There comes a time in your life when you have to think about what is important to you and what happens when those things are jeopardized. In An Accidental Affair by Eric Jerome Dickey, the protagonist, James Thicke, finds himself in just such a situation. James is a screenwriter deeply in love with his wife, Regina Baptiste, an A-List Hollywood actress. Then he receives an email which rocks him to the core.
Included with the e-mail is a video clip of his wife and an actor, Johnny Bergs, in a compromising situation. James goes ballistic at first, attacking Johnny in front of cameras. Both the original video and the new footage of the fight are released on the Internet where they spread like wildfire.
James decides to distance himself from the situation by leaving Hollywood and the controversy behind. Down the road, in the small town of Downey, he takes up residence in a dilapidated apartment complex. The tenants James meets there, many of them women, have as many or more problems than he does. Before long, James finds himself entangled in the web of lust, deceit, and blackmail that envelope the neighborhood.
This book reminds me of many that I have read before, such as Mr. Dickey’s previous novel, Milk in My Coffee. I like his writing style because he makes you feel all of the emotions that the characters are feeling by the way he plays with words. If you are the type of person that likes to jump right in to the action of the story, this may not be the book for you.
The book was well written and if you like intrigue and intimacy there is enough of it here to last a lifetime. Mr. Dickey has done a good job with this one and if you get a chance to read it, I hope that you enjoy it.