too good to be true

Hi friends! This was my book selection for my March Book of the Month Box. It’s one of my favorite book subscription boxes because I get one book a month for the subscription price, but I can add up to two other books if any others strike my fancy. I’m not a Book of the Month affiliate or partner (I wish!), but you can sign up using my referral link here, if you’re interested.

Synopsis & Quick Thoughts

Too Good to Be True is the second novel from Carola Lovering. In it, we follow Skye Starling, a woman with crippling OCD following her mother’s death when Skye was eleven. Skye is thrilled when her new boyfriend, Burke, proposes to her after a whirlwind romance. However, she soon learns that there’s more to Burke than meets the eye when she discovers letters to his therapist: Burke is happily married, and just using Skye for his own means. As Skye learns more about the situation, she finds that things are not quite what they seem.

This book was a lot of fun. Admittedly this is one of the more forgettable books that I’ve read recently. I did enjoy it, but felt like this was a pretty standard domestic thriller. While I enjoyed the alternate perspectives and the plot, I found it to be pretty predictable, which isn’t something I love in a thriller.

Positives

The positive aspect of this book was that it was broadly enjoyable. It was a super fast, fun read and I had a good time. The plot was captivating, the pace was fast, and the twists, although predictable, were exciting.

This novel was exactly the type of novel I wanted to read when I read it and it provided a good respite from the heavier and denser novels I was reading at the time. A common issue I find with domestic thrillers is that they follow the same structure which can become boring and repetitive quickly. This novel doesn’t follow that structure and I found that departure to be refreshing and enjoyable.

Negatives

This book is just forgettable. I had to reread the synopsis and some reviews before I could remember some of the details of this book and I only read it a couple months ago (and haven’t had trouble remembering any of my other reads). Although the way in which this plot was unfolded to the reader was unique, the concept was very typical for a domestic thriller and didn’t really stick in my mind after finishing the novel.

I also found the twists to be pretty predictable and slightly convoluted. I don’t mind predictable twists when that isn’t the crux of the plot, but with thrillers like these, the success of the book often relies on the execution of the twist(s). I guessed these twists pretty early on and while I still had a good reading experience, the reveals didn’t have the desired effect on me.

Rating & Final Thoughts

I’m going to give Too Good to Be True 3.5 out of 5 stars. The book was absolutely 100% just fine. It’s a great poolside or airplane read or an in-betweener if you’re taking a break from a series. I had fun reading and really enjoyed myself. Just don’t expect this to be a book that stuns you or sticks with you long after it’s back on your shelf.

Buy Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering here.*

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