Signed, sealed and delivered. Eva Mazza completed her saucy sex trilogy series.
This highly anticipated third novel, which is the last one to wrap up the sex series was worth all the wait.
Without a doubt, Sex, Lies & Alibis affirms Eva as one of the leading voices in contemporary fiction writing in South Africa.
Peppered with the same spicy narrative from her previous two installments (Sex, Lies & Stellenbosch and Sex, Lies Declassified), in Sex, Lies & Alibis, the journey of the protagonist (Jen Pearce) is completed in a way that answers all the questions that we had at the end of the previous two books(Eva is a master when it comes to cliffhangers). Eva’s creative ability to link other characters with the protagonist also open a window through which readers are also able to see the happy and sad ending of other characters.
I find it so simple to pick up where I left off(in Declassified) within just a couple of chapters. And this speaks to Eva’s skillful ability to introduce new layers to narrative without losing the entire plot. I do not think even if one has not read the two previous books, they would feel lost in this one. Privilege, pain, injustice, cheating, loss, grief and sex are some of the themes that serves up the narrative in this saucy novel.
Perusing through the pages, I appreciated Eva’s pen that just sucks you from the first sentence to the last. She elegantly drives the plotline nicely along which often ends with nail-biting cliffhangers in very chapter, leaving the reader with no choice but to keep reading.
In Sex, Lies & Alibis, the scribe’s talent really shines through, particularly in how she writes the sex scenes with such precision. Never have I seen an author who writes sex scenes in such way that forces the readers to even question their own sexual experiences(Yes, I did).
Sex, Lies & Alibis is entertaining, suspenseful, and relatable work of fiction.
I think the only bummer for me was the predictable way in which Jen got to know about Lee’s whereabouts. Lee’s character was the glue that kept the story intriguing throughout the trilogy, and I just felt there should have been a greater build-up to how his cover was exposed than the rushed and quick way it was done at the end(felt like the author just wanted to end the story).
Also, I feel John’s ending should have given not only the readers but characters such as Frankie and Jen some of sort of justice (some punishment of sort for him), given all his crimes and sins that he had committed. That was a let-down, because it further speaks about how wealthy men can just get away with anything in life.
Besides that, Eva should be congratulated for delivering a breathtaking work that explores love, lies pain and privilege in Stellenbosch. This is a must-read sex trilogy.
Eva has built a reputation for herself as the leading voice when it comes to this sex-fiction type of genre.
So, where from here Eva?