Release date: December 1, 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Till death do us part
When they fell in love back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke joked that they were so brilliant, together they could plan the perfect murder. After fifteen rocky years of marriage, they had better hope they’re right.
Their young son Jacob’s principal is accused of molesting a troubled student. It’s a horrifying situation—and the poison spreads rapidly. One night before bed, Jacob tells Natalie he is a victim, too. In that moment, her concept of justice changes forever. Natalie decides the predator must die.
To shelter Jacob from the trauma of a trial, Natalie concocts an elaborate murder plot and Will becomes her unwilling partner. The Clarkes are about to find out what happens when your life partner becomes your accomplice—and your alibi.
I love the moral questions the premise alone brings up, could you kill someone if they hurt your child? I know my husband and I have had several conversations about this very subject and we both agree it could be tempting. That makes us sound no better than Nat and Will haha, but honestly the thought alone of someone molesting one of my kids makes my blood boil and I’m just saying that I can see why one would contemplate it.
Much like her previous book this is a lighter thriller, almost like Chick Lit with a dark edge. There is nothing super graphic or gory here, it really examines behavior instead and follows this couple as they grapple with really tough questions and choices. I’m not sure I can really say that I liked either Nat or Will but I did empathize with them and could even mostly understand why they made the choices that they did. They seemed realistic and genuine, just an average couple put in extraordinary situations doing the best they can for their son. While they seemed fairly realistic I do want to say that parts of this were pretty implausible, so fair warning.
I completely binge read this one and would once again recommend for a weekend or a vacation read. The pacing was incredibly fast and I finished in just a few hours as I just had to know what would happen to this family. Awesome domestic suspense that I can recommend for anyone looking for a lighter style read that still delves into the dark side of humanity.
For Better and Worse in three words: Binge-worthy, Addictive and Quick.
Overall rating: 4/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.