ONE LOVE STORY. TWO MARRIAGES. THREE VERSIONS OF THE TRUTH.
Too Good to Be True is an obsessive, addictive love story for fans of Lisa Jewell and The Wife Upstairs, from Carola Lovering, the beloved author of Tell Me Lies.
Skye Starling is overjoyed when her boyfriend, Burke Michaels, proposes after a whirlwind courtship. Though Skye seems to have the world at her fingertips—she’s smart, beautiful, and from a well-off family—she’s also battled crippling OCD ever since her mother’s death when she was eleven, and her romantic relationships have suffered as a result.
But now Burke—handsome, older, and more emotionally mature than any man she’s met before—says he wants her. Forever. Except, Burke isn’t who he claims to be. And interspersed letters to his therapist reveal the truth: he’s happily married, and using Skye for his own, deceptive ends.
In a third perspective, set thirty years earlier, a scrappy seventeen-year-old named Heather is determined to end things with Burke, a local bad boy, and make a better life for herself in New York City. But can her adolescent love stay firmly in her past—or will he find his way into her future?
On a collision course she doesn’t see coming, Skye throws herself into wedding planning, as Burke’s scheme grows ever more twisted. But of course, even the best laid plans can go astray. And just when you think you know where this story is going, you’ll discover that there’s more than one way to spin the truth.
Winsome, wealthy Manhattan book editor Skye Starling is confident she's finally found a man able to look past her occasionally paralyzing OCD, in this Machiavellian drama from Lovering (Tell Me Lies). Ignoring her friends' pleas to take things slower, Skye instead leaps into the arms of much older, somewhat mysterious financial consultant Burke Michaels. Skye's mistake becomes clear as the perspective switches from the besotted young woman to that of her beau, whose description in a diary entry of their first meeting on a Montauk beach reveals him to be married and broke. But that's just a glimpse of the head-spinningly devious plot permutations that emerge as the narration, frequently unreliable, ping-pongs between the couple and a crucial third character, who's initially introduced in chapters set three decades earlier as Burke's high school sweetheart. Though the true shape of the main con seems to become apparent about halfway through, a plethora of twists lies ahead. What Lovering doesn't have are remotely credible or, for the most part, sympathetic central characters. Still, psychological thriller fans will keep turning the pages to see what happens next.
This book is worth the read to a twisty suspense lover. Don’t do any research, don’t read too much about it. You don’t want to spoil anything. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.
I would’ve given it five stars, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending.
I literally could not put it down! Carola is a genius with characters, words, and storytelling.