Too Good To Be True is supposed to be a thriller, but I would have categorized this novel as a soap opera. Its theme is of revenge and deception on a sociopath level. The story is told from three different points of view-Heather, the wife with deep rooted revenge; Burke, the handsome husband with a plan; Skye, the young and rich beauty with OCD.

I don’t want to review this book too much as to give away the ending but can easily give you the gist of it. Heather and Burke have been together since high school. They shared a dream of getting out of their broken families and broken town. Tragedy strikes Heather and the roots of anger and revenge take hold. Heather and Burke build a life and a family together by going out on their own in New York City and by always sticking together. Burke ends up losing his high paying job in finance and they struggle to make ends meet. That is when they hatch a plan to get enough money to make them comfortable for life. This is where Skye enters the story. Burke meets a gorgeous and younger girl on a trip to Montauk. He gets to know her and her tragic, complicated story. He starts to spend more time in her apartment than at home with his family. Does Heather know where he really is? Will Skye find out about Heather? Is Burke really going to get away with this?

At no point in this novel did I feel that it was a thriller in any respect-psychological, mystery, criminal, action. The story is more of a love story or a lesson in deception. The soap opera-ish characters and plot made me roll my eyes at times and I did not look forward to any chapters narrated by Skye, but the story is well-written and believable right up until the ending. It is a fast read and would be a good one to read by the pool this summer. In the end, all three characters got mostly what they wanted-a beautiful house with money, acceptance for who they are, reinvented self-without any consequence. I suppose the reader should not look to this book for any kind of lesson in morality, but you could take from it that it is possible for deception to pay off without severe consequences.

Leave a Reply