Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re well. Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the blog tour for B.A. Paris’ latest psychological thriller, ‘The Dilemma’! In this post, I’ll be giving you some information about the book, and sharing a mini-review of the book with you. I’ll also be posting a full review soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that. ‘The Dilemma’ will be released this Thursday (January 9th), so go out and get it if you can. Thanks so much to HQ for the opportunity! Keep reading…
It’s Livia’s 40th birthday and she’s having the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding she never had. Everyone she loves will be there except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad. But although Livia loves Marnie, she’s secretly glad she won’t be at the party. She needs to tell Adam something about their daughter but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.
Adam wants everything to be perfect for Livia so he’s secretly arranged for Marnie to come home and surprise her on her birthday. During the day, he hears some terrible news. He needs to tell Livia, because how can the party go on? But she’s so happy, so excited – and the guests are about to arrive.
The Dilemma – how far would you go to give someone you love a last few hours of happiness?
About the Author.
B.A. Paris is the author of three novels: ‘Behind Closed Doors’ (2016), ‘The Breakdown’ (2017) and ‘Bring Me Back’ (2018). Paris is from a Franco/Irish background and has lived in both France and England. She previously worked in an international bank, before re-training as a teacher and setting up a language school with her husband.
‘The Dilemma’ follows the characters of Livia and Adam, leading up to and during Livia’s 40th birthday party. Adam discovers some awful news that day, and battles between telling his wife the truth, or letting her enjoy a final few hours of happiness. Will the family ever be the same again?
I really loved the narrative structure. Each chapter switches between Livia and Adam’s first-person perspectives, giving the reader an in-depth insight to the characters’ thoughts, feeling and emotions. The narrative begins the day before Livia’s party at 8am, and ends the day after the party. As the book only spans a short period of time, the narrative is incredibly detailed and easy to follow, fully immersing the reader in the events.
The characters are all excellently-written. Adam and Livia are not the perfect couple, but they have a beautiful family whom they love dearly, and they will do anything to protect their children. Livia has always wanting a big 40th birthday party after not having a big wedding celebration – but is Adam willing to ruin her special day?
There is a great deal of suspense and mystery running throughout the novel. Adam discovers some life-changing news fairly early on in the book, and the reader follows his muddled thoughts and messy decision-making process. There is a fantastic sense of dramatic irony – we know Adam’s secret, but Livia does not. The book motors on to the end of the party, in which Adam must face his toughest challenge yet.
There’s a final dramatic scene in which the truth is finally revealed. This shocking revelation completely tears apart the family … will they ever be able to bounce back from this? I was hooked during the ending and simply couldn’t tear my eyes away. Everything is tied together brilliantly, and I was really satisfied with the ending.
This is an exceptional read, and I highly recommend all of you who enjoy psychological thrillers to get your hands on a copy of ‘The Dilemma’ – you won’t regret it! I absolutely adored this book, and couldn’t fault it if I tried.
Happy reading 🙂