For Better and Worse

For Better and Worse

by Margot Hunt


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ISBN-13: 9780778307907
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 12/11/2018
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 41,260
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Margot Hunt is the pseudonym of a bestselling writer of twelve previous novels. Her work has been praised by Publisher's Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews. BEST FRIENDS FOREVER is her first psychological thriller.

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For Better and Worse 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
suekitty13 3 months ago
Make sure you clear your schedule before you start this one. It’s a killer! Is murder always wrong? Even when the victim is really, really reprehensible? This is a story where there are no clear-cut “good” choices for the characters. You aren’t sure who to cheer for and who you want foiled. There is no black and white with the two main characters. They are complicated and make mistakes that show them to be quite unlikable but also understandable as humans who screw up. When faced with a huge, awful issue will they come together to face it or will it break them? Terrible things are done for very good reasons, noble reasons even, but they are still terrible things. It’s such a complex moral tangle and it made me hope to never face such a dilemma in my own life because I honestly don't know what I would choose. This was one of the most tension filled books I have ever read! My stomach was in knots the entire time and while I wanted to keep reading because I was dying to know what was going to happen I also didn’t want to know as I suspected it wasn’t going to be pretty. The anticipation was cringe-worthy and anxiety inducing. Despite being a pressure cooker of suspense I was a bit surprised to laugh out loud several times. Events were just so macabrely funny and ridiculous that I couldn’t help but giggle at their antics. I felt a little bad about it but there was just some element of dark humour that I couldn’t resist. The resolution was almost too neat and tidy but I have to admit that it pleased me and I can’t be mad at it. It was very convenient but also very satisfying. The twist in the epilogue didn’t come as a surprise as I guessed/feared/happily anticipated that might be the direction the character would take but it delighted me. Absolute cackling glee! Side note: I’m a horrible person. Make sure you clear your schedule before you start this one. It’s a killer! Thank you to HARLEQUIN and MIRA for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review
Selena 12 days ago
This was a fast paced book that kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. Natalie and Will have a son named Jacob. Jacob attends a private school where the principal has been accused of molesting a child. Jacob confides in Natalie that the principal has touched him as well. Natalie, being a defense lawyer, knows all about the law and what Jacob would go through if the case went to trial. Natalie, who will do whatever it takes to protect her son, decides to take things into her own hands. How far will she go to protect Jacob? How far would you got to protect your child?
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Carolefort 25 days ago
For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt is a genre of book I love to read. The story is unpredictable and original. Natalie and Will, on a first date, over dinner and wine, casually discuss the possibility of getting away with murder. After marrying, they establish their law careers and have a son, Charlie. While a student in grade school, Charlie is seriously harmed by someone entrusted with his well-being and Natalie decides to take the law in her own hands, rather than let a broken legal system drag her child through the horrors of a trial. She thereby involves Will in her actions. The tension and stress that entails passes on to the reader. Not much more can be said without revealing the plot. This is a thriller that will surprise you all the way to the end, even the very last page. If you enjoy suspense that keeps you guessing, this is the book for you. Thank you to Mira and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
KindigBlog 27 days ago
When Will & Natalie find out a family secret their strained marriage is put to the test – but can they pull off the perfect murder together? I’m not really sure how I feel about For Better and Worse. On one hand it’s a very interesting premise and one which I think is quite unique - I liked the pacing of the plot and it was a very easy read. I also liked how the narration changed about halfway through the book from wife to husband, which I much prefer to the format of changing perspective each chapter. This gave you time to really get into the characters mindset and get to know them a little better before seeing the story from a different perspective. On the other hand I didn’t actually like the two main characters – Natalie and Will and found them quite hard to relate to. They both made some very silly mistakes which I got frustrated at and this seemed to be more for the sake of the plot than to make it realistic. Everything felt a little too convenient at times and (no spoilers!) the ‘resolution’ to the plot was very hard to believe. The actual ending I quite enjoyed though and it was an interesting twist to the story. Although it was easy to read in the moment I found it a little forgettable after I had finished it – it didn’t inspire me to rave about it to others. Overall For Better and Worse is a bit of a mixed bag – good concept and an easy read but let down by poor characterisation and convenient plot devices. Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin – Mira for a copy of the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
SSSSL 30 days ago
Do you think you could get away with murder? This is the very question Natalie and Will, two law students, discuss on their first date. Years later they are married, have successful careers, and are parents to 10 year old, Charlie. Their life has become routine and somewhat predictable. When something unthinkable happens to their son they begin to question if they really could get away with murder. I could not put this book down. I loved the development of the characters and felt like I could understand why they made the choices they did. I could not wait to see how things turned out. This book kept me up very late at night so that I could finish it. I will be looking forward to more books by Margot Hunt. Thank you Netgalley and Harlequin - MIRA for the opportunity to read this advanced reader's copy in exchange for my honest review.
