Julie Worthington-Smith is suspected of a murder she can’t remember in Vanessa Lillie’s new novel, FOR THE BEST. A troubled woman takes an unusual approach to proving her innocence in this gripping thriller.
When Jules Worthington-Smith’s wallet is found next to a dead man, she becomes the prime suspect in his murder. After struggling for years to build the perfect family and career, she’s dangerously close to losing everything.
Sure of her innocence, Jules is desperate to clear her name. But there’s one big problem: she was blackout drunk when the murder took place and can’t remember what happened.
Unsatisfied with the police’s handling of the case, Jules embarks on her own gin-fueled murder investigation. As she uncovers fresh clues, she starts a true-crime vlog that becomes a viral sensation, pushing her into the public eye. It’s not long before the ordeal forces Jules to confront her demons, including her turbulent childhood and excessive drinking.
The deeper Jules digs, the more dirt she uncovers about the murder and herself. Unexpected truths pile up until she’s buried so deep even finding the killer might not be enough to set her free.
The main character, Julie is somewhat difficult to like, and you have to root for her as the plot expands. I read FOR THE BEST in one sitting. It’s a quick read and maybe you’ll like it more than I did.
Vanessa Lillie has fifteen years of marketing and communications experience and enjoys organizing book events and literary happenings in the Providence, Rhode Island area. Originally from Oklahoma, Vanessa calls Providence, Rhode Island home with her husband and sloth obsessed son.
Her debut thriller, Little Voices, was an Amazon bestseller and number one psychological thriller for all of September 2019. Little Voices received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal as well as must-read lists in Real Simple, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan UK, and Bookish. It was also named one of the best debut thrillers of 2019 by Bolo Books. The Providence Journal review said, “Aficionados of mystery, thriller and horror will savor this intricately plotted page-turner that builds to a stunning denouement.” Lillie’s next thriller, For the Best, releases September 8, 2020, and it will also be set in Providence.
Originally from Miami (Mi-am-MUH), Oklahoma, she studied English at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO, and received a Masters of Public Administration from American University.
She likes to tell people about winning a poker tournament in St. Martin to sound interesting, but most of her time is spent writing on her phone at play dates. She’s represented by Victoria Sanders of VSA.
Contact Vanessa: vanessaRlillie@gmail.com
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