cover image Too Good to Be True

Too Good to Be True

Carola Lovering. St. Martin’s, $27.99 (352p) ISBN 978-1-250-27137-2

Winsome, wealthy Manhattan book editor Skye Starling is confident she’s finally found a man able to look past her occasionally paralyzing OCD, in this Machiavellian drama from Lovering (Tell Me Lies). Ignoring her friends’ pleas to take things slower, Skye instead leaps into the arms of much older, somewhat mysterious financial consultant Burke Michaels. Skye’s mistake becomes clear as the perspective switches from the besotted young woman to that of her beau, whose description in a diary entry of their first meeting on a Montauk beach reveals him to be married and broke. But that’s just a glimpse of the head-spinningly devious plot permutations that emerge as the narration, frequently unreliable, ping-pongs between the couple and a crucial third character, who’s initially introduced in chapters set three decades earlier as Burke’s high school sweetheart. Though the true shape of the main con seems to become apparent about halfway through, a plethora of twists lies ahead. What Lovering doesn’t have are remotely credible—or, for the most part, sympathetic—central characters. Still, psychological thriller fans will keep turning the pages to see what happens next. Agent: Allison Hunter, Janklow & Nesbit. (Mar.)