.
How far will he go to protect his family?
Would you commit murder to save your relationship?
Gripping domestic noir with a shocking twist.
Book one in a three book series.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The idea for this book came when I received a WhatsApp message meant for somebody else. It was innocuous enough, but it made me wonder: what if a ‘happily’ married man accidentally sent a suspicious text message to his wife instead of his lover? Is there a way out of that situation? Why was he cheating if he was happily married? How would he try to rationalise his unforgivable behaviour? Why was his lover having an affair with a married man? What steps could they take to minimise the chance of their affair being discovered? What else could go wrong? And what about his wife? What was her role in this story? Could there possibly be a happy ending?
So many questions, but I thoroughly enjoyed trying to get inside the mind of my main character as his life spiralled inexorably downward.
I loved writing it, and when it was finished, I loved reading it. I hope you do too.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My wife thinks that I'm Lee and she is Tamsin, but that's not so. I just made them up out of thin air. However, there are elements of me and her in all of the characters.
“Oh my God! What’s happened to your back?”
It’s the morning after my relapse and I’ve just stepped out of the shower. “Nothing.” I try to inspect myself over my shoulder in the bathroom mirror, but the steam and the uncomfortable angle make it impossible to see anything on my back. I grab a shaving mirror and go into the bedroom to look at a reflection of my reflection in the wardrobe mirror. Now I see what Tamsin has already spotted. There are several red, raised weals on my back. To me, it looks exactly like the marks that would be left after someone with sharp fingernails scratched someone else’s back during unrestrained, no holds barred fornication. I have no recollection of Sophia being quite so aggressive, but in the heat of unbridled rough sex, I probably just didn’t notice it happening.
“Crikey! That looks nasty,” I say.
“I agree. How did you do it?”
“Er … When I was out running after work yesterday I tripped and fell over. It didn’t seem too bad at the time.”
“You fell over while running and landed on your back?” Tamsin says, incredulous. “Yeah. I guess I must have stumbled over a tree root or something and I sort of twisted in midair and came down heavily on my back.”
“That must have really hurt.”
“Not that much actually. My pace was pretty good, and I thought I might be close to a record run, so I just rolled up onto my feet and kept going. I’d completely forgotten about it until now.”
“You need to be more careful, Lee. You’re no spring chicken anymore.”
“You’re right. I’ll definitely be more careful in future.”
I will. No more adultery. That was the last time I’m ever going to be unfaithful to my wife. There’ll be no more suspicious scratch marks, text messages or phone calls from now on.
Born and raised in London, England, Sam Anthony is the author of psychological thrillers such as The Adulterer Series:
The Adulterer's Handbook: A Novel
The Adulterer's Confession: A Novel
The Adulterer's Dilemma (coming Spring 2020)
Sam loves reading, peanut butter and jazz (preferably at the same time).
He wishes his beloved wife to know that The Adulterer books are works of FICTION!
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