BOL_4190056Synopsis: “Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. Her picture-perfect life—living in Boston, married to a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, raising their beautiful son, Asher—was upended when her husband revealed a darker side. She never imagined that she would end up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown, living in the house she grew up in and taking over her father’s beekeeping business.
Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom relocate to Adams, New Hampshire, for her final year of high school, they both hope it will be a fresh start.
And for just a short while, these new beginnings are exactly what Olivia and Lily need. Their paths cross when Asher falls for the new girl in school, and Lily can’t help but fall for him, too. With Ash, she feels happy for the first time. Yet at times, she wonders if she can trust him completely. . . .
Then one day, Olivia receives a phone call: Lily is dead, and Asher is being questioned by the police. Olivia is adamant that her son is innocent. But she would be lying if she didn’t acknowledge the flashes of his father’s temper in Ash, and as the case against him unfolds, she realizes he’s hidden more than he’s shared with her.
Mad Honey is a riveting novel of suspense, an unforgettable love story, and a moving and powerful exploration of the secrets we keep and the risks we take in order to become ourselves.

My Review

This was an amazing audiobook and definitely one of my favourites this year! I’d had my eye on this as soon as I heard about it earlier this year, and was thrilled when it was available as an audiobook via the Borrow box app.

Told partly by Olivia, Asher’s Mum, and partly by Lily, Asher’s girlfriend. It gripped me from the beginning although I wasn’t too sure how I felt about Olivia or Lily. I did warm to both of them them as the story progressed and as I learnt more about both characters and their pasts.

Olivia’s story is told from the day that Asher is questioned by the police, in chronological order. Lily’s story however, is told back backwards making the story even more compelling.

I didn’t know much about this book before I started listening. I’m really glad I didn’t, as they was a really good twist about halfway through that took me by surprise, and made the rest of the book so gripping that I didn’t want to stop listening!

There are quite a few very serious themes throughout the book, including domestic violence, gaslighting, depression, bullying and suicide, that made it quite difficult to listen to at times, but they didn’t stop me because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. 

The new-to-me narrators, Carrie Coon and Key Taw, were so perfect for Olivia and Lily’s character’s. I can’t imagine anyone else portraying them as well as they did.

Highly recommended, especially on audio!