Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Review: Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering

This review comes with a couple cautionary tidbits.  First off, I'm posting the book blurb after my review (for a change).  It just gives too much of the story away, so be forewarned its best to go into this book blind.  I get the need to mention parts of the plot but I prefer to discover things for myself.

Secondly I'm kinda going against popular opinion here.  But that being said I am conflicted with my rating.

This book started slow for me, I was advised to persevere, which I did. My issue was the number of times I had to suspend my belief and yes I even did a few eye rolls. But at almost the half way mark the tone switched, it turned more mysterious and had me genuinely curious about what was going on.

This book is told from 3 different POVs with some unreliable narratives that seriously was enough to leave me scratching my head.  This isn't what I would call a dark and twisty suspense mystery.  It was entertaining abed slow moving with a rather unsatisfying ending.  To Good to Be True released a few weeks ago.

My thanks to St. Martin's Press (via Netgalley) for a digital arc in exchange for an honest review.

Kindle Edition, 343 pages
Published March 2nd 2021
 by St. Martin's Press
3/5 stars


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. 

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