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Knowing the truth will destroy her. Keeping it secret will destroy him.
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?
One day that will change a family forever, The Dilemma is the breathtaking, heartbreaking new novel from the million-copy-selling Sunday Times best seller BA Paris.
"An addictive new voice in suspense fiction." (Sophie Hannah)
"A departure from B A Paris’s previous psycho-thrillers, this emotional story is gripping." (The Daily Mail)
"A dark family drama...builds a palpable wall of tension that leaves you desperate to find out what happens next." (The Sunday Mirror)
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- Inés Kucharz
Too many dilemmas
The plot of this story is chasing two hares at the same time, and these two plots are not necessarily complementary. At the start, the reader feels drawn in, wondering what the upcoming disasters (which are only hinted at) might be about. To my mind, disaster (and dilemma) number one about the daughter´s affair would have been enough to carry the story forward. The added second dilemma of the husband´s is superfluous and deprives the reader of the more interesting (potential) development. The end (sugar-coated, happy families) is probably the only possible end as the author has written herself into a corner. Some other details in the story are unconvincing as well (the reconciliation between father and son, only one short conversation after 23 years of misunderstanding, the wife´s planning a party for 20 years etc.). The final note from the daughter (out of the grave) is the last straw. I´m not in a dilemma about this book: I cannot recommend it.
Predictable, but engaging
Listened through it in one go. Even though there are no big surprises in the story, I couldn't stop listening, wanting to know how the characters would react, what decisions would be taken. I really felt for Adam and Livia.