The Happiness Thief by Nicole Bokat

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Today’s review is a blog tour stop for Nicole’s book “The Happiness Thief”.

Thank you She Writes Press and TLC Book Tours for my gifted ebook in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: Forty-one-year-old Natalie Greene lost her mom and her childhood memories in a car crash two decades ago. What remains is a haunting feeling that she was responsible for her mother’s death. After her husband leaves for another woman, Natalie accompanies her famous stepsister, Isabel Walker (aka “The Happiness Guru”) on a retreat to the Cayman Islands. There, a late-night collision triggers Natalie’s long-buried trauma and a heightened sense of guilt. Upon returning home to Boston, Natalie tries to settle back into her life as a food photographer and single mother to a teenage daughter―but then, one day, an anonymous email arrives about the Cayman accident that suggests foul play. In her search for the truth, Natalie must deal with a mix of fear, confusion, and suspects. With the help of Isabel and an attractive journalist, she uncovers a trail of deceit that begins on that deserted Caribbean road, circles back home, and ends in the most unexpected of places.

This is a bit of a slow burn. It wasn’t a bad read, just a little hard for me to want to stay connected. The character development is done really well, especially with their dramatic past. I feel like I would’ve enjoyed this more as a movie than as a book. There is a lot of flashbacks, and I don’t feel like the transition between the two timelines was as smooth as it could be. This would be a perfect beach summer read if you are into family dramas with a hint of suspense.

3/5 Stars

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