The Dilemma is about a family of four and their relationships, the indecision they face to save a few moments of happiness before an unpleasant revelation. Livia is eagerly looking forward to her 40th birthday party which she’s all set to celebrate with a bang. She covertly wishes that her daughter Marnie, who studies abroad doesn’t join this party for a reason she’s hiding from her husband, Adam. Meanwhile, Adam gets to know terrible news where he faces a dilemma to share with his family.
The successive switch between Livia’s and Adam’s points of view fabricated engrossment and gave enough space to understand both the characters. Even though I could anticipate what would come next, I was drawn into the narrative. Paris writing worked for me. I somehow knew where the story was heading but it has that compelling quick pace making one turn the pages in haste. I enjoyed the fast pace and the ambivalence that came with the circumstances. However, I felt that a few accounts were unnecessarily pulled, where it could have been cut short.
Overall, The Dilemma was an enjoyable and unputdownable read for me. I would recommend it for its genuine characters, fast-paced, and engaging narrative. I’m sure you won’t be able to put down this heartbreaking book on family drama.
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Title: The Dilemma
Author: B A Paris
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publishing Date: June 2020
My Rating: 3.5 stars