For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt


For Better and Worse
Title : For Better and Worse
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Language : English
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 384

On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder Now married, they ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe She knows that if you want justice you have to get it yourself.Shocked to discover Nat s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also His family is in way too deep to back down now He s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married Nat s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart their scandalous secret or their marriage


For Better and Worse Reviews


  • Melissa

    3.75 ish stars Apparently, impressing this reader in the suspense department has proven to be quite the task as of late It must be my trusty bullshit meter permanently stuck in the on position or love for anything true crime, that s messing with my mojo At first glance, For Better and Worse teeters on the very precipice of being something amazing, memorable even A potential standout amongst a genre overtaken by unreliable narrators and searches conducted for the sake of the missing Turns o 3.75 ish stars Apparently, impressing this reader in the suspense department has proven to be quite the task as of late It must be my trusty bullshit meter permanently stuck in the on position or love for anything true crime, that s messing with my mojo At first glance, For Better and Worse teeters on the very precipice of being something amazing, memorable even A potential standout amongst a genre overtaken by unreliable narrators and searches conducted for the sake of the missing Turns out, the excitement surrounding the idea of vigilante justice wasn t enough to draw my eyes away from the major faults namely, the execution From an intriguing opening to the pothole sized lulls in the pacing, and a finish line that wasn t quite as satisfying as the looming possibilities, I can t say this novel has the staying power I d initially foreseen It s probably not one you ll find me reminiscing about in a few weeks or even months from now.It was back in law school, 15 years earlier, that Natalie and Will found themselves caught up in the thrill of their first date Flirty and sarcastic banter turning to talk of their abilities to pull off the perfect murder together.Fast forward through years of marriage, stopping to roll tape when the couple finds out the unspeakable has happened to their 11 year old son Natalie s first instinct, to start plotting with her partner in crime The only suitable option is to kill the man responsible for hurting Charlie, right Problem number one Will wants no part, instead pleading his case to report the incident to the police A little wifely manipulation goes a long way as Nat sets the stage for her one woman show making the murder she s about to commit look like a suicide If I was going to plan an execute a murder all on my own, I had a lot of work to do. What happens when the unwilling, unbeknownst to him, becomes an active participant It ain t pretty, that s what It sure makes for good reading though.There were two pivotal somebodies I really didn t care for Will and Natalie My feelings for the couple were pretty neutral to start, I d say But it didn t take long for the monotony of living in their relationship to start grating on me If you re looking to sympathize with a stereotypical unhappy husband bored with his life, turning elsewhere for excitement and lacking a backbone in the face of his controlling wife Will s your guy Natalie, on the other hand, plays the part of know it all quite well Defending criminals by day and ruling her family with a whiteboard calendar by night Her self proclaimed arsenal tips and tricks she s picked up over the years from her clients might lead you to believe she s got this No problem The stupid mistakes she actually makes, some you might even call textbook or sloppy, prove she was a bit overconfident A few episodes of Dateline would ve gone a long way, just saying wink There s no denying, Margot Hunt presents an incredible idea here and ends things on a bit of an unexpected note I just wish her execution had been a little tighter, polished With that said, there were enough moments of brilliance sprinkled amongst the tediousness to convince me this author deserves another shot to truly knock my socks off THANK YOU to Harlequin Mira for providing a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  • Holly  B

    On your mark, get ready for the twists and turns I picked this one up to just read a few chapters and ended up staying up waaay past my bedtime Now that is the sign of a good book IMO Who discusses planning a murder on their first date Well Natalie and Will do It was years before they were married and parents of an adorable eleven year old son, Charlie They both are intelligent after all and why wouldn t they be able to pull off the perfect murder Natalie happens to be a defense On your mark, get ready for the twists and turns I picked this one up to just read a few chapters and ended up staying up waaay past my bedtime Now that is the sign of a good book IMO Who discusses planning a murder on their first date Well Natalie and Will do It was years before they were married and parents of an adorable eleven year old son, Charlie They both are intelligent after all and why wouldn t they be able to pull off the perfect murder Natalie happens to be a defense attorney and Will is a successful real estate attorney They have a good life and they love Charlie to pieces Even if Will did have a little something to hide Yep Let the plotting begins Natalie never expected what was coming and never planned on plotting murder in her real life , but when she receives devastating news that crushes her, she begins to plot and scheme and use all her tricks of the trade Lets just say that she becomes a little jumpy and thinks why can t these people leave me alone and let me plan this murder I was laughing hysterically at some of her and Will s tactics Could they possibly flub this murder up What I was thoroughly entertained, on the edge of my seat, and gasping through out Lets just talk about that ENDING. I was bewildered Can you tell I Loved It 3Thanks to Harlequin for my digital copy Review will post to my blog closer to Pub Date

