A New Title in Women's Lit Coming April 11th!

And Then There Was Me
by Sadeqa Johnson (GoodReads Author)
ebook, 304 pages
Expected publication: April 11, 2017,
Thomas Dunne Books
Also available in Hardcover and Kindle editions

GoodReads Summary:
Bea and Awilda have been best friends from the moment Awilda threw her fourteen year-old self across Bea’s twin-sized bed as if they had known each other forever. Bubbly, adventurous Awilda taught sheltered, shy Bea how to dress, wear her hair and what to do with boys. She even introduced Bea to her husband, Lonnie, in college, who pledged to take good care of her for the rest of their lives. But philanderer Lonnie breaks that promise over and over again, leaving Bea to wrestle with her self-esteem and long time secret addiction.

Recently Lonnie has plopped the family in a New Jersey upper class suburb, which lacks the diversity that Bea craves but has the school district and zip code envy that Lonnie wants. The demands of carrying a third child and fitting into this new environment while pretending that her husband is not cheating on her again, is more than she can handle. And just when she thinks things can’t get any worst, the ultimate deception snaps the little thread that was holding her life together and all comes tumbling down.

And Then There Was Me is the story of secrets, lies and friendship, heartache and betrayal. It’s the journey of a woman stripped down to her lowest point and needing to find the will to press on.

My Review:
This book was quite good for its genre. Not one I read too often because they don't really seem to have the HEA endings that I like. It's usually more that life goes on. And I know that's how it is, but this is a book and that's what I want from my stories. But, all that aside, it really was good.

Ms. Johnson built her characters quite well so that you got to know them and know what to expect of them. The relationships were well written, too. The author built up the tension smoothly until it all blew up, and there were surprises to be had by all! Things I just hadn't suspected, though there were indications in hindsight. I just didn't want to think that would happen. But it did, and it made for a very intense story with some very raw and realistic moments.

I felt that Ms. Johnson dealt with Beatrice's compulsion very well. With its hold on her and her lack of control under stress. Her hiding the issue from people, even lying to those who knew the truth.

The story was going along just fine and I was settled in with it. She picked up the phone. End of book. Yup. It was all over. So, I have to assume she went forward from there as she planned. Or did she go forward as she was behaving? Because those were two different things, of course. Humph. Not a cliffhanger, just an unsatisfactory ending. One with too many questions. Sadeqa Johnson is a new writer, so perhaps this is because she is new. Or perhaps her 10th book will be this way as well. Maybe I should go back and read her first book, Love in a Carry-on Bag, and see if this is just her style.

I was provided with this eARC by NetGalley and Thomas Dunne Books in exchange for an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.

Strongly recommended. Look for it April 11, 2017
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review