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For the Best by Vanessa Lillie

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Suspected of a murder she can’t remember, a troubled woman takes an unusual approach to proving her innocence in this gripping thriller from the bestselling author of Little Voices.

When Jules Worthington-Smith’s wallet is found next to a dead man, she becomes the prime suspect in his murder. After struggling for years to build the perfect family and career, she’s dangerously close to losing everything.

Sure of her innocence, Jules is desperate to clear her name. But there’s one big problem: she was blackout drunk when the murder took place and can’t remember what happened.

Unsatisfied with the police’s handling of the case, Jules embarks on her own gin-fueled murder investigation. As she uncovers fresh clues, she starts a true-crime vlog that becomes a viral sensation, pushing her into the public eye. It’s not long before the ordeal forces Jules to confront her demons, including her turbulent childhood and excessive drinking.

The deeper Jules digs, the more dirt she uncovers about the murder and herself. Unexpected truths pile up until she’s buried so deep even finding the killer might not be enough to set her free.

 

Condition: New

Paperback, Published September 8, 2020 by Thomas & Mercer

ISBN: 1542005876

 

4 reviews for For the Best by Vanessa Lillie

  1. Blondethrillerbooklover

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
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    Jules wakes up hungover after blacking out drunk the previous night. She can’t remember anything, she looks down and sees her legs are bleeding and dirty. Minutes later, the police are knocking on her door. They tell her that her wallet was found on a man that was murdered lastnight.
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    She gets fired from her job, she’s on the verge of going broke and the entire town has turned on her. She is the only suspect, the police don’t seem to be even looking at anyone else.
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    She decides her only hope is to save herself and she sets out on a mission to clear her name…..
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    This story is provocative, exploring complex topics such as childhood trauma and how it relates to us as adults, white privilege, flaws in our system and restorative justice.
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    I really liked this one. I definitely did NOT think it was going to go the way it did! I will be reading this author’s other book, Little Voices, soon.

  2. Gillian (verified owner)

    It’s been a while since a book has gripped me so much that I couldn’t stand to put it down for fear of not knowing what happened next, then along came For The Best and ruthlessly consumed every waking hour until I had read cover to cover.

    Protagonist Jules wakes hungover after being blackout drunk the night before in a scene reminiscent to anyone who has ever woken with a thumping head and the fear of what they said or did whilst under the influence. Most of us, though, don’t wake to a knock on the door from the police who have found our wallet discarded next to a body in an alleyway.

    Narrated by Jules throughout and interspersed with extracts from video transcripts, we accompany her on the journey to source the truth and clear her name through a persistently foggy cloud of gin and amnesia.

    Vanessa Lillie paves a winding path from beginning to end with twists and turns that you absolutely will not see coming, inviting the reader to witness Jules from every angle: mother, daughter, colleague, accused and, not least, the fighter who will do anything to clear her name. My theories were blown out of the water by the revelations which spilled forth and the societal relevance that made itself consistently but subtly known as the story progressed.

    I wish I could say more but in the interests of remaining spoiler free I instead urge you to trust me and pick up a copy of this as soon as you are able. I’m personally adding Vanessa’s previous novel, Little Voices, to my TBR immediately and can’t wait to see what she next has in store!

    As a Thriller Book Lover Reviewer, I receive a small compensation for the time it takes me to provide my honest reviews on the Thriller Book Lover website. Although I receive compensation for this role, my reviews are my 100% honest opinion. My ratings have not been influenced in any way by the compensation that I receive. The book review I have provided here is the same rating I would provide if I were to rate it on other book reviewing sites.

  3. KC

    I loved how @vanessalillie hooked me into the story from the first page and was able to maintain my interest throughout. And Oh my goodness the ending for this one was so emotional for me. This was a great suspense novel, and also my first by this author. I’ll definitely be looking to read more from her.

  4. Chandra

    Vanessa, how dare you play with my emotions!!!

    Oh my god you guys, gals and them! Remember when I complained about the continuous use of female lead characters having drunken amnesia as a plot point? Well I eat (or maybe actually drink) my words! Turns out – I don’t mind if it’s done right and Lillie has changed my mind. Or rather, maybe Jules did!

    What I absolutely loved about this book was the uniqueness in solving the murder of Terrance. As we all know, in this day and age just about everything plays out through a lens to the public. When Jules becomes the only suspect in the murder investigation, her name smeared on the news along with the loss of her job, she decides to take matters into her own hands and using her skills starts a vlog to start digging into clearing her name. As this escalates, so does her drinking…. and soon truths outside of this murder start to pop up and wouldn’t you know it, it would drive anyone to drink. 😉

    Around the 200 page mark I said to myself, “Self, what if it’s actually THIS?!” Ding. Light bulb! Turns out I was right about one part and honestly it made me so damn giddy. However, I certainly didn’t see another part coming and OMG, WTF?! (LOVE!) Lillie had me glued to these pages. My heart went out to Jules so much by the end of it all, even if she was a highly frustrating character at times.

    I did wish the light therapy was explained a bit more – I stupidly kept thinking it was “light” as in compared to hard therapy and couldn’t figure out why that was such a thing. Turns out, it’s therapy using lights. DOH! The book explains it a bit better than I am doing here. But outside of my stupidity here, this part did feel a bit glossed over and quickly thrown in.

    This will be an interesting one I think for thriller lovers. I love the uniqueness of it all and how it hits on some very important issues – child trauma, alcoholism, white privilege, complex relationships, etc. I think some readers will have a hard time with Jules as a character and how while this read is twisty, it’s also somber with quite a life lesson brought to the surface. Personally, I loved it a lot for these reasons and I liked that it wasn’t your typical thriller read.

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