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  • Couldn't put it down!

    When you know a secret; do you keep it to yourself for a time,, or do you reveal it immediately? This is the dilemma faced by Adam and Olivia Harman. Does anyone else know? Tension filled situations kept me reading until I finished this book! B A Paris has created her fourth novel and it is a physiological thriller equal to her other suspense filled books. I volunteered to read an ARC from St. Martins Press through Net Galley

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  • Secrets and Decisions have major consequences.

    Most of The Dilemma by B.A. Paris is told in about a 24 hour time span, alternating between Livia’s and Adam’s point of view and including flashbacks to give more context. They are both keeping a secret hoping to keep the other from experiencing the complete ruin they know is to come. One is keeping it in order to give their spouse a few last hours of happiness, the other to realize a dream they’ve had for years. Some people may side with both of them and their decisions. While I think both of them should have said something right away, I’m completely siding with Adam. If you’ve read the book, I would love to hear if you thought either of them were doing the right thing. Paris kept the suspense up and the exposing of new secrets like a pro. There was a bit in the middle with Adam and his thought process that I found very repetitive and wished more of it had been cut out during editing, mainly to keep the story flowing even faster. When I did finally find out the outcome, it wasn’t a surprise, but it was still moving. I was hoping it would go a different way and was looking forward to seeing if Paris could throw in another big twist. A very interesting look at family and friend drama and the secrets people keep while trying to protect themselves even when they are saying they are completely doing it for someone else.

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  • The Dilemma

    The Dilemma is the latest story by B. A. Paris. I found myself thinking about this story while I wasn't reading it. Then there came a point where it was impossible to put down. Stayed up reading into the wee hours last night! Ms Paris gives us the story from two voices, husband and wife, and we get to see into each of their thoughts. I want to thank Net Galley and St. Martin's Press for an early copy to review.

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  • Great Book

    The Dilemma by B.A. Paris is a family drama. First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher St. Martin’s Press, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions) Livia is celebrating her 40th birthday by throwing a party that she has planned for over 20 years. This is going to compensate for her lack of a real wedding. Everyone will be there, everyone except her daughter Marnie, who is studying in Hong Kong.  However, Livia is actually glad her daughter cannot attend, although she can't admit that to anyone.  It would lead to questions that she doesn't want to answer. Adam, Livia's husband is a little nervous about this big party, but feels Livia really deserves it.   On the day of the party, Adam finds out something that horrifies him.  He knows he should tell his wife, but he just can't.   He has to let her have this one good day, even if it costs him his marriage. My Opinions: This book is about lies, secrets, guilt, and selfishness. It is also about friendship, and family and love.  The story is told through the eyes of both Livia and Adam, and it is really about their relationship.  We often saw the same scene from both of their perspectives, and while that could have lead to a repetitive narrative, it actually made the story more interesting, more real. I found the characters believable, even if I didn't always like them.  The plot was really compelling, and had me turning the pages without fail.  I was surprised to find that I didn't want to put it down. It was a very emotional read, and although I knew where this was headed, I also hoped I was wrong.  It was actually a very sad sorry, and it really made me think.  People often refrain from sharing information on the premise that it is to protect the other person...but is it always the best decision? Overall, I loved this book, and definitely recommend it.

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  • Plenty of drama!

    This is not a thriller but more of a family drama. Livia is turning 40 and has saved for years for a birthday party because she never had a wedding. Her parents disowned her when she got pregnant and married Adam so they have never been involved in her life. Adam did not seem to be a very good husband or father for the early years of their marriages. Livia discovers a secret involving their daughter Marnie and she knows she should tell Adam but is holding off until after the party. Marnie is supposed to come home for the birthday party as a surprise to her mother but there is a plane crash and Adam does not know if Marnie was on it or not. Adam does not want to mention it to Livia because he does not want to spoil her party. I enjoyed the book until about the two-thirds mark and then reading it became tedious. Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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