Listen free for 30 days

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

Knowing the truth will destroy her. Keeping it secret will destroy him. 

It’s Livia’s 40th birthday, and she’s having the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding she never had. Everyone she loves will be there except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad. But although Livia loves Marnie, she’s secretly glad she won’t be at the party. She needs to tell Adam something about their daughter, but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.

Adam wants everything to be perfect for Livia, so he’s secretly arranged for Marnie to come home and surprise her on her birthday. During the day, he hears some terrible news. He needs to tell Livia, because how can the party go on? But she’s so happy, so excited - and the guests are about to arrive.

The Dilemma - how far would you go to give someone you love a last few hours of happiness?

One day that will change a family forever, The Dilemma is the breathtaking, heartbreaking new novel from the million-copy-selling Sunday Times best seller BA Paris.

©2020 B A Paris (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"An addictive new voice in suspense fiction." (Sophie Hannah)

"A departure from B A Paris’s previous psycho-thrillers, this emotional story is gripping." (The Daily Mail)  

"A dark family drama...builds a palpable wall of tension that leaves you desperate to find out what happens next." (The Sunday Mirror

What listeners say about The Dilemma

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    227
  • 4 Stars
    119
  • 3 Stars
    84
  • 2 Stars
    53
  • 1 Stars
    45
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    259
  • 4 Stars
    116
  • 3 Stars
    55
  • 2 Stars
    22
  • 1 Stars
    17
Story
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    176
  • 4 Stars
    110
  • 3 Stars
    68
  • 2 Stars
    47
  • 1 Stars
    61

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Terrible

I don’t often leave reviews but this one was sooo bad that I had to.

The two main characters, Adam and Livie were both so unlikable. There actions so implausible and to be honest I’m not sure which one I hated the most as I was listening to this. I’m going to go with Livie.

She wouldn’t stop going on about her party as if she’s a 12 year old girl. I think she said ‘my party’ about 1000 times.

The way they didn’t communicate with each other too was incredible, constantly incorrectly assuming each other’s motives and thoughts. I wouldn’t have been surprised if there was a twist at the end and he was really dead like sixth sense given their inability to communicate.

It’s a terrible book and it’s best to avoid this one.

74 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

A little bit disappointing.

I have loved all of this authors other books and was looking forward to this one.
I was a little disappointed, 2 very selfish parents who are actually over the top obsessed with their 'perfect' daughter Marnie, who turns out not to be so perfect after all! Felt sorry for the son as it was like he may as well not have existed.
By the end of the book I was sick of hearing the name 'Marnie'
Good plot, but dragged on. Could have been a lot better if the characters were more likeable!

I thought it was odd that it couldn't have just been a lavish 40th party Livia wanted and planned for herself, nothing strange about that, plenty of people do it, but the whole 'party she had dreamed of every day for the past 20 years' and it being 'her special day' and 'the wedding she never had' it was unnecessary and a little pathetic. if you want a 40th party, have one!

33 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Got to the end; best I can say!😀

Oh my word! What a disappointment. Annoying, repetitive story and overly self indulgent with adjectives!

28 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Disappointing!

Like other reviewers, based upon her previous novels, I was expecting more from this author. This book must have something because I stuck with it and I tend to return anything I am not enjoying! That said, right up to the end, I expected more to happen. The premise is fine, but alone, it is not enough to hold-up so many hours. Much of the story is flat and a bit tedious. The narration is very good.

25 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

So disappointing

Considering how gripping the authors other books are this was a real letdown, waited until the very end for something to happen and it never did.
As other reviews have stated it feels like a very drawn out short story

11 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Tedious twaddle

So much about this book didn't make sense however my biggest issue with the story is how repetitive it was, the characters said the same thing over and over again.

It was very unbelievable and I couldn't wrap my head around why the lead characters would keep such vital information from each other.

9 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant and Very emotional!

Without giving too much away the two main characters , their thought, feelings and fears are very well developed and you are taken on a twisty emotional journey with them. It’s a gripping listen. I usually only listen when I swim but had to carry on with this as I couldn’t wait. Probably for the best as I prefer not to cry in public!

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

really wasnt into this to start with

but so glad I stuck with it - great and gripping. v well written and read

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

The worse book I have ever read

This is easily the most depressingly awful book I have ever read. Don’t even open the first CB page !!!

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Totally Average

Very disappointed - basic, boring and predictable story. Generally dull and characters very annoying, and selfish

4 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Narelle
  • Narelle
  • 23-01-20

Not so good

BA Paris is one of my favourite authors. This book is nothing like her previous books and it definitely isn’t a thriller. I struggled to get through it and was relieved I made it to the end. A generous 2 stars.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 24-05-21

Waste of time

I was so annoyed that i persevered to the end. Just don’t do it - you finish and you’re still waiting for something. Love this author usually