HEART OF THE MATTER
Heart-wrenching, gut-churning and guaranteed to make you uncomfortable. Watching these relationships
collide feels as real as watching a car crash. The story alternates between the two women's points of view and the feelings of guilt and betrayal are so well crafted, they'll sit heavy in the pit of readers' stomachs for weeks after they finish the story.
Beautiful suburban mom Tessa Russo gave up her career as a professor to raise the two children she has with her perfect doctor husband, Nick. A pediatric plastic surgeon, he is called in when a 6-year-old boy suffers massive burns in an accident. Spending so much time with the boy -- and with his mother, Valerie, a single attorney -- causes him to fall head over heels into the case and then, the family. Nick and Valerie try to fight their feelings, but ultimately embrace them. However, when Tessa learns of the affair, the story truly begins. (ST. MARTIN'S, May, 368 pp., $15.00)