A shooting lays bare the secrets harboured by five families in a sleepy suburban cul-de-sac in this riveting psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of All the Wrong Places.
Someone in a quiet, unassuming cul-de-sac was shot dead in the middle of the night.
Was it Maggie, the perfectionist wife, or Craig, the husband who can't quite live up to her expectations? When Maggie witnessed a shooting and later testified against a killer set free, the couple relocated, putting new pressure on their already strained union. Maggie is constantly looking over her shoulder. She owns a gun, just in case.
Was it Nick, a doctor whose family, especially his wife, Dani, must bear the brunt of his ill temper? Nick is an avid hunter, too, and keeps a collection of handguns.
Or was it Julia, a recently widowed grandmother? Her grandson is a troublemaker, someone not above stealing from her purse. His friends are equally unsavory. Her son buys her a gun for her protection.
And then there's Olivia and her husband, Vic, who has been laid off, forcing Olivia to become the breadwinner. Vic is resentful. And depressed. He's started drinking heavily, and has threatened to shoot himself on several occasions.
Or it could be one of the newlyweds, Aiden and Heidi, who are already on the rocks. Aiden refuses to stand up to his intrusive mother. When Heidi befriends Julia's grandson, it sets the stage for a major blow-up.
Every house owns a gun. And anyone can be the victim, or the killer.
This gripping psychological thriller from Fielding (All the Wrong Places) focuses on the occupants of five identical two-story homes on a cul-de-sac in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., in the two months leading up to a Fourth of July weekend when simmering resentments finally boil over. Wife beating, alcoholism, PTSD, depression, and free-floating anxiety are all to be found in the cul-de-sac, where every household has at least one gun. (One troubled resident thinks to himself, "This is Florida, after all, where guns are as accessible as gummy bears.") The fulcrum of the large ensemble cast is Maggie MacKay, who moved to Palm Beach Gardens with her husband and two children to escape a threat in L.A. Maggie's husband recently moved out because he could no longer cope with what he calls her paranoia. Despite her fears, Maggie decides she must take action to help her neighbors in peril. As Fielding slowly reveals each character's secrets, she nicely upsets readers' perceptions and expectations as they try to figure out who will be the first to snap and who will die. Suspense fans will be well rewarded. Agent: Tracy Fisher, WME.