The Dilemma by B.A. Paris
Published June 30th 2020 by St. Martin’s Press
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Review: I have read a couple of books by B.A. Paris that I have enjoyed so I was excited to get the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book. From the very beginning you can tell that the majority of the book was going to take place within the course of about 24 hours. I don’t generally do well with plots like that. There never feels like enough time to fully grasp what is happening. That was not the case with this book though. The chapters bounce back and forth between Adam and Livia’s perspectives at different times throughout the day of Livia’s big 40th birthday party. At first you can tell that something is going on that Livia doesn’t want to tell Adam about but is psyching herself up to do it after her party. I started to have a theory and then that was blown, and then another theory which was again blown, etc. Each time I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was proven wrong. I loved that about this book. I was always kept guessing. When I found out what was actually going on, I was shook. Both Adam and Livia are struggling to tell one another about something involving their daughter, Marnie. Each one is very serious, one more so than the other. I felt so hard for Adam and what he had to keep to himself all day to give Livia just one more day of pure happiness before their lives as they knew it were over.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. It could be a little long at times with the back and forth but it still kept my interest and kept me guessing until everything was revealed.
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.