Why Doesn’t Will Ask His Mother About Her History With (Spoiler)?
Questions about The Billionaire’s Alibi series have been filtering in as people read through to the 4th book. Here are some amazing questions that readers have sent us, along with the answers!
(Spoiler Alert: Read TBA #4 before going any further!)
Q1: When Will’s mother acknowledges she has an agenda that reaches Alexa’s family, I wonder why Alexa does not probe about what history there is between the 2 families?
She simply doesn’t have away to probe after the third book, and much of the first scene of the 4th book was about that. Rebecca is obviously not going to tell her, so the only option is to go to her father, whom she hasn’t spoken to in years. She questions whether she should reach out to him, but decides not to, because it opens up a whole can of worms that she’s not ready to deal with yet.
Then, she gets shot and ends up in the hospital.
That very much scares her into submission where Rebecca is concerned. She’s not going to make any sudden moves, especially because she thinks that Rebecca is behind the attacks.
Q2: Will has an opportunity to ask his mother the same question (about the history between the two families), but does not, which is baffling for such a smart guy who has been determined since the contract to learn what his mother has on Alexa to assure her compliance.
He has asked! In chapter 5, The Billionaire’s Alibi: The Scandal:
“Listen to me very carefully, William Henry Harper,” Rebecca said. “Alexa’s history is dark and muddled, full of secrets and deceptions. You haven’t even begun to uncover what that girl is capable of… or what she’s running from.”
Will met his mother’s stare. “What do you know?” he asked, carefully.
“Much more than you,” she acknowledged.
He confronts her again in chapter 6, The Billionaire’s Alibi: The Investigation:
“William,” Rebecca said, her voice like ice. “Sit down.”
“No, let’s really dig into this.” He was just getting started. He began to circle the table. “Let’s say that same someone wants to ruin Alexa for her own reasons—none of which anyone is aware… What better way to destroy her than to kill her and make it look like an accident?”
There are three reasons he doesn’t keep asking:
#1 – Because he gets nothing but games from his mother, and it’s frustrating, confusing, and exhausting.
He knows his mother, and she is simplynot going to ever give him a straight answer. In fact, she’s the one dangling the clues, potentially setting a trap for him… he knows this.
#2 – He’s dealing with a number of other problems:
The police, his high-pressure job, his father cutting him out of Harper Global, the press finding out about his contract with Alexa, and keeping Alexa in the first place, despite the fact that people are trying to kill her because of him…
He knows that to figure out Rebecca’s scheme, he has to get sneaky—but he simply doesn’t have the capacity to slow things down and figure out how to get a step ahead of her.
In other words, he’s treading water and fighting fires rather than being strategic about how to solve his problems.
#3 – He maybe doesn’t want to know.
He’s falling in love with this girl and his mother is trying to tell him that she’s not who he thinks she is. On some subconscious level, he simply doesn’t want to hear about yet another potential obstacle in his relationship with her.
From chapter 8, The Billionaire’s Alibi: The Investigation:
“It’s about Alexa,” he said. “She’s someone I care greatly about.”
His mother smiled and raised an eyebrow. “This again,” she said. “If you’re trying to anger me, William, you can forget about screwing Alexa to do it. She means nothing to me, as long as she does her job.”
Rebecca’s eyes gleamed as they met his in the mirror—any hint of tenderness was gone.
“I see she told you about our recent visit,” she said. “I doubt she told you everything.”
“Falling for it?” Rebecca scoffed, twirling her makeup brush in a pot of pink and brushing it across her cheeks. “There’s nothing to fall for. I like to operate in the open—to reveal people’s true natures—not to hatch drama amongst them.” She glanced up at him. “That’s something you should remember if you want to continue to rise in your father’s company—people always have secrets and questionable motives. Ghosts from the past will always haunt them.” She turned around in her chair to face him. “The easiest way to control someone is to expose them for who they really are.”
She stared at him, her eyes narrowing. “You can’t be serious.”
“Dead serious,” he said. “I will leave the company, I will leave this family, and best of all, I will leave you.”
I hope this helps!
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