Today I’m reviewing Gilding The Lily by Justine John! The author very kindly offered me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Here’s the blurb –
Genre – Thriller
A gripping mystery of jealousy, murder and lies.
An invitation to her estranged, wealthy father’s surprise 75th birthday party in New York sees London-based Amelia and her husband, Jack, set off across the pond to meet a whole new world of family politics.
Amelia, now a successful businesswoman, has guiltily never liked her father’s women, but does her upmost to give his new socialite partner, Evelyn, the benefit of the doubt. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could just all get along? But there’s something very dark, determined and dangerous about her…
When Amelia’s father, Roger, becomes ill, Jack grows suspicious that there is more to it. Amelia understands why, but no one else will believe them. They travel back to America to piece together the puzzle, but when Roger goes missing, the couple are driven to their wit’s end. It takes a DEA officer and a secret assassin to bring them any answers. The ruthless truth is something no one expected…
This fast-paced psychological debut will keep you guessing until the very end.
Amelia and her father, Roger, were estranged for years due to a strained relationship with Helen, her step mother, but slowly after Helen dies the rift starts to repair. They may live miles apart but they talk a lot.
Roger’s current partner, Evelyn, plans a surprise party for him and invites Amelia and her husband over to join the festivities.
They soon butt heads.. Evelyn plans something that Is a bit over the top for Amelia’s tastes. Amelia is sure her father will hate it.. which he does.
The differences between the woman soon become very clear… they will never like each other. They both think they know Roger the best but there’s more to come as Evelyn shows her rather unstable jealous streak.
Evelyn resents the connection Amelia has with her father and tries to force a wedge between them.
Things settle a little and Amelia is looking forward to having some alone time with her dad. Roger though is unwell and Jack/Amelia soon believe there’s more to it than meets the eye.
There’s a few twists along the way.. Evelyn is clearly a bit fixated on Roger and overly jealous but at times Amelia does seem to push it with the constant calls/emails..is it just daughterly concern? Should she just give Roger some breathing space? Or are her concerns well founded? and who would believe her any way? Evelyn is a master at twisting things.
The ending was really good with a final twist for an “OMG” moment.
Overall the plot was intriguing and I was invested to find out the outcome. Evelyn was just a horrible person.. I hated her..I felt Amelia’s frustration and I would have snapped if I was her… credit to the author for making me feel like I was there myself.