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The Dilemma by B.A. Paris

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Book Summary

Knowing the truth will destroy her. Keeping it secret will destroy him.

It’s Livia’s 40th birthday, and her husband Adam is throwing her the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding they never had. Everyone she loves will be there, except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad. But Livia is secretly glad Marnie won’t be there.

Livia has recently uncovered a secret about their daughter which, if revealed, will shake the foundation of their family to its core. She needs to tell Adam, but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.

Adam, meanwhile, has his own surprise for Livia: he’s arranged for Marnie to secretly fly back for the party. But before Marnie arrives, Adam hears some terrible news. Now he too is faced with a dilemma: Does he share what he’s learned with his wife? Is hiding the truth the same as telling a lie? And how far are Adam and Livia willing to go to protect the ones they love―and give each other a last few hours of happiness?


Condition: New

Hardcover, Published June 30, 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

ISBN: 1250151368

3 reviews for The Dilemma by B.A. Paris

  1. Chandra

    I think when people see B.A. Paris, they automatically assume thriller. Readers beware, this is NOT that. This is domestic suspense. So adjust your expectations and then enjoy this very deep dive into the human psyche and how we deal with a potential shock to the system and how that shock may resonate with everyone else around us.

    What I loved about this read is Paris’s writing style. As usual, it’s compelling and easy to binge. This particular read is extremely somber so it can seem a bit too much at times and seem to drag in places. However, take into account the actual time span that is happening within the storyline and adjust that to just how fast or slow this time might feel towards the Adam and Livia and what they’re going through during these hours.

    There are some definitely frustrating moments within this read. You’ll want to throttle some of the characters for what they’re doing…. and what they’re NOT doing. OMG, COMMUNICATE PEOPLE! There were times where I was like JUST TELL HER/HIM/THEM. Call. Find out. What the hell are you doing?! But you just never know how you would react in any life altering situations until you’re actually put in them, right? There was just a couple things I couldn’t quite wrap my head around that keeps me from absolutely loving this read. I will say that I did tear up at quite a few scenes and my heart was feeling it.

    I just want to go hug my parents now.
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  2. KC

    To pat myself on the back, I did research on this one before reading it. And I read an interview with Ms Paris, discussing how this was a different book then her previous ones. Unfortunately a lot of people, were expecting a thriller, so this one suffered a lot of bad reviews, because it was more litteral fiction. If you want to read this one, please note this isn’t a thriller.

    With that said, BA Paris is an auto buy author for me. She could write a book on watching paint dry and I would be first in line. I will always have a special place in my heart for her, as Behind Closed Doors (5/5) is the book I credit my love of reading to. I will forever be grateful. This is the fourth book by BA Paris, I’ve read all of them with The Breakdown (4/5) and Bring Me Back (5/5). This story focuses on a couple and secrets that they keep to protect each other. The story goes back and forth quickly between the husband and wife and their perspectives. The book questions how far would you go to give someone you know a last few hours of happiness? I found this book to be a slow burn, there wasn’t a whole lot of action, but there was enough going on to keep my attention and to keep the pages turning. I read this one pretty quick, because I couldn’t wait to see how the story would unfold. I would categorize this as a family drama and not a thriller like her previous books. She is a phenomenal writer and really tells a story like no one else. I would recommend this to BA Paris fans, those who enjoy family dramas, and anyone who enjoys a good page turner centering on relationships.

  3. Olivia F.

    It’s so tough for me to give a B.A. Paris book anything less than a 5 star. 😭 I love this author’s books—especially Behind Closed Doors. That was one of my favorites of hers! 😍 This book wasn’t bad, it just didn’t give me that “wow” factor I’m used to getting with this author. I actually liked this one, but it’s so different from her other books, and I wouldn’t classify this book as a thriller. There was a significant amount of tension and drama, and some sad parts too—which I did not expect. I think I went into this hoping for more of a domestic thriller vibe, and it just kind of missed the mark for me. However, if you’re a fan of this author, I think it’s still worth the read. Even though I didn’t love this book, this author is an auto-buy for me, and I will for sure be reading all her next books! 😍📖💖

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