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LGandhi 3 months ago
Holy Murder Batman!! Ok, so this story is really a 3.5 star rating for me and I've rounded up. "Some people just need killing " --> I couldn't have said it better myself and this story is exactly why that is true. I gave this book a 3.5 rating because it's a good story, but there is no murder mystery here or thriller. It's pretty straight forward. Having said that, it is a good story and the characters are all likeable and relatable. The author does a good job with character development. The scary part for me was how real this story could be. This literally could have been ripped from the headlines. And this is why I rounded up to 4 stars. I felt this was an extremely believable story. As a mother I could see myself being Natalie. This book will make you question how far would you go to protect your family. If you need to know my answer, see the previous statement and then read the book. This book is good, it's intriguing and eerily feels like this could be your life if the wind blew the wrong way. While I don't feel like this was a mystery/thriller type book, I did enjoy the author's writing and will check out her other books. My thanks to Margot Hunt, Harlequin and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Wow! This is was my kind of book. I read a lot of phycological thrillers and Margot Hunt knows what she is doing. I was really interested in this synopsis and it did disappoint. I don't even know how to review this book without giving little things away. Character Development: Great! Atmosphere: Great! Writing: Great! Plot: Great! Intrigue: From start to finish. Logic: Yes! Enjoyment: Yes! I would highly recommend this book and this solidifies Margot Hunt as one of my favorite authors.
SchizanthusNerd 3 months ago
Content warnings include discussions surrounding addiction, suicide, child pornography, grooming and sexual abuse. I’m sure that practically every parent who learns their child has been molested engages in some fairly imaginative revenge fantasies. For Natalie and Will, whose first date included a discussion about how they could commit the perfect murder together, fantasy has become reality. Are they smart enough to get away with it? My answer, from the planning through to the execution and beyond, was a resounding “Hell, no!” Between them this couple made so many obvious mistakes I felt it was inevitable they’d be caught. While some of their failures were mentioned there were others that seemed obvious to me but were never brought up. If the characters had no background in anything vaguely related to crime then I could have easily overlooked some of their missteps and chalked them up to their emotional state after learning of their child’s molestation but they both went to law school and one of them works as a criminal defense attorney! I kept wanting to tell them to binge watch some ‘Criminal Minds’, ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ or any of the ‘CSI’ or ‘Law and Order’ franchises. There are so many to choose from and a few episodes of any one of them would have helped prevent some of the face palm moments of this book. I had expected that a book with such emotionally charged subject matter would be a difficult read but I actually didn’t feel much while reading. I didn’t find anything to like about either of the main characters. If I had connected to them at all I think this would have helped me care if their crime was discovered or not.. I found most of the sequence of events predictable and one part I didn’t predict simply annoyed me. I definitely liked the premise of this book and had high hopes for it. Unfortunately it didn’t work for me. Don’t just take my word for it though. There are plenty of 5 star reviews on Goodreads so I’d encourage you to check out some of those before deciding if this is the book for you or not. Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin - MIRA for the opportunity to read this book.
Jnnlbrd 3 months ago
Is there really such a thing as the "perfect murder." It's been written about in books for centuries. Movies, television shows, radio and podcasts have all tackled the age old scenario. Do you think you could plan the perfect murder and get away with it? Fifteen years ago, Natalie and Will Clarke went on their first date. As two young law school students spent the evening getting to know each other, they put their law school brains together as they discussed how to plan the perfect murder and get away with it. Flash forward fifteen years as this now married couple with a young son put that one-time conversation to the test. Author, Margot Hunt's book, For Better and Worse, gives the reader an interesting look into what happens when this couple go from mundane day to day married life that is on a rocky road to a couple willing to go to ultimate lengths to protect their son. Thrilling, cleverly written, Hunt gives us a fast-paced story line that will have you eager to turn each page to see what happens next. Hunt manages to put the reader in Natalie and Will's lives with the feeling of being that nosy neighbor who can't look away. For Better and Worse is a great title but the book was really For Better and Better. I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley. My reviews are my own. #NetGalley #ForBetterandWorse #MargotHunt
GGGeiss 3 months ago
Awesome! I was addicted. Excellent writing and delivery, kept me guessing and usually I’m quite smug about “figuring out the ending.” Not this time. I’m not going to write anything to “spoil” this for anyone but will say it’s a page turner. Well thought out and presented whether or not you want to believe some of the story. Thank you to Netgalley and to the publisher for granting me the opportunity to read this ARC.
