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Too Good to Be True by Carola Lovering

Too Good to Be True

by Carola Lovering

Quick take

Unsettling and twisted, this creepy thriller will make you wonder which of its narrators is telling the truth.

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    Unreliable narrator

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Creepy


  • Illustrated icon, Icon_LoveTriangle

    Love triangle

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_GraphicViolence

    Graphic violence

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This book has scenes that depict sexual assault and childhood trauma.

Why I love it

Anna Pitoniak
Author, Necessary People

At the beginning of Too Good to Be True, when Skye’s older (much older!) boyfriend Burke proposes to her, it’s pretty clear he's hiding something from her. But Skye ignores the warning signs because she’s too swept up in the glitter and excitement—celebratory dinners with girlfriends, the diamond-and-sapphire ring on her finger—and, besides, she’s plain old relieved. Before she met Burke, she always had bad romantic luck. And with so many of her friends pairing off, Skye had begun to worry that she might be alone forever.

But maybe Skye shouldn’t be reaching for her happily-ever-after so quickly. When the story switches perspectives, we learn that Burke has been misleading her: he has a whole separate life, where he's married with kids. Why is he lying to Skye? What does he have planned? And when we meet Heather—the smart, ambitious young woman who, thirty years earlier, broke up with Burke in high school—we start to wonder how his past deceptions might be linked to those of the present.

I read this book fast, propelled forward by twist after twist. Skye, Burke, and Heather all have secrets to keep. They're all good at hiding things—and they all have reasons for hiding those things. Just when I thought I had a handle on one of them, a new surprise would shift my perspective. Too Good to Be True doesn't leave you with easy answers, but that's what makes it so much fun. Maybe you would never go as far as Burke goes, but then again ... maybe you would? Crack it open and decide for yourself!

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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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Get an early look from the first pages of Too Good to Be True.

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  • Oakley , CA

    I loved the escapism this book brought- it was a quick read even for amount of pages! I figured out the plot about 1/2 way through but it doesn’t detract from the page-turning “gotta finish” this now.

  • Valley Park, MO

    the secrets revealed throughout the book are so intricately written it’s incredible. just when you think you know what’s happening and who’s at fault, another layer is uncovered. flawlessly written.

  • Tucson, AZ

    About 40% of the way through, I was annoyed with where I thought the book was going. I was pleasantly surprised with the twist though. The characters weren’t overly obnoxious like I thought they’d be.

  • La Plume, PA

    This book was an absolute mine f**k but I loved it. It was a little slow at the beginning but the more I read I was like “wtf” & needed to know more. It was so interesting to see how everything worked

  • Albion , NY

    I don’t know how the author accomplished what she did with my emotions. I wound up routing for the characters I couldn’t stand, and despising the ones I initially liked. This book was truly enjoyable!

  • Canton, OH

    this is one of the greatest books i’ve read. i love how it switches between each character’s story line and kept me on my toes the entire time i read. definitely recommend this if you want a good read

  • Las Vegas, NV

    I liked the plot of this book and even though I figured out what was “really” going halfway through, I was so intrigued! I like that Heather’s story came full circle at the end, but not the others.

  • New York, NY

    I couldn’t put this book down! Loved going between the three different narrators - and all the twists that were introduced with part two. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a good family drama!

  • Olathe, KS

    I’m blown away with how incredible this book was. I thought I knew what I was getting into, but then I reached the twist in the middle and my jaw hit the floor. Such an amazing book! I loved it!!! ????

  • Baltimore, MD

    Tons of twists & turns until the end! I couldn’t put this book down. If you enjoy a story told through multiple perspectives, this ones for you. One you think you have it figured out- it shifts over &

  • North Andover, MA

    I’m not big on mysteries and plots with twists but I LOVED this one. Book jacket description doesn’t do it justice. And the ending! Also, really made me think about lots of aspects of these chara

  • Shelburne, VT

    I love mysteries and when they can keep you guessing like this one - ooo it’s so good! Also, the way the author handled all the characters individual insecurities was really believable and intriguing.

  • Carrollton, TX

    Loved it. What I thought would be the whole book was only the first part. The characters I started out loving/hating, I didn’t necessarily feel the same by the end. A good thriller to get sucked into.

  • Fayetteville, NC

    This book kept my attention and I love stories that have intertwining characters and the author does a good job keeping you somewhat in the dark and then all of a sudden, you “get it”. Great read.

  • Senoia, GA

    I wouldn’t say this was a thriller. However, I couldn’t put it down! I began the book loathing characters that I loved at the end. The ending wasn’t what I wanted but it closed the story nicely.

  • Leesburg, OH

    I figured out the connection between Burke, Heather, & Skye when Skye told Burke about her trust. Plus not mentioning the names of Skye’s parents or brother. However, I loved the book & recommend.

  • Atlanta, GA

    I thought I knew how this was going to go, but I was wrong. I couldn’t put this book down and was continually surprised by the depth of the different characters and the nuance of their triangle.

  • Mingo Junction , OH

    This book was so good! It had me from the beginning. The characters were so suspenseful and had me wanting to know all about them. I’m glad i licked this book because it was so unique! Please read!

  • Highland Village, TX

    I loved this book! I couldn’t read it fast enough and now I’m sad it’s over. The characters were intriguing. They each grew and changed through the story. Loved the twists and turns in the plot.

  • Las Vegas , NV

    Revenge really is a dish best served cold! Heather, determined to right the wrong of her brother’s death no matter who it hurts. Burke, caught in the middle. And Skye, want a loving relationship.

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