Book Review: Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan


Title: Mad Honey

By: Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 464

Release Date: October 4th, 2022

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

A soul-stirring novel about what we choose to keep from our past, and what we choose to leave behind, from the New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here and the bestselling author of She's Not There.

Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. Her picture-perfect life—living in Boston, married to a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, raising a beautiful son, Asher—was upended when her husband revealed a darker side. She never imagined she would end up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown, living in the house she grew up in, and taking over her father's beekeeping business.

Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom relocate to Adams, New Hampshire, for her final year of high school, they both hope it will be a fresh start.

And for just a short while, these new beginnings are exactly what Olivia and Lily need. Their paths cross when Asher falls for the new girl in school, and Lily can’t help but fall for him, too. With Ash, she feels happy for the first time. Yet at times, she wonders if she can she trust him completely . . .

Then one day, Olivia receives a phone call: Lily is dead, and Asher is being questioned by the police. Olivia is adamant that her son is innocent. But she would be lying if she didn’t acknowledge the flashes of his father’s temper in him, and as the case against him unfolds, she realizes he’s hidden more than he’s shared with her.

Mad Honey is a riveting novel of suspense, an unforgettable love story, and a moving and powerful exploration of the secrets we keep and the risks we take in order to become ourselves. 


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This story was a gut-wrenching relevant, but heartwarming read. I am absolutely in love with this book.

As a mother of a teen age boy, It was easy to put myself in Olivia's shoes and feel the terror she had for her son as he went through the struggles of adulthood on his own. It's no wonder Asher comes out of this situation scared and changed. 

My sensitive heart was in tears by the end of this story, but felt warmed by how Asher accepted Lily for who she was, even when everyone doubted it.

Jodi Picoult has never let me down and now I'm also a fan of Jennifer Finney Boylan. Can't wait for the next read from both these authors. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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