Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Review: Slip of the Tongue by Jessica Hawkins

Slip of the Tongue
Cover Source: GoodReads.com
Title: Slip of the Tongue
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Version Reviewed: Finished, eBook
Website: www.jessicahawkins.net
I purchased this book myself.

GoodReads Synopsis:
Sadie Hunt isn’t perfect—but her husband is. Nathan Hunt has her coffee waiting every morning. He holds her hand until the last second. He worships the Manhattan sidewalk she walks on. Until one day, he just…stops. And Sadie finds herself in the last place she ever expected to be. Lonely in her marriage.
When rugged and sexy Finn Cohen moves into the apartment across the hall, he and Sadie share an immediate spark. Finn reveals dreams for a different life. Sadie wants to save her marriage. Their secrets should keep them apart, not ignite a blistering affair. But while Sadie’s marriage runs colder by the day, she and Finn burn hotter.
Her husband doesn’t want her anymore.
The man next door would give up everything to have her.
I ran across the cover reveal for this book on Facebook and I couldn't help but find the cover insanely beautiful. I had never heard of the author or any of her books before so I decided to read a little bit more about Slip of the Tongue.  I was hooked as soon as I read the tagline. I knew that I had to read it and I knew that this book was going to be full of steamy stolen moments and equally as heartbreaking and terrifying. And it was all of those things.

This is the first book in a while that has hit me this hard.  The story had me feeling so many different emotions all at once and I wasn't sure how to deal with that. When we're first introduced to Sadie, we find ourselves inside the mind of a young, attractive woman that is completely lost. Her husband doesn't seem like her husband anymore and her marriage is in the process of falling apart. She continuously tries to convince herself and those around her that everything is fine, that they're just going through a bit of a rough patch but they're still the perfect fairy tale couple that they have always been. But that isn't the case. Her husband Nathan is rarely home and when he is, she doesn't really seem to exist to him anymore. The few fleeting moments that she can get him to acknowledge her, it's like he's a completely different person. He hardly speaks to her and touches her even less often.

And then, not far into the story, we meet Finn. Oh, my sweet Finn. Starting out with Sadie the way she is, I immediately began reading with a bias towards Nathan.  I didn't care for him much, so when this sexy, sweet, rugged man moves in across the hall, I found myself completely swept off my feet, possibly even sooner than Sadie was. He was endearing and understanding and just delicious in every possible way. He was perfect, for Sadie and just in general. I couldn't get enough of Finn and I honestly wanted him to convince Sadie to leave Nathan.

But as the story continued, I suddenly found myself confused. The deeper I read into their marriage, the more broken I began to feel. Sadie was a woman so hurt and so desperate for her husband to touch her, to love her the way that he used to, that it honestly broke my heart into a million pieces. My husband and I share the same type of marriage that Sadie always bragged about. My husband and I can't keep our hands off of each other. He works away a lot but when he is home, we're pretty much inseparable. He is sweet and kind and will do anything to make me happy. We also had issues getting pregnant, just like Sadie and Nathan. So, in a way, I could relate to their marriage and to her mind set. The very thought of my husband going from how he is now to a cold, silent man that doesn't want to touch, speak, or even look at me shatters my soul to pieces. And that is exactly what Sadie is dealing with. But the more the story continues, we quickly learn that Nathan isn't the root of every issue their marriage is facing.

Sadie is an extremely flawed character and I love that so much about her. It was refreshing to find a character that was so unaware of how she affected those around her and how she played a role in the decline of her marriage. She was a very human character, one that I feel like some of us can relate to on certain levels. Quite often we find ourselves blaming others for issues that we're dealing with and, until it's laid out right in front of our faces, we don't realize that we are a part of the problem, not just a victim.

Slip of the Tongue was a very beautiful story. It made me feel guilty for something I wasn't doing, broken for a marriage that wasn't mine, and afraid to continue reading because I was unsure of how the story would end. I couldn't get enough and I know that this one is going to stay with me for quite some time.

Also, this is my sexy, sweet, photographer Finn:
Source: Franggy Yanez Instagram @Fracrox
Favorite Character: Finn.
Rating: 5 Stars.


  1. Thank you so much! Awesome review. It's touching how you were able to relate to the story and to Sadie. Thanks for reading (and for possibly the most perfect photo of Finn...)

    1. You're very welcome. :) Thank YOU for writing such a beautiful story. <3