Review: Slip of the Tongue by Jessica Hawkins

Title: Slip Of The Tongue
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Female

Sadie and Nathan Hunt were the perfect couple on everyone’s eyes. Their seven years relationship became the envy and the goal of family and friends. He doted on her, always putting her first until one day he suddenly stopped. Feeling lonely and unloved, she turned to someone else that willingly gave her all the attention.

Finn Cohen was the new neighbor across the hallway. The easy and carefree man was at a turning point in his life, taking hold of his future, doing things we wanted to do and that’s including finding the woman he wanted. Sparks ignited the second their eyes met. They fed each other’s needs. But Sadie wasn’t the only one came without a baggage.

I know cheating/love triangle isn’t everyone’s favorite subject, but it’s actually one of mine because there are always possibility of high angst and hurt. This book certainly had both to offer.

It may be the wrong man. It may be the wrong apartment. But I got my wish. There is someone waiting for me after all.

I think most people who had problem with this book was due to Sadie. She was a hard character to love. She was incredibly selfish and self centered. However, I did understand and relate to her situation to a degree.

This is my Nathan. My Nathan doesn’t hold back or withdraw. He loves and regrets, fears and hopes, with his whole heart.

Nate was pretty much the perfect husband, but there were only so much one can take. He didn’t exactly handle the issue the right way, but it’s really hard for me to fault him.

On the surface, Finn might come across as a wife stealer. But his attentiveness and willingness to make changes just made him so attractive and swoony. And it doesn’t help that I have a weakness for free spirits.

What’s hard about this book is, there’s no villain to put the blame at. Each one of them was flawed and relatable. So it put you in a wringer with whom to side with.

“Do you think I deserve to be happy after everything we’ve done?”
I don’t have to consider it. Finn is a lot of things, and we’ve both made mistakes, but he’s not a bad person. “Absolutely. Without question.”
“Then so do you.”

I really like the story but I wasn’t completely happy with the ending. It felt too convenient. There was not enough convincing on how each of them accepted the outcome. And the other person’s conclusion was undeservedly lacking.

Slip of the Tongue is a story of an affair amidst a marriage breakdown. There is no black and white in the story, and if you like threading the grey area you might enjoy this one.


This review is also available on Goodreads.



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