The Dilemma by B.A. Paris
Knowing the truth will destroy her. Keeping it secret will destroy him.
It’s Livia’s 40th birthday, and her husband Adam is throwing her the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding they never had. Everyone she loves will be there, except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad.
But although Livia loves Marnie, she’s secretly glad she won’t be there. Livia has recently uncovered a secret about their daughter which, if revealed, will shake the foundation of their family to its core. She needs to tell Adam, but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.
Adam, meanwhile, has his own surprise for his wife: he’s arranged for Marnie to secretly fly back for the family celebration. But during the day, he hears some terrible news and he too is faced with a dilemma.
How far would you go to give someone you love a last few hours of happiness?
June 30th, 2020
Family Drama/Domestic Thriller
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The Dilemma is more of an emotional family drama than a fast-paced thriller (like her 2017 novel Behind Closed Doors) which may disappoint some B.A. Paris readers but it really worked for me. I enjoyed the nuanced look at family and relationships and there was the perfect amount of suspense tied in.
Everyone in this book has a secret and the question becomes, are they keeping them to protect each other or themselves? This was still a total page-turner and also had you asking yourself as the reader what you would do in these unique situations.
Miscommunication and indecision are the main themes of this novel and I loved the multifaceted look at how decisions are not always as easy as they look at first glance.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for an advanced copy.
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