A great second book for Vanessa Lillie! I really enjoy stories that bring the past to the surface while finding the truth in the present. FOR THE BEST was a fast paced thriller with excellent twists for both the past and the present, making it hard to put down, especially in the last third of the story. The main character, Juliet, is accused of murdering a well-known community member, but she doesn’t remember anything because she was blackout drunk. In order to save herself and her family, she’s motivated to expose the truth, yet she still relies on alcohol to get her through her accusations from others, even those closest to her. The woven multi-media scripts and video transcripts truly emphasized a distinct narrative style that works well for this story. The ending truly surprised me and the journey to get there was very satisfying.
If you’re a fan of unlikeable and unreliable characters, a drive to discover the truth, and unexpected twists, you will enjoy this story!
Title: FOR THE BEST
Author: Vanessa Lillie
Rating: 4 | 5 stars
Available Sept. 8, 2020 from Thomas & Mercer. Preorder today!
About the story:
Suspected of a murder she can’t remember, a troubled woman takes an unusual approach to proving her innocence in this gripping thriller from the bestselling author of Little Voices.
When Jules Worthington-Smith’s wallet is found next to a dead man, she becomes the prime suspect in his murder. After struggling for years to build the perfect family and career, she’s dangerously close to losing everything. Sure of her innocence, Jules is desperate to clear her name. But there’s one big problem: she was blackout drunk when the murder took place and can’t remember what happened. Unsatisfied with the police’s handling of the case, Jules embarks on her own gin-fueled murder investigation. As she uncovers fresh clues, she starts a true-crime vlog that becomes a viral sensation, pushing her into the public eye. It’s not long before the ordeal forces Jules to confront her demons, including her turbulent childhood and excessive drinking. The deeper Jules digs, the more dirt she uncovers about the murder and herself. Unexpected truths pile up until she’s buried so deep even finding the killer might not be enough to set her free.
Thank you to NetGalley, Vanessa Lillie, and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.