The Dilemma, a review by Tanya

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The Dilemma
B.A. Paris
Narrator Beth Eyre, Peter Noble

9 hours
Published June 30, 2020 by St Martin’s Press, Macmillan Audio

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I love jumping into a book with absolutely no idea what the book is about, other than the genre. That also means that every once in awhile I come across a book that I really don’t like.

I had previously read Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris and thought it was just ok. I constantly hear people talking about how much they love this author. So I thought I’d give it another try. It didn’t go well.

The story centers around a woman, Livia, who has been planning her 40th birthday party since she missed out on having a big wedding when she was very young due to an unexpected pregnancy and parents who shun her and the father. <Cry me a river> She can’t wait to be celebrated and be the center of attention. What a disgusting character. I was physically nauseated every time she talked about her party and how long she has looked forward to making something all about her. Gross!

The other part of this story focuses on her husband, Adam, who is keeping a devastating secret from her. Something that will change all their lives forever. Without listing any spoilers, all I can say is ‘how dare he’! His actions are INSANE and I kept giving him the mental middle finger throughout this entire book!

The children, Marnie and Josh, are also a focus of this story. Marnie, an unlikable character, who becomes likable by default and poor Josh, probably the best character of them all, is practically sidelined the whole story and when his time to shine occurs, it’s only to tell how his father basically ignored him his whole life. Josh deserves a better family for sure.

Unlikable characters (except Josh), over the top selfishness and a story that was waaaayyyyy too long for the content (it really dragged along)! I am definitely not a fan of this book.

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