I was lucky enough to receive a copy of, Best Intentions, Emily Listfield’s new novel, released May 5. I wasn’t familiar with Emily Listfield before receiving this book, but I have to say I’ll be checking out more of her novels after this one! I thought this book was really well done. As described by the publisher:
Best Intentions tells the story of four college friends whose reunion stirs old desires and grudges
with fatal results. In just twenty-four hours, everything Lisa Barkley had been certain
of—job, husband, best friend, “the intrinsic netting of my life”—is suddenly flimsy, insubstantial. Everything she had taken for granted “now seems up for grabs.”
I was hooked on this book from the first chapter. I’m not even sure why; I think it was the writing. I just felt very connected to the book right from the start. I love when that happens! I was interested in the main character’s life immediately and couldn’t wait to see what happened. The story is told in first person from Lisa Barkley’s views. Using this method, the author really let us see (and feel) the struggling of this character. I really enjoyed hearing Lisa’s thoughts and how she was perceiving events and actions around her. It really added to the story.
As a mother and wife, I could definitely relate to the main character. She struggles trying to be a good mom and wife, sometimes has doubts (although I have to say my doubts about my marriage have never reached the level hers have), worrying about money and fitting in with your children’s friend’s parents. Some of the most relatable parts of the book, for me, was Lisa’s interactions at her daughters’ school. Very well done!
There is a mystery component to this novel. However, I was more interested in the relationships. The mystery was fine. The author was successful in throwing out possible solutions and giving some twists. However, I didn’t think the mystery was the best part of the book. I didn’t find myself trying to figure it out. I was too busy thinking about the characters and how things would work out between them.
I truly recommend this book. If you really enjoy character books and also like mysteries, this one is definitely for you!
There is more to find out about this book at Who Killed Deidre?
And, now for the contest. I have a hardcover of this new novel to share. Just leave me a comment with your email to enter. If you link to the contest from your blog and let me know in the comments, I’ll add another entry. The contest is open until May 15. I’ll announce the winner on May 16. Good luck!!