My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Thank You Net Galley/ Lake Union Publishing and the authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke for a chance to review this book.
I understand from the author’s comments in Goodreads that there’s a movie with a similar concept as the book. But as I have not watched the movie, I had no idea what it was about but The Two Lila Bennetts made me think about Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. It is one of the literary classics but sadly never felt right for my small brain. Don’t get me wrong, the Two Lila Bennetts is a real winner, a story of choices and regrets and retribution, there’s something deliciously dark about making a choice and knowing that there is possibly an extremely different outcome that may occur due to those decisions. Lila Bennett is not totally good or totally bad but the grey shades of her character makes us feel for her. Each and every fork in the road transforms her and it was easy to see the changes that can happen otherwise. Both halves of Lila Bennett were rich in detail and the suspense takes the story to a totally different level. Even though the tormentor could be guessed at, the pages kept flying for me to know how it all wraps up in the end.
Lila Bennett’s bad choices have finally caught up with her. And one of those decisions has split her life in two. Literally.
In one life, she’s taken hostage by someone who appears to be a stranger but knows too much. As she’s trapped in a concrete cell, her kidnapper forces her to face what she’s done or be killed. In an alternate life, she eludes her captor but is hunted by someone who is dismantling her happiness, exposing one secret at a time.
Lila’s decorated career as a criminal defense attorney, her marriage, and her life are on the line. She must make a list of those she’s wronged—both in and out of the courtroom—to determine who is out to get her before it’s too late. But even if she can pinpoint her assailant, will she survive? And if she does, which parts of her life are worth saving, and which parts must die? Because one thing’s for certain—life as Lila Bennett knew it is over.