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SL22268 3 months ago
Suspenseful! Thank you to Harlequin/Mira Books for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was suspenseful; though the topic was tough (molestation), the story was well played out. There were not really any twists and turns, until the very end. Secrets and lies abound in this book! Recommend to those that loved Gone Girl, Girl on a Train, and such. Goodreads link:
Bonnie Franks 3 months ago
This one was a surprise around every corner. I was drawn in from the first paragraph. I related to the characters, in that I felt some of the precise emotions Jack's mother felt toward certain people. It is difficult to discuss this book without giving anything away, but the book jacket tells us that the principal of Jack's school is arrested for suspicion of molesting a student. Very emotional subject to begin with. Also a subject we see all too often in the news. The unfortunate events seem to pile up in this book, and I was all in from the beginning to end, and speaking of the end...yikes! Despite the sensitive nature of the book, it is , at heart, a mystery. A psychological thriller. And a good one! Read it! This book was provided to me by and the publisher.
mweinreich 3 months ago
Have you ever wondered how far you would go when someone you love is irreparably hurt by another? What would you do as your anger and rage grows and you realize that you need and must do something. In the book, For Better And Worse, we are introduced to a set of parents who push the limits to protect their son. Natalie and Will Clarke are a lawyer couple. They met in law school and as a lark once discussed the fact that it might be possible to get away with murder. Interesting topic of conversation, but one that they never realized they might consider following through with someday. Natalie and Will marry and the years go by as Natalie, a criminal defense attorney, and Will, an estate attorney, have married and have a son. They find themselves drawn into a crime that is both heinous and awful, a parent's nightmare really, and as Natalie well knows the criminal justice system, she is convinced that the system is not always fair to those who have been harmed. Natalie, devises a plan and in following this plan to its conclusion, she draws Will into its clutches. Will eventually comes to the realization that he really doesn't know his wife as well as he thought, but now that his family has been hurt, he finds he doesn't really know himself either. Then again, Will has a secret and his drinking is starting to take its toll on him. They struggle with knowledge, they struggle with hurt and anger, and then they go ahead and set themselves on a course that will change their lives. This book make one think of the lengths parents will go to to protect their child. When you know that the one you love, the child of your heart is hurt and probably damaged you might just be the one to go to the furthest ends to seek your revenge. Thank you to Margot Hunt, Harlequin-Mira Publishing, and NetGalley for a copy of this intriguing book.
Candice_S 3 months ago
This book is a master class on high tension suspense mystery. I literally could not stop reading this book, I flew through the pages desperate to see what would happen. It was a high anxiety every single page, and I LOVED it. Margot Hunt knows exactly how to write characters that are just a little bit despicable, but somehow I found myself rooting for them to get away with their crimes and lies page after page. I love good flawed characters and this book is jam packed with them. I also love how she posed the question through each of her lead characters about how far exactly you would go to protect your child - consequences be damned. And even more fun, is there such thing as committing the perfect, untraceable murder. This book deserves no spoilers, but trust me when I say, this is one you want to read if you love a high stakes suspense that will have you anxious to the very last page.
Momma_Becky 3 months ago
Vigilante justice and the perfect murder. Except it's not so perfect. What the blurb doesn't give away on the who and why of this one is answered pretty quickly, so there's no suspense on that angle. The suspense here lays in whether or not Will and Nat will get away with it. On an emotional level, any parent can understand and even empathize with this couple's actions - the need to protect our children from harm and the anger and despair when we can't. So, while that part certainly tugs at the heartstrings, I still couldn't find anything likable about this couple other than their love for their son. Natalie is almost robotic as she goes through the motions of life. She's cold and calculating with everyone except Charlie. Will is the more human of the pair, but he's also weak to the point of being spineless. This story does have its moments. There are some truly brilliant scenes, including some that had me on the edge of my seat. The problem is that they are too far and few between. What should've been a steadily rising tension is stilted with too much lag time in the story. We do get a couple of interesting twists, and I did want to see how it came together. So, in the end, there were things I liked and things I didn't, leaving me somewhere in the middle on this one.
Rhonda-Runner1 3 months ago
Will and Natalie meet in college where both are studying to be lawyers. They marry and have a son Charlie. A boy in Charlie's school accuses the principal of molesting him. It turns out maybe the boy is lying but then Will and Natalie find out Charlie was alone with the principal, Robert Gibbons, who used to be good friends with them before his wife divorced him. Natalie questions Charlie and finds out that Robert did indeed molest him. From there until the end of the book, there are lots of surprises that come to light with a real surprising ending. I really enjoyed this book. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.