Book Review, Netgalley

THE TWO LILA BENNETTS by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke (Out 7/23/19)

Release Date: July 23, 2019

Rating: 4.5 / 5

I saw THE TWO LILA BENNETTS by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke mentioned a few times on Bookstagram and was fascinated by the premise. I find myself drawn into stories where the narrative explores the consequences of a decision someone does or doesn’t make and that is definitely the case with this book. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity that I had to read and review the book prior to its publication date.

The novel begins with the title character bound and kept captive. Lila doesn’t know why she has been taken, but she knows that one doesn’t wind up held hostage like this without making some bad decisions.

The story is told in alternating chapters, each following a different path Lila could have taken. In one, a split second decision leads her to be taken, winding up bound on a cold floor trying to determine who has taken her and why. In the alternate chapters she avoids capture, but comes to realize that someone is after her with malicious intent. In both timelines she is realizing that her past decisions have come back to haunt her.

In the beginning Lila isn’t a character who one necessarily likes. While she is a very successful defense lawyer, she has not arrived at this without breaching some moral and ethical standards. Some of the novel’s suspense comes from the fact that she has many people who could be angry enough to be behind this crime. The authors do an excellent job of peppering in clues and suspicions for multiple characters.

In spite of Lila’s moral failings of the past, the authors do a great job of showing her development in both timelines. The fact that Lila is willing to change and grow is a redeeming factor. The supporting cast of characters around Lila are well developed, imperfect in their own ways and believable.

This book kept me hooked throughout, enough so that I finished it in a single afternoon/evening staying up well past when I should have been asleep with work the next day. I will definitely be looking to pick up more from these authors and I definitely recommend that you pick up a copy of THE TWO LILA BENNETTS.

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