#BookReview THE DILEMMA by B.A.PARIS @HQstories @BAParisAuthor #TheDilemma

ABOUT THE BOOK

It’s Livia’s fortieth birthday and tonight she’s having a party, a party she’s been planning for a long time. The only person missing will be her daughter, Marnie.

But Livia has a secret, a secret she’s been keeping from Adam, her husband, until the party is over. Because how can she tell him that although she loves Marnie, she’s glad their daughter won’t be there to celebrate with her?

Adam is determined everything will be just right for Livia and the party is going to be perfect… until he learns something that will leave him facing an unbearable decision

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PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon UK  £8.92

whsmith  £9.09

goldsboro books – signed first edition £12.99

MY REVIEW

Another stunner of a story from B.A.Paris and this one centres around the hidden cost of keeping a secret, so as not to spoil a big day – one of those that has you constantly thinking ‘what would you do in the same situation?’. And I still don’t know what I’d do, and if there’s a wrong or right way of dealing with such a traumatic event.

Livia is eagerly awaiting her 40th birthday party. When many want to forget their age and not make a big fuss, she’s been planning this for years. It’s a big deal to her! And her husband Adam knows this, that is why he’s faced with an awful decision when he hears horrific news. Dare he tell her straight away? Maybe if he waits, then things won’t be as bad as he first fears? He’s in a no win situation.

The story is told in alternating points of view – from the wife and the husband – and I found myself totally immersed in their lives and seeing the story unfold in this manner. The tension really builds up as you get caught up in the excitement Livia feels for her party, alongside the devastation that her husband feels as he waits for news on the horrific event that has caused him so much worry and anxiety. You live every moment with him and my heart kept breaking as he tried to put a brave face on things knowing he and Olivia’s world could be changing forever and there was nothing he could do about it.

There are darker secrets revealed along the way which just add to the complexities of family life and how tragedy can often reveal a side to people that you may not wish to confront. It explores the dynamics within a family and how relationships are pushed to the extremes.

This story briliantly portrays the toll a devastating secret takes on the person in the know and I loved every single second of it!!!

★★★★

My thanks to the author and publisher for the advanced reader copy in return for a fair and honest review.

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THE BLURB

A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again. 

Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love.

As more and more questions are raised, their marriage becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?

Publication Date;  8th March 2018

Publisher;  HQ

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown. Having sold over one million copies in the UK alone, she is a New York Times bestseller as well as a number one bestseller on Amazon and iBooks. Her books have sold in 37 territories around the world. Having lived in France for many years, she recently moved back to the UK. She has five daughters.

 

MY REVIEW

B.A. Paris has done it again!!! Having devoured her previous books I was unsure whether another book could make me stay on the sofa reading from start to finish – this one did exactly that!! And what a ride of a read it is! It had me swearing at characters, shocked, disturbed and the next time I see a russian doll I’m going to feel a little unnerved!!

The book starts with a flashback to 12 years ago and the disappearance of Layla while away with her partner Finn in France. He left the car at a service station and she was gone when he got back. But the story he told the police wasn’t the entire truth and we begin to find out what really happened that night as the story unfolds.

His life now is settled – he’s doing well in business and is engaged to be married to Ellen, Layla’s sister! But the past is about to make an unwelcome return to his present life and what follows is a pulsating page turner as cracks begin to appear in his controlling persona and the truth of what happened that night Layla went missing becomes clearer.

This book was so cleverly written as I had my mind changed a number of times as to where it was going, who to trust and just what the frig was going on! I love the fact that the unlikeable characters – namely Finn! – were made to feel threatened and scared by what was unfolding around him. His whole outlook on life was to be in control and you see that when he loses that he doesn’t know how to act.

Having the story told by Finn and Layla, in the past and the present was also a massive help in building the tension and intrigue and made for a truly addictive reading experience!! It looks back on how they met and the impact that had on one another in the short time they were together before that trip.

The phrase ‘just one more chapter’ never seems to work for a B.A. Paris book!! Once you start you just can’t stop reading!! Highly recommended!

Thank you to the publishers for the advance copy in return for a fair and honest review.

 

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