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Too Good to Be True

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  28,224 ratings  ·  3,678 reviews

Skye Starling is overjoyed when her boyfriend, Burke Michaels, proposes after a whirlwind courtship. Though Skye seems to have the world at her fingertips―she’s smart, beautiful, and from a well-off family―she’s also battled crippling OCD ever since her mother’s death when she was eleven, and her romantic relations
Hardcover, 342 pages
Published March 2nd 2021 by St. Martin's Press
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Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Too Good to Be True had me hooked hard for the first half of the book. Three narrators, with at least two of them seeming questionable to me, led me along, with chapters alternating between the three. And then a huge twist at the halfway mark...it was a gotcha moment for me and I love that, when I am outfoxed, not suspecting something very big. 

But then the second half of the book, with the same three alternating points of view, seemed to be like a very long epilogue. We knew almost everything a
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Three POVs, a struggling couple in mid-forties who has insufferable financial problems and a nearly thirty years old young woman who can be a great solution to fix everything goes wrong in their lives :

Heather, longing to perfectly balanced, wealthy life since the beginning of their marriage and her husband Burke is the reason they lost everything with his tremendous mistake and now he thinks they have a chance to way out. He’s going to seduce trust fund baby: Skye who is getting closer to be 3
Meredith (On Vacation)
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The Twist Got Me Good!

3.5 stars

Too Good to Be True is a psychological thriller about revenge, deception, and one very smart sociopath.

I am not going to write a summary, because I don’t want to give anything anyway.

Narrated by three characters, I never knew where this was going.

Too Good to Be True is a page-turner. It is fast-paced and has some very surprising twists and turns. There is one huge twist that I thought about potentially being an option early on, but I thought no, that’s just crazy
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Too Good to be True by Carola Lovering is a 2021 St. Martin’s Press publication.

Wickedly good!

This is one of those books that falls into ‘the less you say, the less you know, the better’ category- so to that end-all I’m going to say is:

This is one clever little mind-trip- highly absorbing, and wildly entertaining. If you like getting sucked so completely into a story that you lose track of time, this might be one you want to consider.

There is no agenda- no messages- no sermons, just a good, o
Chelsea Humphrey
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Shannon
I think it's best if you go in as blind as possible for this story, so I'll keep my review brief, but I love how the author chose to blend multiple POVs in a way that makes the reader question what is accurate and what is not throughout. Each character has a view of the others, and this made for a deeper look into the story, one that has you wondering if we don't do something similar with the people in our own lives. How well do we really know the ones that we love? And at the end of the day, ca ...more
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 Wild Stars.

Oh No He Didn’t! Oh Yes, He Most Certainly Did!

Baawaaah! There were times when I actually clapped and times when I cringed. It doesn’t get better than that.

A Brilliantly Plotted Car Crash Waiting to Happen.

Significant others who are less than trustworthy? AS IF!

Character development at its best.

Three cheers for Carola Lovering for writing a stellar, character driven domestic suspense, told from several POV’s that grabbed my attention from the get go and kept me glued to the edg
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Another book synopsis that says MUCH more than it needs to.

I just read it, and I am so glad that I hadn’t before starting the book.
As others have said, it is best to go in blind.


Is Burke- “too good to be true”?

Well, the first POV shares HEATHER’s opinion.

And, the second POV fills you in on how SKYE feels about him.

But, maybe you will need to hear from BURKE himself, in the 3rd POV before you ultimately decide! 🤔

The three POV’s were EQUALLY COMPELLING as they alternate in the F
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
First off I’d like to say that a 3 star from me means that it was an ok book, just not one I could highly recommend.

I think this book started off with a bang. The first 50% of the book was a quick, fast paced roller coaster of a ride and I enjoyed it. I did start to have believability issues pretty early on, but this is fiction and I went with it.

Skye seems to be very naïve considering she is 29 years old. She is, however, still grieving from the loss of her mother w

Is this a 5 star thriller or is it TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE? Unfortunately it’s the latter.

I was riveted from the beginning, and loved the voices of the 3 different narrators. The characters were very well-developed:
- Skye, wealthy and privileged but left with crippling anxiety and OCD after her mother’s death, she has trouble meeting men who can tolerate her unusual tendencies. Until Burke.
- Burke. He’s perfect. Mr. Right. Skye’s one and only. Or is he? His chapters are told as journal entries and
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
If he seems too good to be true...well he probably is! Holy twist!! I love a good twist and well this one got me good. This is best to go in blind because...well it just is...so on that note..

