Bye, Baby by Carola Lovering

Review by Nikki Maples

Books have always been a huge part of my life. I have memories of curling up on the couch and sitting there for hours just reading. I remember begging my parents to take me to the bookstore so I could get the next book in the series I was currently obsessing over. I had to get the books the second they came out. Today, that is still true. I added Bye, Baby by Carola Lovering to my ‘to-read’ shelf on Goodreads and impatiently waited and waited for its release.

The day it was released, I slapped my debit card down on the sales counter at Inklings Bookshop and got my very own copy. That night, I went home and curled up with my comfiest blanket and stepped into the thriller that is Bye, Baby.

A lost friendship. Jealousy turned into a fit of blinding rage. A stolen baby. Carola Lovering introduces readers to her newest bestseller and gives the term ‘toxic friendship’ a whole new meaning. Bye, Baby thrust the reader into the lives of Billie and Cassie, two women who would once do anything for each other, who are now strangers passing by. Desperate to gain her best friend back, Billie pushes herself back into her friends life after Cassie gives birth to her first child. Past secrets start to emerge between the two and in a blackout moment of jealousy, Billie kidnaps Cassie’s daughter on their balcony ledge. The story then takes a drastic turn from there and has you at the edge of your seat.

This was my first time reading a book by Carola Lovering and I instantly fell in love with her work. One of my favorite things about this book was the secret between Cassie and Billie and throughout the book, Lovering would hint at what it could be. For the life of me, I could not quite figure out what it could be. When it was finally revealed, I was shocked. Another thing that I loved about this book was each character had their flaws from their pasts that would usually make me dislike them but I kept telling myself that there had to be a reason as to why the characters were the way they were and in the end it all made sense.

Bye, Baby made me become a fan of the thriller genre and hungry for more by Lovering. I currently have another book by her on hold at Inklings Bookshop that I am eager to dive into. I finished Bye, Baby within two days and let my mom borrow the book to get her views on it since I inherited my love of books from her at an early age. I encourage anyone to pick up a copy of this book and experience the rollercoaster of a friendship that is Cassie and Billie.