Too Good to Be True: A Novel (Paperback)
ONE LOVE STORY. TWO MARRIAGES. THREE VERSIONS OF THE TRUTH.
Too Good to Be True is an obsessive, addictive love story for fans of Lisa Jewell and The Wife Upstairs, from Carola Lovering, the beloved author of Tell Me Lies.
Skye Starling is overjoyed when her boyfriend, Burke Michaels, proposes after a whirlwind courtship. Though Skye seems to have the world at her fingertips—she’s smart, beautiful, and from a well-off family—she’s also battled crippling OCD ever since her mother’s death when she was eleven, and her romantic relationships have suffered as a result.
But now Burke—handsome, older, and more emotionally mature than any man she’s met before—says he wants her. Forever. Except, Burke isn’t who he claims to be. And interspersed letters to his therapist reveal the truth: he’s happily married, and using Skye for his own, deceptive ends.
In a third perspective, set thirty years earlier, a scrappy seventeen-year-old named Heather is determined to end things with Burke, a local bad boy, and make a better life for herself in New York City. But can her adolescent love stay firmly in her past—or will he find his way into her future?
On a collision course she doesn’t see coming, Skye throws herself into wedding planning, as Burke’s scheme grows ever more twisted. But of course, even the best laid plans can go astray. And just when you think you know where this story is going, you’ll discover that there’s more than one way to spin the truth.
About the Author
CAROLA LOVERING is the author of the novels Tell Me Lies, Too Good to Be True, and Can’t Look Away. She is a graduate of Colorado College, and her work has appeared in New York Magazine, W Magazine, National Geographic, Outside, and Yoga Journal, among other publications. Her novel, Tell Me Lies, is currently being adapted into a television series for Hulu that will air later this year. She lives in Connecticut with her family.
Praise for Too Good To Be True:
One of the "27 Books To Read In 2021— Betches
One of the "36 of the Most Anticipated Mysteries and Thrillers of 2021"— Goodreads
"Lovering, a master of manipulation to rival her own characters, does a skillful job of gradually unspooling her intricate tapestry of psychological intrigue while deftly juggling her multiple narratives."
— Kirkus (starred review)
"This firecracker of a novel will leave readers wondering what they would accept for love and how the most perfect of lives may be a facade. A must for book clubs."
— Booklist (starred review)
"A head-spinningly devious plot [with] a plethora of twists...psychological thriller fans will keep turning the pages to see what happens next."
“Twists, lies, & cons oh my...No spoilers but you’ll be guessing the ending until the last twisty page.”
"Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, Lovering will throw another curve ball at you."
"Covering dual timelines and told from three differing perspectives, this exceptional psychological thriller is full of twists that will have you wondering which characters to trust and who to root for. "
“I raced through Too Good To Be True, desperate to see what new twist was coming next. Gripping, tantalizing, and perfectly paced, Carola Lovering somehow makes duplicity sexy––and even understandable. Get ready for a wild, seductive ride.”
—Sara Shepard, New York Times bestselling author
“A twisty tale of love, greed, betrayal and revenge. Addictive and unputdownable.”
—Michele Campbell, internationally bestselling author of A Stranger on the Beach
“Thoroughly engrossing and beautifully crafted, Too Good To Be True mesmerizingly merges seemingly unrelated lives and expertly weaves together past and present storylines. Deliciously fraught with plot twists that keep readers compulsively turning pages, this is the type of book nightlights were invented for.”
—Erica Katz, author of The Boys’ Club
“A cat and mouse thriller with masterful twists. Will leave you guessing until the last page.” — Liv Constantine, international bestselling author