Mad Honey - Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan

Mad Honey

By Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan

  • Release Date: 2022-10-04
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 1,586 Ratings


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


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.


  • Good but wouldn’t read twice

    By Kaolivias
    It was a good story, with important points, but I caught multiple spelling or grammar errors and it threw me off. I didn’t fall in love with the characters or anything, it was just intriguing enough to keep reading though.
  • Loved this book !!!

    By Donner627
    Such a good book. Couldn’t wait to get back to it every night. The ending seemed a little lame, but overall is was excellent.
  • Mixed Review

    By GBRich3
    If learning about a new subject (to me at least), I would give this book an A+. Unfortunately I had the feeling that I was also reading a teenage romance novel. Since the main characters are teenagers, maybe that is to be expected. But I would have enjoyed learning more about Ava’s angst (Lily’s mother) learning that her son identified with being a girl at a young age and the decision to have surgery.
  • LGBT+ lecture

    By akc__
    Book became a lecture about the LGBT community halfway and touched on so many different social issues that it didn’t resonate or seem realistic. Just felt forced.
  • Ruined.

    By ashchap13
    Was getting good until it took the transgender turn. Couldn’t read anymore after that.
  • Not one of Jodi’s best work

    By LeanBean1710
    This book started out really strong and had a great twist mid-way. But the timeline felt choppy and repetitive as it progressed, and the ending was unsatisfying and unrealistic.
  • Amazing Read

    By C. Evans
    I was enthralled, a beautiful story about love……and revealing truths
  • Amazing book!

    By Tchrrachel
    I devoured this story over the course of 2 days. Great characters, engaging plot! One of the best books I read this year.
  • It was ok

    By starshine316
    It was ok. Kinda dragged a bit and too many topics in one book. Jumped all over the place. I dragged to finish it.
  • Fantastic story

    By WendyM10
    Really made you think about what people will do to survive. Enjoyed the compelling storyline.