The Dilemma

The Dilemma

Large Print - 2020
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"It's Livia's fortieth birthday, and her husband, Adam, is throwing her the party of a lifetime. Everyone she loves will be there, except her daughter, Marnie, who's studying abroad. But Livia is secretly glad that Marnie won't be there, because Livia has recently uncovered a stunning secret about her daughter. And while she's waiting until the party is over to tell Adam, he has his own surprise. Adam has arranged for Marnie to fly back for the party. When he hears some terrible news, Adam, too, is faced with a dilemma: Does he share what he's learned with his wife? How far are Adam and Livia willing to go to protect the loved ones, and give each other a few hours of happiness?"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2020.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781432879709
1432879707
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT PARIS B
Characteristics: 503 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
large print (16 point)

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ArapahoeJohanna Jan 07, 2021

Having read a couple of B.A. Paris's novels, I was expecting something closer to a standard domestic thriller. A lot of the themes were there- lies, secrets, hidden pasts, and the slow realization that a loved one isn't who you thought they were. I suspect the original plan for this book was more aligned with the genre standards, but somewhere along the line, Paris chose to focus on a different angle. The result is something wholly unusual, fascinating, and emotionally devastating.

I don't want to give too much away. The slow unravelling of my expectations was a big part of the experience for me, and I would recommend going in relatively blind if you can. This isn't a light read in the way that thrillers often are, but it is highly suspenseful and difficult to put down. I find BA Paris to be a pretty uneven author, but The Dilemma is an impressive book that I'm not going to forget about any time soon.

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curd5223
Dec 17, 2020

I enjoyed this book. Her book, "Behind Closed Doors" was the best though. This one kept me guessing.

JCLAmandaAW Dec 16, 2020

The book largely takes place in the span of a day. The point of view switches back from the husband and wife. Both spouses are keeping a secret from the other one, but they don't want to ruin a party for each other so they keep them to themselves. Meaning 95% of this book is switching back and forth to the thought processes of each character. Maybe fun at first. Then highly annoying.

Each section plays out like this: Husband: Keeping this secret is so hard. I need to tell my wife. I'm going to tell my wife. But she looks so happy/this is the last time she'll be happy/this is what she'll think/etc. I can't tell my wife. Switch to the wife, same internal dialogue. Rinse. Repeat. x100.

I enjoyed the first couple of books by this author but I don't think I'll read her material anymore. These books make me incredibly frustrated by my own relentless curiosity. I can't put it down because I want to know how it ends, even though the book is incredibly exasperating more than suspenseful. So much could be resolved with conversations between the characters but that would be a much shorter book.

2 stars was generous and only because I actually made it through to the end of the book without throwing it across the room (see Nicholas Sparks).

JCLJenV Nov 05, 2020

Carve out some time to read this book, because once you start, you won't want to stop. This thriller keeps you engaged with each page you rapidly turn...

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Dee_BPL
Oct 28, 2020

Listened to this audiobook so it was extra dramatic!! So good! Behind Closed Doors was my favorite book by BA Paris and this was a close 2nd!!

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Teejaygirl1
Oct 28, 2020

A good suspense story from varying points of view over the course of a long, long day, but also dipping back into the past. It was really hard to put down and is one of the first books I yelled at, as if I were watching a suspense movie.

ArapahoeKati Oct 22, 2020

I enjoyed that B.A. Paris departed from the thriller genre to write something a little different, and the secret being kept felt so real and devastating that I couldn't put this down.

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maipenrai
Oct 15, 2020

Although this is not a mystery suspense story, B. A. Parris keeps you in desperation to find out the fate of one of the characters. It is also shows that even when a family loves each other, lies are always dangerous. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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maipenrai
Oct 15, 2020

Although this is not a mystery suspense story, B. A. Parris keeps you in desperation to find out the fate of one of the characters. It is also shows that even when a family loves each other, lies are always dangerous. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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