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It’s Livia’s 40th birthday and tonight she’s having a party, a party she’s been…

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It’s Livia’s 40th 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 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.
This book didn’t have the usual excitement of a BA Paris book. It felt like more of an emotional story rather than a thriller. We know from pretty earlier on in the book what the secrets are that Livia and Adam are keeping from each other. There’s no real surprises in the book and no twists. I love guessing what’s going on in a book but this just didn’t have that. I think it’s the first book I’ve ever read that was set more or less over a 24 hour period, and I don’t think I’d be in a rush to read another. I think there was too much time spent on them not revealing their secrets, and it became tedious. With every chapter that passed I was getting bored and I just wanted them to tell each other. I was hoping the aftermath of them revealing their secrets would make the book more exciting, but we didn’t really see much of it. I definitely think more time could have been dedicated to what happened after the secrets were revealed. The story just didn’t match up to Paris’ earlier books, and I felt that something was missing. It was an alright book but I wouldn’t be rushing out to get it.

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