The Dilemma - B A Paris

The Dilemma

By B A Paris

  • Release Date: 2019-12-19
  • Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 382 Ratings


The million-copy bestselling author returns with another breath-taking book …

It’s Livia’s 40th birthday and she’s having the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding she never had. Everyone she loves will be there except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad. But although Livia loves Marnie, she’s secretly glad she won’t be at the party. She needs to tell Adam something about their daughter but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.

Adam wants everything to be perfect for Livia so he’s secretly arranged for Marnie to come home and surprise her on her birthday. During the day, he hears some terrible news. He needs to tell Livia, because how can the party go on? But she’s so happy, so excited – and the guests are about to arrive.

The Dilemma – how far would you go to give someone you love a last few hours of happiness?

One day that will change a family forever, The Dilemma is the breath-taking, heart-breaking new novel from the million-copy-selling, Sunday Times bestseller, B A Paris

Praise for The Dilemma:

‘A beautifully written story of love and loss which will stay with me’ Louise Jensen

‘What a book… utterly unputdownable!’ Sam King

‘Emotional, gripping … a truly compulsive read’  KL Slater

‘A brilliant title to debate in your book club’ Prima

‘Master of plot twists and emotional thrillers, B A Paris strikes again … a riveting read’ OK

‘A dark family drama … builds a palpable wall of tension that leaves you desperate to find out what happens next’ The Sunday Mirror

‘If you loved B A Paris’s Behind Closed Doors, then you’ll love this … [B A Paris] is not afraid to push emotions to the extreme’ Woman

‘A departure from B A Paris’s previous psycho-thrillers, this emotional story is gripping’ The Daily Mail

‘Compelling and full of suspense’ Hello!

About the author

B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown and Bring Me Back. Now approaching 1.5 million copies sold in the UK alone, she is a New York Times bestseller as well as a number one bestseller on Amazon and iBooks. Her books have sold in 37 territories around the world. Having lived in France for many years, she recently moved back to the UK. She has five daughters.


  • Long winded traumatic bore

    By Daisysaunt
    Can’t believe I actually read this book halfway through as though it was on repeat before it actually got to the plot line and all of it laced with trauma, I get it, you don’t always get a happy ending but nothing in this book for me made me want to go on and I was skipping pages galore to find at least something worth making me read it right through, defo not for the reader who wants something lighthearted or a ‘holiday read’
  • Unfulfilling

    By StaceMfc82
    Sorry but what a disappointment..... when you’ve read the author’s other books which were superb you’ll understand, this book was boring and was missing everything that was great in the other book’s.
  • The dilemma

    By Judge Julesey
    Just WOW, from start to finish I was gripped..brilliant.
  • Nowhere near as good as previous

    By Ham101xyz
    Although some emotional storylines this book was frankly boring & very repetitive with poor characters making unrealistic poor choices. Nothing like previous books and sadly I’d probably not but this author again now.
  • Far fetched

    By CHRB150918
    Finished the book because I was don’t like to leave a book half read, wish I didn’t bother. Very far fetched book, lacked substance.
  • Highly recommended

    By klhreads
    Absolutely brilliant - gripping and emotional.
  • Compelling

    By Boris87
    This is by far the best book I’ve ever read, and the first to make me sob. I was completely taken in to story every step of the way. Like no other book I’ve read, amazing read.
  • Disappointed

    By Darwinel15
    This is a very odd book to read. It has some extremely serious storylines, however a lot of time is spent on mundane conversations and repetitive talk. Then, when the ‘dilemmas’ come to light, the story feels rushed and shallow. I read to the end to see what happened, thinking there may be a twist, but there wasn’t.
  • To tell or not to tell

    By bubbles1962
    I was really looking forward to reading this as I have read all of this authors books, the premise sounded good, the writing is as usual great. But I struggled with the story, I just couldn’t find it believable enough, which I hate to say. Others may love this. But this couple were so in love which was relatable and believable, they were a strong family unit despite the dad Adam not always being there at the beginning for his son Josh, but he had been young when him and Livia had found out they were pregnant. Livia had been planning her 40th birthday for years, she had been saving money, and it was to make up for the big wedding day she never had, her parents had shunned her for around 20 years because she had found herself pregnant and not married. This was to be the party of all parties, but she had a secret she was keeping from Adam, but what was it? Why was she waiting until after the party? Why did she feel this would be the last time they would be so happy, because she felt once Adam knew it would change their relationship? Then Adam who was arranging a big surprise for Livia, also has a secret, although he isn’t certain until after the party, whether what he thinks is true, he just keeps hoping it isn’t. Adam just wants Livia to enjoy this day she has looked forward to and planned for years, so he doesn’t tell her something he knows will devastate her. I couldn’t have done what Adam does, it’s hard to fathom how anyone could, that was the bit that got me, and as I was reading it I was getting more and more annoyed with this solid couple, who were keeping secrets from each other. I am sorry but that just didn’t work for me, other Dilemma’s maybe, but Adam’s mainly was the one I struggled with. I did obviously have to keep reading to the end, to see if there was going to be some kind of twist, I kept hoping there was going to be a twist, but it just didn’t happen. I would like to thank #netgalley and #HQ for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.
  • Disappointed

    By Sazzemoe1690
    After loving all of the previous books of this author, I could not wait for this new one to come out. I was so disappointed it was nothing like the other ones. I found it boring, I just kept wanting the characters to get to the point. It dragged out far too long and I could not wait for it to be over.