The Dilemma by B.A Paris Review

The DilemmaB.A. Paris | St. Martin's Press| Pub: June 30, 2020
I must start this review by saying that B.A. Paris is one of my favorite authors!!! However, this was my least favorite book of hers..

I had initially heard that this book would be quite different than a typical B.A. Paris book and the rumors were true.

It was still a very gripping read, however, it wasn’t your typical psychological thriller. I would categorize more as general fiction to be honest which I don’t particularly love.

The premise was more about a family keeping secrets from each other and how that unfolds.

I also had a hard time liking the characters and/or having sympathy for them. I just wanted to scream TELL THEM THE SECRETS AND LET’S MOVE ON. At 50% I really kind of had enough of the back and forth and just wanted to be done with the book.

There was still a small element of mystery, as we had to uncover what the numerous secrets were, and that’s why it’s a 4 star for me. Overall, if you like general fiction you will most likely love this book. If you are an avid fan of mystery and thrillers, you might not enjoy this one as much as the previous novels.

Thank you to St. Martin's Press for providing me with an ARC of this book. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions


It’s Livia’s fortieth birthday and tonight she’s having a party, a party she’s been planning for a long time. The only person missing will be her daughter, Marnie.

But Livia has a secret, a secret she’s been keeping from Adam, her husband, until the party is over. Because how can she tell him that although she loves Marnie, she’s glad their daughter won’t be there to celebrate with her?

Adam is determined everything will be just right for Livia and the party is going to be perfect… until he learns something that will leave him facing an unbearable decision.


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