THE TWO LILA BENNETTS | Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
07.23.2019 | Lake Union Publishing
Rating: 4/5 stars
Lila Bennett has made a lot of bad decisions over the years when it comes to her career, family, and friendships. Her bad choices have finally caught up with her and karma has come knocking. Lila’s life has been split in two…literally.
In one life she has been taken hostage by someone who appears to know much more about her than they should. Trapped in a concrete cell, Lila is forced by her masked kidnapper to confess to the wrongs she has committed over the years or be killed. In an alternate life, Lila manages to escape capture, but is still subjected to watching her lies unfold, one secret at a time. How will she choose to redeem herself?
Maybe all we are is a sum of our choices, each one leading us down a different path, each with its own unique outcome.
I realize the above synopsis is vague, but I think you’re going to benefit from walking into this novel blind. I knew the above and was still surprised when I hit the part in the book where Liz and Lisa switch from one reality to the next. There’s that sense of, didn’t I just read this? Then you realize that things have flipped on you and you’re about to go on a fun ride with Lila!
Lila Bennett is portrayed as having committed many sins over the years. Her secrets vary in degrees and some are much worse than others. Despite what the reader might think of Lila’s actions, what is at the core of her story is that she has taken actions that have hurt others. This isn’t a story about shaming Lila’s life, but more so about Lila coming to terms with the reality of how her actions impact those around her. We live in a world where people are very selfish in their thoughts and are constantly striving to better their lives without realizing the impact their decisions can have.
Because you don’t end up blindfolded and restrained if you’ve made the best choices.
I was extremely impressed with the way Liz and Lisa chose to balance free Lila versus captured Lila. There are several times where they hint to the alternate realities overlapping. I thought these overlapping moments were entertaining and helped to link the stories together. If I had to choose a favorite reality I think I would opt for free Lila only because we got to spend more time watching Lila in actions. In the free parts, Lila isn’t reflecting, but making changes. While the two realities are kept separate, they truly do work hand in hand to create a whole picture. I was highly impressed by the level of detail Liz and Lisa chose to include in each reality of the book. The reader is exposed to different clues in each alternating section that help give answers about what is going to happen to Lila in each scenario.
This is my first time reading a book by Liz and Lisa, but not my first time reading a book written by a duo. I think that these two authors work seamlessly together and at no point did I feel like the story was coming from multiple people. You can feel how in sync the two authors are together. I highly recommend adding THE TWO LILA BENNETTS to your TBR!
Disclosure: Thank you to Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke for sending me a copy of their book in exchange for my honest review!
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