TITLE: The Dilemma
AUTHOR: B.A. Paris
PUBLISHER: St. Martin's Press
PUB. YEAR: 2020
Rating - 2.5/5
Livia and her husband Adam have never had a proper wedding celebration. Livia parents pretty much disowned her 20 years earlier when she became pregnant before marriage, in turn, they missed out getting to know their two adult grandchildren. Now Livia is about to celebrate her 40th birthday and a huge celebration is in the works to make up for the wedding she never had .
Here's the "dilemma": both Adam and Livia have a secret they've been keeping from each other. They don't want the secret to spoil the party as the guests are to arrive within 24 hours.
The story is told over a period of 24 hours in alternating chapters from Livia and Adam's POV. Initially, I couldn't wait to find out the "big secrets" but, soon I became frustrated by how the story began to drag and by how annoying the key characters were acting. I really looked forward to this suspense thriller. I've read everything this author has written and had enjoyed both the writing style and the pace of her earlier novels. This latest offering seemed so unrealistic and, even though it got off to a good start, it ending up being a letdown for me.