If you’re looking for a twisty, page-turning thriller, add Too Good to Be True to your list. A March 2021 Book of the Month pick, Carola Lovering’s intense rollercoaster of a novel alternates between three completely disparate points of view— including a time shift that provides some of the most compelling pieces of the plot. Through these three main characters, the narrative unfurls and weaves its way through a backdrop of pain, regrets, and betrayal that runs deeper than any of these fated characters realize.
My heart ached for each of the main characters, who, despite their various imperfections, suffered the continued and relentless fallout of past mistakes. And many of those mistakes were not their own.
As the story progressed and more details emerged, my loyalties switched from one character to the next (and sometimes back again). Between Skye’s ongoing internal struggle, Burke’s surprisingly complex characterization, and Heather’s heartbreaking (and ever-maddening) backstory, I came away from this novel feeling emotionally drained.
There’s more than one twist in this tome, and it’ll have you go from feeling sorry for one character only to later despise them— with a passion. From a bird’s eye view, the storyline is not unlike what you’d see across three whole seasons of a sensationally salacious telenovela— but delivered with far less dramatics.
With Lovering’s vibrant, expressive writing and keenly crafted narratives, Too Good to Be True is a saucy, skin-crawling psychological thriller worthy of your next weekend book binge.
And as it turns out, even the narrator isn’t always who you think it is.