A Small Affair by Flora Collins

A Small Affair has colossal consequences for one high-powered woman in fashion.


Vera is not afraid to go after what she wants, not particular about who she might have to walk over to get there. Vera loves her job, which she’s had a large part in raising from the ground up. When Vera starts seeing Tom, a wealthy tech founder, ten years her senior and soon to divorce his wife, she’s not sure what she thinks of him, but in the right light finds him attractive.

Vera’s life falls apart when she learns Tom and his wife are found dead. The media catches wind of Vera’s affair with the married man and blames her for their deaths. In short order, Vera loses everything and moves in with her mother.

A year later, Vera is ready to return to her old life but knows that people have not yet forgotten the scandal. However, Vera starts to uncover information about the married man that might restore her life and career.

Review of A Small Affair

This is a well-written, slow-burn, character-driven thriller. It never felt boring. I correctly guessed one of the twists, but it was satisfying watching everything come together.

Vera is a complex character, not always likeable but wholly believable. This novel clearly shows how quick people are to condemn strong-willed women, to put them in their “place” at the earliest opportunity. It also touches on how social media can harm one’s mental health.

The ending before the epilogue really had me shaking my head at one of the characters.

This is honestly one of the better thrillers I’ve read in a while. If you like slower, intricately plotted thrillers, you’ll surely enjoy this.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Expected Publication: 27 December 2022

Thank you to MIRA for providing me with an arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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