Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering

Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering

Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering is a revenge story that has a dynamic cast of characters. The thriller does have some twists that are easy to predict, but overall the writing and the concept is interesting. It is an engaging book that draws you in and makes you think about how well you really know the people in your life.

Too Good to Be True by Carola LoveringTitle: Too Good to Be True
Author: Carola Lovering
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genres: Adult Fiction, Mystery
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Rating: three-half-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):


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.

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Review: Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering

This story is told from three perspectives and there are some intriguing characters in the book. At first, it is hard to figure out which ones to trust. None of them are particularly relatable, but the change in point of view helps the reader to stay interested.

❀ A story of revenge and manipulation

There are lots of themes in the novel that make a great thriller, including manipulation and revenge. It is definitely a book that will keep you guessing for the first part of the story. However, as things start rolling, it is obvious where the plot is going.

❀ Twisty, but predictable

Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering is a thriller that is twisty, but a bit too predictable. The characters and the story are interesting and it is an enjoyable read. This is one thriller that will likely be entertaining for many.

About Carola Lovering

Carola Lovering

Carola Lovering is the author of TELL ME LIES (Atria Books) and TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE (St. Martin's Press). She attended Colorado College, and her writing has appeared in W Magazine, National Geographic, Outside, and Yoga Journal, among other publications. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and son.


About Lori

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9 thoughts on “Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering

  1. megan allen says:

    I absolutely love three points of view! I think it makes for a more intriguing story. Sometimes you love a certain character and your wondering what they are thinking!! Definitely checking this out!

  2. Angela says:

    Just from the blurb, it seems like it might be hard to tell where the story is going to go, so it’s a bit of a bummer that it gets very predictable! But, it still sounds like it was a pretty good read!

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