An affair with the boss is never a good career move. An affair with
a married boss is an even worse idea. However, knowing this,
Washington aide Pam Leighton somehow finds herself in a comfortable
and long-term relationship with her married boss, lobbyist John
Duke. While she realizes that the chances of him leaving his wife
are slim, that's exactly what she wants to happen when John is
nominated for a cabinet-level job.
But John's rich and powerfully connected wife, Catherine, has other
ideas. It's either Pam or her, and Catherine doesn't play nice.
John knows where his bread is buttered, and though he makes noises
about how much it hurts him to lose Pam, he quickly and easily
chooses Catherine and his career over what he and Pam have shared.
Catherine, however, isn't happy with a break in the relationship.
She won't rest until Pam is safely relocated to a new city with a
Pam isn't interested in John's help, though. She quits her job,
sells her car, packs up her belongings and heads for the Big Apple.
When looking through her notes and correspondence from her previous
position, she realizes that she's in possession of information and
documents that could make a lot of big names very uncomfortable and
provide some fascinating reading for the general public.
A woman scorned is liable to do anything, especially when she has
enough ammo to bring the big guns to their knees. Somewhere along
the line, however, the project becomes less about revenge and more
about letting the citizens know the seedy practices of their public
Pam receives confirmation that she's on the right track in the form
of a break-in at her sublet apartment. She's knocked around by a
goon and her work is stolen. Fortunately, all that is lost can be
replaced. Things go from bad to worse though as each attack on Pam
and those around her grow more serious and deadly.
Luckily, Pam has found a friend in her editor, Glenn Hubbard. Not
only does he decide to take on publication of her book, provide her
with dinner on a frequent basis and find her an apartment to
sublet, he's also starting to take a personal interest in Pam and
her well-being. But Glenn is moving a little too fast for Pam, and
she's not sure what level of commitment she's comfortable with.
With the John Duke affair not quite behind her, moving too fast
into a new relationship doesn't seem prudent.
When things become too hot in New York City, Pam leaves. Before
it's all said and done, Pam has camped out in NYC, the Hamptons,
Columbia University and even London, England --- all the while
looking over her shoulder and wondering who to trust.
THE OTHER WOMAN is an exciting novel that shows one woman's
determination to complete her project, even in the face of much
adversity. Diana Diamond will keep you guessing to the end as to
who has the most to gain by keeping Pam's book from reaching print
and who is willing to go as far as murder to accomplish their
Reviewed by Amie Taylor on January 14, 2011
The Other Woman