69. Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult :: 9.5/10⭐️ wowowowow! This book was not at all what I was expecting! Very reminiscent of the Adnan Syed case. Olivia has had a rough life, but she is finally getting a fresh start taking over her father’s beekeeping business in her hometown and trying to be brave for her son, Asher. Lily Campanello also knows a thing or two about starting fresh, when she and her mom, Ava, move to the same small town after escaping their past. Asher Fields and Lily Campanello are happy and in love. One day Asher goes over to Lilys house to make sure she is ok, since she and Asher are in a fight and Lily has been home sick from school all week, but when he gets there, he finds the door open, and Lily dead at the bottom of the stairs. What ensues next is a murder trial where secrets are revealed and life as everyone involved knows it, is changed forever. This book was so heartbreaking and griping and SO good! This was another one that I thought about reading a bunch of times then stopped because I didn’t think I would like it but BOY was I wrong! The twist at the end was nothing at all what I saw coming! The chapters were very long, which is why it took so long for me to read it (might be a good one to listen to on audio), and it goes back and forth from past to present from Olivia and Lily’s POV. Character development was really good and you really get a sense of who they are and what they’re feeling. There are quite a few trigger warnings, so check those before reading, but I definitely recommend. Since the book talks so much about bees and honey, they even have a whole recipe section at the end of foods made with honey!

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