He framed her. Now she’ll destroy him.
Five years ago, Olivia Sutherland was wrongfully convicted of plotting to murder.
Now she’s finally free, Olivia has three goals: repair her relationship with her daughter, clear her name, and bring down her husband – the man who framed her.
Just how far is she willing to go to get what she wants? And how far will her husband go to stop her? Because his lies run deeper than Olivia could ever have imagined – and this time it’s not her freedom that’s in jeopardy, but her life…
OF COURSE I enjoyed C.L. Taylor’s latest novel, she’s never been a hit or miss for me. The Guilty Couple kept up the mystery and had me guessing until the very end why Olivia’s husband accused her of planning to murder him. When Olivia is released after five years she is looking for answers but she isn’t allowed to contact him so she has to be really sneaky about it and I loved all the sneakiness throughout the novel! One of the absolute best scenes where I was literally holding my breath was her stealthy attempt to steal potential evidence from her husband with a little help from her friends.
Olivia reaches out to four friends who really go to the limit for her when the occasion rises; her old business partner, her last cellmate in prison, and two other friends she’s known for a long time. On the other side she fears Dani, a police officer who she thought was a friend but who testified in her husband’s favor. Dani has her own agenda and her biggest concern is finding money to get her sister in a rehab clinic. She’d do anything to help her so she turns to Dominic, Olivia’s husband to get 30.000 dollars, only she notices that Olivia keeps popping up and that unnerves Dani more than a little bit.
Dominic is very secretive all of the time and he’s counting down to something and I had no idea what he had planned but this deadline put the pressure on Olivia’s quest, while that other danger is looming over her too, namely getting caught and being sent back to prison. There were some surprises along the way but the biggest one was definitely at the end. Life after being released from prison certainly isn’t easy for her and it’s difficult to know who you can trust. I can’t say whether she’ll be able to prove her innocence but justice comes in many different ways so I was quite satisfied how the story was wrapped up in the final chapters. The only issue I had was that I wasn’t entirely convinced about her husband’s motive for framing her (I never really got any hate vibes off of him towards his wife and I kept thinking why else he would take such drastic measures) but I readily admit that that doesn’t mean he’s a good guy because he’s most certainly not. So in the end I still wanted pay back for Dom, the sort of husband you better not have!
I received a free ecopy of this novel from the publisher Avon Books via Netgalley. This is my honest opinion.