Discover the novel praised as a “nail-biting thriller” (Publishers Weekly), a “compelling web” (Kirkus Reviews), “tightly plotted character study” (RT Magazine), and a “dark, twisty tale of lurid secrets, lavish lifestyles, and devastating loss” (Lisa Gardner).
A woman who almost had it all….On the surface, Celine Gonzalez had everything a twenty-eight-year-old in Manhattan could want: a one-bedroom apartment on the Lower East Side, a job that (mostly) paid the bills, and an acceptance letter to the prestigious Hollingsworth Institute of Art, where she would finally live out her dream of becoming an antiques appraiser for a major auction house. All she had worked so hard to achieve was finally within her reach. So why would she kill herself?
A man who was supposed to be her salvation….Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a lethal cocktail of pills and vodka, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers a scandalous photograph in a lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man Celine believed would change her life.
Until he became her ruin….On the hunt for evidence that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer. A killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This sensual and absorbing mystery-thriller makes you wonder what exactly you don't know about the people you think you know best. After the apparent suicide of her lifelong best friend Celine, Maggie Sparkes sorts through Celine’s Manhattan apartment, where she finds a trove of suspicious clues suggesting something seriously fishy about the death. By combining the narrative twists of an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit with the peephole voyeurism of Secret Diary of a Call Girl, K.A. Tucker creates a provocative, unnerving whodunit that kept us guessing—and coming back until our questions were answered.
Tucker (Ten Tiny Breaths) makes her hardcover debut with a nail-biting thriller. Well-to-do Maggie Sparkes, who has just returned to New York City from helping villagers in Ethiopia, has her doubts that the cause of death for a dear childhood friend, Celine Gonzalez, was suicide. Maggie is convinced that Celine would never cause pain to Rosa, Celine's mother, who once worked for Maggie's mother as a housekeeper. While packing up Celine's Lower East Side apartment, Maggie finds nearly $10,000 in cash and other evidence suggesting that Celine was not the person Maggie thought she was. Diaries that Celine filled out daily since she was 13 are mysteriously missing entries for the last three months of her life. Determined to uncover the truth behind Celine's death, Maggie hires a detective, but she can't help insinuating herself into the investigation. The clever twists and turns will keep readers in suspense, and just when they think they have figured out what happened to Celine, the story veers in another direction.
I loved every second of suspense
This has to be my favorite suspenseful, who done it book that I've read. You can't get through this book without suspecting everyone and that's what makes it so great. K.A. Tucker will mess with your mind through out the whole book, right until the end. I could not put it down for a minute.
I love K.A. Tucker's other books that are more romance than suspense but I really want more books like this one. She's able to write more than one genre and do an amazing job. This book should not be missed. It's a fresh breath of suspenseful air. #isuspecteveryone