Today I’m delighted to be sharing my review of The Dilemma as part of the blog tour.
What’s this book about?
It’s Livia’s 40th birthday and she’s having the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding she 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 at the party. She needs to tell Adam something about their daughter but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.
Adam wants everything to be perfect for Livia so he’s secretly arranged for Marnie to come home and surprise her on her birthday. During the day, he hears some terrible news. He needs to tell Livia, because how can the party go on? But she’s so happy, so excited – and the guests are about to arrive.
The Dilemma – how far would you go to give someone you love a last few hours of happiness?
What did I think?
The Dilemma has a very different feel to the authors other books and is much more of a domestic drama than a psychological thriller so that may be worth bearing in mind before you decide to read it. So although it wasn’t quite what I was expecting, it did work well for me and I really enjoyed it. This was mainly due because of her great use of character development but also her ability to create situations that generated not just a wide range of emotions but also a thought provoking dilemma of your own. What would you have done if you had been Liv or Adam?
Now I mention character development because I have to start by saying that this married couple did actually annoy the hell out of me!! I’m not one to judge how others live their lives behind closed doors but really?!?! A happily married couple keeping such huge secrets from each other and why? Because of a birthday party!! I couldn’t believe how big a deal this party was to Liv and how she acted like a rather spoilt child at times because of it. I know it was her 40th but she had chosen her HOUSE 20 years ago mainly because it had a better garden to hold this party!! That’s not to say I didn’t understand why or feel sympathy towards the family problems that lay behind her obsession but to be honest I kept wondering, if it was due to not having the wedding of her dreams, then why didn’t they just have a beautiful party for them both in that carefully chosen garden and renew their marriage vows?! But that small niggle aside, this book was like being a fly on your neighbours wall-especially if those neighbours aren’t quite the perfect, happy family that you thought they were. I love a dysfunctional family and here we meet one who don’t seem to realise just how lucky they are! Yes, Liv and Adam make mistakes and will have you shouting “For Gods sake COMMUNICATE!!” at them but ultimately this heartbreaking and gripping book will play with your emotions as you follow them during one day that will change their lives forever.
An addictive read that will really make you think long after you’ve read the final page.
Who’s the author?
B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown and Bring Me Back. Now approaching 1.5 million copies sold 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.