David and Karolina Morgan have the perfect marriage. He runs a financial empire catering to Miami’s most influential and she is the darling socialite, adored by her husband and all those that meet her.
But underneath the lavish home, expensive car and exquisite jewelry lies a darkness threatening to consume Karolina. The once vivacious fashion design student has become a shadow of herself at the hands of her manipulative husband.
Then, with the flick of a power switch, everything changes. Karolina must learn to fight back when she discovers her entire existence is one big sham, with dire consequences.
I’ve read a few of Olivia Luck’s books, and I’ve really enjoyed them. Behind Her Smile is no different (apart from the fact that it took me a few chapters to really get sucked into the story). Set across five years, the author jumps back and forth in time – but it’s not as confusing as you might think and this way of exposing the story is ideal for these characters, and time is soon merged into present day.
Karolina meets David, and believes him to be the perfect husband, yet it soon becomes clear that all is not as it seems with him. The reader is given plenty of hints about the majority of the story, but Luck gives us plenty of twists and turns that we find out alongside Karolina which are done fantastically.
The characters are completely believable, despite their monetary value. Karolina is thrust into the Morgan way of life and sometimes struggles with the expectations placed upon her. David is both likeable and someone to despise at the same time. He is the stereotypical rich man – not will to let go any of his money, paying whatever price possible to keep it. This is where things start to go wrong for them.
What follows is a tale of intrigue, murder, and manipulation which will keep you wondering what the hell is going on. Particularly, the last quarter of the book. Luck eases us in slowly, then bamn. Hits us with twists galore. I loved it, even if I did find it a little slow at first.
I will certainly read more by this author.