Lila Bennett’s bad choices have finally caught up with her. And one of those decisions has split her life in two. Literally.
In one life, she’s taken hostage by someone who appears to be a stranger but knows too much. As she’s trapped in a concrete cell, her kidnapper forces her to face what she’s done or be killed. In an alternate life, she eludes her captor but is hunted by someone who is dismantling her happiness, exposing one secret at a time.
Lila’s decorated career as a criminal defense attorney, her marriage, and her life are on the line. She must make a list of those she’s wronged—both in and out of the courtroom—to determine who is out to get her before it’s too late. But even if she can pinpoint her assailant, will she survive? And if she does, which parts of her life are worth saving, and which parts must die? Because one thing’s for certain—life as Lila Bennett knew it is over.
The storytelling in this novel is really unique. I didn’t expect it to be told in this manner – one narrator and two paths. Lila Bennett, good Lila and bad Lila, slowly unveils her potential demise in two storylines: Free and Captured. Lila is intelligent, hardworking and self-centered. She gets what she wants using whatever means is necessary. And what’s wrong with that?
As a successful defense attorney, Lila has to make gut decisions quickly. Most often, her decision making skills pay off. Unfortunately, she doesn’t use the same skill set in her personal life. Lila doesn’t believe in karma so why are horrible things happening to her now.
In one path, Lila’s conscience intervenes and guides her to make better decisions. Unfortunately, it may be too late. In the other path, Lila is held prisoner. She is forced to accept responsibility for her actions in a very public manner. Both scenarios reveal Lila’s indifference, even superiority over others.
I must say, I found myself questioning the severity of Lila’s decisions and found it comforting that they were looked upon as so despicable. Unfortunately, we live in a world where much of what she did is common place.
There are definite twists in the two plotlines of The Two Lila Bennetts making this a fast paced and engaging read. There were quite a few players in this book that could legitimately seek revenge, and I found myself second guessing my predictions throughout the book. It’s my first read by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke so I was not sure what I was getting into. I’m so glad to have received a copy of this novel and will definitely read more by these authors.