Wednesday 3 April 2019

Book ~ "For Better and Worse" (2018) Margot Hunt

From Goodreads ~ 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?

Natalie and Will started dating in law school.  Seventeen years later, they are married with an 11-year-old son named Charlie.  Natalie is an criminal defense attorney and Will is an estate lawyer.  Of the two, Natalie is more the controlling and structured while Will is more laid back.  Over the years, the two have drifted apart.

When it's discovered there is a pedophile in their community, Natalie knows the justice system will probably not punish him and it will be the children who were victimized who will have to suffer even more.  So she decides to take matters into her own.  When things go wrong in progress, she calls Will to help her and against his better judgement, he does.  The two of them have to live with what they've done and and do whatever it takes to keep their family together.  For Natalie, that is no problem ... for Will, it's a big problem.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it.  I thought the storyline was intriguing and it was interesting to see how Natalie had planned things out and handled it when things started coming out.  I didn't find Natalie likable, though.  Though it was obvious she loved her son, I found her cold.  I thought she was good as a defense lawyer because she was able to turn off her emotions with her cases.  Will, on the other hand, was the opposite and had a hard time handling everything that was going on.

The book is written in first person perspective ... the first and third chapter are in Natalie's voice and the second chapter is in Will's voice.  This worked for me as I got to see what was going on in their heads as things were happening.  I thought the ending had an interesting twist.  As a head's up, there is swearing and some violence.

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