For Better and Worse

For Better and Worse

by Margot Hunt

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On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.

Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488088544
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 12/11/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 247
File size: 602 KB

About the Author

Margot Hunt is theUSA TODAY best selling author of FOR BETTER AND WORSE and BEST FRIENDSFOREVER.  Her newest book, THE LAST AFFAIR, will be released by MIRA inNovember 2019.

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For Better and Worse 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
suekitty13 More than 1 year 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
Anonymous 6 months ago
The author really puts you in the shoes of the characters, who are everyday people facing an emotional situation. It's a real "what would I do?" situation that keeps the reader engrossed and emotionally invested till the end.
Sensitivemuse 8 months ago
**Spoilers ahead, you’ve been warned** This was an intensely insane book. It was filled with such tension and apprehension that you’re filled with pins and needles all throughout the book. You knew it was inevitable and everything was going to be crumbling down with Nat’s plan but the question was how and when. You have to admit, despite everything Nat’s plan was just so well thought out all for one thing - relying on a drug dealer. Of all kinds of people, she relies on one that could (and did) ultimately turned tail and pretty much ruined the entire plan. That was the biggest flaw of the entire thing and you have to wonder if she didn’t rely on him, would the whole thing have worked out? You have to admire her smarts for pulling this off. Her character is excellent and she’s fiercely protective of her family as a unit (understandably so) it’s almost scary to underestimate her as Will seems to have done (and is still doing.) And it’s so hard to like Will in fact he’s so unlikable you don’t understand why Nat just picks up her things and leaves. Aside from also nearly ruining Nat’s plan he’s pretty much a spineless nitwit and doesn’t contribute much to anything. Nat should have kicked him to the curb a long time ago (or when she found out about his stupidities) The plot itself was so well done it was hard to stop reading. It pretty much grabs you from cover to cover. It’s seamless with no interruptions, it can get frustrating because of some of their actions, but it’s such a good read. The ending, although everything did come to a close, makes you want to be extra careful of Nat. I enjoyed reading this one and it’s definitely recommended.
LibbyMcKinmer More than 1 year ago
Natalie and Will Clarke met in law school, where they dated and, over drinks and dinner, speculated if they could get away with murder! It was just an interesting exercise to them at the time. Now they’re married with a young son, and when a threat to him looms, what will they do? Natalie is a criminal defense attorney and she understands the fractures in the legal system won’t protect her boy. Will isn’t sure he recognizes Natalie and her ruthless, single-minded dedication to protecting their son. But now he is part of her plan and there is no way out for him, even if he sees a different way forward. As the police close in, can they keep their family safe and their secret intact?
connieb27 More than 1 year ago
I received a netgalley of For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt, in exchange for an honest review. Natalie and Will dated in law school and are now married. There son is now in danger and they will do anything to protect them. They must decide to rely on the legal system, they pledged themselves to, or take matters into their own hands. Their actions take a toll on their marriage. The book was an easy read and kept my interest.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Margot Hunt's For Better and Worse begins with Natalie and Will Clarke meeting in law school, and soon they fell in love and married. Natalie and Will were very different- she was serious, decisive and driven, knowing from the beginning that she wanted to be criminal defense lawyer. Will was more laid back, handsome and athletic, and he made Natalie laugh. On their first date they joke about committing the perfect murder, how to do it, how to cover it up and get away with it. Seventeen years later, it comes back to haunt them. Nat doesn't know why Will is suddenly so angry with her. He hates her family organization calendar, hates knowing exactly what they are going to have for dinner every night. Nat notices that Will now uses a password for his phone and he is frequently texting someone. Is he having an affair? That falls to the wayside however when their eleven-year-old son Jacob's school principal is accused of molesting a troubled student. Nat and Will doubt the accusation at first; they have known the man for twenty years, were good friends with him and his ex-wife. When Jacob tells Nat that the principal molested him on a class trip, Nat is infuriated. She has defended people accused of this crime and she knows what trauma Jacob will be put through if he tells what he knows and has to testify at a trial. The only solution to the problem as Nat sees it is to kill the man. She knows he did this and to prevent him from doing it to others and to protect her son's future, she concocts the perfect murder. When something goes wrong, she has to drag an unwilling Will into it and things begin to fall apart. For Better and Worse is a propulsive thriller, and I read it in one sitting. The reader can put themselves in Nat's shoes, trying to protect their child. And once Nat makes the decision to kill the principal, you will hold your breath the rest of the way as you see things going from bad to worse. The story is told first from Nat's point-of-view, and when it switches to Will's point-of-view, you'll find your heart in your mouth. Will doesn't understand why his wife would do this, and he begins to question who he really married. It is a roller coaster of ride from there. You really don't know how this will end, and I confess that I did not see that ending coming. It will be a topic of discussion. That being said, if you are looking for a thrill ride of a book, something to take you away for a few hours, For Better and Worse should be next up on your TBR list. Just remember to breathe while you are reading. I highly recommend it.
MegKen More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. The author really brought you into the situation this couple faces and shows the turmoil and issues marriage can bring. This couple did terrible things, but some were for great reasons. I don't think I could do what this couple did, but I sure don't blame them for it. I can see why this is a decent solution in their grieve stricken minds. How it happens was a surprise and how they got out of it was an even bigger surprise. I definitely recommend this book!
MegKen More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. The author really brought you into the situation this couple faces and shows the turmoil and issues marriage can bring. This couple did terrible things, but some were for great reasons. I don't think I could do what this couple did, but I sure don't blame them for it. I can see why this is a decent solution in their grieve stricken minds. How it happens was a surprise and how they got out of it was an even bigger surprise. I definitely recommend this book!
Selena More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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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