Skye has trouble with men. They can't seem to accept her for who she is. Sure she is pretty, rich and fun.. but she has OCD and that has lead to some cruel treatment by...pretty much everyone...then along came Burke. Gorgeous, older and totally in love with Skye. He sweeps her off her feet. However, not eve
Sheyla ✎
I enjoyed this one so much! Yes, the ending was an unbelievable one but I went with it.

Too Good To Be True was a page-turner suspense with a great twist that I did not see coming. I actually had an "Oh wow" moment.

Skye Starling is a young woman who is working as an editor. She is also a very rich woman. She has a trust that would make anyone more than comfortable in life. Yet, even though it looks like she has everything or she could buy it if she wanted to, she is unlucky in love. She has OCD
3.5 stars
I enjoyed this a lot more than I was expecting to!

Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have to admit that Carola Lovering got me good with that twist! I love nothing more than having the rug pulled out beneath me while reading. When you are so certain about something only to find out that you are entirely wrong. That is so damn satisfying.

Skye is a 29 year old woman that has not been lucky in love. Living in NYC as an editor she has debilitating OCD in which she must knock on wood so many times and in so many ways that most of the men she meets hightail it before date number tw
Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
3.75 - 4 Stars

All I know is, if my name was Carola Lovering, I would put a hit out on the asshat that wrote the blurb for this thing.


I mean, really though...talk about throwing open the barn doors and letting all the horses out.
The blurb literally spoils the entire book. If not for the blurb, this would have been amazing.

As it was though, the blurb basically does all the earning for you and you enter the story knowing already what the twist is...or at least having all the tools necessary to e
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Too Good to Be True is an intriguing, well-written thriller that is distributed by a major publishing house, so don't let the drab cover that looks like a self-published DIY job fool you.

Carola Lovering has crafted a story that will pull you in and make you feel for characters you might otherwise despise at the hands of a lesser author. It's particularly interesting that one suffers from OCD, which feels like a fresh plot point for the thriller genre.

There are dual timelines and multiple POVs,
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
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If it seems too good to be true....

Go in as blind as possible. The synopsis is more than enough.

I enjoyed the various POV chapters and letters/journal entries in this book. Half of the fun was trying to figure out when the truth would come out. But here is the thing.... what is the truth? This aspect of the book won me over right away. I love putting on my super sleuth hat and trying to figure things out. There is a big twist and reveal halfway through the book. A big "aha" moment which turns th
Holly  B
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it

I really thought I had this last twist figured out, but boy was I wrong!

It was pretty entertaining and the characters surprised me over and over again. I think I would have liked it to be a bit shorter with fewer pages of diary entries. The pace could have been improved, but I still had fun reading it.

If you enjoy a domestic drama with some melodrama, you may enjoy this one too.

Thanks to NG for my advanced copy. OUT on March 02,2021
J  (Midnight Book Blog)
On the one hand, that was a page turner. On the other, the OCD rep genuinely made me cry (and not in a good way).

Plot: To the people who have compared this to Gone Girl, you are absolutely spot on. They both have the same thrilling, page-turning appeal while also being unbelievable. But if you can overlook that fact, it’s super easy to get caught up in the intricate scheming and plot twists.
Characters: I really can’t say too much about the characters, because revealing who I liked/disliked would
I can’t handle the truth...🤦🏼‍♀️

Shortest Summary Ever: Skye just found the right guy - older, handsome Burke, except whoops - he’s already married to Heather. Flashback to Heather and Burke’s story as young people ready to take on the world... now back to Skye and her battle with OCD and Burke’s scheme and a psycho ex.... well now you’re in the middle of the crazy ride.

Thoughts: before my opinion let me say - many of you WILL like this book. It IS twisty. It IS different, and the alternating P
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
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I think I might be an outlier on this one.

This was another one of those books I finished early this morning, and as I sat down to write the review, I had to re-read the synopsis to remind myself of the plot. It was that forgettable.

