There are usually two sides or versions of the truth. Sometimes there are three. Too Good to be True is an engaging story that leads you down a few dead ends before ending with the truth. Kind of like a funhouse room of mirrors or one of those pitch black Halloween mazes. I was able to make a few accurate guesses at the truth, but I read (and watch) A LOT of thrillers. Because I’m not a savage, I’m not going to give you spoilers about the ending. I’ll just say that I didn’t like the way it played out. Even so, I do believe this would make a great movie.
Title: Too Good to be True
Author: Carola Lovering
Rating: A Good Read (Until the Very End)
Page Count: 339
After several failed relationships – some ending very badly – Skye Starling believes she’s found the man of her dreams. Burke is such a catch! He’s handsome, a wealthy entrepreneur, and he loves Skye just as she is – OCD included. Their whirlwind romance escalates pretty quickly. In just a few months, they meet, get engaged, and have a destination wedding. The only thing left is to live happily ever after. But if that were the case, this wouldn’t be a thriller, right? Right.
From his journal entries, we learn that Burke is actually an unemployed MARRIED father of three who’s scamming Skye for a small-ish chunk of her inheritance. This Big Plan is a last ditch effort to save his marriage. He needs the money to pay off some debts, his one daughter’s tuition, and his other daughter’s dental bills. Once he gets the $2M he needs from Skye, they’ll get a divorce and she can go on living just as she had before his arrival. Then he and his “real” wife will escape to an island and live happily ever after. But, if that were the case, this wouldn’t be a thriller, right? Right.
Just when it seems like everything is going to plan, we learn that nothing is what it seems. Maybe Burke isn’t the biggest a-hole in the world; maybe he’s just a guy desperate to save his marriage, desperate for love. Maybe Heather (the real wife) is a crazy psycho pulling all of the strings. Maybe Skye is a little too forgiving. Lets just say that Burke, Heather, and Skye are all in for a healthy serving of lies and surprise.
A sad story of love, desperation, and lies. How far will you go to save your marriage? What happens when The Big plan goes awry? Get ready for a bit of a wild ride with some twists, turns, and false truths.
If you liked this book, you might enjoy: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.