Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Release Day! Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering ~ My Thoughts #TooGoodToBeTrue

Congrats Carola
on the release today of
Too Good to Be True!

Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering
Domestic thriller, 343 pages
Published March 2, 2021 by St. Martin's Press


Skye Starling is overjoyed when her boyfriend, Burke Michaels, proposes after a whirlwind courtship. Though Skye seems to have the world at her fingertips―she’s smart, beautiful, and from a well-off family―she’s also battled crippling OCD ever since her mother’s death when she was eleven, and her romantic relationships have suffered as a result.

But now Burke―handsome, older, and more emotionally mature than any man she’s met before―says he wants her. Forever. Except, Burke isn’t who he claims to be. And interspersed letters to his therapist reveal the truth: he’s happily married, and using Skye for his own, deceptive ends.

In a third perspective, set thirty years earlier, a scrappy seventeen-year-old named Heather is determined to end things with Burke, a local bad boy, and make a better life for herself in New York City. But can her adolescent love stay firmly in her past―or will he find his way into her future?

On a collision course she doesn’t see coming, Skye throws herself into wedding planning, as Burke’s scheme grows ever more twisted. But of course, even the best laid plans can go astray. And just when you think you know where this story is going, you’ll discover that there’s more than one way to spin the truth.

My thoughts about Too Good to Be True ~~ 

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"Something is going on with Burke this morning. I can tell because he asks me three times how I want my eggs."

Wow! What did I just read? There are so many twists, turns, and connections that I was not expecting. And how can people be so evil? 

This is a story spanning many years, told from the perspectives of the three main charactersHeather, Burke, and Skye. While multiple perspectives and timelines can sometimes be confusing, this time they were not. The timelines and characters flowed very easily for me. And then the 'aha' moment when I figured out how their lives were all connected. Mind blown! 

Carola Lovering is a new-to-me author but I am excited by what I read and will definitely be watching for her next book. Too Good to Be True is an exciting, page-turner that you will want to devour! 

I received an ARC of Too Good to Be True from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

About the author

Carola Lovering is the author of Tell Me Lies (out now from Atria Books) and Too Good to Be True (forthcoming from St. Martin's Press, early 2021). She attended Colorado College, and her writing has appeared in W Magazine, National Geographic, Outside, and Yoga Journal, among other publications. She lives in Connecticut.

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