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Mad Honey
Mad Honey
Author: Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan
Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. Her picture-perfect life—living in Boston, married to a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, raising their beautiful son, Asher—was upended when her husband revealed a darker side. She never imagined that she would end up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown, living in the house...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781984818386
ISBN-10: 1984818384
Publication Date: 10/11/2022
Pages: 464
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 38 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 191
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Bonnie avatar reviewed Mad Honey on + 415 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Maybe not fair to rate I book I didn't finish, but here goes. I stopped reading Picoult years ago but started this only because of the beekeeping. That was done very well, says this beekeeper. However, I absolutely could not stand most of the characters, esp. the beekeeper. I disliked her, and others, so much that I just didn't care who killed whom. As usual, characters were so far over the top that the storyline was just so unbelievable. I promised myself I'd never read a Picoult book again.
tbowman avatar reviewed Mad Honey on + 57 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I have mixed feelings about this book. I picked it up because it was written by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan. There are a ton of facts about bees and making honey, some of which could have been left out. Some things seem wildly unbelievable, but I hate to go into too much detail. I was disappointed in how the book ended, again not really realistic. I read it for a book club and it isn't a keeper for me.
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njmom3 avatar reviewed Mad Honey on + 1329 more book reviews
Mad Honey byJodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan is challenging to review because the topic is part of the reveal of the book's mystery. This book will elicit strong emotions because of the topic, the age of the individuals, and the fact that the topic is not clear from the description. However, this review is of the characters, the story, and how it's told. The ending of the book is disappointing as the intensity and the education presented is lacking in that solution. It does, however, leave me thinking, and I still look forward what Jodi Picoult will tackle next.

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eadieburke avatar reviewed Mad Honey on + 1592 more book reviews
When Olivia's husband revealed a darker side, she never imagined she would end up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown, living in the house she grew up in, and taking over her father's beekeeping business. When Lily Campanello and her mom relocate to Adams, New Hampshire, for her final year of high school, they both hope it will be a fresh start. Their paths cross when Asher falls for the new girl in school, and Lily can't help but fall for him, too. With Ash, she feels happy for the first time. Yet at times, she wonders if she can she trust him completely . . . Then one day, Olivia receives a phone call: Lily is dead, and Asher is being questioned by the police. Olivia is adamant that her son is innocent. But she would be lying if she didn't acknowledge the flashes of his father's temper in him, and as the case against him unfolds, she realizes he's hidden more than he's shared with her. Mad Honey is a riveting novel of suspense, an unforgettable love story, and a moving and powerful exploration of the secrets we keep and the risks we take in order to become ourselves.
It's a love story, a murder mystery, a family drama, and a courtroom battle in one book. You need to read this book in order to get a full picture so I'll say no more as I would be giving away the story. The plot line is interesting and will hold your interest throughout the rest of the book. The characters are believable and very real and well drawn out. Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan are excellent writers and tell a good story. I don't fully agree with the premise of the book but found it an interesting story.
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Great book! Reminds me of some of the first books of Jodi Picoult books that I read. Keeps you at the edge of your seat.


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