Tuesday 25 January 2022

Book ~ "My Darling Husband" (2021) Kimberly Belle

From Goodreads ~ Jade and Cam Lasky are by all accounts a happily married couple with two adorable kids, a spacious home and a rapidly growing restaurant business. But their world is tipped upside down when Jade is confronted by a masked home invader. As Cam scrambles to gather the ransom money, Jade starts to wonder if they’re as financially secure as their lifestyle suggests and what other secrets her husband is keeping from her.

Cam may be a good father, a celebrity chef and a darling husband but there’s another side he’s kept hidden from Jade that has put their family in danger. Unbeknownst to Cam and Jade, the home invader has been watching them and is about to turn their family secrets into a public scandal.

Cam is a famous chef and restauranteur known as Atlanta's Steak King.  Unfortunately he's not well-liked in the industry.  Jade is his wife and a former designer.  Because of Cam's success, Jade is able to be a stay-at-home mother to their two young children.  When Jade arrives home one afternoon, she discovers a masked man in her garage who holds Jade and her children hostage for a ransom.  It couldn't have happened on a worse day because Cam's most money making restaurant just had a devastating fire.  Now Cam has to scamper around town desperately trying to get the almost $800,000 in ransom money when unbeknownst to most, he is up to his ears in debt.  Cam has until 7pm to get the money or his family will be killed.

I've read other books by this author but I thought this one was okay.  It's written in three perspectives which bounce around (the chapters are labeled) in Cam's, Jade's and the kidnapper's voices.  In addition, it goes back and forth to an interview Cam is giving to a reporter after everything is all over.  In the end, we find out why the kidnapper did it and it was an interesting twist.  As a head's up, there is swearing and violence.

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