For Better or Worse

For Better and Worse

by Margot Hunt

Overview: On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.

Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage?

Deanna Boe (07/07/19): Finally, we have an entirely different type of murder mystery. It intrigued me from the beginning because it involved two students about to finish law school; they were on their first date. As future lawyers it would be easy to discuss possible case scenarios or murders. In this particular situation they were discussing whether they could commit a murder if they thought they could get away with it. Bingo, you now know they obviously are going to get married and at some point they are going to commit a murder, you just don’t know how, when, or why. This was enough to plant the hook to want to read more.

The story then jumps forward to their lives after they are married and how it is going. They have been married long enough that monotony has settled in because they are doing the same old things over and over in their lives. They do have a delightful young son, 5th grade. The wife is a defense lawyer who obviously has defended lots of so/so type of people in her past. The husband is a corporate lawyer making lots of money but no longer satisfied with what he is doing. At this point a seed is planted that the husband is so bored why not have an affair? Isn’t that the answer when tedium settles in? There are enough clues that the wife does become suspicious, but not fast enough as far as I am concerned. In fact, ignoring the signs only causes major problems down the road.

When all of this is occurring, the principal at the elementary school where their son attends, (who also happens to be an old friend of theirs) is given an unplanned leave. Why? Rumors are wild, but it is quickly determined he supposedly molested a young boy in his school. How could this be true of their old friend? True, since his wife divorced him they had not seen him very often, but still they felt they knew him well enough that this could not possibly be correct, right? Could she defend him as a friend? From here the book has lots of surprising twists and turns, but I won’t say any more to spoil the storyline.
Rating: ****

Carole Zwicker (02/20/19): For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt is a genre of book I love to read. The story is unpredictable and original. Natalie and Will, on a first date, over dinner and wine, casually discuss the possibility of getting away with murder. After marrying, they establish their law careers and have a son, Charlie. While a student in grade school, Charlie is seriously harmed by someone entrusted with his well-being and Natalie decides to take the law in her own hands, rather than let a broken legal system drag her child through the horrors of a trial. She thereby involves Will in her actions. The tension and stress that entails passes on to the reader. Not much more can be said without revealing the plot. This is a thriller that will surprise you all the way to the end, even the very last page. If you enjoy suspense that keeps you guessing, this is the book for you.
Rating: *****

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