  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister

    Natalie and Will met in law school Their first date consisted of all the awkward conversations that come with first dates Who hasn t been there Including an interesting little game called getting away with the perfect murder Just a gameright Now married with an 11 year old son Charlie, life in small town Florida has become slow and easy.That quickly changes when the principal at Charlie s school is suddenly dismissed, now under suspicion of being a pedophile.What lengths would you go Natalie and Will met in law school Their first date consisted of all the awkward conversations that come with first dates Who hasn t been there Including an interesting little game called getting away with the perfect murder Just a gameright Now married with an 11 year old son Charlie, life in small town Florida has become slow and easy.That quickly changes when the principal at Charlie s school is suddenly dismissed, now under suspicion of being a pedophile.What lengths would you go to protect your child Natalie and Will have a decision to make Go to the police, orwell you get the picture Margot Hunt writes a very clever and entertaining thriller that will captivate you, keeping you glued to the pages This is a super fast read I devoured in one day It kept me interested and on the edge of my seat beginning to end This is the second book I ve read by this author, and I m ready to stand in line for her next My only issue was the ending felt a little rushed After such an explosive read, I wanted the ending to match the intensity Overall, still enjoyed it and would recommend for anyone looking for a fast, entertaining read A speedy buddy read with Susanne Thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin MIRA and Margot Hunt for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review

  • Felicia

    Some people just need killing OOOMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGI can t praise this book enough I loved everything about it The writing is to the point without excruciating details The characters are believable, likeable and relatable The plot is fresh and unlike anything I have ever read.The story moves at such a quick pace that it left me breathless at times The author doesn t allow time for the reader to digest what just happened before she throws the next curve ball at you Unrelenting, absorbing dra Some people just need killing OOOMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGI can t praise this book enough I loved everything about it The writing is to the point without excruciating details The characters are believable, likeable and relatable The plot is fresh and unlike anything I have ever read.The story moves at such a quick pace that it left me breathless at times The author doesn t allow time for the reader to digest what just happened before she throws the next curve ball at you Unrelenting, absorbing drama I can t wait to see what comes next from this author.Bravo Margot Hunt Thanks for the ride.I was provided an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Elyse Walters

    Then one of two things will happen Behind door number one Robert is convicted, which could possibly give Charlie some sort of closure, whatever that means, and Robert will go to jail for a really long time And then Charley will spend the rest of his life wondering if he did the right thing, second guessing himself, because don t forget, it will already have been planted in his brain that he might not have remembered exactly what happened after all, orbehind door number two Robert is acquitte Then one of two things will happen Behind door number one Robert is convicted, which could possibly give Charlie some sort of closure, whatever that means, and Robert will go to jail for a really long time And then Charley will spend the rest of his life wondering if he did the right thing, second guessing himself, because don t forget, it will already have been planted in his brain that he might not have remembered exactly what happened after all, orbehind door number two Robert is acquitted, and possibly goes on to hurt other kids, and Charley spends the rest of his life wondering if he could have prevented that by being a better witness And either way, he ll always be known as that kid who is molested by the principal Shoreham, Florida is a small town where mom s network gossip , and nothing stays a secret for long OH COURSE THIS IS A SMALL TOWNwhere scandalous secrets are sweeter than hot apple pie la mode The blurb says Shocked to discover Nat s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also.SHARING ONE PAIR OF RUBBER GLOVES literally too funny I love a novel that keeps me on the edge dying to keep reading but can make me laugh at the same time.Maybe I m a sick human being but I cracked up in the middle of this story yet I was still gripping my kindle wanting to know every detail just as much as the snotty smug mom s in town would.A BLAST OF FUN READINGCouldn t wait to find out how it would end My lips are sealed Read it It s a trip

