"Riveting, smart, and utterly diabolical."—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions on the 7:45
An unputdownable amnesia thriller that begs the question: how can you trust anyone when you can't even trust yourself?
Forget the truth.
Remember the lies.
He wakes up on a deserted beach in Maryland with a gash on his head and wearing only swim trunks. He can’t remember who he is. Everything—his identity, his life, his loved ones—has been replaced by a dizzying fog of uncertainty. But returning to his Maine hometown in search of the truth uncovers more questions than answers.
Lily Reid thinks she knows her boyfriend, Jack. Until he goes missing one night, and her frantic search reveals that he’s been lying to her since they met, desperate to escape a dark past he’d purposely left behind.
Maya Scott has been trying to find her estranged stepbrother, Asher, since he disappeared without a trace. Having him back, missing memory and all, feels like a miracle. But with a mutual history full of devastating secrets, how far will Maya go to ensure she alone takes them to the grave?
Shared fates intertwine in a twisty, explosive novel of suspense, where unearthing the past might just mean being buried beneath it.
"Skillfully plotted and paced, every twist deepens the story until it explodes with an ending that made me gasp.”—Samantha Downing, USA Today bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and He Started It
At the start of this disappointing psychological thriller from McKinnon (Sister Dear), Jack Smith wakes up on the beach early one morning in Brookmount, Md., with amnesia after sustaining a head injury. He can't remember his name, but he has vague memories of Maine and feels compelled to travel there to uncover his identity. Meanwhile, Jack's girlfriend, Lily Reid, is waiting for him to meet her at her apartment for breakfast. When he fails to arrive, she realizes he's gone missing. In Maine, Jack is welcomed by his protective stepsister, who tells him his name's actually Asher Bennett, and he left Maine two years earlier after being suspected of pushing his ex-girlfriend off a cliff to her death. Meanwhile, Lily feels betrayed after discovering that Jack's license is a forgery. Determined to find answers, she unearths some secrets in his apartment that point to his whereabouts. A promising setup and skillfully fleshed out characters compensate only in part for the predictable plot and the contrived conclusion. McKinnon has done better. \n