Title: For Better or Worse
Author: Margot Hunt
Bookstore: Book of the Month
Publisher: MIRA Books
On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice… you have to get it yourself.
Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret-or their marriage?
One of the reasons I picked this book was because of the synopsis – the storyline is different than others and I immediately got pulled in because it was two lawyers that were going to pull off a murder, but by the time it got to the middle of the book, the story fell flat. There was never a WOW factor, something that would make me say… THIS IS INSANE. I was truly disappointed.
I do not consider this book to be a thriller or mystery, it is far from that. There were some moments of suspense, but very little. Natalie is planning to commit murder after she discovers that the principal at her son’s school has molested a student, but not just one, more than one and that includes her son. She had a plan and was ready to be put into place, but then something goes wrong and her husband, Will, gets involved. They both end up committing murder, but have left some holes open to be pinpointed by the police – it’s mostly Will that messes up.
In the book, the viewpoints change between Nat and Will. Nat is intelligent, organized and dedicated criminal defense lawyer that knows the system and does not want to put her son through a traumatic experience. As for Will, he bored with his life and is cheating on Natalie. I didn’t find this surprising since it was being hinted at from the beginning. Throughout the book, I was annoyed with Will, he was pretty much incriminating Natalie and himself and making little mistakes. By the time it got to the ending, I was over it – it ended unrealistically. Never would someone in their situation would have received outcome as theirs.