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)

    The blurb basically tells you most of what happens in the book For me that already eliminates a star , there should be mystery left for the reader to discover Here is part of the blurb Their young son Charlie s principal is accused of molesting a troubled student It s a horrifying situation and the poison spreads rapidly One night before bed, Charlie tells Natalie he is a victim, too In that moment, her concept of justice changes forever Natalie decides the predator must die.To shel The blurb basically tells you most of what happens in the book For me that already eliminates a star , there should be mystery left for the reader to discover Here is part of the blurb Their young son Charlie s principal is accused of molesting a troubled student It s a horrifying situation and the poison spreads rapidly One night before bed, Charlie tells Natalie he is a victim, too In that moment, her concept of justice changes forever Natalie decides the predator must die.To shelter Charlie from the trauma of a trial, Natalie concocts an elaborate murder plot and Will becomes her unwilling partner The Clarkes are about to find out what happens when your life partner becomes your accomplice and your alibi To this reader I did not find that Natalie concocted an elaborate murder plot but a method of killing someone that has been used by hundreds of authors in mystery books for at least the last 50 years So this was a huge disappointment, I was waiting for a unique murder plot but what I read was very mundane.The main characters, Natalie, Will and Charlie were not very well described We jump from law school to this event 15 years later in their marriage I didn t like either Natalie or Will, they were both self serving, narcissistic and completely dishonest with each other I need to have characters that I can care about and understand.The worst part of this book, for me, was that it took a very sensitive topic, children being molested, and turned it into a story of vigilante justice, which is never alright even if the crime committed is terrible, scary and horrific to parents One of the police officers, Reddick, stated this well You see, vigilantes piss me off They keep me from doing my job He pointed to himself If you d come to us, filed a report, we could have nailed that _____________ It s how it s supposed to go We work the case, we take the bad guys down, they rot in jail for the rest of their lives I believe in that system I guess I believe in that system also.I was hoping for a really good ending, but that did not happen The ending is very unbelievable and then the Epilogue One Year Later wasn t any better.I guess the two stars would be for an interesting premise and it did make me turn the pages and was a quick read I will need to be picky in choosing thrillers because I seem to be in the minority when it comes to this book.I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley

  • Susanne Strong

    3.75 Stars rounded up A Frightening, yet Fun Fast paced Read When Natalie and Will met their attraction was instantaneous Who knew that planning the perfect murder could be so sexy What started out as thrilling dinner conversation on their first date turned into the real thing some fifteen years later when their son Charlie s school principal is accused of sexual assaulting a student Natalie, a criminal defense attorney, sees red and it has the principal s name all over it Can Natalie and 3.75 Stars rounded up A Frightening, yet Fun Fast paced Read When Natalie and Will met their attraction was instantaneous Who knew that planning the perfect murder could be so sexy What started out as thrilling dinner conversation on their first date turned into the real thing some fifteen years later when their son Charlie s school principal is accused of sexual assaulting a student Natalie, a criminal defense attorney, sees red and it has the principal s name all over it Can Natalie and her husband Will get away with murder Only time will tell in this delicious tale What a quick, crazy read For Better and Worse turned out to be I tore through this mystery suspense in a matter of mere hours, desperate to find out how it ended For me, this was a really enjoyable read right up until the very end, which unfortunately, I found to be somewhat far fetched All in all however, this was a fun one, with truly intriguing characters which I highly recommend it to mystery lovers.This was yet another thrilling buddy read with Kaceey Thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin MIRA and Margot Hunt for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 11.1.18

