Love Her Madly by M. Elizabeth Lee
Published August 16, 2016 by Atria Books
Genres Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Glo never thought she’d become best friends with a girl like Cyn. Blonde, blue-eyed, and stunningly gorgeous, Cyn is the kind of girl other girls love to hate. Yet Cyn is the only person who embraces Glo when she transfers to their tiny liberal arts college in Florida, looking for a second chance to get things right after falling apart at her first-choice school. With her dark sense of humor and bad-girl ways, Cyn is captivating to a nice girl like Glo, and soon they’re inseparable. Until they both fall for the same guy. It’s Cyn who suggests they share Raj. Half the time he’ll be Cyn’s boyfriend, the other half he’ll be Glo’s. And for a while, everything goes smoothly. Until Glo realizes that she doesn’t know Cyn or Raj half as well as she thinks. Until Glo and Cyn’s friendship implodes while they’re studying abroad in Costa Rica. Until Cyn disappears one night, setting off a media firestorm and leaving Glo in the dark for seven long years. Until Cyn resurfaces.
This book is divided into two parts; part 1 is “What Happened Before” and then part 2 is “What Happened After” and jumps forward 7 years. The synopsis immediately interested me, as it reminded me of similar plot lines where girls go missing abroad. The sharing of the boyfriend part did sound a bit not my style, but I figured it would set up the plot for a good thriller. And I was correct on that. I really enjoyed the characters and found both Glo and Cyn to be both interesting and relate able. The first part of the book really explains their backstory and gives the reader a good foundation for the rest of the book. I thought the sort of threesome dynamic might be kind of weird but it worked. In the second part we hear a bit from Raj’s point of view, which is also interesting, however we stop hearing from Cyn’s perspective during the second half. The plot line kept me interested the entire time and I found it to be suspenseful even in the last few chapters. If you are a fan of mysteries or thrillers, definitely give this one a try.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.