In the Books featuring The Anatomy of Cheating: A Novel by Nesly Clerge

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Anatomy of Cheating: A Novel by Nesly Clerge.


About the Book: Lust, deception, betrayal, and their inevitable outcomes weave a web nearly impossible to escape in Nesly Clerge’s latest novel. Chelsea Hall is certain her husband is cheating. Again. How far will a wife go when her adulterous husband pushes her to the edge? Some stop at the cliff’s edge. Others leap into the abyss. Garrett Hall wants what and who he wants. His detachment from their relationship leads Chelsea to seek what she needs elsewhere, and onto a path that leads to bliss. What begins as a dream-come-true soon becomes a nightmare when the line between who is innocent and who is guilty soon blurs. Until the horrifying truth becomes clear. And, the question becomes, Who will survive?

My Review: Over the last year, I’ve become a huge fan of Nesly Clerge, so when I had the opportunity to read this, I jumped at it. For me, I was more curious about the title than anything else. I wanted to know what kind of story was deserving of such a title, and I admit to expecting an erotica of sorts. I was pleasantly surprised.

The story was a layered collection of a group of people that aren’t happy or want something more out of their lives. While it’s not a new plot idea, the author did an amazing job of weaving everything together to form a type of mystery that is fresh and engaging. While the story is a little fast paced, I think that’s due more to the writing style being engaging rather than the story flying through the scenes. An added bonus, and something I wasn’t expecting, is that this is an expended universe story of the author’s George Stark series. That anchored the story in a way that made it familiar, similar to talking with an old friend.

The characters were deep and intriguing, but I have to say Chelsea is an awesome character and my favorite. I went from feeling for her, to rooting for her to succeed, and wanting to shake her when she got down on herself. In many ways, she reminded me of myself at times, and that really struck a chord. She is the epitome of our insecurities.

Her husband carried his portion of the story as the antagonist very well. He was engaging, frustrating, and made me want to see karma come back on him. As with real life, things like this can be heartbreaking, but I won’t say anything more as I hate giving away spoilers.

The interesting thing about the characters I want to mention is they fit into our world perfectly. Each and every one of them can be our neighbors or friends.

One thing I can promise, though, is if you love a great tale with some soap opera-ish qualities, you’ll love this.


About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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