Book Review: Come Undone by Jessica Hawkins

comeundoneCome Undone by Jessica Hawkins

Olivia Germaine has already found love. Devoted wife, loyal friend, determined career woman – she’s created the life she always envisioned.

But when Olivia locks eyes with a handsome stranger across a crowded room, he peers a little too closely and sees emotions she thought she’d buried long ago.

David Dylan, alleged playboy and eternal bachelor, challenges Olivia to confront the life she’s built and to make decisions that could either lead to happiness . . . or regret.

Will Olivia be able to draw the line between lust and love?

And can David respect that line?

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On an evening out with friends, Olivia, married to Bill and a magazine editor in training, spots a man across a crowded theatre one evening. She is instantly attracted to him even before knowing his name.

She subsequently meets up with him several times, mostly via chance, and learns that his name is David and that he is one of the most eligible bachelors on the scene, but is also a bit of a “player”

On returning from an evening meeting with David, she gets violently accosted in the street by the brother of one of Bill’s clients, looking for Bill (who is a lawyer).

Much of the first half of the book is taken with Olivia socialising around Chicago with her friends and occasionally Bill. Once in a while she meets David, apparently by accident. There is also tension between Bill and Olivia, as he like sports, wants kids and to move to the suburbs. Olivia prefers the city, socialising and doesn’t want kids – even after 3 years of marriage as she still feels “not ready”. Bill is conveniently away much of the time on business. Since Bill isn’t there when she gets attacked these events push her more into the sphere of David.

As the weeks go past, Olivia finds her carefully set up life unravelling – the coming undone of the title and in the end she makes the decision she has been trying to resist all along.

The book ends…..with an ending. It’s not necessarily the one you want or expect and leaves plenty of loose ends open. I don’t know if these characters will return in a later book in the series.

Some of the characters and plot lines could possibly have been expounded out more. Olivia’s relationship with her father doesnt seem particularly strong and both parents make only one appearance each in the book. I don’t know if this is to demonstrate Olivia’s emotional remoteness but she seems to treat her father in the same way as her mother which seems a little unfair considering what is revealed later in the book.


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