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The Truth About Ben and June by Alex Kiester features a grieving mother and a self-involved father in this interesting and suspenseful read.
Synopsis for The Truth About Ben and June by Alex Kiester
From the moment Ben and June met in a hospital waiting room on New Year’s Eve, their love has seemed fated. Looking back at all the tiny, unlikely decisions that brought them together, it was easy to believe their relationship was special. But now, after several years of marriage, June is struggling as a new mom. At times, she wonders about the life she didn’t choose—what might have been if she hadn’t given up the lead role in a famous ballet to start a family. Feeling like a bad mom and more alone than ever, she writes to her deceased mother, hoping for a sign of what she should do next.
One morning, Ben wakes to the sound of his baby and quickly realizes that June is gone, along with her suitcase. As Ben attempts to piece together June’s disappearance, her new friends mention things he knows nothing about—a mysterious petition, June’s falling-out with another mom, her strange fixation on a Greek myth. The more Ben uncovers about June, the more he realizes how little he actually knows her. And now the only way to bring June home is to understand why she left.
Told through alternating perspectives of husband and wife, The Truth About Ben and June is a witty and wise page-turner about life’s many crossroads and a heartfelt reminder that we create our own destiny.
Book Review: The Truth About Ben and June by Alex Kiester
It’s been a while since I’ve read a domestic suspense novel. The audio for this one sucked me in immediately. I’ll listen to anything & everything narrated by Brittany Pressley. She really brings the characters to life.
The author does such a fantastic job outlining the fog, anxiety, and stress that plagues June’s first months of motherhood. You don’t trust yourself, you’re sleep-deprived & struggling while other people seem to make it look so easy. Even worse, June is still grieving a large loss in her life.
I found it easy to relate to June. I worried about her and saw Ben as someone too wrapped up in his own mess to help his partner. From the get-go, I felt strongly about each character, a must for this type of story. The tension bubbles throughout the narrative & it kept me enthralled. I kept listening, wanting to get to the end.
I am Really Into This book. It was a solid suspense novel and the narration of the audiobook was fabulous. Side note: the small town my husband grew up in plays a role in this book. Too funny. If you’re in the mood for a domestic thriller that is believable and character-driven, this one is for you!
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Alex lives with her husband in Austin, TX, and when she’s not writing, she can be found reading in the bath, talking on the phone with her mom, taking long walks, watching too much TV, or getting distracted by the squirrels beyond the window at her writing desk. She continues to feel things very deeply and she’ll continue to write these feelings down for a very long time to come.