Author: Kimberly Belle
Publication Date: December 28, 2021
Publisher: Park Row
Obtained: Publisher Blog Hop
Genre: Domestic Suspense, Psychological Thriller
Bottom Line: Page-turner of a thriller/suspense
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Summary: Everyone is about to know what her husband isn’t telling her… Jade and Cam Lasky are by all accounts a happily married couple with two adorable kids, a spacious home and a rapidly growing restaurant business. But their world is tipped upside down when Jade is confronted by a masked home invader. As Cam scrambles to gather the ransom money, Jade starts to wonder if they’re as financially secure as their lifestyle suggests, and what other secrets her husband is keeping from her. Cam may be a good father, a celebrity chef and a darling husband, but there’s another side he’s kept hidden from Jade that has put their family in danger. Unbeknownst to Cam and Jade, the home invader has been watching them and is about to turn their family secrets into a public scandal. ~amazon.com
Review: Let's just make this clear from the get-go Cam Lasky isn't really a likable guy and while the story is a result of his actions, the tale is all Jade's. It's not to say that you are totally sure Jade is likable off the bat but she's the one being held hostage by a man in their house for choices/decisions her husband made.
Ms. Belle writes the story as a flashback between Cam's story and Jade's story as it unfolds. Cam's part is told as he is being interviewed after this has all unfolded. Very quickly you are swept up into the story and is starts out quickly and never really lets up.
You feel the fear of Jade and her kids as the man who is holding them captive starts to escalate his behavior. Jade is trying to keep her kids safe while also trying to figure out how to get out of this situation. Meanwhile, Cam is trying to get the money together for the ransom. Except you aren't really sure that he can.
Throughout the novel you realize that Cam's success is pretty much smoke and mirrors or that he took his fame a little too far and overextended himself and now his family is in harm's way. I really loved the twist at the end and then the last line.
The Marriage Lie will always be my favorite Kimberly Belle novel, but My Darling Husband is a close second.