I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Too Good to be True by Carola Lovering
Published by St. Martin's Press on March 2, 2021
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
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ONE LOVE STORY. TWO MARRIAGES. THREE VERSIONS OF THE TRUTH.
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.
Skye Starling has finally found the man of her dreams, someone who accepts and loves her despite her crippling OCD. Burke Michaels is older and at forty six years old, nothing like the immature men she used to date who quickly left because of her quirks. But is Burke all he claims to be when he asks Skye to marry him? Burke is hiding secrets and not little ones either. Burke is already married with kids and Skye is his big ticket to freedom. But, sometimes the truth is not that simple and Skye is about to find out that nothing is as it seems. Will the truth finally set her free?
Too Good to be True is one giant soap opera and much like daytime TV, this story is also filled with lust, greed and envy. It kinda makes me miss not watching daytime soaps any longer! This story would give Days of Our Lives a run for its money!
This story is told through Multiple POV’s and dual timelines. The story is set in the present told through both Skye and Burke and also thirty years prior with Heather, a young teenage girl. Little by little we see glimpses into each of their lives while pieces of the puzzle are slowly revealed. But who is telling the truth and who is lying is the big question throughout most of this story. Believe me when I say once the reveals start emerging, it is quite shocking! I never really figured out most of the story as there are plenty of twists and red herrings throwing you off the scent. Carola Lovering has really outdone herself with Too Good to be True and has definitely kept up the tense momentum throughout the entire story forcing you to keep flipping through the pages at record speed while trying to get down to the bottom of it all. Oh the drama is real!
Lovering really did a phenomenal job with her characterization of Skye, Burke and Heather. They were all three dimensional characters and while you may like them all at different parts of the story, there will be times when you might think one or two of them may be a little crazy. Although, I do admit really liking Skye and how she tries to live her life despite having a crippling OCD which is really brought to the forefront in many scenes and in one heartbreaking scene later in the story.
As far as the romance aspect of this story, I am kind of on the fence about it especially with the ending, but it is in a way original and nothing I have ever read happening in any other books especially not in the thriller genre. I can see why and how it happened, but I am not sure it worked for me. I know this is kind of cryptic, but once you read this story you will realize why.
If you love an edge of your seat, twisty and drama filled story with just a sprinkle of crazy then you will definitely want to read Too Good to be True.