Lila Bennett isn’t a good person. She’s a criminal defense attorney who spends way too much time at work, she helps bad guys avoid prison, she lies to herself and others, and she is betraying her husband and best friend in the worst possible way. A difficult character to root for? Maybe. And yet I still found myself drawn into this story, perhaps because of the unusual structure: like a suspense-filled Sliding Doors.
One evening, Lila makes a decision about whether to go out with her boss for a drink after work, or to go home to her husband. In alternating chapters, we see the outcome of each of those decisions. In one, she’s captured and held against her will by an unknown assailant, and in the other, she’s being stalked by someone who wants to ruin her life.
But in both, we slowly see Lila’s character changing and growing as she makes the decision to be better, more honest with herself and others. I was rooting for Lila to not only escape from danger but also to escape the bad choices of her past and move forward. It ended up being a fun, satisfying read!
Many thanks to Netgalley and Amazon publishing for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review. Released July 23!