Overall Rating: Liked it!
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On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.
Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage?
General: If I had to rate For Better and Worse as a psychological thriller, as it’s described to be, I’d give it 3.5 stars; as a general thriller, I’d give it a 4. The prose was exciting and gripping but it didn’t have my mind running in circles the way I would expect from a psychological thriller.
Plot / Pacing: You won’t be disappointed with the pace of this novel. The action starts in chapter one and uncovers itself more and more as the story progresses and the plot is nothing short of thought-provoking. The vigilante theme will have you questioning your own morals, wondering – would I do the same? After all, “Some people just need killing”
The Characters: The characters in the novel were well thought out and the relationships, intense. Their complexities are front and center in the story’s plot humanizing their every decision and making the story feel even more real.
Why not 5 stars?: Though the story is, without a doubt, a page turner, it wasn’t one that stayed with with me after I put it down. Given the book’s topic I think it will be this for a lot of people but it just missed the mark for me.
Should you read it?: If you’re a fan of face paced-quick read thrillers, then YES! But be mindful the focus of the story is based in sexual assault that may be triggering for some.