Mad Honey: A Novel (Hardcover)
Olivia cares about two things; her son, Asher, and her bee farm. She’s worked hard to get away from her abusive ex-husband and give Asher the chance to grow up and be a good man. To Olivia’s horror, Asher’s girlfriend, Lily, dies unexpectedly and Asher is at the front and center of a murder investigation. Thank God for small favors, at least her brother, Jordan (19 Minutes), is a defense attorney. Told in the alternating perspectives of Olivia and Lily before and after Lily’s death, Mad Honey is just as the title suggests; sweet and wild.
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“I’ve followed Jodi’s work for years — now she’s collaborated with the wonderful Jenny Boylan. This heart-thump of a mystery threatens the new-found happiness of our protagonist and her beloved son. It doesn’t get any better than this!”
— Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Alternatingly heart-pounding and heartbreaking. This collaboration between two best-selling authors seamlessly weaves together Olivia and Lily’s journeys, creating a provocative exploration of the strength that love and acceptance require.”—The Washington Post
GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • PEOPLE’S BOOK OF THE WEEK
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: PopSugar
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 she grew up in and taking over her father’s beekeeping business.
Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom relocate to Adams, New Hampshire, for her final year of high school, they both hope it will be a fresh start.
And for just a short while, these new beginnings are exactly what Olivia and Lily need. 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 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 Ash, 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.
About the Author
Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight novels, including Wish You Were Here, Small Great Things, Leaving Time, and My Sister’s Keeper, and, with daughter Samantha van Leer, two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page. Picoult lives in New Hampshire.
Jennifer Finney Boylan is the bestselling author of more than a dozen books. She is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer-in-Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University and a 2022–2023 Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. A nationally known advocate for human rights, she is a trustee of PEN America. For many years she was the national co-chair of GLAAD as well as a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She lives in New York City and Belgrade Lakes, Maine, with her wife, Deedie. They have a son, Sean, and a daughter, Zai.
Praise for Mad Honey
“Alternatingly heart-pounding and heartbreaking . . .This collaboration between two best-selling authors seamlessly weaves together Olivia and Lily’s journeys, creating a provocative exploration of the strength that love and acceptance require.”—The Washington Post
“Gripping . . . This timely and absorbing read will make readers glad these two powerful writers decided to collaborate.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Compelling . . . A well-paced story that highlights several timely issues, with a stimulating courtroom trial that makes it worth reading.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A spellbinding yarn . . . atmospheric . . . riveting . . . Overall, it’s a fruitful collaboration.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise for Jodi Picoult
“Picoult is a skilled wordsmith, and she beautifully creates situations that not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us.”—The Boston Globe
“Jodi Picoult is that rare, one-in-a-million writer whose books both squeeze your heart and expand your mind.”—Emily Henry
Praise for Jennifer Finney Boylan
“Jennifer Finney Boylan is an exquisite writer.”—Augusten Burroughs
“One could not ask for a wiser, warmer, more engaging companion than Jennifer Finney Boylan.”—Mary Roach