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The Dilemma

By: B A Paris
Narrated by: Beth Eyre, Peter Noble
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
4 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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The new thrilling drama from Sunday Times, million-copy, number one best-selling author, B A Paris.  

It’s Livia’s 40th birthday, and she’s having the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding she never had. Everyone she loves will be there except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad. But although Livia loves Marnie, she’s secretly glad she won’t be at the party. She needs to tell Adam something about their daughter, but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.

Adam wants everything to be perfect for Livia, so he’s secretly arranged for Marnie to come home and surprise her on her birthday. During the day, he hears some terrible news. He needs to tell Livia, because how can the party go on? But she’s so happy, so excited - and the guests are about to arrive.

The Dilemma - how far would you go to give someone you love a last few hours of happiness?

One day that will change a family forever, The Dilemma is the breathtaking, heartbreaking new novel from the million-copy-selling Sunday Times best seller BA Paris.

©2020 B A Paris (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"An addictive new voice in suspense fiction." (Sophie Hannah)

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Oh hell

This is written by one of my favourite authors and I’ve been looking forward to this book for ages. I’ve read over half I think but have to stop. It’s too upsetting. Funny how I can cope with murders but family’s dramas floor me. I suggest you read it though.

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  • Narelle
  • 23-01-2020

Not so good

BA Paris is one of my favourite authors. This book is nothing like her previous books and it definitely isn’t a thriller. I struggled to get through it and was relieved I made it to the end. A generous 2 stars.

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  • Rae keery
  • 26-01-2020

Emotional

So many feelings. Happy and sad.
Great writing. Almost like a true story. Love BA Paris.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-01-2020

Had me gripped

I really enjoyed this book from the very start. Had me gripped. The reader really feels the emotions from the key characters. Not sure I would have kept it a secret as Adam did but still, an enjoyable read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-01-2020

really wasnt into this to start with

but so glad I stuck with it - great and gripping. v well written and read

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  • Jeanette Everson
  • 17-01-2020

Worth a credit.

I don't often listen non-stop, but had this finished in 2 days. Very compelling, and if at times I wondered if Livia was a little shallow, I then wondered if she is just the inner voice of us all in our everyday lives. The interwoven themes of the things we keep from our loved ones, for good or bad, is very reflective of being human. A clever plot that kept me guessing.

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  • I'm all ears
  • 10-01-2020

A little bit disappointing.

I have loved all of this authors other books and was looking forward to this one.
I was a little disappointed, 2 very selfish parents who are actually over the top obsessed with their 'perfect' daughter Marnie, who turns out not to be so perfect after all! Felt sorry for the son as it was like he may as well not have existed.
By the end of the book I was sick of hearing the name 'Marnie'
Good plot, but dragged on. Could have been a lot better if the characters were more likeable!

I thought it was odd that it couldn't have just been a lavish 40th party Livia wanted and planned for herself, nothing strange about that, plenty of people do it, but the whole 'party she had dreamed of every day for the past 20 years' and it being 'her special day' and 'the wedding she never had' it was unnecessary and a little pathetic. if you want a 40th party, have one!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-02-2020

Great Story

Loved this audio book
it send me on a wave of different emotions throughout it
The narator's did a great job
Most definitely listening or reading this is a must.

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  • Ann D
  • 24-01-2020

Disappointing!

Like other reviewers, based upon her previous novels, I was expecting more from this author. This book must have something because I stuck with it and I tend to return anything I am not enjoying! That said, right up to the end, I expected more to happen. The premise is fine, but alone, it is not enough to hold-up so many hours. Much of the story is flat and a bit tedious. The narration is very good.

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  • wolfgoesshopping
  • 14-01-2020

Agonising and repetitive

Great performances but wasted on a desperately weak story. Characters were illogical and downright boring

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  • Claire
  • 12-02-2020

Nearly gave up after 3/4 way through

I was driven to shouting in frustration at the characters and the crazed dithering that’s went on however after that was surmounted thought it ended reasonably thoughtfully

However not really the best enjoyment

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  • penpal
  • 07-02-2020

Wish I liked it more

This book started so well and the narration was good. But the promise of the early chapters was not fulfilled. Repetitive and maudlin spring to mind which was such a shame. The main characters Livia and Adam to me seemed a shallow pair. Adam selfish in the extreme and Livia with little to fill her mind except ‘the party’. The denouement was over stretched and provided no surprises. I’ve liked the author’s other books and realise you can’t please all the people all of the time but nevertheless I was baffled by some of the five star reviews on the amazon site.