Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan #fiction #5stars #bookreview #ballantinebooks


A soul-stirring novel about what we choose to keep from our past and what we choose to leave behind, from the New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here and the bestselling author of She’s Not There

Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. Her picture-perfect life—living in Boston, married to a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, raising their beautiful son, Asher—was upended when her husband revealed a darker side. She never imagined that she would end up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown, living in the house she grew up in and taking over her father’s beekeeping business.

Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom relocate to Adams, New Hampshire, for her final year of high school, they both hope it will be a fresh start.

And for just a short while, these new beginnings are exactly what Olivia and Lily need. Their paths cross when Asher falls for the new girl in school, and Lily can’t help but fall for him, too. With Ash, she feels happy for the first time. Yet at times, she wonders if she can trust him completely. . . .

Then one day, Olivia receives a phone call: Lily is dead, and Asher is being questioned by the police. Olivia is adamant that her son is innocent. But she would be lying if she didn’t acknowledge the flashes of his father’s temper in Ash, and as the case against him unfolds, she realizes he’s hidden more than he’s shared with her.

Mad Honey is a riveting novel of suspense, an unforgettable love story, and a moving and powerful exploration of the secrets we keep and the risks we take in order to become ourselves.


Lilly and Asher have just started dating. And their love story should have been fabulous. But, life takes a terrible turn. Lilly has died and Asher is accused of her murder. Asher’s mother, Olivia, calls in her brother, Jordan to represent Asher. And things just keep turning in the wrong direction.

To say I loved this book is an understatement! And yes, this is in true Jodi fashion. A “ripped from the headlines” story which had me all torn up, in more ways then one. And no, I will not give it away…but the story has a shocker twist right in the middle and it changed the whole novel!

Now, this story is not flawless. There are several decisions made in this novel which are contrived to fit the story. (Not sure if this makes sense.) For instance, I felt like the case against Asher was not strong enough and this was not really expanded on. It was just assumed the reader would not see it and follow this author blindly. That being said, I still could not stop reading and I was completely captivated by Asher’s situation. So, I guess I am that reader!

Need a story which will have you viewing a situation from all sides and will have you reading well into the night…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.

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About fredreeca

I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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