by: Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan
Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. Her picture-perfect life—living in Boston, married to a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, raising a beautiful son, Asher—was upended when her husband revealed a darker side. She never imagined she would end up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown, living in the house she grew up in, and taking over her father’s beekeeping business.
Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom relocate to Adams, New Hampshire, for her final year of high school, they both hope it will be a fresh start.
And for just a short while, these new beginnings are exactly what Olivia and Lily need. Their paths cross when Asher falls for the new girl in school, and Lily can’t help but fall for him, too. With Ash, she feels happy for the first time. Yet at times, she wonders if she can she trust him completely . . .
Then one day, Olivia receives a phone call: Lily is dead, and Asher is being questioned by the police. Olivia is adamant that her son is innocent. But she would be lying if she didn’t acknowledge the flashes of his father’s temper in him, and as the case against him unfolds, she realizes he’s hidden more than he’s shared with her.
Mad Honey is a riveting novel of suspense, an unforgettable love story, and a moving and powerful exploration of the secrets we keep and the risks we take in order to become ourselves.
Helen says: 🤓🤓🤓3/4
Not at all what I was expecting…At first, I thought this was a typical Jodi Picoult book where a moral dilemma is laid out for the reader to dissect. There was huge plot twist halfway through. I am not an observant reader. Holly pointed out a glaringly obvious clue that should have alerted me to it. I will let you figure it out! In all, this was highly implausible, but a page turner for sure. I liked it!
This book is very interesting and will definitely keep you entertained. I found the characters annoying, so I struggled with that, they were all “overly” something, I’m just not sure “overly” what, just too much; however, I suppose they were all justifiably annoying, as each of them carried a lot of baggage. Thought provoking and definitely worth reading.