Published by Penguin Books on May 26th 2016
Genre: Mystery + Thriller + Suspense
Challenge Theme: Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge (A book by an author you’ve never read before, 2015 challenge)
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When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. Whom she will soon be willing to risk anything for.
But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things. That they can get her whatever she wants.
When Lily finds Carla on her doorstep sixteen years later, a chain of events is set in play that can end only one way.
An eye for an eye. A wife for a wife.
Based on the cover, synopsis, and title of this book I thought I would LOVE it. Boy was I wrong. I will start with the positives, it was a quick and easy read. Since I am way behind on my reading challenges I appreciate any book I can get through in a couple days. Also I enjoyed the beginning part enough (even though there were a lot of problematic parts for me) but the second part just had me thinking really, this is it? I just couldn’t wait to be done so I could move onto my next book. The characters were unlikable, there were way too many story lines going on, the two parts of the novel felt very disconnected from one another, the relationships between the characters were unrealistic, among other things. There was just way too much going on throughout this book and none of it that interesting. It felt like 3 different books stuffed into one.
Final verdict: Skip it.
“A piece of paper is not an eraser or a bottle of correction fluid. It may legally negate the “contract” between two parties, as a lawyer might put it. But it cannot expunge the memories, the traditions, the patterns that spring up between a couple, no matter how good or bad the state of their relationship.”
“It’s an exhilarating feeling when someone gives you permission to break all rules—especially when that person is yourself.”
“But we all have layers of good and bad inside us. Of truth and deceit. However much we deny it.”
“Well, we all want something better from time to time, Carla. But if we stopped to appreciate what we’ve got, the world might be a better place.”
“But that’s the problem with lies. As I said at the beginning, they start small. And then they multiply. So that the white lies become as black as the real thing.”