Author: Carola Lovering
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Released: March 2nd, 2021
Received: Goodreads Giveaway
Warning: Mental health
I received a copy of Too Good to Be True in exchange for a fair and honest review.
What would you do, if you found yourself in a scenario that seemed too good to be true? That is the question Carola Lovering asked, when writing Too Good to Be True, a psychological thriller and mystery.
Sky Starling knows a good thing when she sees it. She has had her ups and downs in life, and thus she knows to appreciate having a boyfriend like Burke Michaels. He’s older, more sophisticated, and loves her for who she is.
Only, that is only part of the story. They say that every story has two sides, but in this case, there are actually three sides to the whirlwind romance that Sky has been wrapped up in, and two of those stories will break her heart.
“All I’m saying is that if he seems too good to be true, he probably is.”
First of all, can I just say that I love love love the tagline for Too Good to Be True? “ONE LOVE STORY. TWO MARRIAGES. THREE VERSIONS OF THE TRUTH.” Um, who could turn away from a book like that? Not I.
For the most part, Too Good to Be True is told through three different perspectives. The obvious one is Sky, but the other two are a bit more surprising. Okay, one of the others might be obvious as well, since you can probably guess that Burke gets a chance to talk.
I’m a huge fan of switching perspectives in thrillers – I think it does a great job of showing more of the story, while leaving things surprisingly up in the air. That applies here as well, though naturally there were some arcs I enjoyed more than others.
There were times where I really did want to reach out and shake Skye’s shoulders. Just a bit. I wanted to be able to tell her what was happening right in front of her, or remind her that mental health issues don’t make her less of a human being. I’m sure I’m not the only reader that had that urge, either.
One of the many things that did impress me with Too Good to Be True would absolutely have to be the sheer number of surprises within. When I picked this book up, I sort of expected a few obvious yet standard twists (no offense meant, of course). But I was wrong. I was so very, very wrong. This book packs much more of a punch than I expected, and with it, many more surprises. And I couldn’t be happier about that.