Too Good to Be True had glaringly obvious red herrings (including the synopsis - I recommend you don't even read it if you're contemplating this book), an unmemorable story line, and an absolutely ridiculous conclusion. If you like happily ever after, this one i
Catherine (alternativelytitledbooks)
*Many thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, and Carola Lovering for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 3.2.21!*

**NOTE: My first caution with this book, as many others have mentioned, is to go in absolutely blind, spoiler-free, and whatever you do, do NOT read the synopsis before cracking this one open! The setup will become very clear to you immediately while reading, and no real background is necessary to enjoy the story...but as for a quick version of the premise?**

Burke? The perfect,
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Let's just say, one need a massive dose of the "unbelievable" potion to read and enjoy this book. Truly it started out like gangbusters with a group of characters that seemed to exhibit some "strange" tendencies. I will admit I was immediately sucked into the story from page one as we follow Skye Starling, a woman of 29 years, that always seemed to be in the grip of her OCD which occurred after her beloved mom passed away. We also have Burke Michaels, who has that rough boy now man demeanor and ...more
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"One LOVE story, two marriages" book
by author Carola LOVERing.

This book was fast-paced and sizzled; taking the concept of "unreliable narrators" to exciting new levels.

Unfolding from three alternating POVs: Skye (a smart, beautiful, "trust fund" millennial with OCD), Burke (an older man who has just proposed to Skye), and Heather (Burke's wife and mother of his three children)....this book never missed a beat.

These alternating viewpoints/timelines were brilliantly e
Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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HOLY WOW! I can't even begin to express how much I enjoyed this book!! Five stars doesn't do it justice and I have and will be recommending it to everyone I know! Too Good To Be True is definitely my favorite read of 2021 so far and I imagine it will be in my top ten (maybe top five!!) of the year!

Skye is a wealthy woman in her late 20s. She has a group of close girlfriends who she's steadily watching get married, have children, and settle down and Skye is wanting those things for herself. Howev
Susan - on semi hiatus
I’d been looking forward to receiving a print copy from a Goodreads Give-away and it was worth the wait!

Twists, deception, and a trio of interesting narrators kept me off balance wondering who to believe. The truth could lie (intended) in any of their stories. Who's spinning tales?

I don’t want to spoil and detail additional plot lines not covered in the synopsis, but I enjoyed this story about marriage entanglements, perception, and lies. I will also say that the first half is a much stronger re
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Skye Starling, even the name is as beautiful as she is. Skye seems to have it all youth, money, beauty, career, family and friends who love her except a partner who can truly love and accept her for who she is as well as her flaws because Skye suffers from a very crippling and embarrassing form of OCD and all her relationships have dissolved due to the intensity and strangeness of her illness. Then Burke Michaels comes along, handsome, apparently successful, kind and older which might be what Sk ...more
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
The ole' cliche 'You know what they say if it is too good to be true ...it probably is'. This domestic suspense makes you read between the lines and leave you suspicious of the characters.
Skye may be the only lovable character that falls deeply in love with a much older handsome man__ Burke Michaels. While the wedding planning is underway, we learn a lot more about Burke's past and present situation.He not only has spent time in prison, but has a family and happily married to Heather.
So what i
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
In a nutshell, beautiful girl on vacation randomly meets a shithot, handsome beyond belief, best-thing-since-sliced-bread man, has a mind-blowing, whirlwind romance, and is proposed to within a few months; but then realizes it might all be too good to be true. While it sounds as cliché as living happily ever after, falling head over heels, and all is fair in love and war, it is actually as fresh as a daisy and as clever as a fox. And now that I've used every idiom I can come up with to keep in l ...more
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Skye, crippled by OCD for most of her life, is beyond happy when she meets and falls in love with Burke. He seems to be the perfect man for her. Throughout the story, you know that it's all too good to be true, but trying to figure out what's real and what's not is the whole journey to this story.

"Perhaps we only see what we want to see."

I liked this story so much more than I expected to! The story is told from the POV of three main characters, and I found that effective in providing suffic
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Was "Too good to be true" too good to be true as the title suggested? As a whole it was a tremendously enjoyable psychological suspense, but if we break it down bit by bit there were a couple things that prevented me from rating it with 5 stars.

The first half was so compelling I could not turn the pages fast enough. Usually, when there are several POVs I tend to be more interested in some more than others, but in this case all three PO
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Carola Lovering is the author of Tell Me Lies, Too Good to Be True, and the forthcoming Can’t Look Away. She attended Colorado College, and her work has appeared in New York Magazine, W Magazine, National Geographic, Outside, and Yoga Journal, among other publications. Her novel, Tell Me Lies, is currently being adapted into a television series for Hulu. She lives in Connecticut with her husband a ...more

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