Hi again book friends!
Today, I'll be discussing Lisa and Liz's latest novel, The Two Lila Bennetts.
The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
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.
Hello friends! So sorry that it's been a while.
I finished The Two Lila Bennetts a couple of weeks back but have had no time to write any reviews. Luckily, I've had plenty of time to think about Lisa and Liz's latest novel. Let's break it down, shall we?
I wasn't sure that I'd connect with this story, but after reading Girls' Night Out, I figured I'd give it a chance. We all know that I'm a sucker for a good thriller, but the concept of Lila's life breaking in half had me feeling a bit hesitant. I'm all for a bit of sci-fi in my mysteries, but as suspected, it just didn't work for me in this particular book.
On the other hand, I really appreciated the fact that Lisa and Liz created such an authentic set of characters. The cast was real and flawed (which was great at first), but unfortunately, aside from two or three cast members, they were all so UNLIKEABLE. I struggled with this the most because to me, characters are the base of a story, and if I can't connect with them then I can't connect with the story that's being told.
I tried (I REALLY tried) to empathize with Lila and all her mistakes, but it seemed like she couldn't stop making bad decisions which led me to not feel bad for her at all. This was really crucial because Lila's redemption is the objective of the story, and nothing in me believed that she was was worthy of my time and the benefit of the doubt.
This could've been a great novel—the plot was a great idea and kept me reading until the very end. But at the end of the day, it didn't really matter because I just couldn't get behind Lila Bennett.
Did you read Lisa and Liz's latest novel? What did you think?