Monday, October 12, 2020

For the Best - by Vanessa Lillie

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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This may be my first book by Vanessa Lillie, but it was my second vlog/podcast themed audiobook! I must say, I'm really enjoying this style of writing. Think of this lit technique as a DIY crime defense, if you will, for that is exactly the path the story's main character Jules Worthington-Smith takes to prove her innocence. 

The author of "For the Best" takes her readers down a winding, spiral path with Jules' hunt for the truth. Why is it a hunt? Because she was blackout drunk and cannot recall the events from the night her business associate ended up dead. 

The book blurb does well to outline the story within, but what it doesn't tell you is that you will be sucked in from start to finish. I was lucky enough to win an audiobook copy of this title from an author giveaway; I also picked up an ebook copy on Kindle Unlimited so that I could follow along when time permitted. 

I've come to realize that I won't always enjoy the main character of every story, which is quite alright, to each their own. Jules was one of those characters you either loved or hated; most of the characters in this story were. While I wasn't moved by any single personality, I fancied the overall storyline and the way it ended up playing out. 

I appreciated how Lillie intersected Jules' current predicament with scenes from her past, leaving the reader constantly exploring the relevancy of it all. While I don't want to give too much away, I will say that the concluding events tied together with the overall narrative quite well; there was a special type of justice in those final moments. I'd happily recommend this book to fellow thriller fans, especially those interested in the vlog/podcast themed style of writing! 

Many thanks to Vanessa Lillie for my gifted giveaway audiobook copy of "For the Best" and Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program for the borrowed ebook. I have voluntarily and honestly reviewed this title.

Book Blurb:

Suspected of a murder she can’t remember, a troubled woman takes an unusual approach to proving her innocence in this gripping thriller from the bestselling author of Little Voices.

When Jules Worthington-Smith’s wallet is found next to a dead man, she becomes the prime suspect in his murder. After struggling for years to build the perfect family and career, she’s dangerously close to losing everything.

Sure of her innocence, Jules is desperate to clear her name. But there’s one big problem: she was blackout drunk when the murder took place and can’t remember what happened.

Unsatisfied with the police’s handling of the case, Jules embarks on her own gin-fueled murder investigation. As she uncovers fresh clues, she starts a true-crime vlog that becomes a viral sensation, pushing her into the public eye. It’s not long before the ordeal forces Jules to confront her demons, including her turbulent childhood and excessive drinking.

The deeper Jules digs, the more dirt she uncovers about the murder and herself. Unexpected truths pile up until she’s buried so deep even finding the killer might not be enough to set her free.

About the author, Vanessa Lillie:

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Vanessa Lillie is the Amazon Bestselling author of Little Voices, which received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Best Debuts 2019 by Bolo Books. She's a Board Member of Sisters in Crime and regular contributor to The Providence Journal. Her next book, For the Best, releases September 8th, and she's currently working on her third, which is set in rural Oklahoma.

She's originally from Miami (Mi-am-MUH), Oklahoma, and is a member of the Oklahoma Cherokee Nation. She now lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her husband and sloth-obsessed son. Smitten with the smallest state, she enjoys organizing book events and literary happenings in the city's robust creative community.

For more, please check out the author's story behind 'For the Best.'

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