  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

    THREE STARSThis is a straightforward story of a murder The victim is a known child molester and the reader is not meant to feel sorry for him The killers are a respected, married couple who feel justifiably wronged Hey, these aren t spoilers, it is right on the book jacket.So, while not a whodunnit or a whydunnit, we do feel the tension and anxious story building as we wonder how in the world this guilty couple might get away with murder If they do They might end up going to prison I ll ne THREE STARSThis is a straightforward story of a murder The victim is a known child molester and the reader is not meant to feel sorry for him The killers are a respected, married couple who feel justifiably wronged Hey, these aren t spoilers, it is right on the book jacket.So, while not a whodunnit or a whydunnit, we do feel the tension and anxious story building as we wonder how in the world this guilty couple might get away with murder If they do They might end up going to prison I ll never tell Besides, that s the only question propelling the story and I would never deny you the fun of that.I love this writer When it comes to creating fast, addictive reading full of realistic dialogue, Margot Hunt is one of the best Her first novel, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, is addictive And better If I could wish Hunt would flesh out her novels I need characterization and deeper plot lines While I m a fan of the first person one timeline only structure, FOR BETTER AND WORSE, falls a bit flat and feels one notedly yes, I made up that word superficial If you are looking for a quick commute read that doesn t require much effort on your part, this is a good one A semi interesting, fun look at a well planned murder gone awry

  • Kendall

    Margot Hunt well well you have done it again With absolutely loving Margot Hunt s debut novel Best Friends Forever I knew I had to get my hands on her next novel from Netgalley Let me tell you Some people just need killing THAT is in all honesty a VERY true statement my friends Margot Hunt delivers a fast paced, addicting, and wild ride with For Better and Worse I wasn t quite prepared for what I was getting into with this one Margot had some serious twists and turns in her Margot Hunt well well you have done it again With absolutely loving Margot Hunt s debut novel Best Friends Forever I knew I had to get my hands on her next novel from Netgalley Let me tell you Some people just need killing THAT is in all honesty a VERY true statement my friends Margot Hunt delivers a fast paced, addicting, and wild ride with For Better and Worse I wasn t quite prepared for what I was getting into with this one Margot had some serious twists and turns in her debut novel that leaves your jaw on the floor I was hoping that this one would have just the effect on me In the beginning you re introduced to Will and Natalie Clarke who met through law school They joked about planning the perfect murder one day Well. my friends the TIME has arised and all I can say is they better get it right haha.The Clarkes have the worst situation on their hands that any parents would never want to have Their son s principal and friend of the Clarke s has been accused of molesting a young boy at the elementary school One day Natalie is talking with her son Jacob and he drops an awful bomb of being molested by the principal Robert as well Talk about HORRIBLE Natalie decides that Robert must die and her husband Will must help her with the act But, is she serious Will she actually kill the man that hurt her son Now, this gets complicated very quickly as you can imagine especially with having two criminal defense attorney s on your hands but wait they know what they re doing right I was hooked from page one and devoured in over a couple of days I was not disappointed but I do have to say was hoping for a bit of a twist at the end of the story Margot does deliver one final twist in the prologue but was edging for a bit Overall, this was fantastic 4 strong stars for Hunt Huge thank you to Harlequin Mira and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this arc in exchange for my honest review.Pub date 12 11 18Published to GR 10 15 18

  • Nazanin

    3 StarsI don t count this story as mystery suspense thriller It dragged a lot The plot wasn t really good and I got bored and after reading 60% I started skimming and skipping I enjoyed my first read by her Best Friends Forever but this one didn t really work out for me, unfortunately Maybe it was just me and not the book, as you can see all the good reviews So don t listen to me and read it, hope you enjoy it Thanks to Margot Hunt, Netgalley and HARLEQUIN Mira for the advanced digital 3 StarsI don t count this story as mystery suspense thriller It dragged a lot The plot wasn t really good and I got bored and after reading 60% I started skimming and skipping I enjoyed my first read by her Best Friends Forever but this one didn t really work out for me, unfortunately Maybe it was just me and not the book, as you can see all the good reviews So don t listen to me and read it, hope you enjoy it Thanks to Margot Hunt, Netgalley and HARLEQUIN Mira for the advanced digital copy in exchange an honest review