REVIEW – The Intermission by Elyssa Friedland

The Intermission

Published July 3, 2018 by Berkley Books


Cass and Jonathan Coyne have been married for six years. They have always been confident in their love for each other.

But lately, Cass finds herself wondering what it would be like to be single. She’s also been feeling anxious and has been having a lot of trouble sleeping. Is it a coincidence that this all started after she quit her job so they could start trying to have a baby? Having children is her opportunity to do everything better than she had it. But at the same time she’s terrified because it means she’ll be even more dependent on Jonathan.

Cass and Jonathan grew up in very different worlds. It still surprises Cass that she doesn’t have to worry about money anymore. She just wishes that she didn’t feel so unworthy of Jonathan’s love.

Jonathan is positive he still loves Cass as much as he did when they were first married. He believes it was fate that brought them together.  However, some days he feels like he knows everything about Cass, then the next day he feels like he’s married to a stranger.

“Cass said a lot of things, and didn’t mean half of them. His marriage ran a lot smoother once he realized that.”

Jonathan feels their love for each other is bigger than these “little” issues. But are they really so little? Both Cass and Jonathan have secrets that they’ve kept for many years. What will happen if everything is revealed?

When Cass comes up with the idea of an “intermission” in their marriage, Jonathan is shocked. She doesn’t want a divorce but she thinks they can benefit from pressing pause, taking a break from each other. She proposes that they have a six month separation where they live apart and figure out what they want out of life…and if that life contains the other person.

Will Cass and Jonathan make it to the next act of their marriage? Or will they leave during the intermission?

When I read the description for this novel, I was really intrigued. I thought it sounded unique and I couldn’t wait to read it.

I liked how the story was broken into acts, the chapters alternating with Cass and Jonathan’s perspectives. The characters were well-developed, but I did have a hard time figuring out how I felt about Cass and Jonathan. One moment they were annoying me,  then the next moment, I felt for them, or could relate to something one of them said or did. I had a bit of trouble with the pacing of the story, and found that I was easily distracted at times. However, I really wanted to see how things turned out for Cass and Jonathan.

While I did have a few issues with his novel, I still found it to be an interesting and unique read, and I look forward to seeing what this author writes next.

I’d like to thank Berkley Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.



16 thoughts on “REVIEW – The Intermission by Elyssa Friedland

  1. This reminds me of the premise for The Arrangement which I couldn’t get into so will probably pass on this one…I was wondering if this author had tried something different but it doesn’t sound like it. Thanks for the honest review!!

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    • Thank you! It’s good to see you! I haven’t read “The Arrangement”, I guess it wasn’t as unique as I’d thought. Although I guess it could have been a fluke that they were similar. I hope you have been reading a lot of great books!!! ❤

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